Call for Doctoral Symposium Submissions

The ICSE2017 Doctoral Symposium is a one-day symposium to be held May 23, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


The ICSE 2017 Doctoral Symposium is intended to bring together PhD students working on foundations, techniques, tools and applications of software engineering and give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The goals of the Symposium are:

  • Provide a setting for constructive feedback on participants' current research and guidance on future research directions,
  • Develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research,
  • Provide an opportunity for student participants to interact with established researchers and others in the software engineering community.


Selected students will present their work and receive constructive feedback both from a panel of experts and from other Doctoral Symposium students. The students will also have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing a PhD and performing research in software engineering.

The proceedings of the Doctoral Symposium will be published in a companion volume to the ICSE 2017 conference proceedings.

Who should participate

Student participants should consider participating in the Doctoral Symposium at least six months before completion of their dissertation, but after having settled on a research area or thesis topic.

Review process

Each prospective student participant will submit a package of materials for consideration. The participants will be selected on the basis of their anticipated contribution to the consortium goals as well as the potential benefit to the students. Among the criteria that will be considered in reviewing submissions are

  • the potential quality of the research and its relevance to software engineering,
  • the stage of the research (see the Section "Who should participate" above),
  • the diversity of background, research topic, and approach.


Each submission consists of two elements:

  1. A 4-page paper describing your dissertation research to be authored by the student only.
  2. Your thesis advisor must send a letter of recommendation by e-mail to the Doctoral Symposium Chairs. The letter of recommendation must include an assessment of the current status of your thesis research and an expected date for thesis submission.

Your paper should clearly state:

  • The problem to be solved in your thesis (justify why this problem is important and make clear that previous research and related work has not yet solved that problem),
  • Your research hypothesis (claim),
  • The expected contributions of your dissertation research, including discussion with related work
  • How you plan to evaluate your results and present credible evidence of your results to the community.

For submission instructions, see the ICSE 2017 Submission page. The submission deadline is December 2, 2016.


  • Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Doctoral Symposium Committee
  • Authors of submissions selected for acceptance will have an opportunity to present their work during the Doctoral Symposium and have their camera-ready version of their paper published in the ICSE Companion Proceedings and the ACM Digital Library. Attendance to the Doctoral Symposium is by invitation only, limited to the DS students and the DS Committee in order to facilitate detailed feedback to the students.

All papers must be submitted electronically through the online submission site,

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submissions: November 18, 2016 December 2, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: January 22, 2017
  • Camera-ready copy of paper due: February 13, 2017
  • ICSE 2017 Doctoral Symposium: May 23, 2017



Betty H. C. Cheng

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Michigan State University, USA


Harald C. Gall

Department of Informatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland



Silvia Arahao,Univ Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Joanne Atlee,Univ of Waterloo, Canada
Prem Devanbu,Univ of California-Davis, USA
Gregor Engels,Univ of Paderborn, Germany
Carlo Ghezzi,Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Paola Inverardi,Univ of L'Aquila, Italy
Mehdi Jazayeri,Univ of Lugano, Switzerland
Michele Lanza,Univ of Lugano, Switzerland
Jeff Magee, Imperial College, UK
Andrian Marcus,Univ of Texas-Dallas, USA
Neno Medvidovic,Univ of Southern California, USA
Gail Murphy,Univ of British Columbia, Canada
Tetsuo Tamai,Hosei University, Japan
Laurie Williams,North Carolina State Univ, USA