Funding Opportunity

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding up to 10 US-based students to attend the Requirements Engineering Conference. Please submit your application by June 10th

For further information please email Jane Cleland-Huang.


Call for Proposals

The Doctoral Symposium at the 26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'18) brings together PhD students and academics working in all areas of requirements engineering. Students present their research projects and receive constructive feedback from a panel of senior internationally renowned researchers. The doctoral symposium is run in a highly interactive and collegial workshop-like format.

The Doctoral Symposium will offer two travel grants (sponsored by the International Requirements Engineering Board – IREB e.V.) to students who have problems financing their trip to the IEEE RE Doctoral Symposium (need-based grants). The two travel grants comprise 500€ of funding each that can be used to pay expenses such as travel, hotel, and conference fees. The submission of your research abstract and the application for the travel grant are separate processes but share the same deadline. Please apply for the travel grant by emailing to the two Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs (with the subject "RE DS Travel Grant Application") that you want to apply for the travel grant, stating the reason why you need the travel grant. If more than two valid applications for the travel grants exist, the two grants will be decided by a draw.

We are also approaching other potential sponsors to provide further student support.

Who Should Participate

The Doctoral Symposium welcomes PhD students who have already settled on a dissertation topic in the Requirements Engineering domain and whose PhD dissertation will benefit from external feedback. Such students will typically be in the first half through their PhD work.

Submission Instructions

To apply as a student participant to the Doctoral Symposium you need to submit a package consisting of two parts: a research abstract and a recommendation letter.

Part 1: Research Abstract

Your research abstract must be formatted according to the IEEE formatting instructions and must not exceed 6 pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures.

The research abstract should include:

    • The title of your research
    • Your contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, personal webpage, and e-mail address)
    • A one paragraph summary in the style of an abstract for a regular paper
    • A motivation justifying the importance of the research problem
    • Research questions and hypotheses clearly formulating what you want to achieve, solve or demonstrate
    • Technical challenges associated with the research questions
    • A discussion of the state of the art showing what existing work your research builds upon, which existing solutions of the state of the art have been developed including an explanation why they do not solve the problem
    • A section sketching your contributions including technical and other aspects
    • A discussion on the originality of your contributions stating how your results go beyond existing approaches
    • A description of the research methods you will use including a strategy for evaluating your work to provide credible evidence of your results
    • A description of the progress you made so far towards completing the research
    • A list of references of accepted publications you have written, if any

Note: The sections of the research abstract do not have to follow the outlined structure, but must have similar content. Students at a relatively early stage of their research might have some difficulty addressing all of the content requirements, but should attempt to do so as well as they can. Submissions should contain no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.

Part 2: Recommendation Letter

Ask your (main) dissertation advisor for a letter of recommendation. This letter should include:

    • Your name
    • An assessment of the current status of your dissertation research
    • The expected date for defending the dissertation

The letter should be in PDF format and should be sent directly by your advisor via e-mail to both RE'18 Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs Yijun Yu and Annie I. Anton. This letter will be held confidential. The e-mail should have the subject "RE18-DS- Recommendation" and your Last Name.

Submission Link

Please submit your Doctoral Symposium paper in PDF format via EasyChair. Select the RE'18 Doctoral Symposium track for your submission.

Evaluation Criteria

The Doctoral Symposium will select participants using the following three criteria:

    • The quality and potential of the research and its relevance to Requirements Engineering
    • The quality of the research abstract (see section Submission Instructions above)
    • The stage of the research and its suitability for the Doctoral Symposium

Doctoral Symposium Panel

Daniel M. Berry University of Waterloo, Canada  
Jane Cleland-Huang University of Notre Dame, USA  
Eric Knauss Calmer University, Sweden  

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

Any inquiries regarding Doctoral Symposium proposals can be directed to the Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs:

Annie I. Antón

Annie I. Antón

Doctoral Co-Chair

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Yijun Yu

Yijun Yu

Doctoral Co-Chair

The Open University, UK