Postdoc in Visual Analytics for DevOps, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Position of interest to the SoftVis community:

Postdoc in Visual Analytics for DevOps, KTH Royal Institute of Technology;6a56e8f4.1910&S=

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VISSOFT 2019 Program

VISSOFT 2019 will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and colocated with IEEE ICSME.

Here is the VISSOFT 2019 Program

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Survey on Code Smell Detection and Use of Visualization Techniques

Dear Software Visualization and Code Smell Researchers,

We believe that you share with us the recognition on the important role that software visualization may play in software quality improvement initiatives. Software refactoring opportunities can be provided by detecting code smells. However, especially in large and complex legacy systems, many code smells can be detected and their influence can be local or spread across the whole system. That is where software visualization can be a great helper, for instance by providing a view of that spreadness, to help decision making on refactoring prioritization.

For over a year, we have been producing a systematic literature review (SLR), that has allowed us to draw some conclusions on the current state of the art in code smells detection and visualization techniques. We are now willing to share those conclusions with you. We would sincerely appreciate if you accept participating in a short online survey (it will take around 15m) to validate these conclusions. In recognition for your effort in fully completing this survey, we will provide you free first-hand access to our SLR. This is the anonymous link to the survey or

Yours sincerely,

José Pereira dos Reis & Fernando Brito e Abreu, ISCTE-IUL, Portugal
Glauco Carneiro, UNIFACS / Laureate International Universities, Brazil
Craig Anslow, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

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VL/HCC 2018 Summary

October 2018 saw the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal, play host to the annual IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human Centric Computer (VL/HCC 2018), attracting researchers interested in visual languages, end-user development, computational thinking and more. Crossing the pond from last year’s event in Raleigh, NC, it carried with it a wide range of engaging research from faces old and new that managed to tempt us back in from the glorious sunshine. The conference took place at the Rectorate Building of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL).

The first day was dedicated to the Graduate Consortium, as well as two workshops – the 5th edition of SEMS (Software Engineering Methods in Spreadsheets) and the inaugural DTSHPS (Designing Technologies to Support Human Problem Solving). I was fortunate to attend the latter, organized by Steve Tanimoto and focusing on tools and techniques to help experts tackle “wicked problems” like climate change, disease, or fake news.

Each of the following three days was filled with presentations on a range of topics from improving expert programmers’ efficiency, to enabling novice end-users to act as programmers themselves. A couple of my personal favourites were Islam Almusaly’s touch-screen keyboard for blocks-based programming, redefining one of its core interaction mechanisms with positive results, as well as Nischal Shrestha’s work on helping experienced programmers in one language transfer to another. However, it was Mary Beth Kery who was the deserving winner of the Best Paper award with her work on helping data scientists manage version control.

All three days of the conference also began with an engaging keynote: Jason Hong kicked the conference off with his work on helping developers protect user privacy in their smartphone applications. Geraldine Fitzpatrick gave us a thought-provoking talk on important considerations for representing the ‘human’ in ‘human-centric computing’, with her work investigating systems for care of the elderly putting our well-meaning but misguided assumptions about the ‘human’ into perspective. Finally, Rodrigo Coutinho discussed his experience in bringing the OutSystems visual language into industry, which undoubtedly got a few of us thinking about who we can sell our research to!

Admittedly, personal highlights were the evening events. Tuesday’s reception was a chance to wind down and reflect on the day’s events with a glass of port in hand and musical entertainment from the wonderful TunaMaria. The following evening was the conference banquet, set within the grounds of the stunning Castelo de São Jorge. Between the delicious food, wine, and conversation, it was enough to make me forget about the temptations of industry profits for a while and decide that academic life was pretty bloody good.

This year in VL/HCC 2019 attendees will be back across the water in Memphis, Tennessee, and from my experience of VL/HCC 2018, I would strongly recommend joining them if you get the chance!

