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Collocated with the 15th IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC 2007)
Software visualization is a broad research area encompassing techniques that assist in a broad range of software engineering activities including: specification, design, programming, testing, maintenance, reverse engineering and reengineering. In this workshop, we will focus on visualization techniques that draw on aspects of software maintenance, program comprehension, reverse engineering, and reengineering. That is, we focus on how visualization can help programmers understand and analyze software.
This event will gather tool developers, users and researchers in a unique format to learn about, experience and discuss techniques for visualizing software for understanding and analysis. Software is inherently complex due to the number of artifacts in any system and their relationships. It is also unique in that it has both a static and a dynamic nature. This can affect the views that are applicable and useful, and even what constitutes a sufficiently complete view to support a comprehension task. There is a need to help support the program comprehension notion of discovering what a system does as well as how it does it. The goals of the workshop are to work towards being able to answer the question of what is a good representation for a given situation, data availability and required tasks. We will also consider the unique demands that software places on visualizations that other knowledge representations may not have to consider.
The workshop invites submissions focusing on (but not limited to) the following areas of interest:
Advance workshop registration: Thursday, May 31st, 2007