Call for Doctoral Symposium


The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to encourage PhD students in the field of software architecture to actively participate in and contribute to the main conjoint conferences on software architecture.  Students will be able to present their research goal, methods and preliminary research results in this domain.  The Symposium aims to provide students with useful guidance and feedback for the successful completion of their dissertation from established scholars and other PhD attendees. The Symposium also helps participants to establish a new research and social network of their peers in the field of software architecture.


The technical scope of the Doctoral Symposium is that of ECSA 2014, as represented by the list of the topics in the ECSA 2014 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 one 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: Students should show evidence that they are concretizing their research questions and approaches. These students will be involved in discussions that will help them to think critically about their ideas and proposed research approaches. The submission of this category is limited to four (4) pages using LNCS style.
  • Middle and mature stage: Students should have published or be about to publish research papers on concrete research questions and approaches. These students will be asked to present a talk about their work and get feedback to further improve it. The submission of this category is limited to eight (8) pages using LNCS style.


To participate at the Doctoral Symposium,  students  should prepare a submission package consisting of two parts: a research abstract and a letter of recommendation.

Part 1: Research summary paper. The paper should cover the following aspects:

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

Part 2: Letter of Recommendation

The recommendation letter should be submitted directly by the advisors. The letter should include the submission number of the paper, the name of the candidate, the status of the dissertation research and an expected date for the dissertation submission.
The paper is to be submitted electronically in PDF to: using the LNCS CS proceedings format.

Formatting Instructions: All submissions must be formatted according to the LNCS style. Templates and instructions can be downloaded from the Springer LNCS web site.

Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed by the Doctoral Symposium Program Committee using the following criteria:

  • Technical quality of the submission, e.g., clarity, precision and adequacy of the problem statement, related work, self-contained solution description, expected results and their evaluation plan.
  • Overall quality, including originality of the submission, novelty of the research approach, and relevance to ECSA 2014

Important Dates

  • Research Summary and Letter of Recommendation Submission: June 1, 2014
  • Notification of decision on papers: June 25, 2014
  • Camera-ready paper due: July 20, 2014

Doctoral Symposium Committee


Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

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