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REFSQ 2021
Mon 12 - Thu 15 April 2021 Essen, Germany

REFSQ2021 will host a Doctoral Symposium for PhD students whose research relates to the field of Requirements Engineering. The Symposium goals are:

  • to provide PhD students in the early stages of their research with an opportunity to survey the field and get a feeling for what their colleagues are working on;
  • to provide PhD students in advanced stages with an opportunity to present their plans and early results;
  • to provide all participant students with candid feedback from a panel of senior RE researchers;
  • to facilitate interaction among all the participants.

Following the time-honoured tradition of REFSQ, the Symposium will revolve around structured presentations and discussions, with ample time devoted to comments from the floor. A number of senior researchers will attend the event. Due to the pandemic, the event will ensure access to remote participants who cannot attend in person. This year the Doctoral Symposium will host three mentoring events:

  • Faculty talk that surveys different research styles, comparing quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Faculty panel to answer, “How much evaluation is enough?”
  • Faculty panel examining career opportunities after earning a PhD

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

Travis Breaux – Carnegie Mellon University, USA (breaux@cs.cmu.edu)
Xavier Franch – Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Spain (franch@essi.upc.edu)

Submission Instructions

Presenters should have set on a dissertation topic in the general area of RE, or in a related field, in which case your topic should aim for significant impact in RE. Typically, you have progressed beyond your first year in the program, or are close to doing so, but have not submitted your thesis yet. To apply to the REFSQ2021 Doctoral Symposium, you will need to submit an application consisting of:

  • A Research Abstract (max 6 pages + 1 for references, CEUR style) describing the problem you are addressing (what is unsatisfactory in the current state of the world?), its relevance (why would anyone care if the problem was solved?), your proposed solution (how do you plan to attack the problem?), the novelty of the problem, of the solution, or both (nobody identified the problem or provided the solution before you – i.e., what is your original contribution), the research method you are applying (which method are you following to get to the solution, and how do you prove it solves the problem?), and the progress in your research (where are you, how long to the final destination?). The Research Abstract should contain a short survey and pointers to relevant literature. The abstract needs to be uploaded in EasyChair.
  • A Letter of Recommendation from your primary supervisor or advisor. The letter need not discuss the research (which is already covered in your abstract) but should include a short statement about your position as a PhD student, the starting and expected completion date of your PhD, and an assessment of the current state of your research (including expectations about the final delivery). The supervisor or advisor needs to send the letter to the two co-chairs by email (see addresses below).

Submissions will be evaluated based on the quality of the Research Abstract, and of the interest of the research described therein. Accepted papers will be published in CEUR proceedings.

Submission Link


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