Program of the Doctoral Symposium



The Doctoral Symposium will provide advice and guidance to doctoral students, in a friendly and international atmosphere. The first two sessions are open to any students attending ISSRE 2020. All may benefit from the keynotes, and take the opportunity to freely interact with the keynote speakers and a panel of experts. The students may seek advice on various aspects of completing a PhD and ask the questions they never dared to ask. The last session is for the DS authors only, who submitted a paper describing their dissertation research. They will receive personalized feedback from the DS panel of experts.


Session 1 (Mon Oct 12, 13:00-14:15 UTC)

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Introduction by Chairs
Carol Smidts, The Ohio State University, USA
Hélène Waeselynck, LAAS-CNRS, France

Keynote: PhD, the University and Everything
Holger Schlingloff, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), Germany

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Abstract: Have you ever wondered about the ultimate questions – what is the meaning of a PhD, why are we here at the university, and when will everything be completed? In this talk, I will reflect on some of the common problems of thesis writing. From a non-representative survey, I will describe different viewpoints onto the process, namely from the student, supervisor, and reviewer perspective. I will highlight some of the Do’s and Don’ts in dealing with administration and support, and present my personal recipe for writing a computer science thesis. Finally, I will give some recommendations on “life after PhD”

Free interaction with the Keynote Speaker and Panel of Experts


Session 2 (Mon Oct 12, 14:30-15:30 UTC)

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Keynote: How to Get Your Paper Rejected
Jeff Offutt, George Mason University, USA

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Abstract: My papers have been rejected nearly a thousand times (including by ISSRE 2020). In fact, being rejected is one of my best skills! I am confident that I lead the field of software testing in the number of rejections. In this talk, I try to pass on my knowledge and skills to a younger generation, so that you, too, can aspire to accumulate large piles of rejection messages.

Free interaction with the Keynote Speaker and Panel of Experts


Session 3 (Mon Oct 12, 15:45-16:45 UTC)

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Techniques and Tools for Advanced Software Vulnerability Detection
Jose D'Abruzzo Pereira

Reliability Evaluation of ML systems, the oracle problem
Antonio Guerriero

Improving the Security of Microservice Systems by Detecting and Tolerating Intrusions
Jose Flora

Towards safety monitoring of ML-based perception tasks of autonomous systems
Raul Sena Ferreira

A fault localization and debugging support framework driven by bug tracking data
Thomas Hirsch

Engineering Resilience: Predicting The Change Impact on Performance and Availability of Reconfigurable Systems
Alireza Hakamian


Panel of experts


Nuno Antunes, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Domenico Cotroneo, Federico II University of Naples, Italy
Karama Kanoun, LAAS-CNRS, France
Nuno Laranjeiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Marco Vieira, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Mladen Vouk, North Carolina State University, USA