VISSOFT: Visualizing Software for Understanding and Analysis



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Event When Where Deadline
VISSOFT 2022 10th IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization
Oct 2, 2022 - Oct 3, 2022 Limassol, Cyprus Jun 27, 2022 (Jun 20, 2022)
VISSOFT 2021 9th IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization
Sep 27, 2021 - Sep 28, 2021 virtual Jun 18, 2021 (Jun 11, 2021)
VISSOFT 2017 5th IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization
Sep 18, 2017 - Sep 19, 2017 Shanghai, China May 9, 2017 (May 2, 2017)
VISSOFT 2016 4th IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization
Oct 3, 2016 - Oct 4, 2016 Raleigh, USA Apr 25, 2016 (Apr 18, 2016)
VISSOFT 2015 3rd IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization
Sep 27, 2015 - Sep 28, 2015 Bremen, Germany May 4, 2015 (Apr 27, 2015)
VISSOFT 2014 2nd IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization
Sep 29, 2014 - Sep 30, 2014 Victoria, Canada May 23, 2014 (May 16, 2014)
VISSOFT 2011 6th IEEE International Workshop on Visualizing Software for Understanding and Analysis
Sep 29, 2011 - Sep 30, 2011 Williamsburg, USA May 23, 2011

Present CFP : 2022

VISSOFT 2022 (10th IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization)

Call for Papers

VISSOFT 2022: 2-3 October 2022, Limassol, Cyprus.


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 areas such as information visualization, human-computer interaction, computer graphics, and data science, and applying these in the software engineering domain.

The VISSOFT conference is principally a venue for publishing and discussing research related to software visualization. Consequently, VISSOFT brings together a community of researchers from software engineering, information visualization, human-computer interaction, computer graphics, and data science to discuss theoretical foundations, algorithms, techniques, tools, and applications related to software visualization.
VISSOFT, co-located with ICSME, encourages a variety of submissions that address outstanding challenges in software systems using visualization. This includes technical papers, evaluations, and papers that present novel ideas and tools.

Topics of interest

- Innovative visualization and visual analytics techniques for the 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, software maintenance, program comprehension, software performance, 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 understanding software-related aspects based on data science concepts

We solicit papers that present original, unpublished research results. Papers will be rigorously reviewed by an international program committee. In addition to full technical papers, VISSOFT features a New Ideas and Emerging Results and Tool Demo (NIER/TD) track whose purpose is to present an idea still under development or to demonstrate the functionality of a newly developed tool. All accepted submissions will appear in the conference proceedings and the IEEE Digital Library.

Submission Types

==== Technical Track

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 a maximum of 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 should add a URL to the video at the end of the abstract (e.g., Video URL:

Authors of technical papers that do not receive an acceptance recommendation from reviewers can, eventually, be invited to adapt the paper and make it acceptable for the NIER/TD track.

Paper Awards: VISSOFT 2022 will award the best technical papers.

Artifact Evaluation: Paper authors are encouraged to submit research artifacts (e.g., tools, data repositories, frameworks, videos) for evaluation. For more details, please refer to the Artifact Track.

== Important Dates (23:59:59 AoE)

Paper Abstract: June 20, 2022
Paper Submission: June 27, 2022
Notification: July 25, 2022
Camera-Ready: August 1, 2022

Submission link:

==== NIER/TD Track

The NIER/TD Track of VISSOFT accepts two types of submissions: 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 invited 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 (23:59:59 AoE)

Paper Abstract: June 20, 2022
Paper Submission: June 27, 2022
Notification: July 25, 2022
Camera-Ready: August 1, 2022

Submission link:

==== Artifact Evaluation Track

Also this year, ICSME, VISSOFT, and SCAM have joined forces and present a single Artifact Evaluation Track for all three venues. We invite authors of papers of all lengths accepted to VISSOFT 2022 to submit artifacts associated with those papers for evaluation. Papers with artifacts that meet the review criteria will be awarded badges, noting their contributions to open science in SE.

For more information please read the Call for Papers of the Joint Artifact Evaluation Track available at

==== Journal-first Track

A submission to the VISSOFT 2022 call for journal-first paper presentations must adhere to the following criteria:

- The paper was accepted to a relevant journal and it is in the scope of the conference

- The paper was published between July 1, 2019 and July 25, 2022.

- The paper reports new research results and/or presents novel contributions that significantly extend, and were not previously reported in, prior work

- The paper has not been presented at and is not under consideration for journal-first programs of other conferences

Authors of a paper that meets these criteria are invited to submit by email to a one-page presentation proposal consisting of the paper’s title, the paper’s authors, a short statement on how the work satisfies the journal first criteria, and a pointer to the original journal paper at the journal’s Website. If the paper is not online yet, then specify so. The original paper (or a preprint) should also be sent during submission.

The journal-first manuscripts are published through the journals and will not be part of the Conference proceedings. The journal-first papers will be listed in the conference program. Journal first presentations will have the same presentation time as technical papers.

== Important Dates (23:59:59 AoE)

Paper Submission: July 25, 2022
Notification: August 1, 2022

Informal Tools Showcase

As successfully done in the past, at VISSOFT 2022 authors of all accepted papers will be invited to demonstrate their approaches and tools to the participants in an informal setting. More details will follow a few weeks before the conference.

How to submit

Technical papers must not exceed 10 pages (including figures and appendices) plus up to 2 pages that contain ONLY references. NIER/TD papers must not exceed 5 pages including references. Journal-first presentations must submit a one-page proposal.

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

If a submission is accepted for the journal-first program, at least one author of the associated journal paper must register and present the paper at the conference.

Supplemental material (e.g., video, data, software) that might be helpful for reviewers can be linked in your paper.

Note: VISSOFT uses a single-blind review process (i.e., the names and affiliations of the authors are revealed to reviewers but reviewers' identities are not revealed to authors).

Important Dates

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

Paper Abstract: June 20, 2022

Paper Submission:
June 27, 2022 (Technical Papers, NIER/TD Track)
July 25, 2022 (Journal First Track)

July 25, 2022 (Technical Papers, NIER/TD Track)
August 1, 2022 (Journal First Track)

Camera Ready: August 1, 2022

Conference Date: October 2-3, 2022


We look forward to your contributions!

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