Call for Submissions, Doctoral Track

This page contains the Call for Submissions for the Doctoral Track of ICSSP 2019.

The Call for Submissions for the  Main Track of ICSSP 2019 can be found here.

Doctoral Track Overview

The International Conference on Software and Systems Process (ICSSP 2019) invites submissions for consideration for inclusion in the ICSSP 2019 Doctoral Track which will be hosted as an integral part of the main ICSSP 2019 programme. Successful submissions will present to the main ICSSP 2019 audience and as such offers an excellent opportunity for current Ph.D. candidates to present their work and elicit feedback from the ICSSP community, which is comprised of some of the leading figures in the software and systems process domain.

The goal of the ICSSP community in hosting the Doctoral Track is driven by a keen appreciation of the importance of Doctoral studies and the many benefits that expert community-led constructive feedback can deliver in terms of enhancing Doctoral work, while also supporting leading researchers of the future. Thus, the Track offers a rare opportunity to obtain valuable expert feedback and to get in touch with peer students in the same field of interest. The event is designed with 2nd/3rd year PhD candidates in mind, and particularly where initial results are not yet mature enough for a full conference paper and the work going forward may benefit from feedback from the ICSSP community. The ICSSP Doctoral Track should address topics of interest to ICSSP 2019 and also more generally, all research areas that are in scope of the ICSSP conference series. Successful submissions will be published in the main conference proceedings.

Doctoral Track papers shall present research progress to date, current work-in-progress and plan to completion. Please note that the sole author on the submission must be the doctoral candidate and that advisor(s) should be noted immediately below the author details. Submissions should address the following concerns:

Motivation:  describe the problem that you want to address and briefly summarize existing approaches along with their deficiencies.

Objectives: outline the key objectives of your PhD research and argue how achieving them will address the problem outlined in the motivation.

Methodology: identify what methodology you will adopt to meet the objectives of your project. Clearly state on what existing works your work will build.

Research challenges: outline the technical, methodological, conceptual, or other hurdles faced in completing the research.

Research plan: describe what preliminary results – if any – you have already achieved and summarize your plans for future work. Please add a rough schedule that allows to judge whether your research plan is feasible.

Authors of selected submissions will be required to produce and present a Poster to reflect their ICSSP 2019 Doctoral Track paper, which will be displayed alongside the main ICSE 2019 Posters. Details on poster formats will be provided in due course.

Preconditions for Submission

As with the main ICSSP conference, all submissions must comply with the ACM and IEEE policies on authorship and publication. These include:

– The Policy on Roles and Responsibilities in ACM Publishing as they apply to authors

– The ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism

– The ACM policy on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions

– The IEEE guidance on publishing ethics

Note that submitted papers must reflect the original work of the authors, the authors must be entitled to publish the work, **the work must not have been published previously in a refereed or formally reviewed publication, and the work must not be under review or in press elsewhere while under review for the ICSSP Doctoral Track,** among other provisions.

How to Submit

Submissions to the ICSSP 2019 Doctoral Track must be up to a maximum of 4 pages in length. Papers not adhering to this page length requirement will not be admitted to the review process. Page limits include all text, figures, tables, references, and appendices. All submissions must be in English.

Important: ICSSP is NOT following a double-blind reviewing process, so author name(s) and affiliation(s) should appear beneath the title of a submission. (This is different from the policy followed by ICSE and some other co-located events.)

Submissions  must conform to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type, LaTEX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option).

Submissions must be made through the ICSSP submission site on EasyChair prior to the submission deadline. Be sure to direct your submissions to the Doctoral Track and select “Student doctoral paper” when uploading your submission.

Authors of accepted papers shall prepare a final camera-ready version of the paper, taking into account all feedback from reviewers, and formatted according to the guidelines above.

Requirement for Letter of Recommendation

Each student submission must be supported by a letter of recommendation from the student’s research advisor(s).  The letter of recommendation should ideally be brief, indicating that the student will be in a position to attend and present at the conference if their submission is successful, and including an assessment of the current status of the research, including an expected date for the dissertation’s filing (which may be approximate).  Note that letters may be shared with reviewers of the submission but will generally be kept confidential.

Submissions must be made through the ICSSP submission site on EasyChair prior to the submission deadline.  Be sure to direct your submissions to the Doctoral Track and select “Advisor letter of recommendation” when uploading your letter.

The letter of recommendation must be received by the submission deadline.  Submissions without a supporting letter of recommendation will not be reviewed.

Requirement to Register, Attend and Present

If a submission is accepted, the doctoral candidate must register for and attend the conference and present the paper in person.  Failure to meet this requirement may result in the paper being withdrawn from the program and proceedings.

Review Process

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two Doctoral Track Committee members. Submissions will be evaluated based on their relevance, the motivation and quality of the proposed research, as well as the suitability of the chosen methodology.  The potential for students to benefit from participation in the Track may also be considered in making the final selection of accepted papers.

Important Dates

Submission deadline:            Feb 11th, 2019
Notifications due:                   Mar 1st, 2019
Camera-ready copy due:       Mar 15th, 2019 (Anywhere on Earth)
Conference date:                    May 25-26, 2019
Note:  Some of these important dates differ from the respective dates for the main track.

Doctoral Track Committee

Paul Clarke, Dublin City University & Lero – the Irish Software Research Center (Chair).
Jens Heidrich, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), Germany.
Dan Houston, The Aerospace Corporation, USA.
Marco Kuhrmann, Clausthal University of Technology, Germany.
Claude Laporte, École de Technologie Supérieure, Montreal, Canada.
Silvana McMahon, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland.
Antonia Mas, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.
Antoni Lluís Mesquida, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.
Mirna Muñoz, Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas (CIMAT), Mexico.
Juergen Muench, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), Germany.
So Norimatsu, Japan Software Process Improvement Consortium (JASPIC), Japan.
Rory O’Connor, Dublin City University & Lero – the Irish Software Research Center.
Vincent Ribaud, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France.
Mercedes Ruiz, Universidad de Cádiz, Spain.
Paolo Tell, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Christiane Gresse von Wangenheim, Federal University of Santa Catarina/UFSC, Brazil.
Murat Yilmaz, Cankaya University, Turkey.

Contact Information

For any further information on the ICSSP 2019 Doctoral Track, please contact the
ICSSP 2019 Doctoral Track at EasyChair.

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