ICSE 2008 in Leipzig, Germany

30th International Conference on
Software Engineering ®
Leipzig, Germany, 10 - 18 May 2008

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Call for Submissions
Doctoral Symposium


The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to provide a supportive yet questioning setting in which students can present their work, to provide an opportunity for students to attend ICSE, and to support the ICSE mission as a world-leading venue for software engineering research. Students will be able to discuss their goals, methods, and results at an early stage in their research. The Symposium aims to provide useful guidance for completion of the dissertation research and initiation of a research career.


The technical scope of the Symposium is that of ICSE. The Symposium will provide an opportunity for student participants to interact with other students at a similar stage in their careers and with established researchers in the broader software engineering community.

Students should consider participating in the Doctoral Symposium, after having settled on a dissertation topic and having obtained initial research results. Students should be at least a year from completion of their dissertation (at the time of the Symposium), to obtain maximum benefit from participation. Some students selected to attend the Symposium, typically those at a later stage of their research, will be asked to present a talk about their work. Other students selected, who are at an earlier stage of their research, will be asked to present a capsule summary of their work.

Submission and Evaluation
How to Submit

Please read all of these instructions prior to submitting your paper.

To apply as a student participant in the Doctoral Symposium, you should prepare a submission package consisting of two parts, both of which must be submitted by the submission deadline which is December 14th, 2007.

Part 1: Research Abstract

Your research abstract must conform to the ICSE 2008 Format and Submission Guidelines and must be a maximum of four pages with main text in 10 point font, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. All submissions must be in English. Submissions must be in PDF format.

The research abstract should cover:

  • The technical problem to be solved with a justification of its importance.
  • An account of related and prior work explaining why this has not solved the problem.
  • The research hypothesis or claim.
  • A sketch of the proposed solution.
  • The expected contributions of your dissertation research.
  • Progress in solving the stated problem.
  • The methods you are using or will use to carry out your research
  • A plan for evaluating your work and presenting credible evidence of your results to the research community.

Students at relatively early stages of their research will have some difficulty addressing some of these areas, but should attempt to do so as best they can. The research abstract should include the title of your work, your name, email address, postal address, personal website, and a one paragraph short summary in the style of an abstract for a regular paper. Submissions should contain no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.

Submissions that do not comply with the foregoing instructions will be desk rejected without review.

Research abstracts must be submitted electronically via CyberChairPRO.

Part 2: Letter of Recommendation

Ask your dissertation advisor for a letter of recommendation. This letter should include your name and a candid assessment of the current status of your dissertation research and an expected date for dissertation submission. The letter should be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), and sent to: Mary Jean Harrold (harrold@cc.gatech.edu) and Mauro Pezze (mauro.pezze@unisi.ch) with the subject: DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM RECOMMENDATION.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

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

  • The potential quality of the research and its relevance to software engineering.
  • Quality of the research abstract.
  • The stage of the research.


Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted research abstracts will be asked to complete a Copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions. Accepted research abstracts will appear in the ICSE 2008 Proceedings which will also be available electronically. All submitters will be expected to be able to meet the tight deadlines for camera-ready submissions and to present their work at the ICSE 2008 conference. Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 14, 2008.

Student Support

Doctoral consortium attendees will have preferential access to the student support and student volunteer schemes of ICSE 2008.

Doctorals Symposium Committee Co-Chairs

Mary Jean Harrold     Mauro Pezze

Mary Jean Harrold and Mauro Pezze

Doctorals Symposium Committee Members


Important Dates

14 Dec 2007

Author Notification
14 Jan 2008

Camera Ready
21 Feb 2008

Format and Submission Guidelines



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