Call for Doctoral Symposium Papers


The SPLC Doctoral Symposium aims to provide a supportive environment that enables doctoral students to get constructive feedback on their research. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their work with experienced members of the community. Thus, the symposium offers a unique opportunity to gather valuable expert feedback and to get in touch with peer students in the same field. The event is dedicated to PhD students who are approximately in the second year of their candidature. The SPLC doctoral symposium covers the same research topics as the main conference. The focus shall be on presenting a big picture of the PhD research including initial results and open issues.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: June 9th, 2024 (23h59, AoE)
  • Notification: June 30th, 2024 (23h59, AoE)
  • Camera-ready paper: July 10th, 2024 (23h59, AoE)
  • Conference: September 2nd to 6th, 2024



To participate, students should prepare a research plan answering the following questions:

  • The research problem being addressed and its importance
  • The research methodology and techniques being applied
  • The solution being proposed, its novelty and validity
  • The relation of the work with the state of the art


The idea of the research plan is to provide clear material that can be used as a basis for guidance and discussion. Therefore, students should think about the above points carefully and try to make their ideas as concrete and clear as possible. Students at relatively early stages of their research may find it difficult to address some of these points, but should still attempt to do their best. It is strongly recommended that students discuss the research plan with their supervisors.


The following structure is recommended:

  • Front matter: Title, your name, email address, abstract
  • Introduction and Motivation: Introduction to the area of study; description of the problem tackled and its importance; what the literature says about this problem and where existing work fails; how you plan to tackle this problem; what results you envision; how you plan to validate your solution.
  • Research Questions: Clearly state the research questions you plan to address and any assumptions you make.
  • Research Methodology and Approach: The research methodology you plan to use (e.g., design science, action research), including the techniques you plan to employ in your research (e.g., formalization, algorithm specification, case studies). In accordance with your research methodology, describe your research approach: what novel methods and/or technology you are going to build, how you are going to do that, including aspects such as data collection, software prototyping and evaluation. Discuss any threats to validity you can envision and you expect them to address (to the extent possible).
  • Preliminary Results: Overview the key results you achieved so far. Provide an example to explain how the solution obtained so far works – this is very important!
  • Work Plan: Outline the structure of your thesis, distinguishing the work accomplished so far from that remaining, including a publication plan. Also provide a detailed work plan for the next 12 months.


Submissions should be 4 pages (+2 pages with references only). All submissions must be in English, in PDF format, and must not contain or cite proprietary or confidential material.

Submissions must adhere to the latest ACM Master Article Template:

Latex users should use the “sigconf” option, so they are recommended to use the template that can be found in “sample-sigconf.tex”. In this way, the following latex code can be placed at the start of the latex document to create a double column layout:


\acmConference[SPLC'24]{28th International Systems and Software Product Line Conference}{September 2--6, 2024}{Luxembourg}

The research plan should be sent as a single file via Easychair: (Doctoral Symposium track)

Submissions will be evaluated by 2 to 3 reviewers according to relevance, originality and feasibility of the described research.

SPLC DS papers will be published in one of the volumes of the SPLC conference proceedings published by ACM.

The author of the accepted submission must register and attend SPLC 2024 in order for the submission to be published. Student discounts will be available.


The doctoral symposium will be held in conjunction with SPLC 2024. The participants will get a chance to present their work and get feedback from the panelists and the audience. Students are recommended to prepare particular points they seek feedback upon. All students are expected to attend every session of the symposium.

SPLC 2024 will also be featured with one or two keynote speakers.



Maurice ter Beek
National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Jessie Galasso-Carbonnel
McGill University, Canada


Program Committee:

  • Rick Rabiser, Johannes Kepler University Linz
  • José Proença, CISTER-ISEP and HASLab-INESC TEC
  • Clemens Dubslaff, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Deepak Dhungana, Siemens AG, Austria
  • David Benavides, University of Seville
  • Philippe Collet, Université Côte d’Azur – CNRS/I3S
  • Thomas Thüm, University of Ulm
  • Mahsa Varshosaz, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Ferruccio Damiani, Università di Torino
  • Roberto Erick Lopez-Herrejon, Ecole de Technologie Superieure Montreal
  • Gilles Perrouin, University of Namur
  • Mohammadreza Mousavi, King’s College London
  • Natsuko Noda, Shibaura Institute of Technology