• Daniela Damian, University of Victoria, Canada (Email : danielad {at}
  • Volker Wulf, University of Siegen, Germany (Email: volker.wulf {at}

Symposium Panel

  • Filippo Lanubile, University of Bari, Italy
  • Allen Milewski, Manmouth University, USA
  • Ban Al-Ani, University of California at Irvine, USA

Goal and Scope

The Doctoral Symposium aims to create a forum for PhD students working on foundations, techniques, methods and tools in the area of global software engineering. It will provide participants with an opportunity to present and to discuss their research with senior researchers of the global software engineering community in a constructive and friendly atmosphere.

Specifically, the symposium aims to:

  • Provide a setting whereby students receive feedback on their research and guidance on future directions from the Doctoral Symposium Panel,
  • Foster the creation of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research, and
  • Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers at the main conference.

The Doctoral 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.

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 software engineering.

The Doctoral Symposium has the same scope of technical topics as the main ICGSE conference.

Submissions and Evaluation

To apply for participation at the symposium, you should prepare a submission package consisting of the two parts listed below.

Part 1: Research proposal (4 pages in GSD submission format) submitted by email to Daniela Damian:

  • Your name and contact information (you and dissertation advisor)
  • Title of your research
  • Research area and sub-area of your work
  • Brief description of your research proposal indicating the problem addressed and approach taken (if defined) (25 words or less)
  • Description of the research problem and its importance in the field
  • Brief survey of background and related work, as well as current solutions/approaches
  • Description of the research issue/focus
  • Detailed description of proposed methodology
  • Results achieved so far (if any)
  • The expected contributions of your research
  • Description of research evaluation methods and your plan to present evidence of contribution to knowledge in the research community

Students at relatively early stages in their research will have some difficulty addressing all these areas in detail; this is understood.

Part 2: Letter of Support (from your research advisor), submitted by email to Daniela Damian.

The letter must include your name and an assessment of the current status of your thesis research and stage in the doctoral program, as well as an expected date for dissertation submission.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Symposium Panel and selected for inclusion in the symposium on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the research proposal (research problem, hypothesis and methodology)
  • Relevance to conference topics
  • Quality of proposal presentation
  • Diversity of background, research topic and approach
  • Stage of research (students will be selected across a range of research stages)

Presentation and publication of research proposal

Symposium participants are expected to present their proposal during the Symposium, as well as prepare and present a poster about their proposal during the Poster Session at the Conference. The 4-page proposal will be included in the Conference Proceedings. Registration at the conference is required for proposal to be printed in the Proceedings.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission:Feb 13, 2009
Notification of acceptance:April 1, 2009
Symposium presentation:July 13, 2009


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