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ICST 2020
Sat 24 - Wed 28 October 2020 Porto, Portugal

Following the traditions of the previous years, the 13th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification, and Validation (ICST 2020) hosts a Ph.D. symposium with the following key objectives:

  1. To provide constructive feedback and guidance to doctoral students whose dissertation research is related to software testing, verification, and validation.
  2. To develop a supportive community of researchers and identify potential collaborators.
  3. To o facilitate interaction between students and established researchers and practitioners in the field.

The Symposium will also include insightful keynote presentations from established researchers.

Plenary
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09:00 - 09:30: Most Influential Paper AwardsResearch Papers / Tool Demos Track / Journal-First Papers / Industry Track / Testing Tools Track at Plenary Room +11h
Chair(s): Luis CruzDeflt University of Technology
09:00 - 09:15
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Research Papers
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09:15 - 09:30
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Research Papers
Thomas ZimmermannMicrosoft Research, Nachiappan NagappanMicrosoft Research, USA, Laurie WilliamsNorth Carolina State University
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10:45 - 12:15: Doctoral Symposium 1Doctoral Symposium at São João
Chair(s): Ana PaivaFaculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Shaukat AliSimula Research Laboratory
10:45 - 11:15
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Doctoral Symposium
Goiuria SagarduiUniversity of Mondragon
11:15 - 11:45
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Doctoral Symposium
Julian HartyCommercetest Ltd
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11:45 - 12:15
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Doctoral Symposium
Misael JúniorUniversity of Sao Paulo (USP)
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13:45 - 15:15: Doctoral Symposium 2Doctoral Symposium at São João
Chair(s): Ana PaivaFaculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Shaukat AliSimula Research Laboratory
13:45 - 14:15
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Doctoral Symposium
Jeff OffuttGeorge Mason University
14:15 - 14:45
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Doctoral Symposium
Pouria DerakhshanfarDelft University of Technology
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14:45 - 15:15
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Doctoral Symposium
Allan MoriUniversity of São Paulo - USP
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15:30 - 17:00: Doctoral Symposium 3Doctoral Symposium at São João
Chair(s): Shaukat AliSimula Research Laboratory, Ana PaivaFaculty of Engineering of the University of Porto
15:30 - 16:00
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Doctoral Symposium
Lionel BriandUniversity of Luxembourg, University of Ottawa
16:00 - 16:30
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Doctoral Symposium
Saba Gholizadeh AnsariUtrecht University
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16:30 - 17:00
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Doctoral Symposium
Camilo Escobar-VelásquezUniversidad de los Andes
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20:00 - 20:30: Most Influential Paper AwardsResearch Papers / Tool Demos Track / Journal-First Papers / Industry Track / Testing Tools Track at Plenary Room
Chair(s): João Pascoal FariaFaculty of Engineering, University of Porto and INESC TEC, Rui AbreuFaculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
20:00 - 20:15
Awards
Research Papers
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20:15 - 20:30
Awards
Research Papers
Thomas ZimmermannMicrosoft Research, Nachiappan NagappanMicrosoft Research, USA, Laurie WilliamsNorth Carolina State University
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Call for Doctoral Symposium Submissions

The symposium invites Ph.D. students at all stages of their studies, from first-year students to those ready for their final dissertation defense. The symposium requires each student to write a short research summary describing the problem that will be tackled in the Ph.D., some key results (if any), potential plan of the Ph.D. The student will present her/his work at the symposium. After the presentation, students will receive oral feedback from a panel of researchers and practitioners. Students may also seek advice on topics such as how to perform research in testing, how to design and execute empirical research, write scientific papers, and eventually prepare for the defense itself. Accepted research summaries will be published in the conference proceedings.

Scholarships

A limited number of travel grants are available to Ph.D. students. Priority will be based on need and date of submission. Please indicate your interest in being considered for a travel grant along with your submission.

Submission Format

Submissions to the Ph.D. Symposium must include the following:

  1. The author of the submission must be the Ph.D student only.
  2. A research summary of at most 2 pages, exclusive of references, formatted according to the ICST 2020 formatting instructions. All submissions must be in English and include the following information.
    • Student name, university, name of the research advisor, and project name
    • The problem to be addressed by your thesis (justify the importance and show that it has not yet been addressed)
    • Your research hypothesis or goal
    • The expected contributions of your dissertation research
    • Your proposed research approach
    • Summary of results to date
    • How you plan to evaluate your results and a dissemination plan
  3. A CV with research achievements including publications and presentations.
  4. A recommendation letter from the dissertation advisor. The letter should include:
    • Name of the student
    • Name of the advisor
    • A candid assessment of the current status of the student’s dissertation research
    • An approximate date for dissertation submission.

Submission must be in the form of a single PDF comprised of the research summary, the CV, and the recommendation letter from the dissertation advisor and submitted via EasyChair at the following address: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=icst2020.

Evaluation

The Ph.D. Symposium chairs will evaluate all submissions that meet the submission criteria based on their relevance to the ICST community, their originality, quality of the summary, and their technical soundness.

Award

The best submission, based on summary quality and presentation, will be awarded during the Symposium.

Questions? Use the ICST Doctoral Symposium contact form.