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PCODA 2008

4th International Workshop on Program Comprehension through Dynamic Analysis


PCODA 2008 builds upon the three previous editions of PCODA in 2005, 2006 and 2007. These past three editions were very discussion-oriented workshops, where differences and similarities between the discussed techniques were highlighted, where general difficulties of using dynamic analysis were discussed and where possible future research directions became clear. We hope to continue this trend with PCODA 2008 and we would like to invite you to submit papers and join the workshop in Antwerp, Belgium.


Without consistent or adequately complete documentation, maintainers are faced with the inevitable problem of understanding how the system is implemented prior to undertaking any maintenance task. Research into the discipline of program comprehension aims to reduce the impact of this problem; a real-life problem which studies have shown to be impacting software engineers in the sense that they tend to spend up to 50% of their time trying to comprehend the structure of a software system. PCODA focuses on program comprehension techniques that rely specifically on dynamic analysis

Topics of interest

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Program comprehension models
    • Theories and models for software comprehension based on dynamic analysis
    • Program comprehension processes and strategies involving dynamic analysis techniques
    • Research methodologies when setting up program comprehension experiments
  • Techniques and tools
    • Applications of dynamic analysis techniques to program comprehension
    • Strengths and limitations of existing dynamic analysis techniques
    • Trace analysis and exploration techniques
    • Techniques for reducing the large size of run-time information
    • Hybrid analyses that involve both static and dynamic analysis
    • Dynamic analysis tools with an emphasis on program comprehension
    • Comparisons between existing tools and approachs
    • Dynamic analysis in the context of distributed systems
    • Dynamic analysis in the context of webservices (or service oriented architectures)
  • Evaluation Techniques
    • Criteria for evaluating dynamic analysis techniques; setting up benchmark experiments
    • Experiments and case studies with a focus on program comprehension using dynamic analysis
    • Empirical effectiveness studies of tools and approaches

Dates & location

To be held in October 2008, co-located with the 15th International Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE2008) in Antwerp, Belgium.


You can find the program here.


Download here [pdf, 1.6 MB].

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: 22nd August 2008 (Closed)
  • Submission deadline: 25th August 2008 (Closed)
  • Notification: 9th September 2008 (Sent out)
  • Camera ready: 30th of September 2008 (Send email to
  • Workshop date: Thursday, October 16th, 2008


Program Committee

  • Edna Braun, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Constantinos Constantinides, Concordia University, Canada
  • Serge Demeyer, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Wim De Pauw, IBM, USA
  • Philippe Dugerdil, Haute école de gestion de Genève, Switzerland
  • Adrian Kuhn, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Adrian Lienhard, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Leon Moonen, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

Workshop format

The workshop will be 1/2 day, discussion-oriented. Afterwards, each participant will be asked to formulate a short summary of the workshop (maximum 250 words), highlighting points of interest of his or her research. These summaries will be posted on a website (the URL will be determined later), so that possible collaborations will become visible.

Submission instructions

Be standard. There exists a lot of work on reengineering, which may give rise to some terminology conflicts. We encourage people to use the reengineering taxonomy defined in (E. J. Chikofsky and J. H. Cross II. Reverse engineering and design recovery: A taxonomy, IEEE Software, 7(1):13–17, 1990.)

Be electronic. Submit your position paper in PDF, following the IEEE conference publication guidelines. Also, please include a text-only abstract in your email. Submit everything through EasyChair.

Be short. Propose only one idea. We all know that you are a quality researcher with plenty of good ideas. Only, we have limited resources and we must focus. Please target five pages for your (position) papers.

Be innovative. It is okay to propose a recent idea that still has some unfinished sides to it. It is supposed to be a WORKshop, not a mini-conference. If you want to propose a crazy idea, introduce it in an extended abstract (1 page).

Be a rebel. Neglect these guidelines if you feel that your idea needs a special treatment in some way.

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-- AndyZaidman - 19 Sep 2008

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