ICPC 2019
Sat 25 - Sun 26 May 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada
co-located with ICSE 2019

Accepted Papers

Title
An empirical study on practicality of specification mining algorithms on a real-world application
ICPC 2019 Negative Results
Removal of design problems through refactorings: are we looking at the right symptoms?
ICPC 2019 Negative Results

Negative Results Track

The IEEE/ACM International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC) would like to encourage the submission of articles reporting important and relevant negative results of research studies in the field of program comprehension.

We seek negative results for all types of program comprehension research areas (cognitive theories, visualization tools, comprehension of specific types of software systems, comprehension in the context of diverse software process models, etc.). Negative results are important contributions to scientific knowledge because they allow us to constantly evaluate our hypothesis space and understanding of the current approaches. As Walter Tichy writes, “Negative results, if trustworthy, are extremely important for narrowing down the search space. They eliminate useless hypotheses and thus reorient and speed up the search for better approaches.”

Format and Submission

We solicit regular and short papers. Regular papers must not be longer than 10 pages for the main text, inclusive of figures, tables, appendices; references only may be included on up to 2 additional pages. Short papers must not be longer than 4 pages for the main text and 2 additional pages for references. The submission must conform to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type, LaTEX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option).

The submission must also comply with the ACM plagiarism policy and procedures. In particular, it must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review elsewhere while under review for ICPC. The submission must also comply with the IEEE Policy on Authorship.

All submissions must be in PDF format and must be submitted online via the ICPC 2019 EasyChair conference management system.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

Negative Results research papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of importance and quality of contribution, study methodology, depth of the discussion on the implications of the negative results, amount of useful and actionable insights, and clarity of the presentation.

ICPC 2019 Negative Results track will employ a double-blind review process. This means that the submissions should by no means disclose the identity of the authors. The authors must make every effort to honor the double-blind review process. In particular, the authors’ names must be omitted from the submission and references to their prior work should be in the third person.

Further advice, guidance and explanation about the double-blind review process can be found in the Q&A page.

ICPC 2019 Negative Results track will follow the ACM SIGSOFT rules on Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality of Submissions, and all authors, reviewers, organizers are expected to uphold the ACM Code of Conduct.

Publication and Presentation

Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will receive further instructions for preparing their camera-ready versions. At least one author of the paper must register and present the paper at the conference; otherwise the paper will be excluded from both the program and the proceedings. All accepted papers will be published in the conference electronic proceedings, which will also be available in the ACM Digital Library. Purchase of additional pages in the proceedings is not allowed.

The papers will be presented in a formal setting. More details on the presentations will follow the notifications.

Dates
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Sat 25 May
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09:00 - 09:15: Conference OpeningICPC 2019 Presentations at Laurier
09:15 - 10:00: KeynoteICPC 2019 Presentations at Laurier
Chair(s): Federica SarroUniversity College London, UK
09:15 - 10:00
Talk
What goes on in your brain when you read and understand code?
ICPC 2019 Presentations
Westley WeimerUniversity of Michigan
10:00 - 10:30: Session I : Comprehending program comprehension IICPC 2019 Presentations / ICPC 2019 Technical Research / ICPC 2019 Replications at Laurier
Chair(s): Dror FeitelsonHebrew University
10:00 - 10:20
Full-paper
Improving Source Code Readability: Theory and Practice
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
A: Sarah FakhouryWashington State University, Devjeet Roy, Sk. Adnan HassanInfosapex Limited, Venera ArnaoudovaWashington State University
Pre-print
10:20 - 10:30
Short-paper
Replicating Novices' Struggles with Coding Style
ICPC 2019 Replications
Eliane WieseUniversity of Utah, Anna RaffertyCarleton College, Daniel Kopta, Jacqulyn MacHardy
Pre-print
10:30 - 11:00: BreakICPC 2019 Presentations at Foyer
11:00 - 12:40: Session II: Comprehending program comprehension IIICPC 2019 Presentations / ICPC 2019 Technical Research / ICPC 2019 Negative Results at Laurier
Chair(s): Fabio PetrilloUniversité du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada
11:00 - 11:20
Full-paper
How Does Feature Dependency Affect Configurable System Comprehensibility?
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Djan Almeida SantosFederal Institute of Bahia, Cláudio Sant'Anna
Pre-print
11:20 - 11:40
Full-paper
Live Programming and Software Evolution: Questions during a Programming Change Task
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Juraj KubelkaUniversity of Chile, Romain RobbesFree University of Bozen-Bolzano, Alexandre BergelUniversity of Chile
Pre-print
11:40 - 12:00
Full-paper
Measuring the Cognitive Load of Software Developers: A Systematic Mapping Study
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Lucian GonçalesUniversity of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS), Kleinner Farias, Bruno da SilvaCal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Jonathan Fessler
Pre-print
12:00 - 12:20
Full-paper
A Large-Scale Empirical Study on Code-Comment Inconsistencies
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Fengcai Wen, Csaba NagyUniversità della Svizzera italiana (USI), Gabriele BavotaUniversità della Svizzera italiana (USI), Michele LanzaUniversita della Svizzera italiana (USI)
12:20 - 12:40
Full-paper
An empirical study on practicality of specification mining algorithms on a real-world application
ICPC 2019 Negative Results
Mohammad Jafar MashhadiUniversity of Calgary, Hadi HemmatiUniversity of Calgary
12:40 - 14:00: LunchICPC 2019 Presentations at Foyer
14:00 - 15:30: Session III: Code cloning and smellsICPC 2019 Presentations / ICPC 2019 Technical Research at Laurier
Chair(s): Maleknaz NayebiPolytechnique Montréal
14:00 - 14:20
Full-paper
Neural Detection of Semantic Code Clones via Tree-Based Convolution
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Hao YuPeking University, Wing LamUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Long Chen, Ge LiPeking University, Tao XieUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Qianxiang Wang
14:20 - 14:40
Full-paper
Comparing Bug Replication in Regular and Micro Code Clones
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Judith IslamUniversity of Saskatchewan, Manishankar MondalAssistant Professor, Khulna University, Chanchal K. RoyUniversity of Saskatchewan, Kevin SchneiderUniversity of Saskatchewan
14:40 - 15:00
Full-paper
Comparing Machine Learning and Heuristic Approaches for Metric-Based Code Smell Detection
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Fabiano PecorelliUniversity of Salerno, Fabio PalombaUniversity of Zurich, Dario Di NucciVrije Universiteit Brussel, Andrea De LuciaUniversity of Salerno
Pre-print
15:00 - 15:20
Full-paper
Enabling Clone Detection For Ethereum via Smart Contract Birthmarks
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Han LiuTsinghua University, Zhiqiang YangTsinghua University, Yu Jiang, Wenqi ZhaoAnt Financial, Jiaguang Sun
15:20 - 15:30
Short-paper
Prevalence of Bad Smells in PL/SQL Projects
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
15:30 - 16:00: BreakICPC 2019 Presentations at Foyer
16:00 - 16:30: Session IV: Tools demonstrationsICPC 2019 Presentations / ICPC 2019 Tools Demo at Laurier
Chair(s): Olga BaysalCarleton University, Yasutaka KameiKyushu University
16:00 - 16:05
Demonstration
CCEvovis: A Clone Evolution Visualization System for Software Maintenance
ICPC 2019 Tools Demo
Hirotaka Honda, Shogo Tokui, Kazuki Yokoi, Eunjong ChoiKyoto Institute of Technology, Norihiro YoshidaNagoya University, Katsuro InoueOsaka University
Pre-print Media Attached
16:05 - 16:10
Short-paper
CodersMUSE: Multi-Modal Data Exploration of Program-Comprehension Experiments
ICPC 2019 Tools Demo
Norman PeitekLeibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Sven ApelSaarland University, Andre Brechmann, Chris ParninNCSU, Janet Siegmund
Pre-print
16:10 - 16:15
Short-paper
DeepVisual: A Visual Programming Tool for Deep Learning Systems
ICPC 2019 Tools Demo
Chao Xie, Hua Qi, Lei Ma, Jianjun ZhaoKyushu University
16:15 - 16:20
Short-paper
PADLA: A Dynamic Log Level Adapter Using Online Phase Detection
ICPC 2019 Tools Demo
Tsuyoshi Mizouchi, Kazumasa Shimari, Takashi IshioNara Institute of Science and Technology, Katsuro InoueOsaka University
16:20 - 16:25
Short-paper
Visualizing sequences of debugging sessions using Swarm Debugging
ICPC 2019 Tools Demo
Eduardo A. FontanaUniversité du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada, Fabio PetrilloUniversité du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada
16:25 - 16:30
Short-paper
srcPtr: A Framework for Implementing Static Pointer Analysis Approaches
ICPC 2019 Tools Demo
Vlas Zyrianov, Christian D. NewmanRochester Institute of Technology, Drew Guarnera, Michael L. CollardThe University of Akron, Jonathan I. MaleticKent State University
16:30 - 17:20: Session V: Refactoring in StyleICPC 2019 Presentations / ICPC 2019 Replications / ICPC 2019 Technical Research at Laurier
Chair(s): Shinpei HayashiTokyo Institute of Technology
16:30 - 16:50
Full-paper
Indentation: Simply a Matter of Style or Support for Program Comprehension?
ICPC 2019 Replications
Jennifer Bauer, Janet Siegmund, Norman PeitekLeibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Johannes Hofmeister, Sven ApelSaarland University
Pre-print
16:50 - 17:00
Short-paper
Towards Automated Testing of Blockchain-based Decentralized Applications
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Jianbo GaoPeking University, Han LiuTsinghua University, Zhiqiang YangTsinghua University, Chao Liu, Qingshan LiPeking University, Zhi GuanPeking University, Zhong Chen
17:00 - 17:20
Full-paper
Does BLEU Score Work for Code Migration?
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Ngoc Tran, Hieu TranThe University of Texas at Dallas, Son NguyenThe University of Texas at Dallas, Hoan Anh NguyenAmazon, Tien N. NguyenUniversity of Texas at Dallas
17:20 - 17:50: MIP: "To CamelCase or under_score", by David W. Binkley, Marcia Davis, Dawn J. Lawrie, Christopher MorrellICPC 2019 Presentations at Laurier
Chair(s): Yann-Gaël GuéhéneucConcordia University and Polytechnique Montréal
17:50 - 18:00: Open Steering Committee MeetingICPC 2019 Presentations at Laurier
18:15 - 22:00: BanquetICPC 2019 Presentations at Maison du Jazz

