Monday 12 May 2014, Brunel University


Goal and Scope

The goal of the EASE Doctoral symposium (DS) is to provide PhD students an opportunity to share and discuss their goals, methods and results of their research. During the DS students will give a presentation of their current progress. Experts in empirical software engineering 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.

The scope of research topics of the DS is the same as for the main conference. Therefore, we invite research proposals relating to issues in empirical software engineering and their application in software development practice. Submissions may discuss any aspects of empirical and evaluation research in software engineering. Students who submit a proposal to the DS should have decided on a research topic, and have a proposal for an appropriate research method. Preferably, students should be at least a year from completion of their research in order to be able to incorporate the feedback obtained during the symposium into their dissertation.


Research proposals submitted to the doctoral symposium should be a maximum of 4 pages, including references and figures, and should be formatted using the ACM template ( Each submission must include title, researcher's name and affiliation, supervisor(s) name(s), abstract, list of keywords and a complete list of references. Research proposals will be subjected to a single-blind review. Submissions should at least discuss the following elements: the background of the research, the motivation for the research, the research question(s) addressed in the study and a description of the proposed research method. Students in the later stages of their research are encouraged to include an overview of their completed research activities.

Research proposals should be submitted through EasyChair:


Accepted research proposals will be included in the proceedings of the EASE conference, which will be published by ACM. Authors of accepted papers are required to register for the EASE conference at the student rate. They will also be asked to give a presentation on their work for about 20 minutes, which will be followed by 20 minutes of discussion during which students are given feedback on their work by faculty members and other students.

For any queries please contact Doctoral Symposium Chairs:
Dr Sarah Beecham sarah.beecham @ or Dr Klaas-Jan Stol klaas-jan.stol @

Important Dates

Doctoral papers (max 4 pages)

Submission due:

30th March 2014

Notification to authors:

14th April 2014

Doctoral Symposium:

12th May 2014

Doctoral Poster