VISSOFT 2015: 3rd IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization – 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Papers are solicited that present original, unpublished research results and will be rigorously reviewed by an international program committee.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: A selection of the best technical papers will be invited to submit an extended version for a special section of Information and Software Technology (IST) published by Elsevier.

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

How to Submit

Submissions must be submitted online via the VISSOFT 2015 EasyChair conference management system at
Please adhere to the formatting instruction published on the ICSME website:

General Chair:
Jürgen Döllner, Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Germany —

Program Co-Chairs:
Fabian Beck, University of Stuttgart, Germany —
Alexandre Bergel, University of Chile, Chile —

NIER/Tool Co-Chairs:
Craig Anslow, University of Calgary, Canada —
Johan Fabry, University of Chile, Chile —

Web Chair:
Juraj Kubelka, University of Chile, Chile —

Program Committee:
Craig Anslow, University of Calgary
Stephan Diehl, University Trier
Johan Fabry, PLEIAD lab – Department of Computer Science (DCC) – University of Chile
Tudor Girba, University of Bern
Carsten Goerg, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Michele Lanza, Faculty of Informatics, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Claus Lewerentz, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus
Jonathan Maletic, Kent State University
Chris Muelder, U. C. Davis
Emerson Murphy-Hill, North Carolina State University
James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington
Wim De Pauw, Google Inc.
Steven Reiss, Brown University
Sébastien Rufiange, EISTI
Houari Sahraoui, DIRO, Université De Montréal
Bonita Sharif, Youngstown State University
Margaret-Anne Storey, University of Victoria
Alexandru Telea, University of Groningen
Andy Zaidman, TU Delft

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