Doctoral Symposium - Call for Papers

Important Dates

**All submission dates are at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12)**

Goal and Scope

The overall goal of the ICSME 2019 doctoral symposium is to help the next generation of ICSME researchers form connections and gain advice on their proposed areas of research. To support this goal the doctoral symposium will have three tracks: early predoctoral (pre-proposal), late predoctoral (post-proposal), and post-doctoral. Each track will work towards the goal as appropriate for its career preparation stage. The three tracks will meet together for the day to enable multi-level peer mentoring as more senior students and junior researchers reflect on their experiences during their PhD studies.

Early Predoctoral (Pre-proposal) Track

This track is open to all students who are or are considering pursuing a doctoral degree in the general area of software maintenance and evolution but have not yet completed the dissertation proposal phase (or equivalent) of their program. Students should have already participated in at least one independent study/research project as part of their research group. This track aims to expose early career students to the ICSME research community and research process and to help them progress toward their dissertation proposal.

Late Predoctoral (Post-proposal) Track

This track is open to PhD students currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the general area of software maintenance and evolution, who have completed the dissertation proposal phase (or equivalent) of their program. This track aims to bring together students who (a) are pursuing a specific research question, (b) have a concrete research plan for completing their studies, and (c) have obtained some initial results motivating their methodology and plan. Students will gain feedback from a broader community outside their institution and network with peers in the ICSME research community.

Post-doctoral Track

This track is open to researchers who have recently completed their PhD dissertation in the general area of software maintenance and evolution. This track provides an opportunity for participants to present their research agenda to a general audience and gain feedback in preparation for job interviews. Participants will develop a research vision that builds on their dissertation and learn to present it to a general audience who is familiar with the research area, but not their specific project or focus.


All submissions that meet the submission criteria (see below) and fit the scope of the conference will be evaluated by the doctoral symposium chairs on the basis of their relevance to the ICSME community, their originality, and their technical soundness. Submissions that are not in compliance with the required submission format or that are out of the scope of the conference will be rejected without being reviewed. Submitted papers must comply with IEEE plagiarism policy and procedures.

Publication and Presentation

Accepted post-proposal and post-doctoral papers will be published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Please review the ICSME 2019 Publication Requirements for more details. Participants from all tracks will present at the symposium, which is closed to the public ICSME community to encourage valuable open discussion and feedback. Presentations will be limited in time to leave sufficient time for feedback. Each participant will also prepare and present a poster during the symposium (for feedback). During the main conference, the author will present the poster again at a public poster session. More presentation details will follow after notification of acceptance.

How to Submit

Submissions must be formatted according to the ICSME 2019 Formatting Instructions. Papers should provide all details (name, affiliation, contact details) of the PhD student. Page limits vary by track, as described below. All submissions must be in PDF and must be submitted online by the deadline via the ICSME 2019 Doctoral Symposium EasyChair conference management system.

Early Predoctoral (Pre-proposal) Track

Late Predoctoral (Post-proposal) Track

Post-doctoral Track

For any questions, please contact the program chairs.

Track Chairs