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DS-PROFES 2014 : Doctoral Symposium @ 15th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Development and Process Improvement


When Dec 10, 2014 - Dec 10, 2014
Where Helsinki, Finland
Submission Deadline Sep 21, 2014
Notification Due Oct 27, 2014
Final Version Due Nov 10, 2014

Call For Papers

15th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Development and Process Improvement
PROFES 2014 (December 10-12, 2014)


Twitter: @PROFES_conf

PROFES is the premier forum for practitioners, researchers, and educators
to present and discuss experiences, ideas, innovations, as well as concerns
related to software process and product quality improvement. PROFES 2014
will be the 15th gathering of the PROFES community and will take place in
Helsinki, Finland.

The technical program will feature keynote talks, research papers, and
experience reports on the most relevant topics related to existing and next-
generation software processes, practices, and improvement approaches.
Empirical studies (experiments, industrial experiences, case studies, etc.)
are welcome.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

* Practices and tactics for value-driven software development
* Processes for software innovation
* Infrastructures and processes for iterative or incremental software
* Capabilities for fast release cycles
* Continuous deployment
* Development approaches using real-time feedback
* Gaining and analyzing deep customer insight
* Product quality models for software, systems, and services
* Project management techniques
* Service orientation and cloud
* Software development for Cyber Physical Systems
* Agile and lean processes
* Global or distributed software development
* Process modeling, management, and assessment
* Processes for OSS-based development
* Service engineering processes
* Software business models
* Industrial experiences and case studies on the topics above


The PROFES 2014 Doctoral Symposium provides a forum for both early and late-
stage PhD students, working on foundations, techniques, methods and tools in
the area of software process and product quality improvement, to present
their research and get detailed feedback and advice.

The goal of the Doctoral Symposium of is to provide students with useful
guidance and feedback for the successful completion of their dissertation
from established scholars and other PhD attendees. The doctoral symposium
will also help participants to establish a new research and social network
of their peers in this field, in particular, between the promising young
researchers and senior members of the community.

It will provide PhD students with an opportunity to present and to discuss
their research with senior researchers acting as mentors in a constructive
and friendly atmosphere. The PhD Symposium has the same scope as the main
PROFES 2014 conference.


To participate, please submit a research proposal or plan of no more than
5 pages, formatted according to Springer LNCS formatting guidelines (see
author guidelines in
in PDF format through Easychair

Research proposals should include the following information:
* Title
* Your name and contact information
* Your supervisor’s name and contact information
* Abstract
* The research area and sub-area of your work
* The research problem and its significance
* A brief literature review, and how the proposed research fits in within
existing research in the field
* Description of the proposed research methodology
* Results achieved so far (if any)
* Future research agenda

In addition, you also need to ask your supervisor to submit a Letter of
Support by email to Maria.Paasivaara (at) This letter must be
submitted by the same deadline as research proposals. This letter should
include a brief assessment of the current status of your research and an
expected date for completion.

Reviewing criteria

Submissions will be assessed by the Doctoral Symposium Committee using the
following criteria:

* Quality of the research proposal, which should include a clear and
concise statement of the research questions or problem being addressed,
and its importance
* Discussion of the related work, and how your research will contribute to
the field
* Relevance of your submission to the symposium using as basis the PROFES
Conference technical topics
* Quality of the references cited
* Quality of the presentation
* Support letter written by your main supervisor

The committee will take into account students' current research stage when
assessing their submissions.

Presentation and publication of research proposals

Students are expected to give an oral presentation of their research
proposals during the Doctoral Symposium. In addition, accepted proposals
will be included in the Doctoral Symposium Proceedings containing an ISBN
number (Companion volume of the PROFES proceedings). Registration at the
Doctoral Symposium is mandatory in order for accepted proposals to be
included in the Proceedings.


Maria Paasivaara, Aalto University, Finland
(maria.paasivaara (at)


Martin Höst, Lund University, Sweden
Daniel Méndez Fernández, Technische Universität München, Germany
Tommi Mikkonen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Kai Petersen, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Kari Smolander, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Burak Turhan, University of Oulu, Finland
Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland


Doctoral Symposium
Submission Deadline: September 21, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: October 27, 2014
Camera-ready version due: November 10, 2014
Doctoral Symposium: December 10, 2014

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