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Dagstuhl Seminar 01211

Software Visualization

( May 20 – May 25, 2001 )

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Software visualization is concerned with the static visualization as well as the animation of algorithms, programs and the data they manipulate. Since Goldsteins and von Neumanns demonstration of the usefullness of flowcharts in 1947 visual representations have played an important role in understanding and designing programs. Software visualization is done in many areas of computer science, but often not realized as a field of its own. As a result papers are published at conferences and workshops of these areas reinventing the wheel over and over again. As David L. Parnas said, some of the best work has been done by software developers for their own use, not by researchers. Recently there have been several workshops with mostly local participation:

  • Workshop on Software Visualization at SIGCHI, Boston, 1994 (resulting in a collection of seminal papers: Software Visualization, Stasko et. al., MIT Press, 1998)
  • Workshop on Software Visualization 1995, 1997 and 1999, Australia
  • Workshop on Evolutionary Computation Visualization at GECCO99, Orlando, Florida, 1999
  • GI-Workshop Softwarevisualisierung, Dagstuhl, Germany, 2000
  • Program Visualization Workshop at ACM ITiCSE, Finnland, 2000

The goal of the Dagstuhl Seminar on Software Visualization is to bring together practioneers and researchers working in the area of software visualization as well as those working in related areas including database visualization, graph drawing and visual programming.

The seminar will not be restricted to theoretical foundations and technical applications, but will as well address psychological and educational aspects. Eventually we hope that the seminar will foster software visualization and its impact on the way we teach, learn and design programs.

Topics of interest include but are not restricted to

  • Animation of all kinds of algorithms, including numerical, geometric, genetic, distributed and graph algorithms
  • Program visualization
  • Visualization of parallel programs
  • Visualization in software engineering, e.g. UML
  • Visualization of data and processes in applications
  • Educational software in computer science, in particular visualization of computational models
  • Graph drawing algorithm for software visualization
  • Visualization of data base schemes
  • Visual debugging
  • 3D software visualization
  • Software visualization on the internet

The aim of the seminar is to provide a working environment, and we hope that these discussions will lead to a deeper insight into the problems of software visualization. In particular, we would like to ask all participants the following question: "Why is software visualization not widely used in education and software development?"

We will try to categorize software visualization techniques and evaluate the role of software visualization in education and software development both today and in the future. We are in particular looking for new approaches and new application domains.

The organizers of this seminar are convinced that your active participation will lead to new contacts and joint projects in the future.

  • Jan-Thies Baehr (DFKI - Kaiserslautern, DE)
  • Henning Barthel (DFKI - Kaiserslautern, DE)
  • Rudolf Berghammer (Universität Kiel, DE)
  • Margaret M. Burnett (Oregon State University, US) [dblp]
  • Pierluigi Crescenzi (University of Firenze, IT) [dblp]
  • Wim De Pauw (IBM TJ Watson Research Center - Hawthorne, US)
  • Camil Demetrescu (Sapienza University of Rome, IT) [dblp]
  • Stephan Diehl (KU Eichstätt/Ingolstadt, DE) [dblp]
  • John Domingue (The Open University - Milton Keynes, GB) [dblp]
  • Peter Eades (University of Sydney, AU) [dblp]
  • Holger Eichelberger (Universität Würzburg, DE) [dblp]
  • Stephen G. Eick (VISUAL Insights - Naperville, US)
  • Markus Eiglsperger (Universität Tübingen, DE)
  • Alexander Evstiougov-Babaev (AbsInt - Saarbrücken, DE)
  • Nils Faltin (Universität Oldenburg, DE)
  • Irene Finocchi (University of Rome "Tor Vergata", IT) [dblp]
  • Paul A. Fishwick (University of Florida - Gainesville, US) [dblp]
  • Rudolf Fleischer (Fudan University - Shanghai, CN) [dblp]
  • Michael Forster (Universität Passau, DE)
  • Jaroslaw M. Francik (Silesian University of Technology - Gliwice, PL)
  • Carsten Friedrich (Capital Markets CRC - Sydney, AU)
  • Carsten Görg (Universität des Saarlandes, DE) [dblp]
  • John Hosking (University of Auckland, NZ)
  • Christopher D. Hundhausen (University of Hawaii at Manoa - Honolulu, US) [dblp]
  • Douglas Ierardi (University of Southern California - Los Angeles, US)
  • Andreas Kerren (TU Kaiserslautern, DE) [dblp]
  • Rainer Koschke (Universität Bremen, DE) [dblp]
  • Ludek Kucera (Charles University - Prague, CZ)
  • Claus Lewerentz (BTU Cottbus, DE)
  • Ivan A. Lisitsyn (A. P. Ershov Institute - Novosibirsk, RU)
  • Wolfram Luther (Universität Duisburg-Essen, DE) [dblp]
  • Katharina Mehner (Universität Paderborn, DE)
  • Rym Mili (University of Texas at Dallas, US)
  • Tomasz Müldner (Acadia University - Wolfville, CA)
  • Paul Mulholland (The Open University - Milton Keynes, GB)
  • Petra Mutzel (TU Dortmund, DE) [dblp]
  • Stefan Näher (Universität Trier, DE)
  • Keith V. Nesbitt (University of Newcastle, AU)
  • James Noble (University of Wellington, NZ) [dblp]
  • Rainer Oechsle (Hochschule Trier, DE)
  • Aaron Quigley (The University of Sydney, AU) [dblp]
  • Steve Reiss (Brown University - Providence, US)
  • Susan Rodger (Duke University - Durham, US) [dblp]
  • Rocky Ross (Montana State University - Bozeman, US)
  • Alexander Schliep (MPI für Molekulare Genetik - Berlin, DE) [dblp]
  • Steve S. Skiena (SUNY - Stony Brook, US)
  • John T. Stasko (Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, US) [dblp]
  • Erkki Sutinen (University of Joensuu, FI)
  • Ayellet Tal (Technion - Haifa, IL) [dblp]
  • Jorma Tarhio (Helsinki University of Technology, FI)
  • Siegfried Wendt (Hasso-Plattner-Institut - Potsdam, DE)
  • Reinhard Wilhelm (Universität des Saarlandes, DE) [dblp]
  • Andreas Winter (Universität Koblenz-Landau, DE)
  • Jürgen Wolff von Gudenberg (Universität Würzburg, DE)
  • Andreas Zeller (Universität des Saarlandes, DE) [dblp]
  • Peter Ziewer (Universität Trier, DE)