New Faculty Symposium



The ISSRE New Faculty Symposium (NFS) is a new event at ISSRE to help new and prospective faculty members working in software reliability towards their (early) careers. This is challenging as new faculty members need to address myriad new challenges, typically beyond what they have been trained for in their doctoral studies, such as

  • Career management and promotion
  • Networking
  • Publication strategies
  • Research funding
  • Mentoring students
  • Balancing teaching, service, and research
  • Work-life balance and personal satisfaction

The NFS event will follow a similar formula of past symposia in the field of software engineering (at ICSE and other venues). The program will feature invited talks by senior members of the research community, and opportunities for open discussion on a broad range of aspects of faculty life. The event will also give special emphasis on the differences between countries and academic cultures, as they may present special challenges due to different evaluation criteria, fund granting schemes, teaching environments, etc. We especially welcome participation from early career and prospective faculty members, though the event is open to everyone.


New Faculty Symposium Program


Introduction (Mon Oct 12, 13:00-13:15 UTC)

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Roberto Natella (Federico II Univ.), Karthik Pattabiraman (Univ. British Columbia)


Session 1: Academia, Industry, and Society (Mon Oct 12, 13:15-14:15 UTC)

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Jakub Boratyński (EU Commission)

"Key Societal Challenges and Priorities on Cybersecurity in EU"


Laurie Williams (North Carolina State Univ.)

“Defining Your Research North Star: Productively Conducting Research with Impact to Industry and Society”



Session 2: Building and Sustaining Your Academic Career (Mon Oct 12, 14:30-15:30 UTC)

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Michael Lyu (CUHK)

"Your Academic Journey: Dungeon or Ivory Tower?”


Lionel Briand (U. of Ottawa and U. of Luxembourg)

"Not losing Sight of the Essential: Enjoying your Career in Research"



Session 3: Bootstrapping an Academic Career (Mon Oct 12, 15:45-16:45 UTC)

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Cristina Nita-Rotaru (Northeastern University)

"From Student to PI: Becoming an Independent Researcher”


Vijay Chidambaram (The University of Texas at Austin)

"How to setup and run a systems research lab”