Calls: Call for Papers for the Doctoral Symposium

The call for papers to the Doctoral Symposium is closed.

Call for Papers for the Doctoral Symposium

The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to provide a forum in which PhD students can present their work in progress. The symposium supports students by providing independent and constructive feedback about their already completed and, more importantly, planned research work. The symposium will be accompanied by prominent experts who will actively participate in critical discussions.

Relevant fields within Software Engineering include (but are not limited to):

  • Models: reasoning, execution, management, testing and validation
  • Model transformations: paradigms, algorithms, development, applications, tools
  • Graph theories
  • Domain Specific Languages
  • Proofs and Testing: debugging, frameworks, experiments, case studies
  • Model-Driven Engineering

Any topic of interest for the conferences that will take place within STAF 2016 is highly welcomed.

Submission Process

Submissions exclusively authored by the PhD student are invited from students who have settled on a PhD topic. We do accept papers on both initial stage (first or second year) and mature stage (third year, or later) of research. The authors shall clearly indicate their stage of research maturity in a footnote to be added to the paper title.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least 3 experts based on originality, significance, correctness and clarity. Submissions should describe research-in-progress that is meant to lead to a PhD dissertation, using the following structure:

  • Problem: The problem the research intends to solve, the target audience of this research, and a motivation of why the problem is important and needs to be solved.
  • Related work: A review of the relevant related work with an emphasis of how the proposed approach is different and what advantages it has over the existing state of the art.
  • Proposed solution: A description of the proposed solution and which other work (e.g., in the form of methods or tools) it depends on.
  • Preliminary work: A description of the work to-date and results achieved so far.
  • Expected contributions: A list of the expected contributions to both theory and practice.
  • Plan for evaluation and validation: A description of how it will be shown that the work does indeed solve the targeted problem and is superior to the existing state of the art (e.g., prototyping, industry case studies, user studies, experiments).
  • Current status: The current status of the work and a planned timeline for completion.

Contributions must not exceed 10 pages in Springer LNCS format and must be submitted via EasyChair:

All accepted submissions to the Doctoral Symposium at STAF 2016 will be published in a post-conference volume of CEUR and will be submitted for inclusion in DBLP.

Best Paper Award

The best Doctoral Symposium paper will be awarded and receive a prize of EUR 300.

Important Dates

May 20, 2016  April 15th, 2016 Paper submission deadline
May 31, 2016 Author notification
July 4, 2016 STAF 2016 Doctoral Symposium


Catherine Dubois

ENSIIE, France

Francesco Parisi Presicce

Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Program Committee

Luciano Baresi

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Sandrine Blazy

Université de Rennes 1, France

Achim D. Brucker

University of Sheffield, UK

Catherine Dubois

ENSIIE, France

Martin Gogolla

University of Bremen, Germany

Reiko Heckel

University of Leicester, UK

Dimitris Kolovos

University of York, UK

Francesco Parisi Presicce

University of Rome, Italy

Antonio Vallecillo

Universidad de Malaga, Spain

Manuel Wimmer

TU Wien, Austria