Inforte Summer School on Software Visualizations

Schedule and location

Tuesday June19th  -  Wednesday June 20th 
Tampere University of Technology (Korkeakoulunkatu 1), Tietotalo-building, Room TB206


Registration is open April 26th  - June 11th .


Assistant Professor Xavier Le Pallec, University of Lille, France.



Professor Kari Systä, Tampere University of Technology, Finland.


Visual notations and visual analytics have been used software development for decades, but latest tools and methods – and especially utilization of data analysis - have opened totally new opportunities to visualize software and its development process.


This summer school will address some of the latest developments and research results in using visualization in software engineering.


The topics covered in the seminar include:

  • Visualization of various aspects of quality and structure in software engineering.
  • Good practices for the design of visualizations.
  • Modern use and extension to UML for efficient coding activity


The summer school will include both lecturing and hand-on exercises.

Detailed Program

Tuesday June19th

0930 – 1000  Introduction (Kari Systä)

1000 – 1045  Good practices for the design of visual editors (Xavier Le Pallec)

                                            The Cognitive Dimensions framework.

                                            Practice: What is the cognitive efficiency of a UML editor?

1045 – 1100  Break

1100 – 1215    Enhancing visual aspects with the Physics of Notation framework  (Xavier Le Pallec)

                        Practice: How to improve the UML notation?

1215 – 1315  Lunch break

1315 – 1400  The Semiology of Graphics (Xavier Le Pallec)

                                            How to fully exploit the human visual perception system

                                            Practice: Enhancing the communication value of UML

1400 – 1415  break

1415 – 1500  Introduction to VisUML tool and framework

1500 – 1630    Hands on with VisuML
Participants need to install IntelliJ (  with the VisUML plug-in ( before the seminar

1630 – 1700  Wrap-up of Day 1


Wednesday June 20th

0900 – 1100 Participants show their results: Organized feedback by the peers based on 1st day learnings

1100 – 1200  TUT visualization framework for SW process – background and dermo (Anna-Liisa Mattila, Kari Systä)

1200 – 1215  Feedback session based on 1st day learnings

1215 – 1315  Lunch break

1315 – 1400    Concept demo of a new idea: “smooth transition between 3D code cityvisualized SW project and code editor” (Esko Pekkarinen, Timo Hämäläinen)

1400 – 1415    Feedback session based on 1st day learnings

1415 – 1430    Break

1430 – 1530    Software development metrics and visualisation with Screenful (Sami Linnanvuo)

1530 – 1545    Feedback session based on 1st day learnings

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 2 credit points. This requires participating both days and completing the assignments: The seminar includes a pre-course assignment and group working on a research proposal. 

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 400 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.