Doctoral Symposium – Call for Papers

Goal and Scope

As with previous editions, ICSME 2015 will feature a double doctoral symposium.

The pre-doctoral track is open to PhD students currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the general area of software evolution, who have completed the proposal phase (or equivalent) of their program. In effect, this track aims to bring together students who (a) pursue a specific research question, (b) are about to complete their studies within the next two years (roughly) and have a research plan for this time period, and (c) have some initial results motivating their methodology and plan. The objective of this track is to provide PhD students with an opportunity to present their ongoing work, to interact with other researchers in the field, and to get constructive feedback from senior researchers, which will hopefully strengthen their future theses.

The post-doctoral track is dedicated to researchers who have recently delivered their PhD dissertations in the general area of software analysis and maintenance in the past years (between Jan 1, 2014 and May 30 2015). This track will provide a forum for these junior researchers to present their work to the ICSME community and to reflect on their experiences during their PhD studies.

How to submit

Submissions to both doctoral symposiums will be done via CMT at Submitted documents must adhere to the IEEE conference publication format:

The page limit for both tracks is 4 pages.

For the pre-doctoral symposium the submission should include:

  • a statement of the general technical problem addressed, its importance, and the specific research questions under investigation;
  • an overview of the related-research background in the context of which the work is being conducted;
  • a sketch of the research methodology, the envisioned (algorithmic or software) contribution; and
  • a description of the evaluation method and the results obtained so far.

In addition, the author’s thesis supervisor should submit a letter of support to the symposium co-chairs.

For the post-doctoral track the submission should include:

  • a synopsis of the PhD dissertation, focusing on the research problem addressed, its contributions, evidence documenting these contributions (in terms of working software systems or case studies), and a statement of their innovation and importance; and
  • a statement on two or three "lessons" learned through the PhD process and your reflections on what worked well and what could have worked better. For this category, the first of the submission’s references should be the author’s dissertation and a URL where it is accessible.


The Program Committee of the Doctoral Symposium will evaluate submissions for both the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral symposium based on their originality and technical soundness. Submissions for the post-doctoral symposium will also be evaluated based on the relevance for the ICSME community. Accepted submissions will appear in the ICSME conference proceedings, and authors are expected to attend the symposium.

Presentation and publication

The author of each accepted submission must register and attend ICSME 2015. Details on the presentations will be communicated upon acceptance.

Important Dates

Paper submissions June 19, 2015
Notification to authors July 24, 2015

Submissions close at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12)

Program Chairs

Massimiliano Di Penta, University of Sannio, Italy

Eleni Stroulia, University of Alberta, Canada