22nd IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering

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9th International Workshop on Software Clones (IWSC 2015)

Software clones are often a result of copying and pasting as an act of ad-hoc reuse by programmers, and can occur at many levels, from simple statement sequences to blocks, methods, classes, source files, subsystems, models, architectures and entire designs, and in all software artifacts (code, models, requirements or architecture documentation, etc.). Software clone research is of high relevance for software engineering research and practice today.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Use cases of clone management in the software lifecycle
  • Experiences with clone management in practice
  • Types, distribution, and nature of clones in software systems
  • Causes and effects of clones
  • Techniques and algorithms for clone detection, analysis, and management
  • Clone and clone patterns visualization
  • Tools and systems for detecting software clones
  • Applications of clone detection and analysis
  • System architecture and clones
  • Effect of clones to system complexity and quality
  • Clone analysis in families of similar systems
  • Measures of code similarity
  • Economic and trade-off models for clone removal
  • Evaluation and benchmarking of clone detection methods
  • Licensing and plagiarism issues
  • Clone-aware software design and development
  • Refactoring through clone analysis
  • Higher-level clones in models and designs
  • Clone evolution and variation
  • Role of clones in software system evolution
Abstract Submissions 3 January, 2015
Paper submissions 5 January, 2015
Notification to authors 19 January, 2015
Camera Ready Submissions 24 January, 2015
Workshop 6 March, 2015

General Chair

  • Chanchal K. Roy, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Pc Co-Chair

  • Iman Keivanloo, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Angela Lozano, Vrize Universiteir Brussel, Belgium

Steering Committee

  • James R. Cordy, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Katsuro Inoue, Osaka University, Japan
  • Rainer Koschke, University of Bremen, German


Second Workshop on Patterns Promotion and Anti-patterns Prevention (PPAP) 2015


Collocated with the 22nd IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER'2015), which will be held in March 2-6 2015, in Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, Canada.

Workshop date: TBA (Monday March 2nd OR Friday March 6th), 2015



Patterns are good solutions to problems reoccurring in certain contexts while anti-patterns are the contrary, i.e., common poor practices. Now, it has been almost two decades since design patterns [Gamma et al., 1994] and anti-patterns [Koenig, 1995] were introduced in the domain of software engineering. Since then, there has been a tremendous number of works mainly on the definition, detection, application, and impact of design patterns and anti-patterns. These works built a well-established topic of research and a foundation for new families of patterns and anti-patterns.

The goal of the workshop is to promote the application of patterns and prevent the spread of anti-patterns. For the second edition, the aim is to understand to what extent practitioners benefit from the concepts of patterns and anti-patterns and the existing catalogs. In fact, patterns are widely studied in the research community to asses their benefit for program comprehension, maintenance, and more generally the quality of the software. In addition, many researchers studied to what extent anti-patterns can negatively impact the different software activities and software quality. However, limited feedback exist on how practitioners benefit from the existing body of research on patterns and anti-patterns. Thus, the second edition of PPAP aims at providing a platform for practitioners and researchers to exchange experiences and needs.


We invite researchers and practitioners to submit research papers, position papers, experience reports, and discussion papers. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • identifying show-stoppers that prevent to adopt patterns or refactor from anti-patterns;
  • impact on software quality, testing;
  • identifying needs for new families of patterns (anti-patterns);
  • defining new patterns/anti-patterns;
  • enriching existing patterns/anti-patterns;
  • empirical studies;
  • evolution.

Paper Format

Papers should not exceed 4 pages. All papers should be submitted as PDF file following the IEEE two-column proceedings format: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html

The submission will be done via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ppap2015

Abstract submission December 8th, 2014
Paper submission December 8th, 2014
Notification date December 23rd, 2014
Camera ready January 14th, 2015
Workshop date March 2nd 2015

Steering Committee

  • Giuliano Antoniol, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  • Yann-Gaël Guéhéneuc, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  • Leon Moonen, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

Organizing Committee

  • Surafel Lemma Abebe, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Venera Arnaoudova, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  • Laleh Eshkevari, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  • Aminata Sabané, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  • Wei Wu, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada

