Software Visualization: Principles, Practice, Myths, Perils, Promises, Evaluation, and all the rest

Date Mon, 2013-02-11 14:00
Location University of Antwerp - Campus Middelheim Room G017


Michele Lanza


Software Visualization: Principles, Practice, Myths, Perils, Promises, Evaluation, and all the rest


The title says it all: In this talk I will introduce the principles that govern software visualization, and show through a series of examples how they can be applied in practice. Furthermore I will reflect on how such research can be evaluated.


Michele Lanza is associate professor of the faculty of informatics, which he co-founded in 2004. His doctoral dissertation, completed in 2003 at the University of Bern, received the prestigious European Ernst Denert award for best thesis in software engineering of 2003. Prof. Lanza received the Credit Suisse Award for best teaching in 2007 and 2009.

At the University of Lugano Prof. Lanza leads the REVEAL research group, working in the areas of software visualization, evolution, and reverse engineering. He authored more than peer-reviewed 100 technical papers and the book "Object-Oriented Metrics in Practice". 

Prof. Lanza is involved in a number of scientific communities, and has served on more than 80 program committees. He is president of CHOOSE (the Swiss Object-Oriented Software Engineering society). He was program co-chair of ICSM (the IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance) in 2010, of MSR (the Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories) in 2007 and 2008, of VISSOFT (the IEEE Workshop on Visualizing Software) in 2009, of IWPSE (the International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution) in 2007. He is steering committee member of ICSM, MSR, VISSOFT, Softvis, and IWPSE. He was keynote speaker at MSR 2010 and CBSOFT 2011.Felienne Hermans is a PhD student and an entrepreneur in the field of spreadsheet visualization. She started her PhD in 2008 and has since published spreadsheet papers at ECOOP 2010, ICSE 2011 and Eusprig 2011. In 2010 Felienne was one of the founders of spreadsheet spinoff Infotron, that uses the algorithms developed during the PhD project to analyze spreadsheet quality for large companies.


Attending the talk is free of charge, but if you are planning to attend please send an e-mail to Quinten Soetens ( so that we have an idea of the amount of participants. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested.