Call for Participation

Important Dates

Deadline for Participant Papers
June 23, 2011
June 10, 2011

Notification of Acceptance
July 15, 2011

Camera-Ready Copy

August 19, 2011

IDoESE Symposium
September 21, 2011

Session notes sent to participants
October 10, 2011

The objective of the symposium is to provide young researchers with the opportunity to present their work to the empirical software engineering community, and receive valuable feedback from experienced researchers in that community. Accepted papers will be published on the ESEM conference website.

Some of the most experienced members of the empirical software engineering community will serve as the symposium advisors and provide feedback to students presenting their work. Watch the IDoESE website for a list of IDoESE advisors. In addition, the symposium will facilitate the exchange of ideas among young researchers.

Participation in the symposium is being solicited at three levels:

Participants are doctoral students, preferably at a mid-point in their dissertation work (i.e. are at least 12 months from defending their dissertation, but have at least a preliminary research design), who will present their work at the symposium and receive feedback from the symposium advisors and other attendees.

Those wishing to be participants are asked to submit a paper (up to 8 pages following IEEE authoring guidelines) on their research plan including as much as possible:

  • Title and abstract (up to 250 words);
  • Introduction (motivation, rationale, background) to the research;
  • Description of issues or points on which the author would like to get the most advice on;
  • Relevant prior work (foundations, relevant research results, research gap this work tries to fill);
  • Research objectives, questions and hypotheses (with rationale);
  • Research approach, empirical study design and arrangements;
  • Definition of most important metrics (e.g., following the GQM approach);
  • Data analysis methods and techniques;
  • Validity threats and their control;
  • Summary of the current status of the research and planned next steps;

Participants in the symposium are required the following:

  • submitting and presenting a research plan,
  • reviewing and commenting up to two research plans, and
  • acting as a scribe in one review session.

All papers must be submitted through in PDF format. Papers are limited to 6 pages, must be written in English, and be formatted according to the IEEE authoring guidelines. Papers exceeding 8 pages are outside the scope of IDoESE. Those papers not following the formatting guidelines will be rejected without review.

Due the increase demand for master students to apply experimentation/experimental paradigm in their researches, exceptionally, master researches can be considered. In this case, the advisor must send a message prior the deadline to IDoESE chair, explaining the general idea of the research, the current status (preferably at a mid-point in their dissertation work - i.e. are at least 8 months from defending their dissertation, having a research design and with possibility to adjust the plan before accomplishment), and providing evidence that the master student is going to attend IDoESE. Master students will not be considered for reviewing and commenting up other research plans. The number of master' works will be limited by the number of accepted doctoral plans.

Apprentices are also doctoral students, but at an earlier stage in their studies. Apprentices will attend the symposium and are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters, and will benefit from the feedback given to other students.

Observers are any other members of the empirical software engineering research community who would like to attend the symposium.

NOTE: Any observer or symposium advisor who is serving as a dissertation advisor to one of the participants is "kindly requested" to not speaking during the presentation and discussion of their student's work.

For further information, please, send a message to, Title´s tag: [IDoESE].