* ICSE 2018 *
Sun 27 May - Sun 3 June 2018 Gothenburg, Sweden

Accepted Papers

Pre-print Media Attached

Call for contributions

The ICSE2018 Doctoral Symposium is a one-day event to be held on May 29, 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The symposium provides doctoral students an opportunity to interact with their colleagues working on foundations, techniques, tools, and applications of software engineering.

The goals of the symposium are to:

  • provide the participants independent and constructive feedback on their current research and future research directions;
  • develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research;
  • provide an opportunity for student participants to interact with established researchers and practitioners in the software engineering community.

Who should participate

Students 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 submission consists of two elements:

1. A 4-page paper describing the dissertation research. This paper has to be authored by the student only. The paper should clearly state:

  • The problem to be solved in your thesis (justify why this problem is important and make clear that previous research has not yet solved that problem).
  • Your research hypothesis (claim).
  • The expected contributions of your dissertation research.
  • How you plan to evaluate your results and to present credible evidence of your results to the community.
  • A description of the results achieved so far and a planned timeline for completion.

    For submission instructions, see the ACM formatting instructions. All papers must be submitted electronically through the EasyChair submission site.

2. A letter of recommendation from your thesis advisor. The letter should be sent by e-mail to the Doctoral Symposium Chairs. The letter of recommendation must include an assessment of the current status of your thesis research and an expected date for thesis submission.

Review process

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Doctoral Symposium Committee. The participants will be selected on the basis of their anticipated contribution to the consortium goals as well as the potential benefit to the students. 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 (see the Section "Who should participate" above);
  • the diversity of backgrounds, research topics, and approaches.


Authors of submissions selected for acceptance will have the opportunity to present their work during the Doctoral Symposium and have their camera-ready version of their paper published in a companion volume to the ICSE 2018 conference proceedings and the ACM Digital Library.

Selected students will receive feedback both from a panel of experts and from other Doctoral Symposium students. The students will also have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing a PhD and performing research in software engineering.

In order to facilitate detailed feedback to the students, attendance to the Doctoral Symposium is by invitation only, limited to the DS students and the DS Committee.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submissions: November 20, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: January 22, 2018
  • Camera-ready copy of paper due: February 12, 2018
  • ICSE 2018: May 29, 2018


  • Julia Rubin, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Tracy Hall, Brunel University London, United Kingdom

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08:30 - 10:00: DS - Doctoral Symposium - Opening and Keynote at R5+6
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Julia RubinUniversity of British Columbia, Tracy HallBrunel University
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Jan VitekNortheastern University
11:00 - 12:30: DS - Doctoral Symposium - Testing and Analysis at R5+6
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Junjie ChenPeking University
icse-2018-Doctoral-Symposium12:07 - 12:30
Doctoral symposium paper
Akond RahmanNorth Carolina State University
Pre-print Media Attached
12:30 - 14:00: DS - Doctoral Symposium - Lunch Break (Posters, Networking, Joint Discussion) at R5+6
14:00 - 14:45: DS - Doctoral Symposium - Productivity Improvement at R5+6
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André N. MeyerUniversity of Zurich
icse-2018-Doctoral-Symposium14:15 - 14:30
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Beyza EkenIstanbul Technical University
14:45 - 15:30: DS - Doctoral Symposium - People and Software at R5+6
icse-2018-Doctoral-Symposium14:45 - 15:07
Bin LinUniversità della Svizzera italiana (USI)
icse-2018-Doctoral-Symposium15:07 - 15:30
Norman PeitekLeibniz Institute for Neurobiology
16:00 - 17:30: DS - Doctoral Symposium - Panel and Closing at R5+6
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Jocelyn SimmondsUniversity of Chile, Gregor EngelsPaderborn University, Massimiliano Di PentaUniversity of Sannio, Andrian MarcusUniversity of Texas at Dallas
icse-2018-Doctoral-Symposium17:00 - 17:30
Julia RubinUniversity of British Columbia, Tracy HallBrunel University
18:00 - 22:00: DS - Doctoral Symposium - Social Event at Ristoria Restaurant

Thanks for a great symposium!


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