2011 GTTSE/SLE Students' Workshop

by João Paulo Fernandes, April 30, 2011

   * * *   2011 GTTSE/SLE Students' Workshop    * * *
             July 5, 2011 Braga, Portugal


The co-location of SLE and GTTSE provides us the opportunity to combine their respective Doctoral Symposium and Participants' Workshop to form the GTTSE/SLE Students' Workshop.  The students' workshop features presentations by the GTTSE and SLE participants: PhD students, PostDocs, practitioners, and other members of the computer science community.  All registered participants are asked to submit an extended abstract in one of two forms:

1. Committed junior researchers may leverage the workshop as a means to present their relevant research and to receive feedback from senior researchers in the field.  Submissions of this form should be an extended abstract of 2 pages in Springer LNCS style as a presentation proposal for the workshop.  This may describe new ideas or early results, but there are no formal specifications as to the abstracts content.

2. In addition, doctoral students may use the workshop as a way to get feedback on their proposed doctoral research plan.  Students should submit a 4 page (LNCS style, excluding references) abstract based on the following outline:

- Problem Description and Motivation.
- Brief Overview of Related Work, highlighting the gap the work aims to fill.
- Proposed Solution, a high-level overview and any hypotheses that you have formulated.
- Research Method, describing how you will validate or refute your hypotheses.

It is understood that students at different stages of their research will be able to make more or less detailed and stabilized contributions to each of these sections. Therefore, we provide this outline as more of a guide than a strict requirement. Nonetheless, we encourage even early-stage PhD students to consider using this outline.

Selection process for the SLE/GTTSE Students' Workshop

The organizers will select proposals, with assistance as needed from the GTTSE scientific committee and the SLE program committee, for an interesting program.  There are always more presentation proposals than there are slots in the workshop. There are likely to be 10-15 slots for presentations with 10-15 minutes each. The organizers will select a compelling set of presentation topics. This selection process is supposed to be informal and must not be confused with any sort of peer review or selective review.  In particular, no formal feedback is returned to the authors of the 2 page abstracts. Authors are merely notified of the selection's outcome.  Authors of 4 page doctoral research plans will receive informal feedback from reviewers chosen from the GTTSE scientific committee and SLE program committee.
Authors who are not selected and who still wish to present some of their material may exhibit (and present) a poster at GTTSE.

All reasonable submissions are distributed in printed form at the workshop. The abstracts will not be published online. The titles of selected presentations appear online though. Presenters may also voluntarily submit their slides for inclusion on the website.

The GTTSE/SLE Students' Workshop will feature an award sponsored by SIG (The Software Improvement Group), to be given to the best presentation at the workshop. The awardee will be determined by a committee of senior attendees that is assembled by the organizers.

Why present at and participate in the workshop?

Each presenter benefits by means of the feedback from the renowned tutorial speakers and other participants. Presentation at the workshop may also spark off new collaborations. The school and conference, as a whole, also benefits from the workshop because the presentations constitute a blend of the current research interests in the GTTSE and SLE communities.


The submission deadline is May 27, 2011.  This coincides with the end of Early Registration for both GTTSE and SLE.  Abstracts must be submitted via EasyChair.  See the event web pages (above) for submission details.

Notes on the GTTSE post-proceedings

After the school, all GTTSE participants (i.e., presenters, non-presenters, and non-submitters to the workshop) are encouraged to submit a contribution for inclusion into the post-proceedings. These contributions are properly reviewed and selection for the post-proceedings is competitive. Successful contributions have to meet high originality and quality standards. Compared to the usual peer-reviewed venue, GTTSE is particularly prepared to provide gentle and detailed feedback to PhD students. Submissions to the post-proceedings can have up to 15 pages. A designated call for contributions to the post-proceedings is distributed after the school.

Event co-chairs:
Joost Visser, Software Improvement Group, The Netherlands
Eric Van Wyk, University of Minnesota, United States