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Doctoral Symposium


ICGSE Doctoral Symposium Program

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.30 Session 1

  • Introduction to doctoral symposium – Claes Wohlin (15 minutes)
  • Conducting your PhD studies – Claes Wohlin (45 minutes)
  • PhD student: Ville Heikkilä
    Title: Planning product releases in global multi-team agile development projects
    Main discussants: Yuanfang Cai and Claes Wohlin
    Secondary discussants: -
    PhD student discussant: Rosalba Giuffrida

12.30-13.30 Lunch break

13.30-15.00 Session 2

  • PhD student: Hina Shah
    Title: Studying the Influence of Culture on Outsourced, Offshored Software Testing Practice: An Ethnographic Approach
    Main discussants: Yuanfang Cai and Rini van Solingen
    Secondary discussants: Jürgen Münch and Claes Wohlin
    PhD student discussant: Laura Garcia
  • PhD student: Rosalba Giuffrida
    Title: Exploring the role of Social Software in Global Software Development projects
    Main discussants: Jürgen Münch and Claes Wohlin
    Secondary discussants: Yuanfang Cai and Rini van Solingen
    PhD student discussant: Liva Steinberga
  • PhD student: Ronald Jabangwe
    Title: Decision Support for Offshore Insourcing Software Development
    Main discussants: Rini van Solingen and Jürgen Münch
    Secondary discussants: Yuanfang Cai and Claes Wohlin
    PhD student discussant: Ville Heikkilä

15.00-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-17.00 Session 3

  • PhD student: Laura Garcia
    Title: Globally Distributed Software Process Engineering
    Main discussants: Rini van Solingen and Claes Wohlin
    Secondary discussants: Yuanfang Cai and Jürgen Münch
    PhD student discussant: Ronald Jabangwe
  • PhD student: Liva Steinberga
    Title: Towards Understanding of Software Engineer Motivation in Globally Distributed Projects
    Main discussants: Yuanfang Cai and Jürgen Münch
    Secondary discussants: Rini van Solingen and Claes Wohlin
    PhD student discussant: Hina Shah
  • Wrap-up of ICGSE Doctoral Symposium – Claes Wohlin

Goal and Scope

The Doctoral Symposium aims to create a forum for PhD students working on foundations, techniques, methods and tools in the area of global software engineering. It will provide participants with an opportunity to present and to discuss their research with senior researchers of the global software engineering community in a constructive and friendly atmosphere.

Specifically, the symposium aims to:

  • Provide a forum whereby students receive constructive feedback from other researchers on their research and guidance on future directions.
  • Provide students with a forum for building a network of other PhD students as well as with more senior researchers.
  • Assist PhD students to practice writing clearly and to effectively present their research proposal.
  • Assist students in the selection of an adequate research methodology for their PhD work.
  • Build bridges for potential research collaboration(s).
  • Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers at the main conference.

The Doctoral Symposium is intended for students who have not yet completed their dissertation research and do not expect to write up their dissertation before the conference. Students should consider participating in the Doctoral Symposium, after having settled on a dissertation topic and having obtained initial research results.

In addition to scientific matters, students will have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing a PhD and performing research as a young professional in software engineering.

The Doctoral Symposium has the same scope of technical topics as the main ICGSE conference.


To apply for participation at the symposium, you should prepare a submission package consisting of the two parts listed below.

Part 1: Research proposal (3 pages in ICGSE format and submitted as a PDF file) submitted by email to Prof. Claes Wohlin ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ):

  • Your name and contact information (you and dissertation advisor)
  • Title of your research
  • Research area and sub-area of your work
  • Brief description of your research proposal indicating the problem addressed and approach taken (if defined) – abstract maximum 100 words
  • Description of the research problem and its importance in the field - introduction
  • Description of the research issue/focus – research objective
  • Brief survey of background and related work, as well as current solutions/approaches – related work
  • Detailed description of proposed methodology – research method
  • Results achieved so far (if any) - results
  • The expected contributions of your research – expected results
  • Description of research evaluation methods and your plan to present evidence of contribution to knowledge in the research community – evaluation

Students at relatively early stages in their research may have some difficulty addressing all these areas in detail; this is understood.

Part 2: Letter of Support (from your research advisor), submitted by email to Claes Wohlin.

The letter must include your name and an assessment of the current status of your thesis research and stage in the doctoral program, as well as an expected date for dissertation submission.


Submissions will be reviewed by symposium chair and members of the doctoral symposium committee and selected for inclusion in the symposium on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the research proposal (research problem, hypothesis and methodology)
  • Relevance to conference topics
  • Quality of proposal presentation
  • Diversity of background, research topic and approach
  • Stage of research (students will be selected across a range of research stages)


Presentation and publication of research proposal

Symposium participants are expected to present their proposal during the symposium, as well as prepare and present a poster about their proposal during the poster session at the conference . The 3-page proposal will be included in the second volume of the conference proceedings. Registration at the conference is required for the proposal to be printed in the proceedings.

Doctoral Symposium Committee Chair

Claes Wohlin, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Doctoral Symposium Committee

  • Yuanfang Cai, Drexel University, USA
  • Sirkka Jarvenpaa, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Jürgen Münch, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering, Germany
  • Rini van Solingen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


Important Dates

Deadline for submission: March 14, 2011
Notification of acceptance: April 25, 2011

Camera ready due: May 30, 2011
Symposium presentation: Aug 15, 2011

Student volunteers

ICGSE 2011 offers a few doctoral students participating in the ICGSE 2011 doctoral symposium a possibility to participate as student volunteers in the ICGSE 2011 conference.



  • Complimentary registration to the conference and workshop/tutorial day.
  • Tickets to meals and receptions organized by the conference.
  • ICGSE 2011 T-shirt



  • Approximately 12-15 hours of work in total during the conference.
  • Technical assistance to speakers and conference participants.
  • Help at the registration desk.
  • Other similar tasks.
  • Availability between the 15th and the 18th of August (inclusive). Some volunteers will also be needed the day before the conference starts to help fill the conference bags.


  • Accepted as participant in the ICGSE 2011 doctoral symposium.
  • Proficiency in English and willingness to help others.



To apply for a student volunteer position, you must submit your application at the same time as your doctoral symposium submission (by March 14, 2011). The application should include the following:

  • Motivation: Please describe briefly the reasons why you would like to be a student volunteer at ICGSE 2011.
  • Past Service: At how many conferences have you served as a student volunteer? Please list each conference and the year in which you were a student volunteer.
  • Your first language and other languages.
  • Time Conflicts: What times will you not be able to work from 15 August 2011 to 18 August 2011?


Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2011 14:44