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 at least in the second year of their candidature, presenting initial results that are not yet mature enough for a full conference paper. The SPLC doctoral symposium covers the same research topics as the main conference.

Important Dates

  • Paper submissions: June 27, 2022 June 14, 2022.
  • Notifications: July 1, 2022.
  • Camera-ready papers: July 7, 2022.
  • Doctoral Symposium: September 12, 2022.



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), in ACM SIGS proceedings format (tighter style). All  submissions must be in English, in PDF format, and must not contain or  cite proprietary or confidential material.

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


\acmConference[SPLC’22]{26th ACM International Systems and Software Product Line Conference}{12–16 September, 2022}{Graz, Austria}

Submissions will be evaluated by two 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 Digital Library. SPLC is ranked as a top conference.

The author of the accepted submission must register and attend SPLC 2022 in order for the submission to be published.

Format of the Symposium

The symposium will be held in conjunction with SPLC 2022. Each participant 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.


Klaus Schmid
University of Hildesheim, Germany
Marianne Huchard
Université de Montpellier, France


Program Commitee

  • Rafael Capilla, University Madrid, ESP
  • Philippe Collet, Université Côte d’Azur – CNRS/I3S, FRA
  • Oscar Diaz, University of the Basque Country, ESP
  • Malte Lochau, University of Siegen, DEU
  • Roberto Lopez-Herrejon, ETS Montreal, CAN
  • Natsuko Noda, Shibaura Institute of Technology, JPN
  • Rick Rabiser, Johannes Kepler University Linz, AUT
  • Iris Reinhartz-Berger, University of Haifa, ISR
  • Christoph Seidl, IT University of Copenhagen, DNK
  • Leopoldo Teixeira, Federal University of Pernambuco, BRA
  • Maurice ter Beek, CNR-ISTI Pisa, ITA
  • Thomas Thüm, University of Ulm, DEU
  • Mahsa Varshosaz, IT University of Copenhagen, DNK