Program Committee

  • Gabriele Bavota, University of Sannio, Italy
  • Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, University of Macedonia, Greece
  • Massimiliano Di Penta, University of Sannio, Italy
  • Latifa Guerrouj, Concordia University, Canada
  • Zhen Ming (Jack) Jiang, York University, Canada
  • Foutse Khomh, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  • Ángela Lozano, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Naouel Moha, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
  • Lionel Seinturier, University of Lille 1, France
  • Nikolaos Tsantalis, Concordia University, Canada
  • Stéphane Vaucher, Benchmark Consulting, Canada
  • Aiko Yamashita, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway


6th International Workshop on Program Comprehension through Dynamic Analysis (PCODA 2015)

The International Workshop on Program Comprehension through Dynamic Analysis (PCODA) is devoted to the theory and practice of dynamic analysis techniques for program comprehension. Unlike static analysis that focuses on examining the source code, dynamic analysis methods operate on the system execution, providing valuable insight into what a system does and why it does it in a certain way.

The main goal of the workshop is to bring together both academics and industry professionals to discuss recent advances in the field, share results, uncover research issues, and plan future directions.

PCODA 2015 builds on the success of five previous editions, held in conjunction with the Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE) in respectively Pittsburgh (2005), Benevento (2006), Vancouver (2007), Antwerp (2008), and Boston (2010). These editions of PCODA have showed an active interest in the field as evidenced by both the high number of submissions and participants.

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit research papers, position papers, experience reports, and discussion papers. Topics include but are not limited to:

Tracing and monitoring techniques

  • Mining execution traces and logs
  • Industrial applications
  • Program comprehension strategies driven by dynamic analysis techniques
  • Big data problem of execution traces
  • Recovery of behavioural models
  • Trace analysis and exploration techniques
  • Combining static and dynamic analysis techniques
  • Dynamic analysis tools and framework
  • Comparisons among existing tools and approaches
  • Dynamic analysis in the context of distributed systems, cloud computing, mobile devices, and web services
  • Research evaluation techniques and protocols
  • Experiments and case studies
  • Empirical studies in dynamic analysis
Abstract submission December 8, 2014
Paper submissions December 12, 2014 January 12, 2015 (extension)
Acceptance notification January 16, 2015 January 20, 2015
Camera ready January 24, 2015
Workshop March 2, 2015

Organizing Committee:

  • Wahab Hamou-Lhadj, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • Alf Larsson, Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden


1st International Workshop on Software Analytics

at swan@softwareanalytics.ca


Many prominent tech companies have embraced an analytics-driven culture to help improve their decision making. Analytics include methods of gathering, preprocessing, transforming and modelling raw data with the purpose of highlighting useful information and drawing conclusions from it. Software analytics are used to leverage large volumes of data from multiple sources to help practitioners make informed decisions about their projects. While analytics solutions demonstrated promising results, there are many challenges left concerned with developing, integrating, adopting analytics into software development processes. The first International Workshop on Software Analytics (SWAN 2015) aims at providing a common venue for researchers and practitioners across software engineering, data mining and mining software repositories research domains to share new approaches and emerging results in developing and validating analytics rich solutions, as well as adopting analytics to software development and maintenance processes to better inform their everyday decisions. It will be co-located with SANER 2015, Montréal, Canada. The goals of the workshop are to discuss progress on software analytics, data mining and analysis; to gather empirical evidence on the use and effectiveness of analytics; and to identify priorities for a research agenda. The workshop invites both academic researchers and industrial practitioners for an exchange of ideas and collaboration.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of software and data analytics to support decision making;
  • Data-driven approaches for data exploration and analysis;
  • Predictive analytics;
  • Web analytics, development analytics, business intelligence tools, Hadoop tools;
  • Quantitative vs. qualitative analytics;
  • Large-scale data mining, analysis and analytics;
  • Software analytics for various stakeholders (e.g., managers vs. developers);
  • Methods of integrating data from multiple sources (applications, interfaces, mobile apps);
  • Empirical studies on how software analytics are used in practice and their effectiveness;
  • Negative results (what did not work) when adopting software analytics, and experience reports;
  • Identification of open research challenges and proposed solutions.


SWAN 2015 invites contributions in the form of position (2-page) or short (4-page) papers from both academia and industry. All submissions should describe unpublished work and must have been neither previously accepted for publication nor concurrently submitted for review in another journal, book, conference, or workshop. Submissions can be position papers, research papers, studies, experience or practice reports.

