The ICSE 99 Doctoral Workshop is a one day workshop to be held May 18th, the day prior to the regular ICSE technical conference. The goal of the Doctoral Workshop is to publicly discuss research goals, methods, and results at an early enough stage in Ph.D. research to provide useful guidance in completion of the dissertation research and initiation of a research career. The workshop and ICSE will also provide an opportunity for student participants to interact with established researchers and others in the wider software engineering community.

Participants will be offered support in the form of complementary admission to the workshop and ICSE 99. Additional support may be provided depending on available resources.


William Griswold, University of California, San Diego (USA) Workshop Chair
Gregory Abowd, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)
Alfonso Fuggetta, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Katsuro Inoue, Osaka University (Japan)
Mary Shaw, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)


January 4, 1999


Student participants should consider participating in the doctoral workshop at least six months before completion of their dissertation, but after having settled on a research area or thesis topic.


Each prospective student participant will submit a package of materials for consideration by the workshop organizing committee. The committee will select participants on the basis of their anticipated contribution to the workshop goals. Among the criteria that will be considered in reviewing submissions are:


To apply as a student participant in the Doctoral Workshop, prepare a submission package consisting of three parts listed below. Each of these parts must be submitted electronically by the listed deadlines.



Submit an abstract describing your dissertation research. Your abstract should be at least 3 pages, but not more than 5 pages long, when prepared according to the format guidelines below.

The research abstract should clearly indicate:

Students at relatively early stages of their research will have some difficulty addressing some of these areas. Nonetheless, each prospective student participant should address them as well as possible.


Ask your thesis advisor to submit a letter of recommendation to The letter of recommendation must include a detailed assessment of the current status of your thesis research and an expected date for thesis submission.


The general information packet and letter of recommendation should be plain ASCII text with no markup.

Research abstracts may be submitted in any of the following formats (in order of preference):

Each research abstract must be a single file. Typeset abstracts should be set in 12 point type on a 14 point baseline, with 1 inch margins on all sides. Page size letter is preferred to A4. For plain text, line length should be limited to 80 characters. Please note that this format is for initial submissions only. PDF and PostScript files should be sent uuencoded to prevent corruption by mail handlers.


Notification of acceptance or rejection will be transmitted electronic mail by 15 February 1999. Those requiring a written acceptance letter may request one after notification by electronic mail.

Participants are asked to include a two-page summary of their abstracts in the ICSE proceedings. The summary will include a statement of research objectives, key concepts, and relation to other works. These abstracts must be prepared according to the ICSE Conference Proceedings format. The summaries and signed copyright release forms are due by 16 March 1999.

Final versions of full thesis abstracts for inclusion in a workshop-only ``electronic proceedings'' are due by 15 April 1999. Directions for production of abstracts for the proceedings will be provided upon acceptance.



The general information should be submitted using electronic mail to by the date listed above under Deadline. The subject line of the email message should be Application.

The letter of recommendation should be submitted using electronic mail to by the date listed above under Deadline. The subject line of the email message should be Recommendation for XXX, where XXX is the name of the student applicant.

The research abstract should be submitted electronically using ftp or electronic mail to Directions for submitting by ftp and electronic mail can be obtained by sending a message with subject line Submission to


To contact the ICSE 99 Doctoral Workshop Chair send e-mail to

William Griswold
Computer Science and Engineering, 0114
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0114, USA
Tel:    (619) 534-6898
Fax:    (619) 534-7029 

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