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

Accepted Papers


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.


Sat 25 May

11:00 - 12:40: ICPC 2019 Presentations - Session II: Comprehending program comprehension II at Laurier
Chair(s): Fabio PetrilloUniversité du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada
icpc-2019-Technical-Research11:00 - 11:20
Djan Almeida SantosFederal Institute of Bahia, Cláudio Sant'Anna
icpc-2019-Technical-Research11:20 - 11:40
Juraj KubelkaUniversity of Chile, Romain RobbesFree University of Bozen-Bolzano, Alexandre BergelUniversity of Chile
icpc-2019-Technical-Research11:40 - 12:00
Lucian GonçalesUniversity of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS), Kleinner Farias, Bruno da SilvaCal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Jonathan Fessler
icpc-2019-Technical-Research12:00 - 12:20
Fengcai Wen, Csaba NagyUniversità della Svizzera italiana (USI), Gabriele BavotaUniversità della Svizzera italiana (USI), Michele LanzaUniversita della Svizzera italiana (USI)
icpc-2019-negative-results12:20 - 12:40
Mohammad Jafar MashhadiUniversity of Calgary, Hadi HemmatiUniversity of Calgary

Sun 26 May

14:00 - 15:30: ICPC 2019 Presentations - Session VIII: Empirical Study II at Laurier
Chair(s): Chanchal K. RoyUniversity of Saskatchewan
icpc-2019-Technical-Research14:00 - 14:20
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
icpc-2019-Technical-Research14:20 - 14:40
Daihong Zhou, Yijian WuFudan University, Lu Xiao, Yuanfang Cai Drexel University, Xin PengFudan University, Jinrong Fan, Lu Huang, Heng Chen
icpc-2019-Technical-Research14:40 - 15:00
Omer Levy, Dror FeitelsonHebrew University
icpc-2019-Technical-Research15:00 - 15:20
icpc-2019-negative-results15:20 - 15:30
# 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