All submissions must conform to the IEEE proceedings paper format guidelines, see and must not exceed 4 pages (including all text, figures). If the submission is accepted, at least one author must attend the workshop and present the paper. Paper submissions should be uploaded electronically in PDF format to SWAN 2015 EasyChair submission site at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=swan2015 by December 29, 2014 (AoE Time).

Paper submission January 09, 2015 (AoE Time)
Author notification January 17, 2015
Camera-ready January 21, 2015
Workshop day March 2, 2015

General Co-Chairs:

  • Olga Baysal, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Latifa Guerrouj, Concordia University, Canada


  • Ayse Bener, Ryerson University, Canada
  • Michael W. Godfrey, Waterloo University, Canada
  • Tim Menzies, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Tom Zimmermann, Microsoft Research, USA


  • Bram Adams, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
  • Ghizlane El Boussaidi, École de Technologie Supérieure, Canada
  • Reid Holmes, Waterloo University, Canada
  • Collin McMillan, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Rocco Oliveto, University of Molise, Italy
  • Romain Robbes, University of Chile, Chile
  • Leif Singer, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Ashish Sureka, IIIT-Delhi, India
  • Peter C. Rigby, Concordia University, Canada
  • Emad Shihab, Concordia University, Canada


Open and Original Problems in Software Language Engineering

Everyone is invited to submit a position paper up to 4 pages in length, sketching an open or original problem, idea or challenge. Submissions are screened by the workshop chairs, who will select papers based on potential for discussion and interest to the community, as well as the clarity of presentation and motivation.

OOPSLE is not a mini-conference, and therefore it is not necessary for the work to be conclusive yet. The papers will be posted online prior to the workshop, so the participants have the opportunity to read them in advance.

Papers should submitted electronically via EasyChair.

Each accepted paper is presented at the workshop as a brief summary of its main idea and a set of open questions to be discussed with the audience. Presenters will ask for input on how to proceed with experiments, validation or refinement of their ideas, collect opinions on the presented definitions, share similar experience. We expect the participants to be friendly but inquisitive, and ask hard questions back that may lead to deepening the initially presented insights. The workshop is planned to have short presentations and long discussions to stimulate direct collaboration afterwards.

After the workshop, all participants will be invited to submit a full paper to a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal. Those submissions will undergo peer review by the members of the program committee consisting of researchers in software language engineering and reverse engineering.

IMPORTANT DATES (may still be subject to changes)
Submission deadline December 15, 2014
Workshop March 6, 2015


Submission Page: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=oopsle2015

Relevant topics

We acknowledge the following list as non-exhaustive collection of examples of topics of interests of the workshop:

  • Defining an unsolved problem by establishing both its provenance in prior research and the lack of a fully satisfactory solution.
  • Identifying new problem areas in software language engineering that have not been previously studied due to lack of understanding, techniques, practical interest or scalability issues.
  • Engaging in technological space travel by identifying similar problems in various sectors of software language engineering (i.e., grammarware, modelware, ontoware, XMLware, databases, spreadsheets, etc).
  • Generalising and reformulating of several well-known problems into several sides of one open challenge (e.g., parsing and pretty-printing).
  • Proposing systematic methods of assessment and comparison of existing and emerging solutions to a problem that is not or cannot be fully solved (e.g., choosing between parsing techniques, metaprogramming methodologies, software language workbenches).
  • Arguing about definitions of terms commonly used in various senses (e.g., software language design, quality of a grammar, transformation).
  • Presenting unconventional crossovers of popular research topics and software language engineering concerns (e.g., green IDEs and energy consumption considerations for parsing algorithms).
  • Making an overview of major hindrances hindering solution of a standing problem (e.g., tool interoperability and reuse, tackling language and metalanguage diversity and versatility, consistency management).
  • Designing open datasets in the software language engineering domain and the way we could share and incorporate them.
  • Describing novel or unconventional ideas that are promising but are not yet fully validated, or where validation itself may be a challenge.
  • Revealing solid negative results, failed experiments and disproven hypotheses.
  • Constructing future community experiments and considering topics our community expects to see addressed by such a competition, if one decides to run it in the future.
  • Critically reassessing a problem that is widely assumed to be solved but the solution is either underwhelming or could be “considered harmful” (model-driven engineering, domain-specific languages, test-based development).

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