[ecoop-info] ECOOP 2012 Doctoral Symposium CfP

Gregor Richards gkrichar at purdue.edu
Wed Apr 4 19:27:07 CEST 2012

ECOOP 2012 in Beijing, China hosts the 22nd edition of the Doctoral 
Symposium and PhD Student Workshop. As the name suggests, this is a 
two-session event: a Doctoral Symposium and a PhD Student Workshop. The 
Doctoral Symposium and PhD Student Workshop provides a forum for both 
early and late-stage PhD students to present their research and get 
detailed feedback and advice. The main objectives of this event are:

     to allow PhD students to practice writing clearly and to present 
effectively their research proposal
     to get constructive feedback from other researchers
     to build bridges for potential research collaboration
     to contribute to the conference goals through interaction with 
other researchers at the main conference

Full information is at 
http://ecoop12.cs.purdue.edu/content/ecoop-2012-doctoral-symposium . 
This is an excellent venue for PhD students to get feedback, and also a 
good opportunity to get to this year's ECOOP in China.

Potential topics are those of the main conference, i.e. all topics 
related to object technology. The following list of suggested topics is 
by no means exclusive:

     Analysis and design methods and patterns
     Databases, persistence, transactions
     Distributed, concurrent, mobile, real-time systems
     Empirical and application studies
     Frameworks, product lines, software architectures
     Language design and implementation
     Modularity, aspects, features, components, services, reflection
     Software development environments and tools
     Static and dynamic software analysis, testing, and metrics
     Theoretical foundations, type systems, formal methods
     Versioning, compatibility, software evolution

== Doctoral Symposium

The goal of the doctoral symposium session is to provide PhD students 
with useful feedback towards the successful completion of their 
dissertation research. Each student is assigned an academic panel, based 
on the specifics of that student's research. The student will give a 
presentation of 15-20 minutes (exact time will be announced later), 
followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and feedback. The experience is 
meant to mimic a "mini-" defense interview. Aside from the actual 
feedback, this helps the student gain familiarity with the style and 
mechanics of such an interview (advisors of student presenters will not 
be allowed to attend their student's presentations). To participate, the 
students should be far enough in their research to be able to present:

     the importance of the problem
     a clear research proposal
     some preliminary work/results
     an evaluation plan

The students should still have at least 12 months before defending their 
dissertation. We believe that students that are defending within a year 
would not be able to incorporate the feedback they receive.

To participate, please submit:

     a 3-4 page abstract in the llncs format.
     a letter from your advisor. This letter should include an 
assessment of the
     current status of your dissertation research and an expected date for
     dissertation submission.

The abstract should focus on the following:

     Problem Description

             what is the problem?
             what is the significance of this problem?
             why the current state of the art can not solve this problem?

     Goal Statement

             what is the goal of your research?
             what artifacts (tools, theories, methods) will be produced, 
and how do they address the stated problem? How are the artifacts going 
to help reach the stated goal?


             what experiments, prototypes, or studies need to be 
             what is the validation strategy? How will it demonstrate 
that the goal was reached?

Note that this is not a typical technical paper submission, and that the 
focus is not on technical details, but rather on research method.

== PhD Student Workshop

This session is addressed primarily to PhD students in the early stages 
of their PhD work. The goal is to allow participants to present their 
research ideas and obtain feedback from the rest of the workshop 
attendees. Each participant will give a 10-15 minute presentation, 
followed by 10-15 minutes of discussions (exact times will be announced 

To participate, please submit:

     6-10 page position paper in the llncs format, presenting your idea 
or current work

Position paper submission details will be provided as soon as they are 

The position paper should contain (at least):

     a problem description
     a detailed sketch of a proposed approach
     related work

As this is earlier-stage research, it is not necessary to have concrete 
results from this research presented in the paper. Instead, the goal of 
the paper is to inform the reader of a (well-motivated) problem and to 
present a high level (possible) solution.

If accepted for presentation, the student's advisor must email the chair 
no later than 8 June, 2012 and confirm that the advisor attended at 
least one of the student's presentation rehearsals.

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