[ecoop-info] Call for Papers: The 29th International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC 2021)

Mahnaz Behroozi mbehroo at ncsu.edu
Thu Dec 10 03:54:41 CET 2020

*International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC 2021)
*18-20 May 2021*

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit to the *29th International
Conference on Program Comprehension* (ICPC 2021). The conference is
co-located with ICSE 2021 and will be held virtually *18-20 May 2021*.

The International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC) is the premier
venue in software program comprehension. It encompasses both human
activities for comprehending the software and technologies for supporting
such comprehension.

*ICPC 2021 Submissions*
 ICPC 2021 solicits six main categories of research contributions: research
papers <https://conf.researchr.org/track/icpc-2021/icpc-2021-research>, early
research achievement (ERA) papers
<https://conf.researchr.org/track/icpc-2021/icpc-2021-era>, replications
and negative results (RENE) papers
<https://conf.researchr.org/track/icpc-2021/icpc-2021-rene>, tool demos
papers <https://conf.researchr.org/track/icpc-2021/icpc-2021-education>,
and journal first track papers
<https://conf.researchr.org/track/icpc-2021/icpc-2021-j1c2>. Research
papers describe original work in program comprehension; short papers
reporting early results are included in the ERA track. Replications and
negative results papers focus on the re-execution of existing research to
strengthen previous findings and present sound empirical methods leading to
negative results. Tool demonstrations report about new instruments making
available and usable to practitioners program comprehension methods.
Educational papers propose advances in how program comprehension is taught
at any level, from children to university students. Finally, the journal first
track invites the presentation of papers accepted *on or after November
1st, 2019,* at one of the partner journals, i.e., Software Quality Journal
(SQJ) <https://www.springer.com/journal/11219>, Information and Software
Technology (IST)
of Software: Evolution and Process (JSEP)
<https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/20477481>, Journal of Systems and
Software (JSS)
and Science
of Computer Programming (SCP)

To learn more about how to submit, please visit the following link:

*Topics of interest*
 Include but are not limited to:

   - Empirical evaluations of program comprehension tools, techniques, and
   - Human aspects in program comprehension, including gender
   considerations in program comprehension, information processing strategies,
   the role of emotions in program comprehension, and more;
   - Cognitive theories for program comprehension, including experiments,
   empirical studies, and case studies;
   - Collaborative software engineering practices for program comprehension;
   - Individual, collaborative, distributed, and global program
   - Novel visualization techniques and interfaces to support program
   comprehension, including searching, browsing, and analyzing;
   - Novel text summarization techniques and interfaces to support program
   comprehension, including searching, browsing, and analyzing;
   - Comprehension of specific types of software systems, such as
   open/closed source, mobile applications, spreadsheets, web-based systems,
   legacy systems, product lines, libraries, multi-threaded applications, and
   systems of systems;
   - Comprehension in the context of diverse software process models and
   specific lifecycle activities, such as maintenance, evolution,
   re-engineering, migration, security, auditing, and testing;
   - Comprehension of software artifacts ranging from requirements
   documents to test cases and crash logs; from API documentation to models,
   meta-models and model transformation; and from Stack Overflow questions &
   answers to GitHub code review messages - all artifacts software developer
   encounters when creating or evolving software;
   - Comprehension and legal issues, such as due diligence, intellectual
   property, reverse engineering, and litigation;
   - Issues and case studies in the transfer of program comprehension
   technology to industry;
   - Tool support for program comprehension.

Please note that ICPC 2021 attracts submissions from *the human-aspects and
computer-supported cooperative work research communities*: if you are part
of those communities, please consider submitting and recommend other
researchers of the field to submit to ICPC 2021 to enlarge the community
around the conference and the inter-connections among communities.

*ICPC 2021 IEEE/TCSE Distinguished Paper Awards and ICPC Honorable Mentions*
 The best papers of the Technical Research Track *will be invited to be
revised and extended for consideration in a thematic special issue of
**the Springer’s
Empirical Software Engineering Journal (EMSE)
<https://emsejournal.github.io/>**.* The best papers of the conference will
also be awarded an *IEEE/TCSE Distinguished Paper Award*. Also, for the
first time, ICPC 2021 will introduce the *ICPC Honorable Mentions*, special
awards that will be assigned, based on the program committee reports, to
the papers that have applied extremely novel and/or outstanding research
methods to the problem of interest.

*Important Dates*
Deadlines for the Technical Research Track are:

Abstract submission: Friday, January 22, 2021;

Paper submission: Friday, January 29, 2021;
Notifications: Friday, March 5, 2021;
Camera Ready: Monday, March 22, 2021.

Deadlines for ALL OTHER tracks are:

Abstract submission: Thursday, February 11, 2021;

Paper submission: Wednesday, February 17, 2021;

Notifications: Friday, March 5, 2021;
Camera Ready: Monday, March 22, 2021.

*Submission Link*

Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icpc2021

*ICPC 2021 Socials*

Stay tuned to emerging news about ICPC 2021 through our social
channels. Follow us!

 - Website:        https://conf.researchr.org/home/icpc-2021

 - Twitter:          @icpcconf

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*Further Information*

For further information and questions, feel free to contact the General
Chair Prof. Alexander Serebrenik (a.serebrenik at tue.nl) or the Program
Co-Chairs Anita Sarma (Anita.Sarma at oregonstate.edu) and Fabio Palomba (
fpalomba at unisa.it).

We look forward to seeing you at ICPC 2021!

Mahnaz Behroozi
Publicity Co-Chair ICPC 2021

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