September 4-5, 2006
Brighton, UK

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.

Over the years SOFTIVS has become the premier venue for presenting all types of research on software visualization. After SOFTVIS03 in San Diego, and SOFTVIS05 in St. Louis, the third iteration of this conference series will be co-located with the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) and with the Psychology of Programmers Interest Group (PPIG) Workshop in Brighton, UK. Please, see the VL/HCC website for information about registration, travel and venue of these three events.


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
  • Visualization in software engineering, e.g. UML diagrams
  • Visualization-based software in computer science and software engineering education
  • Integration of software visualization tools and development environments
  • Program visualization
  • Protocol and log visualization (security, trust)
  • Visualization of parallel programs
  • Visualization of the software development process
  • Visualization of data and processes in applications
  • Graph drawing algorithms for software visualization
  • Visualization of data base schemes
  • Visual debugging
  • 3D software visualization
  • Software visualization on the internet
  • Program analyses and visualization
  • Empirical evaluation of software visualization system effectiveness
  • Visualization of Web Services
  • Visualization of workflow and business processes

Papers should represent original, unpublished results and will be rigorously reviewed by the international Program Committee.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. Authors should prepare and electronically submit a PDF version of their paper following the instructions for authors of conferences sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH. Videos not exceeding 5 minutes in length can accompany a paper submission. Papers are due April 7, 2006. Some hints for prospective authors are available online. For more details on the submission process and to submit your abstract and paper visit the SOFTVIS'06 submission site.

SOFTVIS is sponsored by ACM SIGCHI, SIGGRAPH, SIGPLAN and SIGSOFT, and in cooperation with ACM SIGCSE.


Paper submission:
April 7, 2006 (passed)

Notification of acceptance:
June 12, 2006

Posters due:
June 20, 2006

Challenge reports due:
June 23, 2006

Final papers due:
July 2, 2006

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.

Print Call for Papers: (PDF,A4) or (PDF,Letter)
Symposium Organizers
General Chair:
Eileen Kraemer, The University of Georgia, USA
Program Co-Chairs:
Margaret Burnett, Oregon State University, USA
Stephan Diehl, University Trier, Germany
Program Committee:
Rob DeLine, Microsoft Research, USA
Mary Jean Harrold, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
John Hosking, Univ. Auckland, New Zealand
Chris Hundhausen, Washington State University
Daniel Keim, University of Konstanz, Germany
Andreas Kerren, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Stephen Kobourov, University of Arizona, USA
Hideki Koike, University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan
Michele Lanza, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Jonathan I. Maletic, Kent State University, USA
Malcolm Munro, University of Durham, UK
Tom Naps, University of Wisconsin -- Oshkosh, USA
Helen Purchase, University of Glasgow, UK
Steve Reiss, Brown University, USA
John Stasko, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Margaret-Anne Storey, University of Victoria, Canada
Ayellet Tal, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Alexandru Telea, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands