ICGSE 2019
Fri 24 - Sun 26 May 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada
co-located with ICSE 2019

The ICGSE 2019 Doctoral Symposium is a one-day event to be held on May 24, 2019, in Montréal, Canada. The Doctoral Symposium event is co-organized with the XP 2019 conference. As such, this year, the symposium provides doctoral students with a unique opportunity to interact with experienced researchers from a varied background, all working on foundations, techniques, tools, and applications of software engineering.

Goal and Scope

The goal of the ICGSE Doctoral Symposium is to create a forum for Ph.D. students working on foundations, techniques, methods, and tools in the area of Global Software Engineering (GSE). It will provide participants with an opportunity to present and discuss their research with senior researchers of the GSE community in a constructive and friendly atmosphere. Experts in GSE will provide students with feedback on their research, allowing students to ask questions about how they can overcome obstacles or enhance their current research proposals.

Therefore, we invite research proposals relating to issues or solutions in GSE (where GSE covers any software development undertaken by multi-site teams possibly with cultural and language distances and dispersion over time and space). Global distance issues can also span most stages of the software lifecycle, and we are therefore looking for proposals for new techniques, tools, and practices that might come from many disciplines such as Software Engineering, Computer Science, Management, Sociology, and Business Project Management. Submissions may discuss any aspects of GSE.

Who Should Participate

Students who submit a proposal to the Doctoral Symposium should have decided on a research topic, and have a proposal for a suitable research study. Preferably, students should have more than one year left of their research program to complete in order to be able to incorporate the feedback obtained during the symposium into their dissertation.

Important Dates

  • Research plan submission: Jan 19, 2019 (AoE)
  • Acceptance notification: Feb 18, 2019 (AoE)
  • Camera-ready due: Mar 15, 2019 (AoE)
  • Doctoral Symposium: May 24, 2019
Please see the Call for Contributions tab for further details on topics of interest, format, and submission instructions.

Chairs and Advisors

  • Casper Lassenius (XP'19 Chair), Aalto University, Finland
  • John Noll (ICGSE'19 Chair), University of East London, UK
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Call for Contributions

Topics of Interest

The Doctoral Symposium track of ICGSE 2019 solicits novel, high quality research proposal from Ph.D. students focusing on a wide range of topics related to global software engineering. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Distributed teams
    • Communication, coordination, and collaboration
    • Cultural diversity
    • Innovation
    • Social and Human aspects of software development
    • Team building
  • Methods and processes
    • Agile scaling
    • Distributed agile teams
    • Lean development
    • DevOps
    • Hybrid processes
  • Business strategy
    • Business models
    • Economics
    • Industrial offshoring and outsourcing experiences
    • Open source software communities
    • Sourcing models
    • Strategic issues
    • Supplier management
  • Technologies supporting distributed cooperative work
    • Collaboration tools
    • ALM/PLM for distributed teams
    • Cloud computing
    • Microservices
    • Software architecture and Design
    • Tools and infrastructure support
  • Education
    • Educational studies
    • GSE curricula
    • Lessons learned on the organization of GSE courses
  • Emerging Technologies to support/improve/enhance GSE
    • Augmented reality/extended reality
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Blockchain
    • Wearables


Authors of submissions selected for acceptance will have the opportunity to present their work during the Doctoral Symposium and have their camera-ready version of their paper published in the ICGSE 2019 conference proceedings and the ACM/IEEE Digital Libraries. The publication requires the author to:
  1. submit a proposal and attach an informal letter from your supervisor stating his/her support for the submission and participation (i.e., funding);
  2. register to the ICGSE 2019 main conference;
  3. participate in the Doctoral Symposium;
  4. present a poster on the Doctoral Symposium submission at the ICGSE 2019 main conference.

If you don’t want to participate in the main ICGSE 2019 conference and present your poster there, your paper won’t be published, but you can still attend the DS to present your work there.

Selected students will receive feedback both from a panel of experts and other DS students. The students will also have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing a Ph.D. and performing research in software engineering.

To facilitate detailed feedback to the students, attendance to the Doctoral Symposium is by invitation only, limited to the DS students and the DS Committee.


Research proposals submitted to the Doctoral Symposium should be a maximum of 4 pages, including references and figures, and should be formatted using the same submission template stipulated for the main conference papers. Research proposals will be subjected to a single-blind review.

Each submission must include:

  • Title
  • Researcher’s name (as single author) and affiliation
  • Supervisor(s) name(s) included in acknowledgements
  • Abstract
  • List of keywords
  • A complete list of references

The proposal should be presented in a structured manner at least comprising:

  1. The background/context of the research
  2. The motivation for the research
  3. The (initial) research question(s) addressed in the study
  4. A description of the proposed research method
  5. Initial results (if any)
  6. Conclusions and future work

The abstract should not exceed 150 words. Students in the later stages of their research are encouraged to include an overview of their completed research activities.

Proposals should be submitted through the conference submission site (link in the sidebar). You do not need to upload a full paper as part of your initial submission but you are encouraged to write at least an extensive abstract sharing highlights of your experience and what you intend to focus on in your final submission.

Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Doctoral Symposium Committee. The participants will be selected on the basis of their anticipated contribution to the consortium goals as well as the potential benefit to the students. Among the criteria that will be considered in reviewing submissions are:
  • the potential quality of the research and its relevance to software engineering;
  • the stage of the research (see the Section "Who should participate" above);
  • the diversity of backgrounds, research topics, and approaches.

Formatting Instructions

All types of technical papers will be peer-reviewed according to the specified review criteria, hence it is required to choose the right type of paper according to the paper’s major contributions. Submissions must follow the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines, with title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type. LaTEX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option. Purchases of additional pages in the proceedings is not allowed.

Papers submitted for consideration should not have been published elsewhere and should not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere for the duration of consideration. ACM plagiarism policy and procedures shall be followed for cases of double submission. The submission must also comply with the IEEE Policy on Authorship.

Upon notification of acceptance, authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete a copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to register and present the results at the ICGSE 2019 conference. ICSE 2019 has the right to pull papers out of the proceedings if there is no associated registration by two weeks past the early registration deadline. All accepted contributions with at least one registered author will be published in the conference electronic proceedings and appear in the digital libraries of both IEEE and ACM.

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM or IEEE Digital Libraries. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2019. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Open Science Policy

ICGSE 2019 encourages authors to submit replication packages and/or data sets with their papers, for the sake of transparency as replicability, as well as for facilitating the peer review process. The following guidelines are recommendations and not mandatory. Your choice will not affect the review process for your paper. Should you decide to embrace this policy, we strongly encourage you to archive empirical datasets on Dataverse, following Google guidelines to dataset providers, and share analysis scripts on freely accessible code repositories such as GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket.

ICGSE 2019 also encourages authors to self-archive a preprint of your accepted manuscript in arXiv.org or other similar open repositories. This is allowed by ACM and IEEE publishers for ICSE proceedings. Note that the final version of the paper, as laid out by the publisher, cannot be self-archived. Instead, manuscript with reviewer comments addressed must be used, but before applying the camera-ready instructions and templates.

Feel free to contact the ICGSE 2019 PC or proceedings chairs for more details.

Important Dates

  • Research plan submission: Jan 19, 2019 (AoE)
  • Acceptance notification: Feb 18, 2019 (AoE)
  • Camera-ready due: Mar 15, 2019 (AoE)
  • Doctoral Symposium: May 24, 2019

Chairs and Advisors

  • Casper Lassenius (XP'19 Chair), Aalto University, Finland
  • John Noll (ICGSE'19 Chair), University of East London, UK

When: 24th May

Where: École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Department of Software and IT Engineering, 1100 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H3C 1K3

Room: E-4458

09:00 Opening: Introduction to the program, participants, goals, ways of working

09:15 Keynote: Maria Paasivaara, “Studying Large-scale Agile Transformations - Experiences from a Researcher’s Point of View

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Session 01:

  • Nazish Saleem, “Empirical Analysis of Critical Success Factors for Project Management in Global Software Development”

12:30 Lunch break

13:30 Session 02:

  • Mahmood Alsaadi, “Enhance the Auditability of Agile-XP Software Development Processes in the Context of Healthcare Regulations (FDA, MDD, and HIPAA)”
  • Marthe Berntzen, “Coordination in Large-Scale Agile Software Development”

15:00 Coffee break

15:30 Roundtable:

16:30 Closing

18:00 DS dinner (venue TBA)