Call For Papers – Tool Track

The Tool Demonstration track is an important part of the conference with the goal of showcasing live presentation of tool prototypes. Tools and their demonstrations are central to research in software maintenance, reverse engineering and reengineering, have a prominent role in the conference, and increase substantially the visibility of the associated research.

Tool demonstrations are expected to present tools that implement a research approach. Tools can range from mature prototypes to fully developed products that are being prepared for commercialization. We especially encourage tool demonstration proposals complementing full research papers. Whereas a research paper is intended to give the background information and point out the scientific contribution of a new software engineering approach, the tool demonstration provides a good opportunity to showcase how the scientific approach has been transferred into a running tool prototype. Thus, potential authors of the research papers are encouraged to submit the corresponding tools to this track. Any of the topics covered in the conference are of interest and appropriate for tool demonstrations.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the tool demonstration program committee. The committee will review each submission on its merits and quality.

A good tool paper should:

  • Fall under the topics mentioned for SANER 2017 research track;
  • Present and discuss a tool that has NOT been published before as a tool paper;
  • Motivate the need for the tool;
  • Describe the tool’s novelty and how it relates to previous industrial or research efforts;
  • Describe the tool’s goals, requirements, architecture and explain its inner workings;
  • NOT necessarily contain a large-scale empirical study of the tool, BUT any empirical results or user feedback are highly encouraged;
  • Optionally, include in the abstract the URL of a 3-to-5 minute screencast, either with annotations or voice-over, that provides a concise version of the tool demo scenario. The video should be posted on YouTube (private, not shared) or hosted on the tool’s website.

Submissions of tool demonstrations must:

  • adhere to the conference proceedings style;
  • have a maximum of 5 pages that describe the criteria above;
  • be uploaded electronically in PDF format via the SANER 2017 Easychair submission site.

Accepted tool demonstrations will be allocated 5 pages in the conference proceedings. Demonstrators will be invited to give a presentation that will be scheduled into the conference program. Commercial products and products that are currently being commercialized, cannot be accepted. The demonstrations are intended to highlight scientific contributions and consequently should not be sales pitches.

Papers must conform to the IEEE proceedings paper format guidelines.

The best tool demonstrations will be invited to submit a blog post to the IEEE Software Blog http://blog.ieeesoftware.org. This dissemination award is a recognition of the SANER community to high quality tools that can impact the research and practice in the areas of software maintenance, reverse engineering and reengineering. The best tools will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Public source code availability
  2. Ease of installation and use
  3. Mature experimentation/testing
  4. Potential and/or current impact

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: November 28, 2016 AoE
Paper submission deadline: December 2, 2016 AoE
Notifications: December 23, 2016
Camera ready deadline: January 9, 2017 AoE
Submission Page: EasyChair Link

Committee Members

Sven Amann
TU Darmstadt
Moritz Beller
Delft University of Technology
Fabian Beck
University of Stuttgart
Laleh M. Eshkevari
Concordia University
Mario Linares-Vásquez
Universidad de los Andes
Davood Mazinanian
Concordia University
Laura Moreno
The University of Texas at Dallas
Haidar Osman
University of Bern
Ali Ouni
Osaka University
Chakkrit Tantithamthavorn
Nara Institute of Science and Technology