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ICPC 2021
Tue 18 - Thu 20 May 2021
co-located with ICSE 2021

The 29th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC) is the premier venue for work in the area of program comprehension. It encompasses both human activities for comprehending the software and technologies for supporting such comprehension. ICPC 2021 promises to provide a quality forum for researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government to present and to discuss state-of-the-art results and best practices in the field of program comprehension.

ICPC 2021 solicits five main categories of research contributions: research papers, early research achievement (ERA) papers, replications and negative results papers, tool demos, and educational papers. Research papers describe original work in the area of program comprehension; short papers reporting ealy results are included in the ERA track. Replications and negative results papers concern with the re-execution of existing research aimed at strengthening previous findings as well as the presentation of sound empirical methods leading to negative results. Tool demonstrations report about new instruments making available and usable to practitioners program comprehension methods. Finally, educational papers propose advances in the way program comprehension is taught at any level, from children to university students.

If you are new to ICPC and would like to read more about the tracks it offers, we invite you to take a look at the How to Submit guide, that describes the tracks and provides examples of contributions accepted in previous editions of the conference.

ICPC 2021 Goes Virtual

November 03, 2020

The current trends in the global Covid-19 pandemic make it very unlikely that we will be able to hold a physical conference in Madrid in May 2021 with sufficient assurances of safety. It is with great sadness that​ we announce that ICPC 2021 will be held virtually.​ We are following the decision taken by ICSE 2021 who also did not take this decision lightly, but we believe that going fully virtual is the right way forward

We will be following initiatives of other conferences and integrate many interactive events into the program and leave ample room for effective networking opportunities. More details about the organization will be announced on the ICPC website and the Twitter channel soon!

The whole team is fully committed to making the virtual ICPC an awesome experience for everybody, we hope that you are on board, too.


Alexander Serebrenik, General Chair, ICPC 2021.