ECOOP / Doctoral Symposium

European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming

The ECOOP Doctoral Symposium

The 2014 Doctoral Symposium provides a forum for both early and late-stage PhD students to present their research and get detailed feedback and advice. The main objectives of this event are:

  • to allow PhD students to practice writing clearly and to present their research proposal effectively
  • to get constructive feedback from other researchers
  • to build bridges for potential research collaboration
  • to contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers at the main conference.

The 24th edition of the Doctoral Symposium will be held as part of ECOOP 2014, Uppsala, Sweden.

Event Format

This is a full-day event of interactive presentations where the morning session will be dedicated to junior students and the afternoon session will be dedicated to the senior students. Besides the formal presentations and discussions in sessions, there will be plenty of opportunities for informal interactions during breaks, lunch and (possibly) dinner. It is also planned that members of the academic panel will give short presentations on a variety of topics related to PhD studies and doing research.

Important Dates for ECOOP'14 Doctoral Symposium

All deadlines are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth, i.e. Howland Island/Baker Island (GMT/UTC-12 hours), or your local time.

Submission deadline: 6 June 2014
Acceptance notification: 16 June 2014
Written feedback: 14 July 2014
Doctoral Symposium: 28 Jul 2014


If accepted for presentation, the student's advisor must email the chair no later than July 14th and confirm that the advisor attended at least one of the student's presentation rehearsals.

Call For Submissions

Potential topics are those of the main ECOOP'14 conference, i.e. all topics related to object technology including but not restricted to:

  • Architecture, Design Patterns
  • Aspects, Components, Modularity, Separation of Concerns
  • Collaboration, Workflow
  • Concurrency, Real-time, Embeddedness, Mobility, Distribution
  • Databases, Persistence, Transactions
  • Domain Specific Languages, Language Workbenches
  • Dynamicity, Adaptability, Reflection
  • Frameworks, Product Lines, Generative Programming
  • HCI, User Interfaces
  • Language Design, Language Constructs, Static Analysis
  • Language Implementation, Virtual Machines, Partial Evaluation
  • Methodology, Process, Practices, Metrics
  • Model Engineering, Design Languages, Transformations
  • Requirements Analysis, Business Modeling
  • Software Evolution, Versioning
  • Theoretical Foundations, Formal methods
  • Tools, Programming environments

The structure and length of submissions is discussed below, and differs between junior and senior students.

For Senior PhD Students

The goal of the doctoral symposium session is to provide PhD students with useful feedback towards the successful completion of their dissertation research. Each student is assigned an academic panel, based on the specifics of that student's research, and a panel of PhD students who will prepare to participate in the discussion of the proposal and the presentation. The Doctoral student will give a presentation of 15-20 minutes (exact time will be announced later), followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and feedback. The experience is meant to mimic a "mini-" defense interview. Aside from the actual feedback, this helps the student gain familiarity with the style and mechanics of such an interview (advisors of student presenters will not be allowed to attend their student's presentations).

To participate, the students should be far enough in their research to be able to present:

  • the importance of the problem
  • a clear research proposal
  • some preliminary work/results
  • an evaluation plan

The students should still have at least 12 months before defending their dissertation. We believe that students that are defending within a year would not be able to incorporate the feedback they receive.

To participate, please submit:

  • a 3-4 page abstract in the llncs format.
  • a letter from your advisor. This letter should include an assessment of the current status of your dissertation research and an expected date for dissertation submission. The advisor should e-mail this letter to Beatrice Åkerblom (

Abstracts should be sumbitted to:

The abstract should focus on the following:

  1. Problem Description
    • what is the problem?
    • what is the significance of this problem?
    • why the current state of the art can not solve this problem?
  2. Goal Statement
    • what is the goal of your research?
    • what artifacts (tools, theories, methods) will be produced, and how do they address the stated problem? How are the artifacts going to help reach the stated goal?
  3. Method
    • what experiments, prototypes, or studies need to be produced/executed?
    • what is the validation strategy? How will it demonstrate that the goal was reached?

Note that this is not a typical technical paper submission, and that the focus is not on technical details, but rather on research method.

In addition to the submission, the Doctoral student will be assigned the submissions of two PhD students for which written feedback should be submitted no later than July 14th. The Doctoral student will also be expected to take active part in all discussions, and especially when discussing the reviewed submissions.

For Junior PhD Students

This session is addressed primarily to PhD students in the early stages of their PhD work. The goal is to allow participants to present their research ideas and obtain feedback from the rest of the attendees. Each participant will give a 10-15 minute presentation, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussions (exact times will be announced later).

To participate, please submit:

  1. 6-10 page position paper in the lncs format, presenting your idea or current work;
  2. a support letter from your advisor. The advisor should e-mail this letter to Beatrice Åkerblom (

Position papers should be submitted to:

The position paper should contain (at least):

  1. a problem description;
  2. a detailed sketch of a proposed approach;
  3. related work.

As this is earlier-stage research, it is not necessary to have concrete results from this research presented in the paper. Instead, the goal of the paper is to inform the reader of a (well-motivated) problem and to present a high level (possible) solution.

In addition to the submission, the PhD student will be assigned the submissions of two Doctoral students for which written summaries together with a few questions (2-3) that could be discussed in connection to the presentations should be submitted no later than July 14th. The PhD student will also be expected to take active part in all discussions, and especially when discussing the submissions for which the summaries have been written.


  • Cyrus Omar, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Sylvan Clebsch, Imperial College
  • Michael Homer, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Paley Li, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Beatrice Åkerblom (chair), Stockholm University

Academic panel

  • Doug Lea, SUNY Oswego
  • Tomas Kalibera, Purdue University
  • Nick Mitchell, IBM Research

(more names will be added to the list)

Previous Experiences

The ECOOP Doctoral Symposium is an excellent place to meet many interesting people and discuss new ideas related to your research topic. It has a friendly atmosphere which makes everybody welcomed and relaxed. By attending the PhD symposium last year, I had the opportunity to engage in new collaborations with researchers from different institutions. I also received feedback from both well-established researchers and fellow PhD students which had a great positive effect on my thesis. I would certainly recommend all PhD students to attend the ECOOP Doctoral Symposium.

Eduardo Figueiredo, participant DS ECOOP'08

The ECOOP Doctoral Symposium was a remarkable event. It was an honor to get feedback on my personal thesis topic from such well-established researchers in the field. Their comments not only encouraged me to continue with my thesis work but also gave me valuable feedback on how to refine my concrete topic and bring the overall topic into shape. In addition, I found the other students' talks to be some of the most interesting ones at ECOOP. Some of them were very inspiring even for my own work. Overall, my participation in the symposium will certainly have a great positive effect on my thesis. Apart from that it was a fun day which made me meet many interesting people.

Eric Bodden, participant DS ECOOP'07


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