Doctoral Symposium

Overview – Doctoral Symposium @ RE2011

The RE Doctoral Symposium is an international forum for PhD students working in all areas of Requirements Engineering.  The forum is intended to bring together PhD students and give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research, to get constructive feedback,  and to meet fellow researchers at a similar stage of their career.

More precisely, the goals of the RE Doctoral Symposium are:

  • to give PhD students a chance to showcase their research,
  • to provide them with feedback from a panel of senior international researchers,
  • to facilitate interaction among the participants.

The doctoral symposium will operate in a highly interactive workshop-like format.

Who should participate

The Doctoral Symposium welcomes PhD students who have settled on a dissertation topic and whose PhD dissertation will benefit from the feedback received.  In most likelihood, such students will be midway through their doctoral work.

Submission Instructions

To apply as a student participant to the Doctoral Symposium, you should prepare a submission package consisting of two parts (described below), both of which must be submitted via e-mail to both and  no later than May 16th, 2011.  The e-mail should bear the subject [RE2011 Doc Sym] Submission.

Part 1 — Research Abstract

Your research abstract must be formatted according to the IEEE CS proceedings format (see the website of the IEEE Conference Publishing Service for instructions and templates) and must be a maximum of four pages (font size: 10pt), including all text, references, appendices, and figures. All submissions must be in English. Submissions must be in PDF format.

The research abstract should cover:

  • Technical question – clearly formulate the technical problem to be solved.
  • Motivation – justify the importance of the problem.
  • State of the art – describe what existing work your research builds upon (citing key publications), and also briefly describe any existing solutions that have been developed or are currently being developed (citing key publications) and why they do not solve the problem.
  • Proposed solution – sketch the proposed technical solution.
  • Contributions – point out your (existing and planned) contributions to the solution of the problem, and state in what aspects the suggested solution is different, new or better as compared to existing approaches to the problem.
  • Research methods – indicate the methods you are using or will use to carry out any empirical research to validate your solution.
  • Progress – describe the progress made in solving the stated problem and propose a plan to complete the research. The plan should include your strategy for evaluating your work and presenting credible evidence of your results to the research community.

The sections of the paper do not necessarily need to follow the above structure, but should have a similar content. We understand that students at a relatively early stage of their research might have some difficulty addressing all of the content requirements, but should attempt to do so as well as they can.

The research abstract should include the title of your work, your name, affiliation, email address, postal address, personal website, and a one paragraph short summary in the style of an abstract for a regular paper. Submissions should contain no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.

Part 2 — Letter of Recommendation

Ask your (main) dissertation advisor for a letter of recommendation. This letter should include:

  • your name,
  • a candid assessment of the current status of your dissertation research,
  • an expected date for dissertation submission.

The letter should be in PDF format and should be sent directly by your advisor via e-mail to both and
The e-mail should have the subject [RE2011 Doc Sym] Recommendation.

Evaluation Criteria

Upon receipt of the submissions, the Doctoral Symposium Committee will select participants using the following three criteria:

  • The potential quality of the research and its relevance to Requirements Engineering.
  • Quality of the research abstract (see Section «Who should participate» above).
  • The stage of the research.

Attending RE2011

If you are accepted as a student participant at the Doctoral Symposium, you will probably also wish to attend the Requirements Engineering conference.

A number of scholarships are available and allow students to attend the conference in return for acting as a student volunteers. These are offered by the organizing committee.

The conference organizing committee will give high priority to applications from student participants at the Doctoral Symposium. If you wish to be considered for a volunteer scholarship, you are encouraged to apply immediately after you receive notice of your acceptance as a participant in the Doctoral Symposium.

Important Dates

Submission deadline (paper + recommendation letter) May 16th, 2011
Notification of acceptance June 21st, 2011
Camera-ready copy July 18th, 2011
Doctoral Symposium August 29th, 2011

Doctoral Symposium Committee

Jane Cleland-Huang

Vincenzo Gervasi

Olly Gotel

Lin Liu

Neil Maiden

Bjorn Regnell

Roel Wieringa

Didar Zowghi

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

Vincenzo Gervasi
University of Pisa, Italy

Jane Cleland-Huang
DePaul University, USA