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Call for Doctoral Symposium Submissions

The RE06 Doctoral Symposium is a one-day workshop to be held immediately preceding the main conference.


The RE'06 Doctoral Symposium is intended to bring together PhD students working on foundations, techniques, tools and applications of requirements engineering and give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The goals of the Consortium are:

Provide a setting for constructive feedback on participants' current research and guidance on future research directions,

Develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research,

Provide an opportunity for student participants to interact with established researchers and others in the requirements engineering community.


Selected students will present their work and receive constructive feedback both from a panel of experts and from other Doctoral Symposium students. The students will also have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing a PhD and performing research in requirements engineering.

The proceedings of the Doctoral Symposium will be published as an adjunct to the RE06 conference proceedings.

Who should participate

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

Review process

Each prospective student participant will submit a package of materials for consideration. The participants will be selected on the basis of their anticipated contribution to the consortium goals as well as the potential benefit to the students. Among the criteria that will be considered in reviewing submissions are

the potential quality of the research and its relevance to requirements engineering,

the stage of the research (see the Section "Who should participate" above),

the diversity of background, research topic, and approach.


Each submission consists of two elements:
1. You have to submit a short paper describing your dissertation research.
2. Your thesis advisor must send a letter of recommendation by e-mail to the Doctoral Symposium Chair at chengb@cse.msu.edu. The letter of recommendation must include an assessment of the current status of your thesis research and an expected date for thesis submission.

Your paper should clearly state:

The problem to be solved in your thesis (justify why this problem is important and make clear that previous research has not yet solved that problem),

Your research hypothesis (claim),

The expected contributions of your dissertation research,

How you plan to evaluate your results and present credible evidence of your results to the community.

For submission instructions, see the RE'06 submission page. The submission deadline is May 2, 2006.

Doctoral symposium committee

Betty H. C. Cheng, Michigan State University, USA (Chair)
Daniel Berry, University of Waterloo, Canada
Nancy Day, University of Waterloo, Canada
Donald C. Gause, State University of New York, Binghamton, USA
Kevin Ryan, Lero - University of Limerick, Ireland

Important dates

May 2, 2006

Deadline for submissions (firm)

June 9, 2006

Notification of acceptance

June 16, 2006

Camera-ready copy of paper due

September 12, 2006

RE06 Doctoral Symposium

More information

For more information, contact
Betty H. C. Cheng
Department of Computer Science and Engineering Michigan State University
3115 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA
Fax: +1 517 432 1061
Email: chengb@cse.msu.edu