Call for Doctoral Symposium Papers and Participation

ECSA 2010 aims to encourage the young researchers in the field of software architecture to participate to the main European conference on this topic and to contribute actively by presenting their interests, ideas, and preliminary research results in this domain. Therefore, ECSA 2010 introduces a Doctoral Symposium, a dedicated event for the future software architects.


The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to provide PhD students working in the area of software architecture the opportunity to present their research and to receive immediate and expert feedback for the successful completion of their dissertation research. Therefore, the ECSA 2010 Doctoral Symposium will enable participants to sustain and discuss their ideas, methods, and preliminary results with senior researchers of the software architecture community in a constructive, friendly, and professional context. The PhD students will receive guidance and feedback on various aspects of their research both from experienced researches and from their PhD colleagues. It will be an opportunity for students to meet and know each other in order to establish new contacts for possible common research topics and projects.


The technical scope of the Doctoral Symposium is that of ECSA 2010. The list of the topics can be found in the ECSA 2010 call for papers. Students should consider participating in the Doctoral Symposium after they have settled on a dissertation topic with some initial research results. Students should be at least a year from completion of their dissertation to obtain maximum benefit from participation. We invite students at different stages to submit to the Doctoral Symposium:

  • Initial stage: is addressed to students who are concretizing their research question and approach; students will be involved in discussions that enable them to think critically about their ideas; the abstract of this category is limited to three (3) pages;
  • Mature stage: is addressed to students who are going to publish their preliminary results related to concrete research question and approach; students will be asked to present a talk about their work and will get feedback; the abstract of this category is limited to five (5) pages.


The student participant at the Doctoral Symposium should prepare a submission package consisting of two parts, a research abstract and a letter of recommendation.

Part 1: Research Abstract

The research abstract must be in English and should cover the following aspects:

  • The problem to be solved and its importance in the software architecture field;
  • Previous work which has addressed similar problems explaining why they have not been previously solved;
  • The proposed approach;
  • The expected results;
  • A plan for the evaluation of the results.

Accepted papers will be published in ACM Digital Library. Submission guidelines avaiable at: ACM SIG Proceedings Templates. To be sent through EasyChair.

Part 2: Letter of Recommendation

The recommendation letter should be submitted directly by the advisors to and The letter should include the name of the candidate, the status of the dissertation research and an expected date for the dissertation submission.

Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee using the following criteria:

  • Technical quality of the submission, e.g. clarity, precision and adequacy of the problem statement, related work, solution description, expected results and their validation plan.
  • Overall quality, i.e. originality of the submission and its relevance to ECSA 2010.

Important Dates

  • Abstract and Letter of Recommendation Submission: May 15, 2010 May 29, 2010 Closed
  • Notification of Acceptance: June 15, 2010 Closed
  • Doctoral Symposium: August 23, 2010

Doctoral Symposium Committee

  • Paris Avgeriou

    University of Groningen, Netherlands

  • Muhammad Ali Barbar

    IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Rafael Capilla

    Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain

  • Liliana Dobrica

    University Politechnica of Bucharest, Romania

  • David Garlan

    Carnegie Mellon University, USA

  • Ian Gorton

    Pacific NorthWest Labs, USA

  • Marco Bernardo

    University of Urbino, Italy

  • Philippe Kruchten

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  • Patricia Lago

    VU Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Rogerio de Lemos

    University of Kent, UK

  • Johan Lilius

    Åbo Academi University, Finland

  • Tomi Männistö

    Aalto University, Finland

  • Dana Petcu

    Western University of Timisoara, Romania

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

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