Tool Demonstrations

The Tool Demonstration track is an important part of the conference with the goal of allowing live presentation of tool prototypes. Since tools are central to research in software maintenance, reverse engineering and reengineering, tool demonstrations have a prominent role within the conference and add to the visibility of the associated research.

Tool demonstrations are expected to present tools that implement a research approach. Tools can range from mature prototypes to fully developed products that are being prepared for commercialisation. We want to especially encourage submitting tool demonstration proposals in addition to full scientific papers. Whereas a scientific paper is intended to give the background information and point out the scientific contribution of a new software engineering approach, the tool demonstration provides a good opportunity to show how the scientific approach has been transferred into a running tool prototype. Potential authors of the research papers are thus also encouraged to submit the corresponding tools in this track. Any of the conference topics of interest are appropriate areas for tool demonstrations.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the tool demonstrations program committee. The committee will review each submission to assess the relevance and quality of the proposed demonstration. Submissions should describe their relevance to software maintenance, discuss the level of maturity of the tool, and reference the foundations upon which they are based.

Submissions should be uploaded electronically in PDF format via the Tool Demonstration submission site. Accepted tool demonstrations will be allocated 4 pages in the conference proceedings. Demonstrators will be invited to give a presentation that will be scheduled into the conference program.


Demonstrators are expected to provide their own hardware. The conference organisers will provide an internet connection and European AC outlets, for other wishes please contact the demo chairs.

Commercial products

Commercial products and products that are currently being commercialised, cannot be accepted. The demonstrations are intended to highlight scientific contributions and consequently should not be sales pitches. For further clarification, please contact the demo chairs.

Paper Organization

Submissions of proposals for formal tool demonstrations must:

  • adhere to the conference proceedings format (proceedings style);
  • have a maximum of 4 pages that describe the tool;
  • have an appendix (not included in the 4 pages count) that provides a brief description of how the demonstration will be conducted (possibly illustrated with further screen shots);
  • provide a URL from which the tool can be downloaded, with clear installation steps. All examples and scenarios presented in the paper and appendix should be replicable directly.

For further details contact your Tool Demonstrations chairs Thomas Fritz  and Jurgen Vinju.