28th IEEE International Conference on
SOFTWARE MAINTENANCE
September 23rd - 30th, 2012
Riva del Garda | Trento | Italy
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Tool Demonstrations Track

Software maintenance is often cited to be the most costly phase in the life of a software system. While the research track focuses primarily on fundamental techniques, methodologies and studies to improve the software maintenance state-of-the-art in the near future, the demo track showcases pragmatic tools and environments to support the software maintainers in the field now. Whether the tools are early research prototypes or polished tools prepared for commercialization (but not yet commercialized), the ICSM demo track provides the perfect opportunity to reach an international audience of researchers and practitioners, and solicit critical feedback.

This year's demo track consists of:

  1. Formal Demos: Demonstrators get about 15 minutes in the conference program for presenting their tool. The presentation should focus on the main use cases of and essential concepts behind the tool, and should include an actual tool demo of at least 10 minutes. Accepted Formal Demos can also participate in the Tool Bazaar, and will be included in the ICSM proceedings.
  2. Tool Bazaar: The bazaar aims to recreate the vibe of a tool fair, where the ICSM attendants are prospective clients looking for help. They can freely mingle with tool demonstrators to get on-demand demos of the tools. This perspective will help tool demonstrators focus on (1) figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of their tool as well as (2) identifying what their tool is missing for adoption in practice.

Participation in the Tool Bazaar requires a cover letter, 5-minute screencast and a small website for the tool. Formal Demos also require the screencast and website, but need a 4-page proposal instead of the cover letter. One should only apply once, i.e., either apply for the Tool Bazaar or for a Formal Demo. Accepted Formal Demos are automatically allowed to the Tool Bazaar, while rejected Formal Demo proposals can still be allowed to the Tool Bazaar, at the reviewers' discretion. Note that only Formal Demos will be included in the tool demo proceedings, i.e., cover letters will not be published.

To add some additional incentive, all ICSM attendants will be able to vote for the ICSM 2012 BOB award ("Best Of Bazaar"). The BOB award will reward the novelty, practicality, effectiveness and professionalism of the tool demos.

How to submit (pick one of the two)

Participation to the Tool Bazaar requires:

  1. a short cover letter containing the names of the authors, the name of the tool and the URL of the tool's website (see 3.);
  2. a 5-minute video screencast (with voice-over) in which the authors demo the tool as they would during the Tool Bazaar (CamStudio and Jing are two popular and free screencast tools);
  3. a small website (referenced in the cover letter) containing the URL of the screencast as well as the download link of the actual tool, together with clear installation instructions.

Participation to the Formal Demos requires:

  1. a 4-page proposal (format: IEEE format and template) describing the problem context, a typical usage scenario, existing tools and their shortcomings, the concepts behind the proposed tool, a graphical overview of the tool's architecture, a short discussion of the technologies used for implementation, a summary of experiments or other experiences with the tool, an outline of missing features and other future work, and the URL of the tool's website (see 3.);
  2. a 5-minute video screencast (with voice-over) in which the authors demo the tool as they would during the formal demo (CamStudio and Jing are two popular and free screencast tools);
  3. a small website (referenced in the proposal) containing the URL of the screencast as well as the download link of the actual tool, together with clear installation instructions.

The cover letter or proposal should be submitted via EasyChair http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icsmtool2012 by June 27, 2012 July 1, 2012. The screencast and website do NOT need to be submitted via easychair, since their URL can be found via the cover letter or proposal. If the tool is not available for download, the authors should clearly explain the rationale for this in their cover letter or proposal.

Review and evaluation criteria

Each submission will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the tool demo PC. Major reviewing criteria are:

  1. relevance to the ICSM audience
  2. quality of the proposal and screencast
  3. novelty of the tool
  4. adherence to the tool demo guidelines

Publication/Demo

Accepted Formal Demos will be allocated 4 pages in the conference proceedings. At least one author of each accepted Formal Demo must register and attend ICSM 2012 for the demo to be published in the proceedings. In addition, formal demonstrators will be expected to give a presentation that will be scheduled in the conference program. Furthermore, all demonstrators will be expected to take part in the Tool Bazaar, which will take place at a key moment during the conference.

Demonstrators are expected to provide their own equipment. Please mention supplemental wishes (e.g., Internet access) in the cover letter or proposal.

Last modified Tuesday, 14th August, 2012