9th Software Engineering Doctoral Symposium (co-located with QUATIC2023)

9th Software Engineering Doctoral Symposium (co-located with QUATIC2023)



The goal of the SEDES doctoral symposium is to provide Software Engineering PhD students with an environment in which they can present and discuss their work, receive constructive feedback and suggestions from established faculty members and peers, and network with other researchers in the field. Besides being an opportunity to gather the community of researchers in Software Engineering, both in academic or industrial settings, SEDES also aims at fostering international cooperation with Software Engineering faculty members, by means of joint co-supervisions.



Target audience

We invite PhD students who have still some time to benefit from the discussion in the Doctoral Symposium before submitting their dissertation, but who have already settled on a thesis topic. Student research areas include Software Engineering or related fields such as Computer Science and Information Systems.  The research must have an applied perspective on the technological or methodological issues of software development or maintenance. 




  • Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Software processes (including both formal and agile approaches, and such topics as process definition, improvement, institutionalization,...)

  • Software development and tools (including use of tools in the automation namely in testing, virtualization and continuous delivery scenarios) Software architecture in software engineering ( including impact of architectural decisions at framework/process level in terms of quality attributes)

  • Software quality (including frameworks and techniques such as peer reviews, testing techniques...)

  • People issues in software engineering (software project management, documentation, adoption of SE processes and tools)

  • Software monitoring and maintenance (including enterprise and/or IoT systems, local, system and organizational strategies)

  • Use of COTS and software integration (including the use of existing commercial and open source components, as well as integration in a wider enterprise context,...)

  • Human-Computer Interaction and user experience

  • Ubiquitous systems in software engineering (including adaptations in SE processes, build chain)

We are open to include software applications in various types of platforms, including mobile and embedded solutions that fall under the eligibility conditions. Other works within the scope of at least one of the knowledge areas defined in SWEBOK, the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (http://www.swebok.org) are also admissible in SEDES.




Submissions should cover the problem to be solved and why it is relevant, the research hypothesis, proposed method, expected results and how they fit into the related work, what is the planned evaluation, early results and the plan until delivery.

You must prepare a submission with three parts:

  • Paper describing the research work (both past and future)

  • Work-plan for your PhD research

  • Poster depicting your work - not a traditional poster but a graphic elevator pitch

We suggest as guidance some questions that should be addressed in your submission:

  • What is the context and relevance of the problem? (domain)

  • What is your objective? (goals)

  • What is the novelty in your approach? (contribution on the State of the Art)

  • What you achieved or plan to achieve? (relevant/expected results)

The submission will be a file called NameSurname.pdf (e.g., AntonioSilva.pdf), containing the three documents (paper, poster and plan), in PDF format. 



Submission format

The paper should be in English and co-authored by your supervisor(s). The format and editorial recommendations are similar to those of the regular submissions to QUATIC’2023 thematic tracks (see QUATIC CFP instructions). 

The paper should have a maximum of 8 pages and include the following sections:

1.     Title

2.     Keywords (following the 2012 ACM CCS)

3.     Abstract

4.     Introduction

5.     State-of-the-art

6.     Research objectives and methodological approach

7.     Past work and preliminary results

8.     Future work and expected results

9.     Conclusions

10.  References


  • Both the past and future work sections should concisely describe the validation of the results

  • The future work section should not include expected work beyond the delivery of the dissertation




The work-plan for the full schedule of the PhD research period (from the beginning, till the expected end) must represent, in a monthly basis scale, (i) activities, (ii) their dependencies and (iii) their deliverables (e.g. technical reports, papers, dissertation chapters, prototypes). We suggest you use standard diagramming techniques such as Gantt, PERT and/or CPM charts.




Submissions to SEDES’2023 will be reviewed following the same procedures used for the regular papers in peer-reviewed events. Reported results might not be final, neither complete, but should clarify how the state-of-the-art will be advanced. A submission should foreshadow potentially novel and promising results. Observations and criticisms from panel, as well as from the remaining audience during the SEDES sessions, are expected to consolidate the direction of the research work.

At least two SEDES PC members will blind-review each submission, focusing on the quality, maturity and clarity of the ongoing research work, both in terms of scope delimitation and problem relevance, adequacy of the adopted methodology, results significance and their validation, technical writing style, etc. Accepted candidates are expected to submit a final version of the proposal, taking into account the comments and suggestions provided by the reviewers. 


Publishing Ethics: Authors of all submitted papers to SEDES 2023 must abide by the QUATIC code of ethics


Publication:  SEDES 2023  proceedings are expected to be included in ZENODO, a free and open platform backed by CERN Data Centre. ZENODO enables the discovery and citability of scientific papers by assigning a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to every upload.


The accepted submissions will be scheduled for oral presentation in the program. Therefore, it is assumed that a submission shows the intention that at least the PhD student registers for the doctoral symposium SEDES (using the student fee).




Chair:  Paula Ventura Martins, University of Algarve, Portugal

Co-chair:  Marielba Zacarias, University of Algarve, Portugal