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Doctoral Symposium

Important Dates | Goal | Scope| Evaluation | Submission
Publication / Presentation | Committee Members | Contact Information

> Important Dates

Submission 6 December 2004
Notification of Acceptance 10 January 2005
Camera-ready Copy Due 28 January 2005
Symposium 17 May 2005

> Goal

The Doctoral Symposium is a forum for Ph.D. students to publicly discuss their research goals, methods, and results at an early stage in their research. The Symposium aims to provide useful guidance for completion of the dissertation research and initiation of a research career.

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> Scope

The Symposium and ICSE provide an opportunity for student participants to interact with other students at a similar stage in their careers, established researchers, and the broader software engineering community.

Students should consider participating in the Doctoral Symposium at least six months before completion of their dissertations, but after having settled on a research area or dissertation topic. Some students selected to attend the Symposium, typically those at a later stage of their research, will be asked to present a talk about their work. Other students selected to attend the Symposium, typically those at an earlier stage of their research, will be asked to present a poster about their work.

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> Evaluation

Each prospective student participant will submit a package of materials for consideration by the Doctoral Symposium Committee.

The Doctoral Symposium Committee will select participants using the following criteria:

- The potential quality of the research and its relevance to software engineering.
- Quality of the research abstract.
- Stage of the research (students will be selected across a range of research stages).
- Diversity of background, research topic, and approach.

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> Submission

To apply as a student participant in the Doctoral Symposium, you should prepare a submission package consisting of the two parts listed below. The first part must be submitted electronically through the CyberchairPRO system and the second must be submitted via email, both by the submission deadline (December 6th, 2004).

Submissions for this category are closed.

Part 1: Research Abstract

The research abstract should be at a maximum 4 pages long, and must include:

- Your name.
- The title of your work.
- Name and electronic mail address of dissertation advisor
- The research area or sub-area of your work (10 words or less).
- Universal resource locator (URL), if available Related submissions (e.g., if you are also submitting a technical paper to ICSE)
- Brief description of research topic (25 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).
- Sketch 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.

The research abstact should be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Formatting of the research abstract should follow the ICSE format guidelines for regular papers.

Part 2: Letter of Recommendation

Ask your dissertation advisor for a letter of recommendation. This letter should include your name and a candid assessment of the current status of your dissertation research and an expected date for dissertation submission.

The letter should be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), and sent to:

Ground Rules

- All submitted materials must be in English.
- All materials must be submitted electronically in the formats specified above.
- Submissions 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 in advance of the Symposium.

Submission Procedure

The first part of the submission package should be submitted through ICSE2005 Cyberchair. The second part of the submission package should be submitted electronically to:

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> Publication / Presentation

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by e-mail. The notification will indicate whether the student will be asked to present a talk about their work, or whether they will be asked to present their work in an interactive poster format.

Final versions of research abstracts will be included in a Symposium Proceedings to be distributed to all participants. Participants selected to present a talk about their work will later be asked to prepare a 1-page description of their research for the published ICSE Proceedings. This description will be required to conform to the proceedings publication format.

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

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> Committee Members

Gail Murphy (chair) U. of British Columbia, Canada
Kumiyo Nakakoji (chair) U. of Tokyo, Japan
Marsha Chechik U. of Toronto, Canada
Lori Clarke U. of Massachusetts, USA
Anthony Finkelstein University College London, UK
Andre van der Hoek UC Irvine, USA
Yunwen Ye U. of Colorado-Boulder, USA
Andreas Zeller Saarland U., Germany

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> Contact Information

Gail Murphy (
Kumiyo Nakakoji (

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