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Doctoral symposium

The PROFES 2016 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.

The goal of the Doctoral Symposium of is to provide students with useful guidance and feedback for the successful completion of their dissertation from established scholars and other PhD attendees. The doctoral symposium will also help participants to establish a new research and social network of their peers in this field, in particular, between the promising young researchers and senior members of the community.

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 2014 conference.

Xiaofeng Wang, University of Bolzano (Xiaofeng dot wang at unibz dot it) and
John Noll, Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre (john dot noll at lero dot ie)

Submissions and Evaluation

To participate, please submit a research proposal or plan of no more than 5 pages, formatted according to Springer LNCS formatting guidelines in PDF format through Easychair.

Research proposals should include the following information:

  • Title
  • Your name and contact information
  • Your supervisor’s name and contact information
  • Abstract
  • The research area and sub-area of your work
  • The research problem and its significance
  • A brief literature review, and how the proposed research fits in within existing research in the field
  • Description of the proposed research methodology
  • Results achieved so far (if any)
  • Future research agenda

Submissions will be assessed by the Doctoral Symposium Committee using the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the research proposal, which should include a clear and concise statement of the research questions or problem being addressed, and its importance
  2. Discussion of the related work, and how your research will contribute to the field
  3. Relevance of your submission to the symposium
  4. Quality of the references cited
  5. Quality of the presentation

The committee will take into account students’ current research stage when assessing their submissions.

Presentation and publication of research proposals

Students are expected to give an oral presentation of their research proposals during the Doctoral Symposium. In addition, accepted proposals will be included in the PROFES Proceedings; registration for the Doctoral Symposium is mandatory in order for accepted proposals to be included in the Proceedings.

Submission deadline: September 16, 2016

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