Sun 26 May
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09:00 - 09:45: KeynoteICPC 2019 Presentations at Laurier
Chair(s): Federica SarroUniversity College London, UK, Foutse KhomhPolytechnique Montréal
09:00 - 09:45
Talk
The Untapped Potential of Analyzing Complete Developer Workflows
ICPC 2019 Presentations
09:45 - 10:35: Session VI : Tools for comprehensionICPC 2019 Presentations / ICPC 2019 Technical Research / ICPC 2019 Replications at Laurier
Chair(s): Alexandre BergelUniversity of Chile
09:45 - 10:05
Full-paper
Replication Can Improve Prior Results: A GitHub Study of Pull Request Acceptance
ICPC 2019 Replications
Di ChenNorth Carolina State University, USA, Kathryn StoleeNorth Carolina State University, Tim MenziesNorth Carolina State University
10:05 - 10:15
Short-paper
Do Extracted State Machine Models Help to Understand Embedded Software?
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Wasim SaidRobert Bosch GmbH, Jochen Quante, Rainer KoschkeUniversity of Bremen
10:15 - 10:35
Full-paper
Exploring Tools and Strategies Used During Regular Expression Composition Tasks
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Gina BaiNorth Carolina State University, Brian Clee, Nischal Shrestha, Carl Chapman, Cimone Wright, Kathryn StoleeNorth Carolina State University
Pre-print
10:35 - 11:00: BreakICPC 2019 Presentations at Foyer
11:00 - 12:30: Session VII: Empirical Study IICPC 2019 Presentations / ICPC 2019 Technical Research at Laurier
Chair(s): Mike PapadakisUniversity of Luxembourg
11:00 - 11:20
Full-paper
Are Static Analysis Violations Really Fixed? A Closer Look at Realistic Usage of SonarQube
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
11:20 - 11:40
Full-paper
CCSpec: A Correctness Condition Specification Tool
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
11:40 - 12:00
Full-paper
Comparing the EvoStreets Visualization Technique in Two- and Three-Dimensional Environments A Controlled Experiment
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
12:00 - 12:10
Short-paper
Learning a Classifier for Prediction of Maintainability based on Static Analysis Tools
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Markus SchnappingerTechnical University of Munich, Mohd Hafeez OsmanInstitute of Informatics, Technical University of Munich, Alexander Pretschner, Arnaud Fietzke
12:10 - 12:30
Full-paper
Sequence Coverage Directed Greybox Fuzzing
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Hongliang Liangbeijing university of posts and telecommunication, Yini Zhangbeijing university of posts and telecommunication, Yue Yu, Zhuosi Xie, Lin Jiangbeijing university of posts and telecommunication
12:30 - 14:00: LunchICPC 2019 Presentations at Foyer
14:00 - 15:30: Session VIII: Empirical Study IIICPC 2019 Presentations / ICPC 2019 Technical Research / ICPC 2019 Negative Results at Laurier
Chair(s): Chanchal K. RoyUniversity of Saskatchewan
14:00 - 14:20
Full-paper
Recommending Differentiated Code to Support Smart Contract Update
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Yuan HuangSchool of Data and Computer Science, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, Queping Kong, Nan JiaSchool of Management Science and Engineering, Hebei GEO University, Shijiazhuang, China, Xiangping Chen, Zibin Zheng
14:20 - 14:40
Full-paper
Understanding Evolutionary Coupling by Fine-grained Co-change Relationship Analysis
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Daihong Zhou, Yijian WuFudan University, Lu Xiao, Yuanfang Cai Drexel University, Xin PengFudan University, Jinrong Fan, Lu Huang, Heng Chen
14:40 - 15:00
Full-paper
Understanding Large-Scale Software -- A Hierarchical View
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Omer Levy, Dror FeitelsonHebrew University
Pre-print
15:00 - 15:20
Full-paper
Analyzing Performance-Aware Code Change in Software Development Process
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
15:20 - 15:30
Short-paper
Removal of design problems through refactorings: are we looking at the right symptoms?
ICPC 2019 Negative Results
15:30 - 16:00: BreakICPC 2019 Presentations at Foyer
16:00 - 18:00: Session IX: Information Retrieval, API, the Crowd, and Biosensors : The Magnificent FourICPC 2019 Presentations / ICPC 2019 Replications / ICPC 2019 Technical Research at Laurier
Chair(s): Venera ArnaoudovaWashington State University
16:00 - 16:20
Full-paper
A Replication Study on Code Comprehension and Expertise using Lightweight Biometric Sensors
ICPC 2019 Replications
Davide FucciUniversity of Hamburg, Daniela Girardi, Nicole NovielliUniversity of Bari, Luigi Quaranta, Filippo LanubileUniversity of Bari
16:20 - 16:40
Full-paper
Measuring Interprocess Communications in Distributed Systems
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Xiaoqin FuWashington State University, Haipeng CaiWashington State University Pullman
Link to publication
16:40 - 17:00
Full-paper
Meditor: Inference and Application of API Migration Edits
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
17:00 - 17:20
Full-paper
On the Use of Information Retrieval to Automate the Detection of Third-Party Java Library Migration At The Function Level
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Hussein AlrubayeRochester Institute of Technology, USA, Mohamed Wiem MkaouerRochester Institute of Technology, Ali Ouni
Pre-print
17:20 - 17:40
Full-paper
Recommending Comprehensive Solutions for Programming Tasks by Mining Crowd Knowledge
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Rodrigo Fernandes Gomes da Silva, Chanchal K. RoyUniversity of Saskatchewan, Masud RahmanUniversity of Saskatchewan , Kevin SchneiderUniversity of Saskatchewan, Klérisson PaixãoFederal University of Uberlândia, Marcelo De Almeida MaiaFederal University of Uberlandia
Pre-print
17:40 - 18:00
Full-paper
Using Frugal User Feedback with Closeness Analysis on Code to Improve IR-Based Traceability Recovery
ICPC 2019 Technical Research
Hongyu Kuang, Hui GaoNanjing University, China, Hao Hu, Xiaoxing Ma, Jian LuNanjing University, Patrick MäderTechnische Universität Ilmenau, Alexander Egyed
18:00 - 18:15: Closing SessionICPC 2019 Presentations at Laurier
18:00 - 18:15
Day closing
Closing session
ICPC 2019 Presentations
# Authors Title Decision
118 André Hideki Eposhi, Willian Oizumi, Alessandro Garcia, Leonardo Sousa, Roberto Oliveira and Anderson Oliveira Removal of design problems through refactorings: are we looking at the right symptoms? SHORT PAPER
124 Mjafar Mashhadi and Hadi Hemmati An empirical study on practicality of specification mining algorithms on a real-world application FULL PAPER