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May 19-25, 2002

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Call for ICSE 2002 Doctoral Symposium


The ICSE 2002 Doctoral Symposium is a one-day symposium to be held Tuesday, May 21st, the day prior to the regular ICSE technical conference. The goal of the Doctoral symposium is to publicly discuss research goals, methods, and results at an early enough stage in Ph.D. research to provide useful guidance in completion of the dissertation research and initiation of a research career. The symposium and ICSE will also provide an opportunity for student participants to interact with established researchers and others in the wider software engineering community.

Participants who present their work at the symposium will be offered support in the form of a complementary admission to the symposium and ICSE 2002. Additional support may be provided depending on available resources.


Steve Easterbrook University of Toronto, Canada (Symposium Chair)
Marsha Chechik University of Toronto, Canada
Juan Echague Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay
Neno Medvidovic University of Southern California, USA
Kevin Ryan University of Limerick, Ireland
Mary Lou Soffa University of Pittsburgh, USA
Guilherme Travassos COPPE/UFRJ, Brazil
Alex Wolf University of Colorado at Boulder, USA


January 6, 2002


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.


Each prospective student participant will submit a package of materials for consideration by the symposium organizing committee. The committee will select participants on the basis of their anticipated contribution to the symposium goals. 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. The organizers will seek to select students across a range of research stages.
  • Diversity of background, research topic, and approach.


To apply as a student participant in the Doctoral symposium, prepare a submission package consisting of three parts listed below. Each of these parts must be submitted electronically by the listed deadlines.


  1. Name of student participant
  2. Name of thesis advisor
  3. University and department
  4. Full mailing address (repeat information from above as needed), including country and postal code.
  5. Telephone
  6. Fax
  7. Electronic mail address
  8. Electronic mail address of thesis advisor
  9. Universal resource locator (URL), if available
  10. Related submissions (e.g., if you are also submitting a technical paper to ICSE)
  11. Brief description of research topic (25 words or less)
  12. 2 to 5 keywords and phrases


Submit an abstract describing your dissertation research. Your abstract should be at least 3 pages, but not more than 5 pages long, when prepared according to the format guidelines below.

The research abstract should clearly indicate:

  • The title of your work.
  • The research area or sub-area of your work (10 words or less).
  • The technical problem to be solved. The importance of the problem should be justified.
  • Justification that prior research has not solved the problem.
  • The research hypothesis (claim) and details of the proposed solution.
  • The expected contributions of your dissertation research. Progress in solving the stated problem should be the major contribution, but there may be others.
  • The methods you are using or will use to carry out your research. It is important to describe a plan for evaluating your work and presenting credible evidence of your results to the research community.

Students at relatively early stages of their research will have some difficulty addressing some of these areas. Nonetheless, each prospective student participant should address them as well as possible.


Ask your thesis advisor to submit a letter of recommendation to The letter of recommendation must include a detailed assessment of the current status of your thesis research and an expected date for thesis submission.


The general information packet and letter of recommendation should be plain ASCII text with no markup.

Research abstracts may be submitted in any of the following formats (in order of preference):

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
HTML 3.0 or lower, no images
Plain ASCII text with no markup
Level 1 PostScript, with all fonts included except Times and Symbol

Each research abstract must be a single file. Typeset abstracts should be set in 12-point type on a 14-point baseline, with 1-inch margins on all sides. Page size letter is preferred to A4. For plain text, line length should be limited to 80 characters. Please note that this format is for initial submissions only. PDF and PostScript files should be sent uuencoded to prevent corruption by mail handlers.


Notification of acceptance or rejection will be transmitted electronic mail by 1 February 2002. Those requiring a written acceptance letter may request one after notification by electronic mail.

Participants are asked to include a two-page summary of their abstracts in the ICSE proceedings. The summary will include a statement of research objectives, key concepts, and relation to other works. These abstracts must be prepared according to the ICSE Conference Proceedings format. The summaries and signed copyright release forms are due by 1 March 2002.

Final versions of full thesis abstracts for inclusion in a symposium-only electronic proceedings are due by 15 April 2002. Directions for production of abstracts for the proceedings will be provided upon acceptance.


  • All submitted materials must be in English.
  • All materials must be submitted electronically in the formats listed above.
  • Your submission should contain no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.
  • Permissions to use video, audio or pictures of identifiable people must be obtained by you, not ICSE 2002.
  • If your submission is accepted, it will not be published without copyright release forms signed by you.


The general information should be submitted using electronic mail to by the date listed above under Deadline. The subject line of the email message should be Application.

The letter of recommendation should be submitted using electronic mail to by the date listed above under Deadline. The subject line of the email message should be Recommendation for XXX, where XXX is the name of the student applicant.

The research abstract should be submitted electronically using ftp or electronic mail to Directions for submitting by ftp and electronic mail can be obtained by sending a message with subject line Submission to

Important Dates

Submissions Due January 6, 2002
Notification February 1, 2002
Final Summaries Due March 1, 2002
Final Abstracts Due April 15, 2002


To contact the ICSE 2002 Doctoral Symposium Chair send e-mail to

Steve Easterbrook, Associate Professor
Dept of Computer Science
University of Toronto
6, King's College Rd.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H5
Tel: (416) 978-3610
Fax: (416) 978-4765
Email: <>

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