Call for Papers

VEM is a forum dedicated to discuss and reflect on alternatives to perform visualization, evolution and maintenance systems. VEM is collocated with CBSoft, the Brazilian Conference on Software Engineering.

Important Dates

All dates refer to midnight 23:59:59 AoE.

Submission Deadline: July 03, 2016 (extended)
Author Notification: August 01, 2016 (extended)
Camera-Ready Copies: August 07, 2016 (extended)
Workshop Date: September 21, 2016


The growing need to maintain and evolve software systems is a major challenge in modern software engineering. Several studies show that software evolution or maintenance tasks have been responsible for a considerable cost on the development process, reaching in some cases, 90% of the total cost. Evolving complex software systems, however, requires advanced means for understanding the software artifacts to be modified. Software comprehension is a non-trivial task. Software visualization relies on the use of visual resources to facilitate software comprehension, either through the analysis of a single system version or the system entire version history. Due to this clear intersection of the research challenges involving the areas of Software Visualization, Software Evolution, and Software Maintenance, there is a need for a joint forum to discuss these challenges together. The forth Workshop on Software Visualization, Maintenance, and Evolution (VEM 2016) aims at bringing together the research communities interested in topics related to Software Visualization, Software Evolution, and Software Maintenance to share and discuss ideas, strengthen research group collaborations and identify new research opportunities.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest are related to several research challenges in Software Visualization, Software Evolution, and Software Maintenance. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Mining software repositories and software analytics
  • Processes of software maintenance and evolution
  • Metrics and assessment of evolving software
  • Empirical studies about software visualization, evolution, and maintenance
  • Maintenance and evolution of applications in the cloud
  • Software architecture, product lines, components and frameworks
  • Aspect orientation, feature orientation, and generative programming
  • Tools and environments for software maintenance and evolution
  • Reverse engineering, reengineering, and refactoring
  • Static and dynamic analyses
  • Software visualization and comprehension techniques
  • Migration and test of legacy software systems
  • Static and dynamic software source code visualization
  • Computational Reflection and Metaprogramming
  • Software management (risks, economic aspects, configuration management, planning, and estimation)
  • Visualization of software engineering activities, such as requirements engineering, tests, and maintenance
  • Visualization of workflows, business processes, and network flows
  • Views in integrated development environments
  • Education of software visualization, evolution, and maintenance
  • Submission Guidelines

    The workshop will accept technical papers with up to 8 pages written in English or in Portuguese. All submissions must be in PDF format and formatted according to the SBC template (download it here).

    Submitted papers must be unpublished and should not be under review elsewhere. Experimental evaluation of the results is desirable, but it is not a precondition. Papers with innovative and promising proposals are welcome. The acceptance of a paper implies that at least one of its authors will register for the workshop and present the paper. The workshop proceedings will be published in the CBSoft 2016 proceedings.

    Papers should be submitted electronically through EasyChair at

    Best Paper Award

    As in the previous editions, we will award the best workshop paper.

    Springer will give a gift to the authors of the best paper.