Software today is larger and more complex than ever before. Under this circumstance, it is not surprising that the debugging process is becoming more difficult and costly. On the other hand, it presents golden opportunities for researchers to make significant impacts on solving real-world problems. While manual debugging is impractical for large software, techniques that claim to effectively locate a fault have not matured to the desired level of accuracy, consistency, and usability. Developers face many obstacles during the debugging process, such as ambiguities of distinguishing executions in the presence of multiple causative faults, difficulties in reliably recording and replaying failed executions, and uncertainty that bug fixes might introduce even more faults into the software. Furthermore, many existing approaches suffer from critical shortcomings that limit their applicability, including the complexity and lack of scalability of formal verification, the imprecision of static analysis, the high performance cost of dynamic techniques, non-productive human-centric debugging environments, and high setup and operating costs. It is very common that researchers rely on simplified assumptions or model their solutions after methods to handle selected subject programs that do not accurately reflect the complexity in large-scale industrial software and related development processes. Therefore, practitioners raise the question of which value research proposals can add to their actual work.

The goal of this workshop is to highlight the most pressing challenges and innovative solutions associated with program debugging, especially with respect to software business, methodologies, techniques, environments, and human factors. Experience reports from industry or empirical studies on these aspects are also welcome. IWPD aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest advancements and determine further challenges that must be overcome in the area of program debugging.

The workshop welcomes submissions that cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Strategies for effective and efficient program debugging
  • Challenges and emerging techniques in program debugging for large scale real-life applications and domain-specific applications
  • Debugging for multi-(core, process, or threaded) programs
  • Empirical studies and open source-based benchmarking infrastructure
  • Experience reports and industrial best practices
  • Impacts of software business, human factors, programming languages, and tool environments on program debugging
  • Integrating debugging with other software development and maintenance activities
  • Social aspects of program debugging
  • Software risk analysis and cost estimation for fault localization, bug fixing, and their social interactions
  • Transitioning from research to practice
  • Pedagogical models for effectively teaching program debugging


At least one author of each accepted paper (including panelists’ position statements) must register with the full fee and present at the workshop in order for the paper to be included in the ISSRE 2017 Supplemental Proceedings. Papers will also be submitted to the IEEE Xplore database and indexed by all the abstracting and indexing partners (such as the EI Compendex).

Journal Special Issue

Authors of selected papers from IWPD 2017 will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue of JSS (Journal of Systems and Software). Submissions will be evaluated following the guidelines set by JSS. Only those which satisfy all the criteria will be accepted for publication.

Best Paper Award

At least one award will be presented. Authors will receive a certificate signed by the President of the IEEE Reliability Society and the Organizers of IWPD 2017.

Panelists Solicitation

There will be a special panel on Advancing Automatic Debugging at the workshop. Qualified panelists are solicited to report and discuss their ideas of building fundamental theories for automatic debugging, and boosting its practicality in the real world. They will also share their opinions on the future research directions in this area. Prospective panelists should contact the Program Chairs.

Important Dates

    July 28, 2017       Submission deadline (extended)
    August 13, 2017       Notification to authors
    August 28, 2017       Camera-ready copies
    October 23, 2017       IWPD Workshop


Submit original papers (not published or submitted elsewhere) with a maximum of 8 pages. Include the title of the paper, the name and affiliation of each author, a 150-word abstract, and up to 6 keywords. Both research papers and industry experience reports are welcome. All submissions must be written in English, follow the IEEE conference proceedings format, and be uploaded through the IWPD 2017 submission site. Each submission will be reviewed by three PC members. Paper selection is based on originality, technical contribution, presentation, and relevance to the workshop.

