Call For Submissions
24th Doctoral Symposium
Monday, July 28th, 2014,
The 2014 Doctoral Symposium provides a forum for both early and late-stage PhD students to
present their research and get detailed feedback and advice. The main objectives of this event
to allow PhD students to practice writing clearly and to effectively present their research
to get constructive feedback from other researchers
to build bridges for potential research collaboration
to contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers at the
The 24th edition of the Doctoral Symposium will be held as part of ECOOP 2014, Uppsala, Sweden.
This is a full-day event of interactive presentations where the morning session will be dedicated to
junior students and the afternoon session will be dedicated to the senior students. Besides the
formal presentations and discussions in sessions, there will be plenty of opportunities for informal
interactions during breaks, lunch and (possibly) dinner. It is also planned that members of the
academic panel will give short presentations on a variety of topics related to PhD studies and doing
Important Dates for ECOOP'14 Doctoral Symposium
All deadlines are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth, i.e. Howland Island/Baker Island (GMT/UTC-12 hours),
or your local time.
Submission deadline: 6 June 2014
Acceptance notification: 16 June 2014
Written feedback: 14 July 2014
Doctoral Symposium: 28 Jul 2014
If accepted for presentation, the student's advisor must email the chair no later than July 14th and
confirm that the advisor attended at least one of the student's presentation rehearsals.
Call For Submissions
Potential topics are those of the main ECOOP'14 conference, i.e. all topics related to object
technology including but not restricted to:
Architecture, Design Patterns
Aspects, Components, Modularity, Separation of Concerns
Concurrency, Real-time, Embeddedness, Mobility, Distribution
Databases, Persistence, Transactions
Domain Specific Languages, Language Workbenches
Dynamicity, Adaptability, Reflection
Frameworks, Product Lines, Generative Programming
HCI, User Interfaces
Language Design, Language Constructs, Static Analysis
Language Implementation, Virtual Machines, Partial Evaluation
Methodology, Process, Practices, Metrics
Model Engineering, Design Languages, Transformations
Requirements Analysis, Business Modeling
Software Evolution, Versioning
Theoretical Foundations, Formal methods
Tools, Programming environments
The structure and length of submissions is discussed below, and differs between junior and senior
For Senior PhD Students
The goal of the doctoral symposium session is to provide PhD students with useful feedback towards
the successful completion of their dissertation research. Each student is assigned an academic panel,
based on the specifics of that student's research, and a panel of PhD students who will prepare to
participate in the discussion of the proposal and the presentation. The Doctoral student will give a
presentation of 15-20 minutes (exact time will be announced later), followed by 15-20 minutes of
questions and feedback. The experience is meant to mimic a "mini-" defense interview. Aside from the
actual feedback, this helps the student gain familiarity with the style and mechanics of such an interview
(advisors of student presenters will not be allowed to attend their student's presentations).
To participate, the students should be far enough in their research to be able to present:
the importance of the problem
a clear research proposal
some preliminary work/results
an evaluation plan
The students should still have at least 12 months before defending their dissertation. We believe that
students that are defending within a year would not be able to incorporate the feedback they receive.
To participate, please submit:
a 3-4 page abstract in the llncs format.
a letter from your advisor. This letter should include an assessment of the current status of your
dissertation research and an expected date for dissertation submission. The advisor should
e-mail this letter to Beatrice Εkerblom ([log in to unmask]).
Abstracts should be sumbitted to:
The abstract should focus on the following:
what is the problem?
what is the significance of this problem?
why the current state of the art can not solve this problem?
what is the goal of your research?
what artifacts (tools, theories, methods) will be produced, and how do they address the
stated problem? How are the artifacts going to help reach the stated goal?
what experiments, prototypes, or studies need to be produced/executed?
what is the validation strategy? How will it demonstrate that the goal was reached?
Note that this is not a typical technical paper submission, and that the focus is not on technical details,
but rather on research method.
In addition to the submission, the Doctoral student will be assigned the submissions of two PhD students for
which written feedback should be submitted no later than July 14th. The Doctoral student will also be expected
to take active part in all discussions, and especially when discussing the reviewed submissions.
For Junior PhD Students
This session is addressed primarily to PhD students in the early stages of their PhD work. The goal is to allow
participants to present their research ideas and obtain feedback from the rest of the attendees. Each
participant will give a 10-15 minute presentation, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussions (exact times will
be announced later).
To participate, please submit:
6-10 page position paper in the lncs format, presenting your idea or current work;
a support letter from your advisor. The advisor should e-mail this letter to Beatrice Εkerblom
([log in to unmask]).
Position papers should be submitted to:
The position paper should contain (at least):
a problem description;
a detailed sketch of a proposed approach;
As this is earlier-stage research, it is not necessary to have concrete results from this research presented in the
paper. Instead, the goal of the paper is to inform the reader of a (well-motivated) problem and to present a high
level (possible) solution.
In addition to the submission, the PhD student will be assigned the submissions of two Doctoral students for
which written summaries together with a few questions (2-3) that could be discussed in connection to the
presentations should be submitted no later than July 14th. The PhD student will also be expected to take active
part in all discussions, and especially when discussing the submissions for which the summaries have been
Cyrus Omar, Carnegie Mellon University
Sylvan Clebsch, Imperial College
Michael Homer, Victoria University of Wellington
Paley Li, Victoria University of Wellington
Beatrice Εkerblom (chair), Stockholm University
Doug Lea, SUNY Oswego
Tomas Kalibera, Purdue University
Nick Mitchell, IBM Research
(more names will be added to the list)
The ECOOP Doctoral Symposium is an excellent place to meet many interesting
people and discuss new ideas related to your research topic. It has a
friendly atmosphere which makes everybody welcomed and relaxed. By attending
the PhD symposium last year, I had the opportunity to engage in new
collaborations with researchers from different institutions. I also received
feedback from both well-established researchers and fellow PhD students
which had a great positive effect on my thesis. I would certainly recommend
all PhD students to attend the ECOOP PhD Symposium and Workshop.
Eduardo Figueiredo, participant DS ECOOP'08
The ECOOP Doctoral Symposium was a remarkable event. It was an honor to get
feedback on my personal thesis topic from such well-established researchers
in the field. Their comments not only encouraged me to continue with my
thesis work but also gave me valuable feedback on how to refine my concrete
topic and bring the overall topic into shape. In addition, I found the other
students' talks to be some of the most interesting ones at ECOOP. Some of
them were very inspiring even for my own work. Overall, my participation in
the symposium will certainly have a great positive effect on my thesis.
Apart from that it was a fun day which made me meet many interesting people.
Eric Bodden, participant DS ECOOP'07
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