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PRELIMINARY Call for Papers - Doctoral Symposium


The goal of the ASE 2014 Doctoral Symposium is to provide a supportive yet questioning setting in which the PhD students have an opportunity to present and discuss their research with other researchers in the ASE community. The Symposium aims to provide students with useful guidance and feedback on their research and to facilitate their networking within the scientific community by interacting with established researchers and with their peers at a similar stage in their careers.


The technical scope of the Symposium is that of ASE. 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 (at the time of the Symposium), to obtain maximum benefit from participation. The Doctoral Symposium is open to Ph.D. students at any stage of their research, whereby students at the initial stage (first or second year) will be able to challenge their ideas and current research directions, while students at a more mature stage (third or fourth year) will be able to present their thesis and get advice for improvement and for better exposition of their contributions and conclusions. Attendance is open to students of accepted research abstracts and Doctoral Symposium committee members.


The Doctoral Symposium Committee will select participants using the following criteria:

  • The potential quality of the research and its relevance to automated software engineering.
  • Quality of the research abstract.
  • Diversity of background, research topics and approaches.

Students should not infer that a list of prior publications is in any way expected or required; we welcome submissions from students for whom this will be their first formal submission as well as those who have previously published.


To apply as a student participant in the Doctoral Symposium, you should prepare a submission package consisting of two parts, both of which must be submitted by the submission deadline.

Part 1: Research Abstract (max. 4 pages in ACM format - LaTex users, use the style Option 2)). Your research abstract must conform to the ASE 2014 formatting and submission instructions and should cover:

  • The research problem that you are targeting with justification of its importance
  • Discussion on related and prior work explaining why this has not solved the problem
  • A sketch of the proposed approach or solution
  • The expected contributions of your dissertation research
  • Progress you have made so far in solving the stated problem
  • The methods you are using or will use to carry out your research
  • A plan for evaluating your work and presenting credible evidence of your results to the research community
  • A list of any publications either appeared, accepted or submitted for which the student is an author.

Students at the initial stage of their research might have some difficulty in addressing some of these areas, but should make their best attempt. The research abstract should include the title of your work, your name, your advisor, your email address, postal address, personal website, and a one paragraph short summary in the style of an abstract for a regular paper.

Please submit your research abstract to

Part 2: Letter of Recommendation. Please ask your dissertation advisor for a letter of recommendation. This letter should include your name and a candid assessment of the current status of your dissertation research and an expected date for dissertation submission. The letter should be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), and sent to: with the subject: ASE 2014 DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM RECOMMENDATION.


All accepted papers will be published by ACM. Authors of accepted contributions will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions. Authors must register for the ASE 2014 Doctoral Symposium and present their work at the Symposium.

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

Lars Grunske
University of Stuttgart

Michael Whalen
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Antonio Filieri, University of Stuttgart
Bernd Fischer, University of Stellenbosch
Tim Menzies, West Virginia University
Tien N. Nguyen, Iowa State University
John Penix, Google Inc.
Richard Torkar, Chalmers University of Technology


Submission: June 13, 2014
Author notification: July 11, 2014
Camera Ready Papers: July 27, 2014
Doctoral Symposium: September 15, 2014

Doctoral Symposium

Presentations, 08:40 - 10:00 (20 min/student)
AugIR - The Conceptual Design and Evaluation of an Augmented Interaction Room, Markus Kleffmann
Issues of Automated Software Composition in AI Planning, Felix Mohr
Improvement of Applications' Stability Through Robust APIs, Maria Kechagia
Embrace your issues: Compassing the software engineering landscape using bug reports, Markus Borg
Break, 10:00 - 10:30
Presentations, 10:30 - 12:30 (20 min/student)
A Requirements Monitoring Infrastructure for Systems of Systems, Michael Vierhauser
Determining the Most Probable Root Causes of Run-Time Errors in Simulink Models; Johanna Schneider
Variability-Aware Change Impact Analysis of Multi-Language Product Lines, Florian Angerer
Model-Driven Development of Content Management Systems based on Joomla, Dennis Priefer
Utilizing Feature Location Techniques for Feature Addition and Feature Enhancement, Joseph Burke
A Proposal for Revisiting Coverage Testing Metrics, Breno Miranda
Lunch, 12:30 - 14:00
Group Discussion: Student Research Direction, 14:00 - 14:45
Panel: Finding a Job with your PhD, 14:45 - 15:30
Break, 15:30 - 16:00
Group Discussion: Publishing and what makes a Good Paper, 16:00 - 16:45
Panel: Finishing your Thesis, 16:45 - 17:30
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