Steering Committee

W. Eric Wong (chair) University of Texas at Dallas USA
T.H. Tse (chair) The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Hira Agrawal Applied Communication Sciences
(formerly Bellcore/Telcordia Technologies)
W. K. Chan City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
James A. Jones University of California, Irvine USA
Franz Wotawa Graz University of Technology Austria

Program Committee Chairs

Wolfgang Mayer University of South Australia Australia
Bo Jiang Beihang University China

Program Committee

Rui AbreuUniversidade de LisboaPortugal
Haipeng CaiWashington State UniversityUSA
T.Y. ChenSwinburne University of TechnologyAustrlia
Byoungju ChoiEwha Womans UniversityKorea
Junhua DingEast Carolina UniversityUSA
Yunwei DongNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityChina
Sudipto GhoshColorado State UniversityUSA
Alex GroceOregon State UniversityUSA
Birgit HoferTechnische Universitaet GrazAustria
Gregory KapfhammerAllegheny CollegeUSA
Wes MasriAmerican University of BeirutLebanon
Bruce McmillinMissouri University of Science and TechnologyUSA
Andy PodgurskiCase Western Reserve UnversityUSA
Markus StumptnerUniversity of South AustraliaAustralia
William SumnerSimon Fraser UniversityUSA
Xiaoyuan XieWuhan UniversityChina
Dianxiang XuBoise State UniversityUSA
Zhenyu ZhangInstitute of Software, CASChina

Web Master

David Lee University of Texas at Dallas USA

PC Login

Please click here to log in your PC account for IWPD 2017.

Workshop Venue

IWPD 2017 will be held in conjunction with ISSRE 2017 in Toulouse, France. Please visit the ISSRE website for further information.

Main Contact:

Professor W. Eric Wong
MS EC 31
Department of Computer Science
University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080, USA
Tel.: (972) 883-6619
Fax: (972) 883-2399
Email: ewong(at)

For any inquiry related to paper submission and review, please contact Program co-Chairs, Professor Wolfgang Mayer and Professor Bo Jiang

Previous IWPD

  • IWPD 2016 - Ottawa, Canada (in conjunction with ISSRE 2016)
  • IWPD 2015 - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA (in conjunction with ISSRE 2015)
  • IWPD 2014 - Naples, Italy (in conjunction with ISSRE 2014)
  • IWPD 2013 - Pasadena, CA, USA (in conjunction with ISSRE 2013)
  • IWPD 2012 - Dallas, TX, USA (in conjunction with ISSRE 2012)
  • IWPD 2011 - Munich, Germany (in conjunction with COMPSAC 2011)
  • IWPD 2010 - Zhangjiajie, China (in conjunction with QSIC 2010)

IWPD 2017 Program

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Welcome and Opening (9:00-9:30)
Franz Wotawa

Session 1 (9:30-10:30)
Chair: Birgit Hofer

  • Revisiting the Practical Use of Automated Software Fault Localization Techniques
    Aaron Ang, Alexandre Perez, Arie Van Deursen, and Rui Abreu
  • Back-in-Time Debugging in Heterogeneous Software Stacks
    Arian Treffer and Matthias Uflacker

Session 2 (11:00 - 12:30)
Chair: Franz Wotawa

  • Panel Discussion:
    Franz Wotawa – Introduction [slides]
    Artur Andrzejak – Panel presentation [slides]

Session 3 (2:30 - 3:30)
Chair: Artur Andrzejak

  • Qualitative Deviation Models for Spreadsheet Debugging
    Birgit Hofer, Iulia Nica, and Franz Wotawa
  • Removing Coincidental Correctness in Spectrum-Based Fault Localization for Circuit and Spreadsheet Debugging
    Birgit Hofer

Session 4 (4:00 - 5:00)
Chair: Arian Treffer

  • How is IF Statement Fixed Through Code Review? A case study of Qt project
    Yuki Ueda, Akinori Ihara, Toshiki Hirao, Takashi Ishio, and Kenichi Matsumoto
  • Empirical Study of Abnormalities in Local Variables of Change-Prone Java Methods
    Hirohisa Aman, Sousuke Amasaki, Tomoyuki Yokogawa, and Minoru Kawahara