Call for doctoral symposium

!!! NEW !!! Two keynote speakers are confirmed: Michael Lyu (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Holger Schlingloff (Fraunhofer FOKUS).

!!! NEW !!! Authors of accepted papers at the Doctoral Symposium may apply for some travel support (max. 400€). Please contact the Doctoral Symposium chairs after submitting your paper, and state your need in the application email.


Call for Papers - Doctoral Symposium 2019
The Doctoral Symposium will take place on October 28th, 2019 in Berlin, the day before the beginning of the main conference IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE 2019).

The ISSRE 2019 Doctoral Symposium is intended to bring together PhD students working on the conference topics, and give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive, friendly and international atmosphere. The goals of the symposium are:
•    To provide a setting for constructive feedback on participants' current research and guidance on future research directions;
•    To develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research;
•    To provide an opportunity for student participants to interact with established researchers and others in the software reliability engineering community.

Selected students will present their work and receive constructive feedback both from a panel of experts from academia and the industry, and from other Doctoral Symposium students. The students will also have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing a PhD, how to perform research, how to design and execute empirical research, etc.
The proceedings of the Doctoral Symposium will be published in the supplementary conference proceedings of ISSRE 2019.

Who should participate
Students at all stages (at the beginning, in the middle or near the end of their doctoral studies) who are working on a research area or a thesis topic relevant to ISSRE are encouraged to participate in the Doctoral Symposium.

Each submission consists of two elements:
1.    Research proposal: a 4-page paper describing your dissertation research to be authored by the student only, your advisor should be included in the acknowledgments.
2.    Letter of recommendation: ask your advisor to submit a letter of recommendation in support of your application. This letter should include your name, a candid assessment of the current status of your dissertation research, list of publications on your topic so far (if any), and an expected date for dissertation submission. The letter should be emailed to both Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs ( and with the subject “ISSRE 2019 Doctoral Symposium Recommendation”.

Your research proposal should contain the following items: 1) a title for your work; 2) an abstract (maximum 200 words); 3) a main description of your research work that covers: a) the technical problem to be solved, a justification of its importance regarding to software reliability, and a set of research questions; b) related works; 4) the proposed approach, including a) the research methodology to achieve the research goals; b) a brief description of the work accomplished to date c) your timeline and milestones; c) possible threats to validity; 5) finally, the expected contributions of your dissertation research along with the tentative date of your thesis defense.

PhD students at an early stage should focus more on the technical problem to be solved, on the related works and on the motivations, than on the research approach, which should anyway be discussed in the paper. PhD students at a medium and advanced stage of their PhD should cover both the technical problem and the proposed approach. PhD students at an advanced stage may want to additionally discuss the impact of the contributions of their PhD work and the open challenges.  

All submissions must be original work, and must not have been previously published, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Formatting guidelines
Papers must be written in English, and be formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society Format Guidelines .

Submissions will be reviewed by at least two members of the DS Panel of Experts. Authors of submissions selected for acceptance will have an opportunity to present their work during the DS and have the camera-ready version of their paper published in the ISSRE 2019 Supplementary Proceedings and the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Attendance to the Doctoral Symposium is by invitation only, limited to the DS students, the DS Panel of Experts in order and invited experts to facilitate detailed feedback to the students.

All papers must be submitted electronically through the ISSRE 2019 Submission page. On this page, select the track "ISSRE Doctoral Symposium", and click "Continue" to open the submission form.

Important Dates
Deadline for submissions: August 4th, 2019
Notification of acceptance: August 25th, 2019
Camera-ready copy of paper due: September 8th, 2019
ISSRE 2019 Doctoral Symposium:  October 28th, 2019

Long Wang, IBM, USA (
Hélène Waeselynck, LAAS-CNRS, France (
Invited Speaker:
The program will include keynote(s) on topics related to PhD studies and careers after the PhD.
Panel of Experts:
An international panel of experts has been invited by the Doctoral Symposium Chairs to attend the event and interact with the students:
- Domenico Cotroneo, University of Naples Federico II (Italy)
- Bojan Cukic, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (US)
- Catello Di Martino, Nokia Bell Labs (US)
- Karama Kanoun, LAAS-CNRS (France)
- Veena Mendiratta, Nokia Bell Labs (US)
- Roberto Pietrantuono, Federico II University of Naples (Italy)
- Marco Vieira, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
- Mladen Vouk, North Carolina State University (US)