Doctoral Symposium

Doctoral Symposium Program

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions 11 August 2010 11:59pm (Apia, Samoa time)
Notification of acceptance 30 August 2010
Camera-ready due 7 September 2010
Symposium presentations 8 November 2010

Goal and Scope

The Doctoral Symposium aims to create a forum for PhD students working on foundations, techniques, methods and tools in software engineering. Participants will have an opportunity to present and discuss their research with senior researchers of the software engineering community in a constructive and friendly atmosphere.

Specifically, the symposium aims to:

The Doctoral Symposium is intended for students who have not yet completed their dissertation research and do not plan to write their dissertation before the conference.

In addition to scientific matters, students will have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing a PhD and performing research as a young professional in software engineering.

The Doctoral Symposium has the same scope of technical topics as the main FSE conference.

Submissions and Evaluation

To apply for participation, students must submit an extended abstract of no more than four (4) pages, using the same format as FSE research and position papers--see Papers must be submitted through EasyChair, at

The extended abstract should include:

In addition, the advisor must provide a concise (and informal) letter of support by email to the Doctoral Symposium organizer (see below for contact details). The letter must state when the student began his or her Ph.D. studies, include an assessment of the current status of the research, and give an expected date for dissertation submission.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Symposium Panel and selected for inclusion on the basis of technical merit, presentation quality, relevance to the conference topics, and stage of the research. Abstracts of students who are invited to present their work at the Symposium will be included in the conference proceedings that will be published by ACM Press. Students of accepted abstracts will also be given the opportunity to present their work at a poster session.

Doctoral Symposium Panel Members

Alessandro Orso, Chair
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Luciano Baresi
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Lori Clarke
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Myra Cohen
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
Harald Gall
University of Zurich, Switzerland
Jeff Kramer
Imperial College London, UK
Martin Robillard
McGill University, Canada
Willem Visser
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Contact and Web Address

Questions regarding the Doctoral Symposium should be directed to the Doctoral Symposium's Chair:

Alessandro Orso
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA