ESEIW 2024
Sun 20 - Fri 25 October 2024 Barcelona, Spain

International Doctoral Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering – IDoESE 2024

Empirical research is the backbone of most sciences and is of growing importance in software engineering. The Empirical Software Engineering community has significantly advanced the state of the art in this area. Researchers now apply a variety of empirical techniques, but choosing the correct methods and applying them to answer interesting research questions is still an art.

The objective of the doctoral symposium is to provide early- and mid-stage PhD students with a forum to discuss their work, ask questions of senior researchers, and receive constructive feedback on their PhD topics and research plans. Accepted papers will be published in post-conference proceedings.

The core of the symposium are presentations by PhD students to a panel of senior faculty and research scientists, who will provide ideas, questions, and other feedback to the students.


The symposium is targeted at PhD students in the early- and mid- stages of their PhD. At a minimum, participants must have selected a PhD topic, identified a set of research questions, and have at least a preliminary research design. The symposium is not appropriate for PhD students at the end of their PhD who have completed all their research activities.

Students’ PhD topics must have an empirical focus that is a critical part of the research plan. The PhD topic must be a software engineering topic, such as software process, requirements, design, coding practice, verification methods, software security engineering, software metrics, human factors in software development, and empirical research methods for software engineering.

Submission instructions

Students must submit:

  1. A research proposal describing their PhD topic, research questions, research plan, and results to date, if any. The recommended length is four pages, but we allow up to six pages in case there are a lot of results or large mandatory figures for example. A brief letter of recommendation should be provided by the supervisor to verify the student’s status.

  2. The submission must be written in English, should be submitted via EasyChair in the PDF format, and must be formatted according to the ACM proceedings template, which can be found at ACM Proceedings Template. Please use the sigconf-option to get it correctly formatted in two-columns. Both documents, the proposal and the recommendation letter, should be submitted via EasyChair.

Symposium presentation

An Expert Panel will evaluate all submissions. The students, that submitted accepted proposals, will be invited to present their proposal at the Doctoral Symposium. Participants must attend the symposium on October 23th, 2024 and prepare a presentation on the contents of their paper. During the presentation, the Expert Panel will ask the students questions and offer feedback.

Note: It is important to notice that the person that will present an accepted paper must be the doctoral student, the author of the paper. Professors and colleagues are not allowed to present papers on behalf of the doctoral student. Furthermore, advisors should not attend their students’ sessions.

Important Dates

(All dates are end of day, anywhere on earth)

Submission: June 26, 2024
Notification: July 26, 2024
Camera-ready: September 6, 2024
Doctoral symposium: October 23, 2024

Expert Panel