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ISSTA 2020
Sat 18 - Wed 22 July 2020

The ISSTA 2020 Doctoral Symposium is a one-day event to be held on July 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, United States. The symposium will bring together doctoral students working in the area of software testing and analysis and give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research goals, methods, and preliminary results in a constructive and international atmosphere. The Symposium will include two keynotes by a prominent academic leaders. The Symposium will be closed-door, with participation restricted to the students taking part in the symposium and the members of the ISSTA 2020 Doctoral Symposium Program Committee. Accepted submissions will also be published as short papers in the ISSTA 2020 conference proceedings.

The goals of the Doctoral Symposium are to:

  • provide the participants independent and constructive feedback on their current research and future research directions;
  • develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research;
  • provide an opportunity for student participants to interact with established researchers and practitioners in the software engineering community.

Participating students will have the unique opportunity to describe their research ideas and receive comments and suggestions from experienced researchers in the software testing and analysis community.

Call for Submissions


Prospective student participants should be at a stage in their research where they have already identified a research topic, but should still be at least six months away from completing their dissertation. Participants will be selected based on a four-page paper describing their proposed thesis research. The paper should state the problem their research intends to address and detail how they propose to address it, including a statement of their hypotheses, a description of their approach and evaluation plans, their positioning with respect to the state of the art, and the expected improvements and benefits.

Submission Instructions

A Doctoral Symposium submission must not exceed 4 pages, including all text, figures, tables, and appendices; one additional page containing only references is permitted. Submission should be in ACM Master conference format using 9-point type. For LaTeX users, this means using the acmart document class with the sigconf option (i.e., \documentclass[sigconf]{acmart}).

Please submit through EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=issta20ds