ICSA 2024
Tue 4 - Sat 8 June 2024 Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Call for Papers

The goal of the Early Career Researchers Forum (ECRF-ICSA 2024) is to inspire and bring together early career researchers in the field of software architecture. The forum provides a vibrant place for discussing potential and ongoing research in any stage, from ideas to results. The forum strives to provide a friendly environment for early career researchers to get feedback on their work, exchange experiences, ask questions, and explore available research pathways.


Participation is open to anyone who considers themselves an early career researcher, wanting to share research ideas and preliminary results with their peers, and looking for an opportunity to inspire and be inspired, and to learn about research paths. Early career researchers in any stage of their research, including Post-doctoral researchers, Ph.D. and Master's candidates, new faculty, undergraduate students, and industry researchers, are all welcome. In addition, we highly encourage and invite early career researchers presenting their work in the main track of ICSA 2024 to also participate in this forum.


Areas of interest include all those associated with software architecture, as provided by the scope of the ICSA 2024 conference.

Types of Submissions

This year we call for a single type of submission, focusing on work in progress and future directions. One inspiration for this track is the ICER “work in progress” sessions providing critical early review of study plans and directions

  • Ongoing Research Paper (4 to 6 pages) presenting previously unpublished research, including motivation, goals, preliminary results, planned next steps, and industry impact of ongoing research outlining very early ideas on a possible research topic, such as a potential dissertation topic, with the goal of obtaining feedback from forum attendees. We challenge the authors to think about the potential impact of their research on industrial practice (whether in the near- or long-term, based on the nature of the research), and dedicate a section to the Industrial Impact of their work.

Recommendation Letter

Ask your main research advisor (in case of research candidates) or supervisor (in case of PhD graduates or industry researcher) for a letter of recommendation. This letter should include:
  • Your name and position
  • Current status of your research
  • An endorsement of the publication of your submission

The letter should be in PDF format and should be sent directly by your advisor via email to both ECRF-ICSA2024 Chairs (Vasudeva Varma (vv@iiit.ac.in) and Elisa Yumi Nakagawa (elisa@icmc.usp.br)). This recommendation letter will be held confidential. The e-mail should have the subject “ICSA2024-ECRF Recommendation” plus your Last Name.

Deadline for sending the recommendation letter: February 18th, 2024. No letter is required for new faculty.

Formatting and Submission Instructions

All submissions must conform to the Author Instructions and be submitted electronically via the EasyChair (Early Career Researchers Forum track), by the submission deadline, and must not have been published before. All submissions must conform to the IEEE paper formatting and submission instructions.

Important Dates

  • Abstracts due: February 11th, 2024
  • Paper Submission due: February 18th, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 17th, 2024
  • Camera ready due: March 31st, 2024

Notes: All deadlines are 23:59h AoE (anywhere on Earth)

Publication and Attendance

All accepted contributions will be published in ICSA 2024 Companion proceedings and will appear in IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Note that at least one author of an accepted contribution is required to register and present the work at the conference. An in-person presentation is required.

Presentation and Discussion

To further facilitate the discussions around the presented research topics, we assign discussants to each presentation. Please find the description of the discussant below. Presenter will give her/his talk about their research. Following the presentation, the discussants assigned to each paper will make brief comments, including some combination of:

  • How the paper made the discussant think differently about he/his own work
  • How the paper is related in some way to the discussant’s own work
  • Advices for the authors in continuing their work
  • Identification of collaboration opportunities or synergies
  • Discussion questions based on the presented paper

Early Career Track Chairs

Vasudeva Varma,International Institute of Information Technology, India
Elisa Yumi Nakagawa,University of São Paulo, Brazil