Call for Papers

The Second International Workshop on Program Debugging (IWPD 2011)

Munich, Germany
July 18, 2011
(in conjunction with COMPSAC 2011)


Software today is inherently large and complex, in fact more so than ever before. Consequently, debugging when failure is observed is also progressively becoming much more difficult and time-consuming. Manual debugging is quickly losing its viability as a practical option, and yet at the same time, techniques that aim for automatic fault localization are still not accurately and consistently able to pinpoint the locations of faults to a desired degree. Distinguishing executions that fail due to different causative faults, reliably recording and replaying failed executions, and fixing bugs without introducing new faults are but some of the debugging-related problems faced by developers today. Furthermore, formal verification techniques suffer from complexity and scalability issues, static techniques can often be imprecise, and the heavy performance overhead of dynamic techniques can prohibit their application. While studies are being conducted to resolve these problems, researchers often make unrealistic assumptions, and subject software may not be representative of large-scale industrial applications. Concerns of such a nature can induce in practitioners a lack of faith with regard to what research proposals can offer and deliver.

This workshop brings to light the latest challenges and advances in research topics associated with program debugging, with a special emphasis on methodology, technology, and environment. Also accepted are experience reports that describe industrial and/or empirical studies related to these three aspects. IWPD aims to provide a forum and serve as a platform for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, present new advancements, and identify further challenges in the context of program debugging.

Topics of Interests

IWPD 2011 welcomes submissions in all aspects related to program debugging. Submissions may cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Important Dates

  • March 20, 2011:
  •       Submission Deadline
  • April 15, 2011:
  •       Author notification
  • May 2, 2011:
  •       Camera-Ready copy


    Submit original papers (not published or submitted elsewhere) with a maximum of ten pages. Include the title of the paper, the name and affiliation of each author, a 200-word abstract, and up to 6 keywords. The format of your submission must follow the IEEE conference proceedings format posted at

    Click here for paper submission

    Workshop Proceedings

    Accepted papers will appear in the Proceedings of COMPSAC 2011 published by IEEE Computer Society and made available in the IEEE digital library. Papers are also indexed in the EI Compendex database.

    Special Issue

    Authors of selected best papers from the workshop will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue of Software: Practice and Experience published by Wiley.

    Workshop Chairs

  • W. Eric Wong
  • University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • T.H. Tse
  • The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Tentative Program Committee (to be confirmed)

  • Fevzi Belli
  • University of Paderborn, Germany
  • Christof Budnik
  • Siemens Corporate Research, USA
  • W.K. Chan
  • City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • T Y Chen
  • Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Zhenyu Chen
  • Nanjing University, China
  • Byoungju Choi
  • Ewha Womans University, Korea
  • Arjan van Gemund
  • Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Sudipto Ghosh
  • Colorado State University, USA
  • Gregory M. Kapfhammer
  • Allegheny College, USA
  • Qianxiang Wang
  • Peking University, China
  • Dianxiang Xu
  • Dakota State University, USA
  • Zhenyu Zhang
  • Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Xiangyu Zhang
  • Purdue University, USA
  • Hong Zhu
  • Oxford Brookes University, UK