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  • Title: The 3rd IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization (co-located with the International Conference on Software Maintenance ICSM 2015)
  • Date: September 27-28, 2015
  • Location: Bremen, Germany
  • Proceedings Publisher: IEEE
  • Homepage:
  • Paper Abstract Deadline: April 27, 2015
  • Paper Submission Deadline: May 4, 2015
  • Tool Demos and NIER (New Ideas or Emerging Results) Submission Deadline: June 15, 2015

Preliminary Call for Papers

Software visualization is a broad research area encompassing concepts, methods, tools, and techniques that assist in a range of software engineering and software development activities. Covered aspects include the development and evaluation of approaches for visually analyzing software and software systems, including their structure, execution behavior, and evolution.

The VISSOFT IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization continues the history of the ACM SOFTVIS Symposium on Software Visualization and the IEEE VISSOFT International Workshop on Visualizing Software for Understanding and Analysis. The conference focuses on visualization techniques that target aspects of software maintenance and evolution, program comprehension, reverse engineering, and reengineering, i.e., how visualization helps professionals to understand, analyze, test and evolve software. We aim to gather tool developers, experts, users, and researchers from software engineering, information visualization, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction to discuss theoretical foundations, algorithms, techniques, tools, and applications related to software visualization. We seek technical papers, empirical studies, applications, or case studies and provide a platform for presenting novel research ideas and tools.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative visualization and visual analytics techniques for software engineering data, such as,
    • source code
    • static and dynamic dependencies
    • software evolution and repositories
    • software documentation
    • web services
    • protocol, log, and performance data
    • parallel techniques
    • database schemes
    • software security and privacy issues
    • workflow and business processes
  • Visualization to support program comprehension, software testing, and debugging
  • Interaction techniques and algorithms for software visualization
  • Visualization-based techniques in computer science and software engineering education
  • Integration of software visualization tools and development environments
  • Empirical evaluation of software visualization
  • Industrial experience on using software visualization

Papers are solicited that present original, unpublished research results and will be rigorously reviewed by an international program committee. In addition to technical papers, VISSOFT features a New Ideas or Emerging Results (NIER) track and a Tool track related to the same list of topics suggested above. All accepted submissions will appear in the conference proceedings and the IEEE Digital Library.

Technical papers

These contributions describe in-depth mature research results in the above-mentioned areas of interest. The submission of a video (up to 5 minutes in length) to accompany the paper is highly encouraged to show interaction possibilities. Authors who wish to submit such video should provide a URL to the video. Technical papers have to be maximum 10 pages long (including bibliography and annexes).

  • Abstract submission date: April 27, 2015
  • Full paper submission date: May 4, 2015
  • Author response period: June 8 - 12, 2015
  • Notification: June 18, 2015

Artifacts: Traditionally, technical research papers are published without including any artifacts (such as tools, data, models, videos, etc.), even though the artifacts may serve as crucial and detailed evidence for the quality of the results that the associated paper offers. Following the effort initiated at ESEC/FSE’11, authors of accepted technical papers at VISSOFT 2015 can have their artifacts evaluated by the program committee. Positively evaluated artifacts will be reflected in the paper publication and presentation. More information about the artifacts may be found on

  • Artifact submission for accepted papers: June 24, 2015
  • Artifact notification: July 31, 2015

Awards: VISSOFT 2015 will award distinguished technical papers. Monetary awards will be sponsored by

Special issue: We plan to invite a selection of the technical papers accepted at VISSOFT 2015 to submit an extended version to a journal.

NIER papers

The NIER contributions (New Ideas and Emerging Results) describe work-in-progress and preliminary exciting results. Authors should include open questions and even provocative hypotheses to get early feedback on their research ideas or even support through new research collaborations. NIER papers have to be maximum 5 pages long (including bibliography and annexes).

  • Paper submission date: June 15, 2015
  • Notification: July 31, 2015

Tool papers

Tool contributions describe the design or actual utilization of software visualization tools, with a focus on relevant tool construction aspects or the use of the tool for gaining new insights. Authors should be prepared to demonstrate their tool at the conference. The submission may also contain a link to a screencast (video). Tools papers have to be maximum 5 pages long (including bibliography and annexes).

  • Paper submission date: June 15, 2015
  • Notification: July 31, 2015

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