Important Dates

Submission deadline: August 28, 2020, 23:59 AoE
September 4, 2020, 23:59 AoE
Author Notifications: September 21, 2020
Final Manuscript Submission: September 30, 2020

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The ISS Doctoral Symposium (ISS DS) provides Ph.D. students with the opportunity to meet and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced researchers in an informal and interactive setting. Participants can expect the chance to present their dissertation research in a supportive environment and to receive constructive expert and peer feedback on their research topics and possible career paths in both academia and industry. The Symposium aims to support community building by connecting beginning and established researchers. The ideal time to apply to participate in the DS is when some progress has been made in Ph.D. research, and a path to completion is planned but could benefit from outside opinions and refinement.

Doctoral Symposium papers will be published in the ISS conference companion proceeding and published in the ACM digital library. All research topics suitable for the ACM ISS Conference and associated workshops are appropriate for the DS. The DS chairs aim to achieve diversity among the student participants, including diversity across research groups and geographical areas. Refer to previous years’ proceedings for examples:

All Ph.D. students are welcome to apply regardless of whether they are presenting at the main conference or not. Each submission will be reviewed by the DS chairs to assess its suitability for the DS, as well as additional expert reviewers when necessary.

Authors of accepted submissions will present their work in a dedicated session and registration will be free.


Every submission should include:

  • an extended abstract - no more than six pages in pdf format according to ACM Master Article Submission Template,
  • a poster design - A0 portrait format, also in PDF format,
  • a still image and a 30-second preview video that will both be used to advertise the work before and during the conference.
  • a short video (optional) of up to 5 minutes long and at most 100MB in size presenting the research displayed in the poster. You are encouraged to do so if this clarifies the work, as is often the case in ISS interfaces.

PhD Students should submit an extended abstract that describes:

  • the problem that the thesis aims to address;
  • the broad approach and how it builds upon and goes beyond key relevant previous work;
  • the work completed and the plan for the full dissertation work;
  • open questions/issues for discussion and/or what you want to get out of participating in the symposium.

Completed work may be presented as an overview or highlighting a particularly important part in depth.

Submissions must include a poster design (A0 portrait format), also in PDF format. The doctoral symposium posters are intended for display along with the other conference posters, and so should follow the same guidelines as described here: ISS 2020 Posters.

The optional video presenting the research displayed in the poster must be no longer than 5 minutes and must be less than 100 MB in size. Please make sure that your video is playable on standard PC and Macintosh computers. We recommend that you encode your video as an MP4 using the H.264 codec.

Be sure to have permission for all content, and use rights-free music tracks in all submitted videos.

Submissions (both extended abstract and poster) should not be anonymised for review.

Submissions must be submitted using the PCS system by the deadline: Friday, 4 September 2020.

More details will be provided in the following weeks regarding the organization during the conference and the adaptation that will be implemented due to the virtual format of this year’s ISS conference.

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

Andrés Lucero, Aalto University
Teresa Romão, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Fernando Birra, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa