The ninth IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization (VISSOFT 2021) builds upon the success of the previous eight 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 2021, VISSOFT will take place and be co-located with ICSME.

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General Chair

Alexandru C. Telea
Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Program Co-Chairs

Leonel Merino
Visualization Research Center, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Juan Pablo Sandoval Alcocer
Universidad Católica Boliviana - "San Pablo", Cochabamba, Bolivia

Publications Chair

Fabio Petrillo
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada

Publicity Chair

Carolin Brandt
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Web Chair

Alison Fernandez Blanco
University of Chile, Chile

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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.

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, evaluations, applications/design studies, systems and formalisms, and papers that present novel ideas and tools.

Submission Topics

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, 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 understand software-related aspects based on data science concepts.

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    Sep 27



    Sep 28


  • Jun 11 2021

    Abstract Submission Deadline

  • Jun 18 2021

    Draft paper submission deadline

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