The final program is online now !!!

June 11-13, 2003    
San Diego, USA

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Paper submission: Dec. 16, 2002

Tutorial submission: Jan. 15, 2003

Notification of acceptance: Jan. 27, 2003

Final papers due: March 10, 2003

SoftVis '03 is affiliated with the ACM Federated Computing Research Conference, a collection of symposia occurring June 7-14 in San Diego, CA. For more details on registration, hotel and travel information, please see the FCRC 2003 web pages.

Student Travel
The Conference Attendance Program for Students (CAPS) provides some financial support to graduate students, enabling them to attend SIGSOFT-sponsored conferences. The SIGPLAN Professional Activities Committee (PAC) provides support for registration fees and shared accommodation expenses for student attendance at a SIGPLAN sponsored conference where the applicant is to present a paper, is co-author of a paper on the program, or is participating in a student poster session.

More Information
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Print Call for Papers: (PDF,A4) or (PDF,Letter)

Software visualization encompasses the development and evaluation of methods for graphically representing different aspects of software, including its structure, its abstract and concrete execution, and its evolution. The goal of this symposium is to provide a forum for researchers from different backgrounds (HCI, software engineering, programming languages, visualization, computer science education) to discuss and present original research on software visualization.

SoftVis '03 is the first meeting in a planned series of biennial conferences. Our objective is to make the SoftVis series the premier venue for presenting all types of research on software visualization.

We seek theoretical as well as practical papers on applications, techniques, tools and case studies. Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Visualization of algorithms, including numerical, geometric, genetic, distributed and graph algorithms
  • Program visualization
  • Protocol and log visualization (security, trust)
  • Visualization of parallel programs
  • Visualization in software engineering, e.g. UML diagrams
  • Visualization of the software development process
  • Visualization of data and processes in applications
  • Educational software in computer science, in particular visualization of computational models
  • Graph drawing algorithm for software visualization
  • Visualization of data base schemes
  • Visual debugging
  • 3D software visualization
  • Software visualization on the internet
  • Program analyses and visualization
  • Integration of software visualization tools and development environments
  • Empirical evaluation of software visualization system effectiveness

Papers should represent original, unpublished results and will be rigorously reviewed by the international Program Committee. Papers must be in standard ACM 2-column format and cannot exceed 10 pages in total length (see submission details ). Authors should prepare and electronically submit a PDF version of their paper. Videos not exceeding 5 minutes in length can accompany a paper submission. Papers are due December 16, 2002. Further details on precise submission guidelines will be forthcoming.

A set of tutorials will immediately precede the main conference. Tutorial proposals of no more than 1 or 2 pages (for 90-minute or 3-hour tutorials) should be submitted to the program chair by January 15, 2003. Include the proposed title, brief description of material, intended audience, assumed background of attendees, and the name, affiliation, contact information (e-mail and phone), and brief biography of speaker(s). An electronic PDF submission is preferred.

Symposium Organizers
General Chair: Stephan Diehl, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
Program Chair: John T. Stasko, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
Treasurer: Christopher D. Hundhausen, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, USA

Program Committee:
Margaret Burnett, Oregon State University, USA
Wim De Pauw, IBM Research, USA
John Domingue, Open University, UK
Steve Eick, Visintuit, USA
Hideki Koike, University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan
Eileen Kraemer, The University of Georgia, USA
Hans Hagen, University Kaiserslautern, Germany
John Hosking, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Malcolm Munro, University of Durham, UK
Petra Mutzel, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
David Notkin, University of Washington, USA
Tom Naps, University of Wisconsin-OshKosh, USA
Marian Petre, Open University, UK
Steve Reiss, Brown University, USA
Margaret-Anne Storey, University of Victoria, Canada
Erkki Sutinen, University of Joensuu, Finland
Ayellet Tal, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Reinhard Wilhelm, University of Saarland, Germany
Andreas Zeller, University of Saarland, Germany