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ISSTA 2015 Doctoral Symposium Call for Papers

Baltimore, MD, USA. July 2015

The ISSTA Doctoral Symposium is a forum for PhD students working in the area of software testing and analysis; students present their research goals, methods, and preliminary results, and obtain constructive feedback from senior researchers in the field in a friendly atmosphere. Our goal is to help students complete their dissertation and begin a successful independent research career in software testing and analysis.

Prospective student participants should be at a stage in their research where they have identified a research topic and have at least preliminary results or concepts to discuss, but should also be at least 6 months away from dissertation completion (in order for feedback to be most useful).

Participants will be selected based on a 4-page paper (in ACM conference format, with the same specification as ISSTA technical paper submissions) describing their proposed thesis research. The paper should provide 1) a description of the problem the research intends to address, 2) a focused description of the proposed research, including a statement of hypotheses, 3) a description of approach and evaluation plans, and 4) details on how this work relates to the state of the art, including expected improvements.

As an alternative, students in a more formative stage of their research may submit 2 page ACM conference format papers with less detail and focusing more on the basic concept of the research, marked in the title with "Poster Proposal." For these submissions, either a shorter presentation or a poster session will allow presentation of more preliminary research.

Both normal and poster submission titles should begin with the identifying words "Doctoral Symposium:" to help identify them in ISSTA proceedings — e.g., a poster proposal might be titled "Doctoral Symposium: Poster Proposal: My Title" in both the EasyChair information and the actual ACM format paper.

Students should note that ideas published in a doctoral symposium forum can be published in a final form in another venue without violating ACM plagiarism rules.

Financial assistance

The SIGSOFT Conference Attendance Program for Students (CAPS) provides financial assistance to graduate students to help defray costs of attending SIGSOFT-sponsored conferences and workshops. In addition, some support for U.S.-based students is available thanks to support from the U.S. National Science Foundation. The funds can be used to pay for travel expenses, hotel expenses, and conference registration. To check for eligibility and make a submission please visit the SIGSOFT CAPS website and the page on student financial support for participating in ISSTA 2015.

How to submit

Submission will by via EasyChair:

The ISSTA 2015 Doctoral Symposium will be held on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, the day before the start of the ISSTA main conference, in Baltimore, Maryland. The symposium presentations will be closed-door, with participation restricted to the PhD students taking part in the symposium and the members of the ISSTA 2013 Doctoral Symposium committee. There will also be a social component, where students can meet members of the ISSTA community.

PhD students taking part in the symposium will have a unique opportunity to describe their research ideas and receive comments and suggestions from experienced researchers in the field, covering academia, industry, and research labs.

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions:April 27, 2015 (23:59:59 Anywhere on Earth)

Notification to authors: May 15, 2015

Camera-ready paper due: May 26, 2015


Chair: Alex Groce, Oregon State University, USA

Program committee
Ciera Jaspan, Google, Inc., USA
Corina Pasareanu, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley/NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Gregg Rothermel, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
Westley Weimer, University of Virginia, USA
Andreas Zeller, Saarland University, Germany