ACM Symposium on Software Visualization

October 25-26, 2010     Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Co-Located with IEEE VisWeek 2010

Due date: July 14, 2010 (23:59 Apia, Samoa time)

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2010 ACM Symposium on Software Visualization (SoftVis 2010) to be held October 25-26, 2010 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

We invite you to consider presenting a Poster and/or Tool Demo at SoftVis 2010.

This poster and tool demos session provides an opportunity for participants to present and discuss their research. This event will feature concurrent short presentations by participants organized in poster formats. Each participant will be allowed space on an easel for the poster presentation or space on a table for the tool demo. SoftVis 2010 attendees will be able to wander among the posters and tool demos and talk to presenters about their research.

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, information visualization, visual analytics, computer science education) to discuss and present original research on software visualization.

Poster presentations describing research in the following areas are welcome:

  • Visualization of algorithms, including numerical, geometric, genetic, distributed and graph algorithms
  • Visualization for computer science and software engineering education
  • Visualization of data and processes in applications
  • Visualization of database schemes
  • Visualization of parallel programs
  • Visualization of protocols and logs (security, trust)
  • Visualization of the software development process
  • Visualization of software behavior
  • Visualization of software evolution
  • Visualization in software engineering, e.g. UML diagrams
  • Visualization of software structure
  • Visualization of web services
  • Visualization of workflow and business processes
  • Program visualization
  • Program analyses and visualization
  • Visual debugging
  • Integration of software visualization tools with development environments
  • Software visualization on the internet
  • Empirical evaluation of software visualization system effectiveness
  • Visual software analytics
  • Graph drawing algorithms for software visualization
  • 3D software visualization

Submission Instructions

Important Dates

Deadline: July 14, 2010 (23:59 Apia, Samoa time)

Review Process

Each poster and tool demo abstract will be read and evaluated by the Poster and Tool Demo Chair. Submissions will be evaluated based on whether the content is original, suitable for the venue and likely to be of interest to the community and to prompt discussion. Authors of abstracts that are not accepted will receive a summary review of their abstract from the chair explaining the decision and providing feedback.

Poster and Tool Demos Session

Authors of accepted posters are required to bring an explanatory hardcopy poster for display during the scheduled poster session(s), and be available for discussion at that time.

Authors of accepted tool demos are required to bring a laptop to show their demo during the poster and tool demos session.

  • Accepted abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings.
  • At least one of the authors must register and be present at the conference.
  • SoftVis 2010 is part of IEEE VisWeek'10 and shares a single registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the expected physical format of a poster?

Posters are usually printed with a large-format printer onto a large piece of paper. The posters themselves have no predefined formatting, but dimensions may not exceed A0 paper size (841mm x 1189mm / 33.1" x 46.8"). An A0 size poster covers most or all of the poster board it is mounted on. A less attractive option is to form the poster from a collection of individual letter-size sheets of paper, either as the individual pages of the presentation, or as "tiles" of a single large-format document. At the conference, you will mount your poster onto a poster board for display. Poster boards and push-pins will be supplied by the conference organizers.

What is the purpose of a poster?

To facilitate dissemination and discussion about your research. Posters are presented in person by standing with the poster during the poster session itself to describe the work and to answer questions. If the poster has multiple authors, not all authors need to be there, however the poster must be staffed by at least one person at all times during the poster session.

What makes for a good poster?

The main points of the poster should be easily readable from about three meters away. The poster may also have more dense text, suitable for viewers who come for a closer look, standing perhaps one meter away. Consider also that the material on the poster should be useful for you to illustrate key points when discussing your work individually with attendees during your session. And don't forget to include your name, affiliation, and contact information on the poster. At the poster session, you should have your business card or a leaflet ready to give to interested people.

Hints on creating an effective research poster:

Will I have an internet connection for my laptop for my poster display?

Probably not. It's best not to plan on having an internet connection during your session.

Will AC power be available for my laptop or other devices for my poster display?

Sorry, we can't promise AC power outlets. Charge your batteries before the session.

Can I leave my laptop or other equipment there before or after the session?

The poster and tool demos session is in an unsecured open area. Take your laptop and all your gear with you.


Craig Anslow, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand