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ICSE 2019
Sat 25 - Fri 31 May 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada

The ICSE 2019 Doctoral Symposium is a one-day event to be held on May 28, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The symposium will bring together doctoral students working on foundations, techniques, tools, and applications of software engineering and give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere.

The goals of the Doctoral 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; and
  • provide an opportunity for student participants to interact with established researchers and practitioners in the software engineering community.

Call for Doctoral Symposium Submissions

Who should participate

Students should consider participating in the Doctoral Symposium at least nine months before completion of their dissertation, but after having settled on a research area or thesis topic.


Each student’s Doctoral Symposium submission consists of two elements:

  1. A 4-page paper describing the student’s dissertation research. This paper has to be authored by only the student. The paper should clearly state:
    • the problem to be solved in the student’s research; justify why this problem is important and make clear that previous research and related work has not yet solved that problem,
    • the research hypothesis or claim,
    • the expected contributions of the research, including a discussion of related work,
    • how the student plans to evaluate the results and to present credible evidence of the results to the community,
    • a description of the results achieved so far, and
    • the planned timeline for completion.
  2. For submission instructions, see the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type, LaTEX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option). Each paper must be submitted electronically through the ICSE 2019 Submission page.

  3. A letter of recommendation from the student’s dissertation advisor. The letter should be sent by e-mail directly to the Doctoral Symposium Chairs. The letter of recommendation must include an assessment of the current status of the research and an expected date for the dissertation’s filing.

Review process

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Doctoral Symposium Committee. Participants will be selected on the basis of their anticipated contribution to the Doctoral Symposium goals as well as the potential benefit to the participants. 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, and
  • the diversity of backgrounds, research topics, and approaches.


Authors of submissions selected for participation will have the opportunity to present their work during the Doctoral Symposium and to have a camera-ready version of their papers published in a companion volume to the ICSE 2019 Conference Proceedings and the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

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

To facilitate detailed feedback to the participants, attendance to the Doctoral Symposium is by invitation only, limited to the participants and the Doctoral Symposium Committee.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submissions: November 19, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: January 21, 2019
  • Camera-ready copy of paper due: February 9, 2019
  • ICSE 2019 Doctoral Symposium: May 28, 2019