Guest Post by Dr Daniel Rough
Postdoc at Abertay University, Scotland
PhD from University of St Andrews, Scotland

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Visualisation Software Engineer – Job

Visualisation Software Engineer – Job

STFC – The Science and Technology Facilities Council – UKRI

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VISSOFT 2019 – Call for Papers

The seventh IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization (VISSOFT 2019) builds upon the success of the previous five editions of VISSOFT, which in turn followed after six editions of the IEEE International Workshop on Visualizing Software for Understanding and Analysis (VISSOFT) and five editions of the ACM Symposium on Software Visualization (SOFTVIS). In 2019, VISSOFT will again be co-located with ICSME in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Call for Papers

Software visualization is a broad research area whose general goal is to enhance and promote the theory, realization, and evaluation of approaches to visually encode and analyze software systems, including software development practices, evolution, structure, and software runtime behavior. Software visualization is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on theories and techniques from information visualization and computer graphics and applying these in the software engineering domain.

The VISSOFT conference is principally a venue for publishing and discussing research related to software visualization. VISSOFT brings together a community of researchers from software engineering, information visualization, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and data science to discuss theoretical foundations, algorithms, techniques, tools, and applications related to software visualization.

This year’s VISSOFT, co-held with ICSME, encourages a variety of submissions that address outstanding challenges in software systems using visualization. This includes technical papers, empirical studies, applications, case studies, and papers that present novel ideas and tools.

Topics of interest include:

  • Innovative visualization and visual analytics techniques for analysis of software engineering data. This includes source code, dependencies, repositories, developer social networks like StackOverflow and GitHub, mobile app reviews, documentation, runtime logs, and DevOps data.
  • Visualization to support software development activities, including design, requirements engineering, program comprehension, software testing, and debugging.
  • Interaction techniques and algorithms for software visualization.
  • Visualization-based techniques in software engineering education.
  • Integration of software visualization tools with development environments.
  • Empirical evaluation of software visualizations, including eye tracking.
  • Industrial experience with using software visualization.
  • Applications of new technologies to enhance software visualization, including virtual reality, augmented reality, gamification, and machine learning.
  • Analytical approaches to understand software-related aspects based on data science concepts

Submission Types

Technical papers:

A technical paper contribution must describe an in-depth and mature research result relevant to software visualization. The content of a technical paper can be at a maximum 10 pages long (including all figures, tables, and appendices). However, the 10 page limit does not include the bibliography, which is limited by two additional pages.

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 a video can submit the video together with their paper if the size of the video is smaller than 50 MB, otherwise a URL to the video should be provided.

Authors of conditionally accepted papers must revise the paper based on the reviewers’ comments and submit a response letter explaining how the comments are taken into account in the revised paper version. In a second reviewing cycle, the reviewers decide if the paper has been revised accordingly.

After the notification, authors can also submit an artifact (tool, data, model, etc.) or modify their paper to make it acceptable for the NIER/TOOLS track which will have their own call for papers.

Important Dates:
Paper Submission: April 26, 2019
1st Notification about Conditional Acceptance: May 26, 2019
Revised Paper: June 9, 2019
Final Notification: June 16, 2019
Camera-Ready: July 8, 2019
Conference: September 30 – October 1, 2019
Submission link:


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 2019 can have their artifacts evaluated by the program committee. Positively evaluated artifacts will be reflected in the paper publication and be formally announced during the conference.

The artifacts of interest (but not limited to) are listed below, if your proposed artifact is not on this list, please email the chairs before submitting.

Software systems (compiled applications and/or source code) that are available for end users and researchers who aim at replicating a study.
Repositories that contain data involved in a study (e.g., logging data, system traces, survey raw data, evaluation results), which are needed to replicate a study.
Given the short time between the acceptance notification and the deadline to submit the artifact, we suggest the authors to start preparing it beforehand.

Finally, for more information about the artifact evaluation process visit

Important Dates:
Artifact Submission: June 16, 2019
Artifact Notification: July 2, 2019

Submission Link:

The artifacts (e.g., systems, data sets, tutorials) are going to be evaluated according to the following points: Completeness, consistency, documented, clarity, availability (placed on a publicly accessible archival repository. A DOI or link to this repository along with a unique identifier for the object is provided).

