Call for Doctoral Symposium

Call for Doctoral Symposium Submission

The ASE'08 Doctoral Symposium seeks to bring together PhD students working on foundations, techniques, tools and applications of automated software engineering and give them the opportunity to present and to discuss their research with researchers in the ASE community in a constructive atmosphere. Specifically, the symposium aims to provide a setting whereby students receive feedback on their research and guidance on future directions from a broad group of advisors, foster a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research, and contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events.

The Doctoral Symposium will be held on September 15, 2008, before the main conference. Selected students will present their work and receive constructive feedback from a panel of advisors and other Doctoral Symposium students. Note that advisors of student presenters will not be allowed to attend their student's presentations. In addition to scientific matters, students will have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing a PhD and performing research as a young professional in automated software engineering.

The symposium is intended for students who have not yet completed their dissertation research and do not expect to write up their dissertation before the conference. If you are already writing your dissertation, or expect to be substantially done by the time of the symposium, we encourage you to submit your work as a full paper to the ASE conference.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission : May 15
Notification of acceptance : June 6
Camera-ready paper due : July 3
Symposium Presentations : September 15

Submission Details

To apply for participation at the symposium, you should submit via email an abstract of your doctoral work to the symposium organizers (see below). Only electronic submissions will be accepted. All submissions must be in either PDF or PS. Abstracts should not exceed 4 pages and should:

  • clearly identify the research question you are addressing,
  • outline the significant problems in the field and the current solutions,
  • present the preliminary ideas and state the proposed approach clearly, and
  • present the applicant's contributions and results achieved so far, and
  • adhere to the formatting guidelines

In addition, your dissertation advisor should provide a letter (or email) of recommendation. The letter must include an assessment of the current status of your thesis research, and an expected date for dissertation submission.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed by the Doctoral Symposium Committee and selected for inclusion in the symposium on the basis of originality, technical merit, presentation quality, relevance to the conference topics, and stage of research. Each accepted abstract will be included in the conference proceedings.

Doctoral Symposium Organizers

Gabriele Taentzer
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik
D-35032 Marburg (Germany)

Mats Heimdahl
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
200 Union Street S.E.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 (USA)

Committee Members

Jamie Andrews (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
Michael Goedicke (University of Duisburg, Germany)
Paul Grünbacher (Johannes Kepler University, Austria)
Kurt Stirewalt (Michigan State University, USA)
Tao Xie (North Carolina State University, USA)
Andrea Zisman (City University, UK)