Sunday, May 19, 2013, San Francisco, California

In conjunction with ICSE'13


Software clones are often a result of copying and pasting as an act of ad-hoc reuse by programmers, and can occur at many levels, from simple statement sequences to blocks, methods, classes, source files, subsystems, models, architectures and entire designs, and in all software artifacts (code, models, requirements or architecture documentation etc.). Software clone research is of high relevance for software engineering research and practice today.

Many alternative techniques have been proposed for detecting clones. There are also lines of research that evaluate these approaches, reason about ways to remove clones, assess the effect of clones on maintainability, track their evolution, and investigate root causes of clones. Today, research in software clones is an established field with hundreds of publications in various conferences and journals, including ICSE and TSE. A partial list of the topics is as follows (this list is by no means exhaustive, and it is a goal of the workshop to further extend it):

  • Use cases of clone management in the software lifecycle
  • Experiences with clone management in practice
  • Types, distribution, and nature of clones in software systems
  • Causes and effects of clones
  • Techniques and algorithms for clone detection, analysis, and management
  • Clone and clone patterns visualization
  • Tools and systems for detecting software clones
  • Applications of clone detection and analysis
  • System architecture and clones
  • Effect of clones to system complexity and quality
  • Clone analysis in families of similar systems
  • Measures of code similarity
  • Economic and trade-off models for clone removal
  • Evaluation and benchmarking of clone detection methods
  • Licensing and plagiarism issues
  • Clone-aware software design and development
  • Refactoring through clone analysis
  • Higher-level clones in models and designs
  • Clone evolution and variation
  • Role of clones in software system evolution

New focus theme of this IWSC: A recent Dagstuhl seminar on software clones has shown that a clear understanding of real use cases in clone management is a fundamental prerequisite for categorizing, evaluating and directing future research in this area. For this reason, this IWSC will emphasize clone management in practice, that is, use cases and experiences with clones and clone management in the software lifecycle.