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DS-ICSME 2014 : Doctoral Symposium @ 30th International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution


When Sep 30, 2014 - Sep 30, 2014
Where Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Abstract Registration Due Jun 23, 2014
Submission Deadline Jun 30, 2014
Notification Due Jul 31, 2014
Final Version Due Aug 7, 2014

Call For Papers

Doctoral Symposium - CFP

As with previous editions, ICSME 2014 will feature a double doctoral symposium:
- Pre-doctoral: The first part is dedicated to PhD students in the midst of their doctoral studies in the field of software maintenance, who intend to finish their PhD within the next two years (2015-2016). This symposium aims 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. Participants will discuss their goals, methods, and results at an early stage in their research.
- Post-doctoral: The second part is dedicated to researchers who have delivered their PhD dissertations in the area of software maintenance and evolution within the last 2 years (2012-2014). This symposium aims to provide a forum for post-docs to present the highlights of their work to the ICSME community. Moreover, participants will be asked to reflect on the PhD process itself, and share some lessons learned with PhD students as well as PhD advisors.

How to submit

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

For the pre-doctoral symposium the submission should not exceed 4 pages and must include:
- a statement of the technical problem addressed and its importance;
- a description of the specific research hypothesis or questions you are investigating;
- a sketch of the research methodology and proposed solution;
- a description of the adopted evaluation method and the result obtained so far;
- the expected contributions of your PhD research.

For the post-doctoral symposium the submission should not exceed 6 pages and must include:
- a synopsis of your PhD dissertation (how would you like your PhD to be remembered by the ICSME research community);
- future work for the community (to be addressed by an upcoming generation of PhD students);
- lessons learned about the PhD process (what worked well for you? what could have worked better?).


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 2014. The post-doctoral symposium will be a part of the main technical program of ICSME and each paper will be formally presented to the broad ICSME audience. Details on the presentations will be communicated upon acceptance.

To encourage a full and open exchange of ideas, the pre-doctoral symposium will be a closed-door event where only the authors and the panel members will participate. The authors will also be able to present a poster on their work during the poster session. Details on the presentations will be communicated upon acceptance.

Important Dates

Abstract submission: June 23, 2014
Full papers submission: June 30, 2014
Notification: July 31, 2014
Camera-ready: August 7, 2014
ICSME 2014 Doctoral Symposium: Tuesday, September 30, 2014


James Cordy, Queen's University, Canada
Margarate-Anne Storey, University of Victoria, Canada

Program Committee

Arie van Deursen, T.U. Delft, Netherlands
Gail Murphy, University of British Columbia, Canada
Filippo Lanubile, University of Bari, Italy
Eleni Stroulia, University of Alberta, Canada

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