Call for Doctoral Papers

Call for Papers for the Doctoral Symposium

The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to provide a forum in which PhD students can present their work in progress. The symposium supports students by providing independent and constructive feedback about their already completed and, more importantly, planned research work. The symposium will be accompanied by prominent experts who will actively participate in critical discussions.

Relevant fields within Software Engineering include (but are not limited to):

  • Models: reasoning, execution, management, testing and validation
  • Model transformations: paradigms, algorithms, development, applications, tools
  • Graph transformation and graph theories
  • Domain Specific Languages
  • Proofs and Testing: verification, debugging, experiments, case studies
  • Model-Driven Engineering
Any topic of interest for the conferences that will take place within STAF 2017 is highly welcomed.

Submission Process

  Submissions exclusively authored by the PhD student are invited from students who have settled on a PhD topic. We do accept papers on both initial stage (first or second year) and mature stage (third year, or later) of research. The authors shall clearly indicate their stage of research maturity in a footnote to be added to the paper title.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least 3 experts based on originality, significance, correctness and clarity. Submissions should describe research-in-progress that is meant to lead to a PhD dissertation, using the following structure:

  • Problem: The problem the research intends to solve, the target audience of this research, and a motivation of why the problem is important and needs to be solved.
  • Related work: A review of the relevant related work with an emphasis of how the proposed approach is different and what advantages it has over the existing state of the art.
  • Proposed solution: A description of the proposed solution and which other work (e.g., in the form of methods or tools) it depends on.
  • Preliminary work: A description of the work to-date and results achieved so far.
  • Expected contributions: A list of the expected contributions to both theory and practice.
  • Plan for evaluation and validation: A description of how it will be shown that the work does indeed solve the targeted problem and is superior to the existing state of the art (e.g., prototyping, industry case studies, user studies, experiments).
  • Current status: The current status of the work and a planned timeline for completion.

Contributions must not exceed 5 pages in Springer LNCS format and must be submitted via EasyChair (choose “STAF 2017 Doctoral Symposium” as track).

All accepted submissions to the Doctoral Symposium at STAF 2017 will be published in a post-conference volume of CEUR and will be submitted for inclusion in DBLP.

Important Dates

May 22, 2017 Paper submission deadline
June 2, 2017 Author notification
July 17, 2017 STAF 2017 Doctoral Symposium



Davide Di Ruscio

University of L’Aquila, Italy

Barbara König

Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Program Committee (to be finalized)

  • Nelly Bencomo, Aston University, UK
  • Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Juan De Lara, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Catherine Dubois, ENSIIE-Samovar, France
  • Martin Gogolla, University of Bremen, Germany
  • Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
  • Reiko Heckel, University of Leicester, UK
  • Gerti Kappel, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Dimitris Kolovos, University of York, UK
  • Daniel Varro, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary