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==== Preliminary Call for Papers ====

VISSOFT 2016:

4th IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization

Co-located with ICSME, October 3 - 4, 2016, Raleigh, North Carolina

Conference Site: http://vissoft.info, Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/ieeevissoft/

Twitter: @IEEEVISSOFT

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 education,
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

   - configuration management, DevOps, production systems

   - 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

 * Task-specific visualization support for software engineering tasks.

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). Authors will be given the
opportunity to provide a response to reviewer requests for clarifications
before final decision.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission date: April 18, 2016

Paper submission date: April 25, 2016

Author response period: May 30—June 3, 2016

Notification: June 10, 2016

Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vissoft2016

Awards:

One Microsoft Band 2 will be awarded to a distinguished technical papers,
sponsored by Microsoft Research.

Special issue:

We plan to invite a selection of the technical papers accepted at VISSOFT
2016 to submit an extended version to the Journal of Software: Evolution
and Process (JSEP).

-== 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 2016 can have
their artifacts evaluated by the program committee. Positively evaluated
artifacts will be reflected in the paper publication, presentation, and be
formally announced during the conference. More information about the
artifact evaluation process may be found on http://www.artifact-eval.org.

Important Dates:

Artifact submission: June 26, 2016

Artifact notification:  July 15, 2016

Submission link:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vissoft2016artifacts


-== NIER and Tool papers==-

We accept two types of paper submissions: NIER contributions (New Ideas and
Emerging Results) and Tool contributions.

The NIER contributions 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).

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).

Important Dates:

Paper submission date: June 20, 2016

Notification: July 29, 2016

Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vissoft2016niertool


-== Organizing Committee ==-

General Chair:

Bonita Sharif, Youngstown State University, USA,
http://www.csis.ysu.edu/~bsharif/

Program Co-Chairs:

Johan Fabry, University of Chile, Chile, http://pleiad.cl/~jfabry

Christopher Parnin, North Carolina State University, USA,
http://www.chrisparnin.me/

NIER/Tool Co-Chairs:

Anne Etien, Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de Lille, France,
http://www.lifl.fr/~etien/

Andrea Mocci, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland,
http://www.inf.usi.ch/postdoc/mocci/

Artifact Evaluation Co-Chairs:

Alexandre Bergel, University of Chile, http://bergel.eu/

Santiago Vidal, UNICEN University, Argentina
http://www.exa.unicen.edu.ar/~svidal


For updates, visit http://vissoft.info follow
https://www.facebook.com/ieeevissoft/ on Facebook or @IEEEVISSOFT on Twitter


Best regards,

Johan Fabry and Chris Parnin

Program Co-Chairs

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