Data sets: Completeness, consistency, documented
Tutorials: Consistency, clarity
Systems: Functional (artifacts documented, consistent, complete, executable, and include evidence of verification and validation)

NIER/TD Track:

The NIER/TD Track of VISSOFT accepts two types of contributions: NIER (New Ideas and Emerging Results) and Tool Demonstrations (TD). Both NIER and TD contributions have a page limit of 5 (including bibliography).

NIER contributions describe work-in-progress and preliminary exciting results. Authors are encouraged to include open questions and even provocative hypotheses to get early feedback on their research ideas. A sound evaluation is not required for NIER contributions. One of the goals of the NIER Track is to foster collaboration among different research groups.

Tool Demonstrations (TD) describe the design or actual utilization of software visualization tools, with a focus on the architecture of the tool or its use to gain new insights. During the conference, we will organize an informal tool demonstration session where authors of TD papers are requested to demonstrate their tools. The submission may also contain a link to a screencast (e.g., YouTube or Vimeo) to show the interaction possibilities offered by the tool.

Important Dates:
Paper submission date: June 3, 2019
Notification: June 24, 2019
Submission Link:

How to submit

Papers must not exceed 10 pages (including figures and appendices) plus up to 2 pages that contain ONLY references.

Papers must strictly adhere to the two-column IEEE conference proceedings format. Please use the available IEEE Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings.

Supplemental material (e.g., video, data, software) that might be helpful for the reviewers can be submitted together with your paper. All material must be included in a single ZIP file. Please note that this supplemental material is independent of the artifact evaluation.

All submissions must be in PDF and must be submitted online by the deadline via the VISSOFT 2019 EasyChair conference management system.

Important Dates

All dates refer to midnight 23:59:59 AoE.

  Technical Papers NIER/TD Track
Paper Submission: May 10, 2019 June 3, 2019
1st Notification about Conditional Acceptance: June 10, 2019  
Revised Paper: June 24, 2019  
Final Notification: July 1, 2019 June 24, 2019
Camera-Ready: July 8, 2019
Artifact Submission: June 16, 2019  
Artifact Notification: July 2, 2019  
Conference Date: September 30 – October 1, 2019
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Google Scholarships for Software Visualization

Google Scholarships for Software Visualization

The research group Visual Software Analytics at Leipzig University takes part in this year’s Google Summer of Code. This is a Google-funded program to promote open source software. As a participant, you work independently on one of the projects offered and receive a scholarship from Google in the amount of $3,000 – $7,000 (depending on your country). The development period is 3 months (27 May – 26 August 2019). For more information, please visit the official website and our organization listing. In order to participate, you must be a student.

You would be working with this kind of hardware,languages and tools.

  • Visualization frameworks: A-Frame, x3d, x3dom, d3
  • Programming languages: Java, Ruby, JavaScript, Xtend, C#
  • Frameworks and tools: React, Ruby on Rails, jQAssistant, Neo4j
  • Hardware: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Microsoft HoloLens

We offer a variety of projects around Getaviz and jQAssistant.
The projects range from classic software development with Java or Ruby, to web development with JavaScript, and up to designing a virtual reality application for HTC Vive. In particular, we are still looking for interested students for the following projects:

  • Facilitation of Ruby Parsing
  • Circle of related elements
  • Magnifiers and Previews
  • User-driven decorative animations
  • Software visualization components
  • Scanner plugins for jQAssistant
  • Interaction Tracking

A complete list of all our projects and a more detailed description can be found

If you are interested, please contact the corresponding mentor and discuss the next steps with him. An application is possible until April 9, 2019 and includes a short cover letter as well as a project plan consisting of tasks and milestones that has been worked out and agreed with your mentor.

We look forward to your application and wish you a successful Google Summer of Code 2019!

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