IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering

The Tool Demonstration track is an important part of the 27th edition of the International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER’20), with the goal of showcasing live presentation of tool prototypes. Tools and their demonstrations are central to research in software maintenance, reverse engineering and reengineering, have a prominent role in the conference, and increase substantially 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 commercialization. We especially encourage tool demonstration proposals complementing full research papers. Whereas a research 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 showcase how the scientific approach has been transferred into a running tool prototype. Thus, potential authors of the research papers are encouraged to submit the corresponding tools to this track. Any of the topics covered in the conference are of interest and appropriate for tool demonstrations.

Evaluation Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the tool demonstration program committee. The committee will review each submission on its merits and quality.

A good tool paper should:

  • Fall under the topics mentioned for SANER 2020 research track;
  • Present and discuss a tool that has NOT been published before as a tool paper;
  • Motivate the need for the tool;
  • Describe the tool’s novelty and how it relates to previous industrial or research efforts;
  • Describe the tool’s goals, requirements, architecture and explain its inner workings;
  • NOT necessarily contain a large-scale empirical study of the tool, BUT any empirical results or user feedback are highly encouraged;
  • Optionally, include in the abstract the URL of a 3-to-5 minute screencast, either with annotations or voice-over, that provides a concise version of the tool demo scenario. The video should be posted on YouTube (private, not shared) or hosted on the tool’s website.

Submission Instructions

Submissions of tool demonstrations must:

  • adhere to the conference proceedings style (IEEE proceedings paper format guidelines.);
  • have a maximum of 5 pages that describe the criteria above;
  • be uploaded electronically in PDF format via the SANER 2020 Easychair submission site.

Accepted tool demonstrations will be allocated 5 pages in the conference proceedings. Demonstrators will be invited to (i) give a presentation that will be scheduled into the conference program, and (ii) have a hands-on session in which SANER attendants can use and experiment with the tools. Commercial products and products that are currently being commercialized, cannot be accepted. The demonstrations are intended to highlight scientific contributions and consequently should not be sales pitches.

Best Tool Demo Award

Attendees at the tool demo and hand-on sessions will have the opportunity to rate/rank the best tools by means of a publicly available app. In addition to the tools quality perceived by the SANER attendants, the best tools will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Public source code availability
  2. Ease of installation and use
  3. Mature experimentation/testing
  4. Potential and/or current impact

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: November 22, 2019 AoE November 29, 2019 AoE
  • Paper submission deadline: November 29, 2019 AoE
  • Notifications: December 17, 2019
  • Camera Ready: December 30, 2019
  • Submission Page:

Committee Members

Francesca Arcelli Fontana (co-Chair)

University of Milano-Bicocca


Takashi Kobayashi (co-Chair)

Tokyo Institute of Technology


Clemente Izurieta

Montana State University


Dario Di Nucci

Vrije Universiteit Brussels


Yi Li

Nanyang Technological University


Apostolos Ampatzoglou

University of Macedonia


Gustavo Pinto

Federal University of Pará


J.Andres Diaz-Pace

ISISTAN Research Institute, UNICEN University


Robert Nord

Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute


Cor-Paul Bezemer

University of Alberta


Igor Steinmacher

Northern Arizona University


Csaba Nagy

University of Szeged


Takashi Ishio

Nara Institute of Science and Technology


Sebastian Proksch

University of Zurich


Lingxiao Jiang

Singapore Management University


Sebastian Baltes

The University of Adelaide


Enyi Tang

Nanjing University


Catia Trubiani

Gran Sasso Science Institute


Shinsuke Matsumoto

Osaka University


Sebastiano Panichella

Zurich University of Applied Science


Zadia Codabux

University of Saskatchewan


Yann-Gaël Guéhéneuc

Concordia University


Antonio Martini

University of Oslo


Xin Peng

Fudan University