ICST 2023
Sun 16 - Thu 20 April 2023 Dublin, Ireland

Following the traditions of the previous years, the 16th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification, and Validation (ICST 2023) 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 facilitate interaction between students and established researchers and practitioners in the field.

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

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Sun 16 Apr

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08:45 - 10:30
Day opening
Welcome and introductions
Doctoral Symposium
Jeff Offutt George Mason University, Catia Trubiani Gran Sasso Science Institute
Keynote: How to Give a Great Presentation
Doctoral Symposium
Tanja E. J. Vos Universitat Politècnica de València and Open Universiteit
On The Efficiency Of Combination Of Program Slicing and Spectrum-Based Fault Localization
Doctoral Symposium
Péter Attila Soha Department of Software Engineering, University of Szeged
Fully Automated Game Testing via Neuroevolution
Doctoral Symposium
Patric Feldmeier University of Passau
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee breakSocial
Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30
Mining Attributed Input Grammars and their Applications in Fuzzing
Doctoral Symposium
Andreas Pointner University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg, Austria
Towards Context-Aware Spectrum-Based Fault Localization
Doctoral Symposium
Attila Szatmári Szegedi Tudományegyetem
Automatic Benchmark Generation for Object Constraint Language
Doctoral Symposium
Ankit Jha Maynooth University
12:30 - 14:00

Call for Doctoral Symposium Submissions


The symposium will be a one-day workshop held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification, and Validation. The symposium has three goals: (1) to provide constructive feedback and guidance to doctoral students who are performing their dissertation research in the field of software testing, verification, and validation; (2) to develop a supportive community of researchers and potential collaborators; (3) to help students interact with established researchers and practitioners in the field.


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 tackled in the Ph.D., some key results (if any), and a potential plan of the Ph.D. program. The student will present her or his work at the symposium. After the presentation, students will receive feedback from researchers and practitioners. Students may also seek advice on challenging topics such as how to perform research in testing, how to design and execute empirical research, write scientific papers, and eventually prepare for the Ph.D. defense itself. Accepted research summaries will be published in the conference proceedings.

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 2023 formatting instructions. All submissions must be in English and include the following information:
    • Student name, university, name of the research advisor, and project name To clarify, the student is the author and the advisor is acknowledged
    • The problem to be addressed by your thesis (justify the importance and argue on its novelty, clarify 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 composed of the research summary, the CV, and the recommendation letter from the dissertation advisor and submitted via EasyChair.


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.


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


Presentations will be 15 minutes and limited to 12 slides. The time limit will be strictly enforced. Student presentations will be followed by 15 minutes of feedback from the panelists. Student advisors will be asked to leave the room during their student’s presentation. The audience will be asked to hold questions until the end of each session.