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The RE Doctoral Symposium is an international forum for PhD students working in all areas of Requirements Engineering.

The forum is intended to bring together PhD students and give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructively critical atmosphere, and to meet fellow researchers at a similar stage of their career.

More precisely, the goals of the RE Doctoral Symposium are:

  • to give PhD students a chance to showcase their research,
  • to provide them with feedback from a panel of senior international researchers,
  • to facilitate interaction among the participants,
  • to offer PhD students the opportunity to attend the RE conference.

The doctoral symposium will operate in a workshop-like format.

Who should participate

The Doctoral Symposium welcomes PhD students who are somewhere in the middle of their doctoral research, that is:

  • students who have settled on a dissertation topic,
  • and whose PhD dissertation will benefit from the feedback received.

Submission instructions

To apply as a student participant to the Doctoral Symposium, you should prepare a submission package consisting of two parts (described below), both of which must be submitted via e-mail to Didar Zowghi and Patrick Heymans no later than May 11th, 2009, 23.59 Apia, Samoa time.

Part 1 — Research Abstract

Your research abstract must be formatted according to the IEEE CS proceedings format (see http://www.computer.org/portal/site/cscps/ for instructions and templates) and must be a maximum of four pages with main text in 10 point font, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. All submissions must be in English. Submissions must be in PDF format.

The research abstract should cover:

  • Research question - clearly formulate the technical problem to be solved.
  • Motivation - justify the importance of the problem.
  • State of the art - describe what existing work your research builds upon (citing key publications), and also briefly describe any existing solutions that have been developed or are currently being developed (citing key publications) and why they do not solve the problem.
  • Proposed solution - sketch the proposed technical solution.
  • Contributions - point out your (existing and planned) contributions to the solution of the problem, and state in what aspects the suggested solution is different, new or better as compared to existing approaches to the problem.
  • Research methods - indicate the methods you are using or will use to carry out your research.
  • Progress - describe the progress made in solving the stated problem and propose a plan to complete the research. The plan should include your strategy for evaluating your work and presenting credible evidence of your results to the research community.

The sections of the paper need not necessarily follow the above structure, but should feature the required content and allow to identify it easily. We understand that students at a relatively early stage of their research might have some difficulty addressing all of the content requirements, but should attempt to do so as best they can.

The research abstract should include the title of your work, your name, affiliation, email address, postal address, personal website, and a one paragraph short summary in the style of an abstract for a regular paper. Submissions should contain no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.

Part II — Letter of Recommendation

Ask your (main) dissertation advisor for a letter of recommendation. This letter should include:

  • your name,
  • a candid assessment of the current status of your dissertation research,
  • an expected date for dissertation submission.

The letter should be in PDF format and should be sent directly by your advisor via e-mail to Didar Zowghi and Patrick Heymans. The e-mail should have the subject RE’09 DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM RECOMMENDATION.

Evaluation criteria

Upon receipt of the submissions, the Doctoral Symposium Committee will select participants using the following three criteria:

  • The potential quality of the research and its relevance to Requirements Engineering.
  • Quality of the research abstract (see Section «Who should participate» above).
  • The stage of the research.

Important dates

Submission deadline (paper + recommendation letter) May 11th, 2009
Notification of acceptance June 20th, 2009
Camera-ready copy August 15th, 2009
Doctoral Symposium in Atlanta September 1st, 2009

Doctoral Symposium Committee

Dan Berry, University of Waterloo, Canada
Al Davis, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA
Vincenzo Gervasi, Universita di Pisa, Italy
Olly Gotel, Pace University, USA
Barbara Paech, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Andrés Silva, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

Didar Zowghi
School of Software
Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology
University of Technology, Sydney

Patrick Heymans
PReCISE research centre
Faculty of Computer Science
University of Namur, Belgium

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