SOFTVIS'06 Awards
Advance program available
Support for student travel: see information in left column
Joint VL/HCC and SOFTVIS keynote


SOFTVIS'06 Call for Papers
SOFTVIS Challenge 2006 (CFP)
Call for Posters
Graduate Consortium

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.


In addition to our program of peer-reviewed technical papers, this year's event has a number of innovations, and we are looking forward to an interesting and action-packed event. [see Advance Program]

To allow participants to maximize the benefit of their travel to Brighton, there is a slightly overlapping schedule among the three conferences with some joint keynotes, a joint reception and joint tea breaks, a poster display intermingled with the joint reception, and a joint special event. Furthermore the unified registration process provides considerable discounts for joint registrations.

Technical Papers
There will be presentations of technical papers covering a wide range of topics in software visualization including software visualization in education, algorithm and program animation, graphs in software visualization and software visualization for software engineering.

Posters and Lightning Talks
On monday there will be a number of short (5 minutes) presentations also called Lightning talks to "advertise" the posters which will be shown during the joint SV/VLHCC Reception Monday night.

SoftVis Challenge
SoftVis has not included such an event before. The SoftVis Challenge brings together researchers and practitioners interested in applying, comparing, and challenging their software visualization tools and approaches on software repositories for two common open source projects Mozilla (C,C++) and Eclipse (Java).

"How to Succeed at SoftVis/VLHCC Research"
As a joint session with VL/HCC, this event will include senior researchers from both the SoftVis and VL/HCC communities giving their own tips on how to succeed at SoftVis and VL/HCC research: how to do it, how to write it, and how to transfer it effectively to industry. It will also include the audience itself, from whom additional tips that have worked for them will be shared with the others.

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