Doctoral Symposium

The PROFES 2013 Doctoral Symposium provides a forum for both early and late-stage PhD students, working on foundations, techniques, methods and tools in the area of software process and product quality improvement, to present their research and get detailed feedback and advice. It will provide PhD students with an opportunity to present and to discuss their research with senior researchers acting as mentors in a constructive and friendly atmosphere. The PhD Symposium has the same scope as the main PROFES 2013 conference.

The goal of the symposium is to expose students to helpful criticism before their thesis defense. Mentors provide constructive criticism about the current status of the work, and give advice about possible future direction and focus. The objective is to improve the research designs and rigor in doctoral dissertations, share experiences and practices, and support the networking and cooperation within the community, in particular, between the promising young researchers and senior members of the community.

Some useful References:

  • Victor Basili "The Goal Question Metric Approach" Encyclopedia of Software Engineering - 2 Volume Set, pp 528-532, Copyright by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., with Gianluigi Caldiera and Dieter H. Rombach, 1994.
  • Mary Shaw "Writing Good Software Engineering Research Papers" Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Software Engineering, Portland, Oregon, 3-10 May 2003
  • Per Runeson, Martin Hoest: Guidelines for conducting and reporting case study research in software engineering. Empirical Software Engineering 14 (2): 131-164 (2009)
  • Barbara Kitchenham, Pearl Brereton, David Budgen: The educational value of mapping studies of software engineering literature. ICSE (1) 2010: 589-598
  • Kent Beck, How to Get a Paper Accepted at OOPSLA,

Barbara Russo, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Doctoral Symposium Committee
Stefan Biffl, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
Martin Hoest, Lund University, Sweden
Lorrain Morgan, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Bruno Rossi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Marco Torchiano, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Stefan Wagner, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Submissions and Evaluation
To participate, please submit a research proposal of no more than 6 pages, formatted according to Springer LNCS formatting guidelines, by e-mail to

Research proposals should include the following information:
- Title
- Your name and contact information
- Your supervisor’s name and contact information
- Abstract
- Research area and sub-area of your work
- What is the problem?
- What is the significance of this problem?
- Brief literature review, and how the proposed research fits in within existing research in the field
- Description of proposed research methodology
- Results achieved so far (if any)
- Future Agenda

In addition, you also need to ask your supervisor to submit a Letter of Support by email to This letter must also be submitted by the same deadline used for research proposals. This letter should include an assessment of the current status of your research and an expected date for completion.

Reviewing criteria
Submissions will be assessed by the Committee, using as basis the following criteria:
- Quality of the research proposal, which should include a clear and concise statement of the research questions or problem being addressed, and its importance
- Discussion about related work, and how your research will contribute to the field
- Relevance of your submission to the symposium using as basis the symposium technical topics
- Quality of the references cited
- Quality of the presentation
- Quality of the support letter written by your main supervisor
The committee will take into account students' current research stages when assessing their submissions.

Presentation and publication of research proposals
Students are expected to give an oral presentation of their research proposals during the Symposium. In addition, accepted proposals will be included in Symposium Proceedings containing a ISBN number (Springer LNCS format). Registration at the symposium is mandatory in order for accepted proposals to be included in the Proceedings.

Important dates
  • March 15, Extended to March 30, 2013 - Submission deadline
  • March 31, Extended to April 10 Extended to April 30, 2013 - Notification of acceptance
  • April 1, Extended to April 20 Extended to May 10, 2013 - Camera-ready copy due
  • June 12, 2013 - Doctoral Symposium