[ecoop-info] ICSE 2015 - Doctoral Symposium - call for contributions

Domenico BIANCULLI domenico.bianculli at uni.lu
Tue Oct 7 09:55:27 CEST 2014

ICSE 2015


The 37th International Conference on Software Engineering

May 16-24, 2015 - Firenze, Italy

Call for contributions to the
Doctoral Symposium

* Goal *

The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to provide a supportive and
questioning setting in which PhD students can present and receive
feedback on their work. Students at different stages in their research
will be able to articulate and discuss their problem statement, goals,
methods, and results. The symposium also aims to provide students with
useful guidance on various aspects of their research from established
researchers and the other student attendees. Finally, the symposium
seeks to motivate students in the development of their scientific
curiosity and facilitate their networking within the research

* Scope *

The technical scope of the symposium is the same as ICSE's, that is,
the symposium enables PhD students to interact with their peers, as
well as with more senior researchers, on a wide range of software
engineering topics. Students should consider participating in the
Doctoral Symposium after they have settled on a dissertation topic and
have outlined a research proposal. Also, because we expect
participating students to use the feedback received at the symposium
to improve their dissertation work, students that are less than a
semester away from graduation (at the time of the symposium) are not
allowed to submit to the symposium.

With the exception of these two extreme cases, the Doctoral Symposium
is open to PhD students at any stage in their research. Students at an
initial stage should be able to challenge their ideas and current
research directions. Students at a more mature stage should be able to
present their thesis and get advice on ways to further improve and
better communicate their contributions and findings.

* Evaluation *

Each prospective student participant will submit a package of
materials (described below) for consideration by the Doctoral
Symposium Committee. The Doctoral Symposium Committee will select
participants using the following criteria:

* Potential quality of the research and relevance to software
* Quality of the research proposal.
*   Stage of the research (to ensure variety among the student participants).  
* Diversity of background, research topics, and approaches.  

Students should not infer that a list of prior publications is in any
way expected or required; we welcome submissions from students for
whom this will be their first formal submission as well as those who
have previously published.

* How to Submit *

To apply as a student participant in the Doctoral Symposium, you
should prepare a package consisting of two parts, both to be submitted
by November 21, 2014.

Part 1: Research Proposal (max. 4 pages)

Your research proposal must conform to the ICSE 2015 formatting and
submission instructions
<http://2015.icse-conferences.org/submission-guidelines> and should

* A title for your work.
* Your name, affiliation, email address, and personal website.
* Your advisor’s name and email address.
* A main description of your research work that covers:
  * The technical problem to be solved, as well as a justification of
    its importance.
  * A discussion of related and prior work explaining why this has not
    solved the problem.
  * A sketch of the proposed approach or solution.
  * A plan for evaluating your work and presenting credible evidence
    of your results to the research community.
  * The expected contributions of your dissertation research.
  * Progress towards your goals: what you have already done and what
    you still need to do, possibly with a timeline (for students
    closer to finishing).
  * A list of your publications directly related to your dissertation
    work, if any.

Students at the initial stage of their research might have some
difficulty in addressing some of these areas, but should make their
best attempt. Submissions that do not comply with the foregoing
instructions will be desk rejected without review.

Research proposals must be submitted electronically through CyberChair
<http://cyberchairpro.borbala.net/icsedocpapers/submit/> by the stated

Part 2: Letter of Recommendation

Please ask your advisor to submit a letter of recommendation in
support of your application. This letter should include your name, a
candid assessment of the current status of your dissertation research,
and an expected date for dissertation submission. The letter should be
emailed, in PDF format, to both Alessandro Garcia
<afgarcia at inf.puc-rio.br> and Alessandro Orso <orso at cc.gatech.edu>
with the subject "ICSE 2015 Doctoral Symposium Recommendation".

* Important Dates *

Submission: November 21, 2014
Notification: January 21, 2015
Camera ready copy: February 13, 2015

* Acceptance *

All authors of accepted contributions will be asked to complete a
copyright form and submit a camera-ready version of their four-page
research proposal. Authors must register for the ICSE 2015 Doctoral
Symposium and present the results at the symposium, which will take
place in Florence on May 19th, 2015 (the day before the main
conference). All accepted submissions will be published in the
conference proceedings. Depending on the final program, they may also
have an opportunity to present their work during a poster session.

* Opportunities for Student Support *

ICSE has a Student volunteers program, to which all students are
encouraged to submit an application. Students can also apply for the
CAPS program <http://www.sigsoft.org/CAPS/>. This program is
sponsored by ACM SIGSOFT and provides financial assistance to help
students defray the costs of attending SIGSOFT-sponsored
conferences. Applications from participants of the Doctoral Symposium
will be given priority for both the CAPS and the student volunteers
programs of ICSE 2015.

* Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs *

Alessandro Garcia, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
                   (PUC-Rio), Brazil

Alessandro Orso, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

* Doctoral Symposium Committee *

Betty Cheng	 	Michigan State University, USA
Daniela Damian	 	University of Victoria, Canada
Matthew Dwyer	 	University of Nebraska, USA
Steve Easterbrook	University of Toronto, Canada
Gregor Engels	 	University of Paderborn, Germany
Harald Gaal	 	University of Zurich, Switzerland
Nenad Medvidovic	University of Southern California, USA
Kumiyo Nakakoji	 	Software Research Associates, Inc., Japan
David Rosenblum	 	National University of Singapore, Singapore
Sebastian Uchitel	University of Buenos Aires, Argentina 
                        & Imperial College London, UK
Jon Whittle	 	Lancaster University, UK

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