(Software Engineering Doctoral Symposium)


The goal of the SEDES doctoral symposium is to provide Software Engineering PhD students with an environment in which they can present and discuss their work, receive feedback and suggestions from faculty and peers, and network with other researchers in the field. Besides being an opportunity to gather the community of researchers in Software Engineering, both in academic or industrial settings, SEDES also aims at fostering international cooperation with Software Engineering faculty members, by means of joint co-supervisions.


To be eligible for participation in SEDES, PhD students must have concluded at least the first year of their doctoral programs and be doing research in Software Engineering or related fields such as Computer Science (including formal methods) and Information Systems (including Information Services variants). To be considered within the scope of SEDES, the research work must have an applied perspective on the technological or methodological issues of software development or maintenance.


Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Software processes (including both formal and agile approaches, and such topics as process definition, improvement, institutionalization,...)
  • Software development and tools (including use of tools in the automation namely in testing, virtualization and continuous delivery scenarios)
  • Software architecture in software engineering ( including impact of architectural decisions at framework/process level in terms of quality attributes)
  • Software quality (including frameworks and techniques such as peer reviews, testing techniques...)
  • People issues in software engineering (software project management, documentation, adoption of SE processes and tools)
  • Software monitoring and maintenance (including enterprise and/or IoT systems, local, system and organizational strategies)
  • Use of COTS and software integration (including the use of existing commercial and open source components, as well as integration in a wider enterprise context,...)
  • Human-Computer interaction and user experience
  • Ubiquitous systems in software engineering (including adaptations in SE processes, build chain)

We are open to include software applications in various types of platforms, including mobile and embedded solutions that fall under the eligibility conditions. Other works within the scope of at least one of the knowledge areas defined in SWEBOK, the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (http://www.swebok.org) are also admissible in SEDES.

Preparing a Submission

You must prepare a submission with three parts:

  • Paper describing the research work (both past and future)
  • Work-plan for your PhD research
  • Poster depicting your work - not a traditional poster but a graphic elevator pitch

We suggest as guidance some questions that should be addressed in your submission:

  • What is the context and relevance of the problem? (domain)
  • What is your objective? (goals)
  • What is the novelty in your approach? (contribution on the State of the Art)
  • What you achieved or plan to achieve? (relevant/expected results)

The submission will be a file called NameSurname.pdf (e.g., JohnSmith.pdf), containing the three documents (paper, poster and plan), in PDF format.


The paper should be in English and co-authored by your supervisor(s). The format and editorial recommendations are similar to those of the regular submissions to QUATIC’2020 thematic tracks (see QUATIC CFP instructions).

The paper should have a maximum of 6 pages and include the following sections:

  • Title
  • Keywords (following the 2012 ACM CCS)
  • Abstract
  1. Introduction
  2. State-of-the-art
  3. Research objectives and methodological approach
  4. Past work and preliminary results
  5. Future work and expected results
  6. Conclusions
  • References


  • Both the past and future work sections should concisely describe the validation of the results
  • The future work section should not include expected work beyond the delivery of the dissertation


The work-plan for the full schedule of the PhD research period (from the beginning, till the expected end) must represent, in a monthly basis scale, (i) activities, (ii) their dependencies and (iii) their deliverables (e.g. technical reports, papers, dissertation chapters, prototypes). We suggest you use standard diagramming techniques such as Gantt, PERT and/or CPM charts.


The SEDES' poster is not to be seen as traditional poster but a "graphic elevator pitch". The objective is to convey the main ideas of your PhD research to the reviewers as the detailed description will be already available on the manuscript namely on state of the art, technical details. The poster is also meant to give your work additional exposure by being displayed on-site for SEDES attendees - therefore it should be readable i.e. in a A3 printout or when displayed on a monitor (e.g. WXGA).


Submissions to SEDES’2020 will be reviewed following the same procedures used for the regular papers in peer-reviewed events with exception to the dates (please see below). Reported results might not be final, neither complete, but should clarify how the state-of-the-art will be advanced. A submission should foreshadow potentially novel and promising results. Observations and criticisms from panel, as well as from the remaining audience during the SEDES sessions, are expected to consolidate the direction of the research work.

At least two SEDES PC members will blind-review each submission, focusing on the quality, maturity and clarity of the ongoing research work, both in terms of scope delimitation and problem relevance, adequacy of the adopted methodology, results significance and their validation, technical writing style, etc. Accepted candidates are expected to submit a final version of the proposal, taking into account the comments and suggestions provided by the reviewers. This paper will be published in the conference proceedings.


  • Paper submission: April 30th, 2020
  • Notification: May 29th, 2020
  • Camera-ready: June 30th, 2020


Chair: Vasco Amaral, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Program Committee :

  • Ana Paiva University of Porto, Oporto, Portugal
  • Ana Regina Rocha COPPE/UFRJ, Brazil
  • Ayşe Tosun, Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey
  • Diego Perez-Palacin Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Francisco Gortazar Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
  • Joao Araujo Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
  • João Faria FEUP, INESC TEC, Oporto, Portugal
  • Mario Piattini, Universidad Castilla-La Mancha , Ciudad Real , Spain
  • Manuel Wimmer Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Pedro Guerreiro, Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal
  • Steve Counsell , Brunel University London, United Kingdom

Vasco Amaral is Senior Lecturer at the department of Computer Science group Science and Technology of Programming Section (CTP) of UNL (Universidade Nova de Lisboa ). Invited Professor for the winter semester 2007/2008 at University of Geneva (working with the SMV group headed by the Prof. Doctor Didier Buchs). Senior member at IEEE where is vice-chair of the Portuguese Computer Science Chapter. Elected Coordinator at the regional level of the Software Engineers Association at Ordem dos Engenheiros. Research goals: derive tools & dedicated formalisms for modeling specific software intensive domains with conceptual notations, semantically well described, while dealing with families of software products. The purpose is to analise system properties, verify, simulate, optimize, and automatically derive code from models specified by the domain experts. Currently, is interested on the particular topic of Modelling Cyber-Physical Systems. Additional goal: derive a consistent, but practical methodology for the complete DSL Engineering life-cycle.