Working Session Organizers:
Giuseppe Antonio Di Lucca
RCOST - University of Sannio
Massimiliano Di Penta
RCOST - University of Sannio
Deadline for contributions:
May 15, 2006
May 20, 2006
Call for Contributions
The success and the adoption of any research approach highly depends
on the confidence the potential user has on its effectiveness. Evaluation
and comparison with other approaches is therefore vital for any new research
product. For program comprehension techniques, this is particularly important:
when the aim is aiding a developer to better understand a software artifact,
the researcher need to actually assess whether the techniques or the tool
introduces a benefit. Moreover, the diffusion of alternative program comprehension
techniques (e.g., alternative ways to visualize similar information) systematic
comparisons are needed.
When designing and carrying out experiments, a series of issues have to
be addressed, such as the proper instrumentation to be used, the factors
affecting the study, the most adequate software system to experiment with,
and the best way to facilitate replications of the study.
The aim of this working session is to discuss issues and open problems
that can be encountered when planning and carrying out experiments on
program comprehension techniques involving human subjects. Moreover, the
session aims to act as a forum for the promotion of joint experimental
studies that researchers believe to be relevant and worth to be performed/replicated.
Conceiving, designing and carrying out a controlled experiment requires
a series of steps: experiment definition, planning, operation, analysis
and interpretation, presentation and packaging. The discussion within
the working session is articulated, but not limited to, into the following
- Variables worth to be investigated and factors affecting the study
- Experimental design
- Experimental Subjects
- Experimental Objects
We invite you to submit a position paper about one or more of the mentioned
topics and to participate to the working session to discuss and propose
ideas and solutions.
Working session organization
The working session starts with a limited set (four-five) of very short
presentations (5 minutes each) either presenting (i) provocative statements
or ideas related to any of the main dimensions reported before, (ii) proposals
for coordinated empirical studies that can be carried out together with
other participants. The aim is not to present results, but rather to drive
on the discussion, propose challenging idea to plan experimentations and
favor networking within participants.
Each presentation is followed by clarification questions and by a short
discussion. One of the organizers acts as a moderator while the other
collects a list of issues and experiment proposals, taking into account
presentations, questions and the discussion held.
Subsequently, a broader discussion about the collected issues takes place
and further ideas, comments and suggestion are collected.
A final post-conference document will summarize the results of the working
session; the document is to distribute to the attendees and somebody else
interested in the session topics.
SUBMISSION OF POSITION STATEMENTS
Interested participants are expected to submit informal abstracts or
position papers, not exceeding 3 pages in length, and then to give a short
presentation (10 min.) at the working session.
The submission deadline is May, 15, 2006. The official language is English.
Authors are requested to submit a PostScript or PDF version of their position
papers (IEEE proceeding format) by e-mail to the Working Session Organizers.
Submissions should be sent by email to Giuseppe
A. Di Lucca at the address: email@example.com