SEDES 2018 - September 4-7, 2018 – Coimbra, Portugal

7th Software Engineering Doctoral Symposium

Hosted by QUATIC’2018 – 11th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology

Important dates

Paper submission: May 04, 2018

Author's notifications: June 01 05, 2018

Camera-ready: Friday, June 15, 2018


Chair: Ricardo Machado, Universidade do Minho

Co-Chair: José Eduardo Fernandes, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança


Fernando Brito e Abreu, ISCTE-IUL

João Pascoal de Faria, FEUP

Paulo Rupino da Cunha, FCTUC

Ricardo J. Machado, Univ. do Minho


Alberto Silva, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Ana Paiva, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Antonia Lopes, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

António Rito Silva, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Damian Andrew Tamburri, Politecnico di Milano, Itália

Fernando Brito e Abreu, ISCTE-IUL, Portugal

Jácome Cunha, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

João Araújo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

José Eduardo Fernandes, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal

João M. Fernandes, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

João Pascoal Faria, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

João Paulo Fernandes, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

João Saraiva, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

José Maria Fernandes, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Marco Vieira, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Mário Zenha-Rela, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Miguel A. Brito, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Miguel Goulão, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Paula Ventura Martins, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal

Paulo Rupino da Cunha, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Pedro G. Ribeiro, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Pedro Salgueiro, Universidade de Évora, Portugal

Ricardo J. Machado, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Rui Maranhão, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Simone Nasser, Universidade Tecnológica e Federal do Paraná, Brasil

Wesley Klewerton Assunção, Universidade Tecnológica e Federal do Paraná, Brasil


The goal of the SEDES doctoral symposium is to provide Software Engineering PhD students with an environment in which they can present and discuss their work, receive feedback and suggestions from faculty and peers, and network with other researchers in the field. Besides being an opportunity to gather the community of researchers in Software Engineering, both in academic or industrial settings, SEDES also aims at fostering international cooperation with Software Engineering faculty members, by means of joint co-supervisions.

Previous editions

See SEDES 2016, SEDES 2014 , SEDES 2012 , SEDES 2009, SEDES 2007, SEDES 2004.


To be eligible for participation in SEDES, PhD students must have concluded at least the first year of their doctoral programs and be doing research in Software Engineering or related fields such as Computer Science (including formal methods) and Information Systems (including Information Services variants). To be considered within the scope of SEDES, the research work must have an applied perspective on the technological or methodological issues of software development or maintenance.


Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Software processes (including both formal and agile approaches, and such topics as process definition, improvement, institutionalization,...)
  • Software development and tools (including use of tools in the automation namely in testing, virtualization and continuous delivery scenarios)
  • Software architecture in software engineering ( including impact of architectural decisions at framework/process level in terms of quality attributes)
  • Software quality (including frameworks and techniques such as peer reviews, testing techniques...)
  • People issues in software engineering (software project management, documentation, adoption of SE processes and tools)
  • Software monitoring and maintenance (including enterprise and/or IoT systems, local, system and organizational strategies)
  • Use of COTS and software integration (including the use of existing commercial and open source components, as well as integration in a wider enterprise context,...)
  • Human-Computer interaction and user experience
  • Ubiquitous systems in software engineering (including adaptations in SE processes, build chain)

We are open to include software applications in various types of platforms, including mobile and embedded solutions that fall under the eligibility conditions. Other works within the scope of at least one of the knowledge areas defined in SWEBOK, the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge ( are also admissible in SEDES.

Preparing a Submission

You must prepare a submission with three parts:

  • Paper describing the research work (both past and future)
  • Work-plan for your PhD research
  • Poster depicting your work - not a traditional poster but a graphic elevator pitch

We suggest as guidance some questions that should be addressed in your submission:

  • What is the context and relevance of the problem? (domain)
  • What is your objective? (goals)
  • What is the novelty in your approach? (contribution on the State of the Art)
  • What you achieved or plan to achieve? (relevant/expected results)

The submission will be a file called NameSurname.pdf (e.g., AntonioSilva.pdf), containing the three documents (paper, poster and plan), in PDF format.


The paper should be in English and co-authored by your supervisor(s). The format and editorial recommendations are similar to those of the regular submissions to QUATIC’2018 thematic tracks (see QUATIC CFP instructions).

The paper should have a maximum of 6 pages and include the following sections:

  • Title
  • Keywords (following the 2012 ACM CCS)
  • Abstract
  1. Introduction
  2. State-of-the-art
  3. Research objectives and methodological approach
  4. Past work and preliminary results
  5. Future work and expected results
  6. Conclusions
  • References


  • Both the past and future work sections should concisely describe the validation of the results
  • The future work section should not include expected work beyond the delivery of the dissertation


The work-plan for the full schedule of the PhD research period (from the beginning, till the expected end) must represent, in a monthly basis scale, (i) activities, (ii) their dependencies and (iii) their deliverables (e.g. technical reports, papers, dissertation chapters, prototypes). We suggest you use standard diagramming techniques such as Gantt, PERT and/or CPM charts.


The SEDES' poster is not to be seen as traditional poster but a "graphic elevator pitch". The objective is to convey the main ideas of your PhD research to the reviewers as the detailed description will be already available on the manuscript namely on state of the art, technical details. The poster is also meant to give your work additional exposure by being displayed on-site for SEDES attendees - therefore it should be readable i.e. in a A3 printout or when displayed on a monitor (e.g. WXGA).


Submissions to SEDES’2018 will be reviewed following the same procedures used for the regular papers in peer-reviewed events. Reported results might not be final, neither complete, but should clarify how the state-of-the-art will be advanced. A submission should foreshadow potentially novel and promising results. Observations and criticisms from panel, as well as from the remaining audience during the SEDES sessions, are expected to consolidate the direction of the research work.

At least two SEDES PC members will blind-review each submission, focusing on the quality, maturity and clarity of the ongoing research work, both in terms of scope delimitation and problem relevance, adequacy of the adopted methodology, results significance and their validation, technical writing style, etc. Accepted candidates are expected to submit a final version of the proposal, taking into account the comments and suggestions provided by the reviewers. This paper will be published in the conference proceedings.


Previous editions have been published in the hosting conference proceedings by Conference Publishing Services (CPS), and submitted for archiving in Xplore and CSDL, and, also submitted for indexing in ISI Web of Science, SCOPUS, ACM Portal, DBLP and DOI System. The accepted submissions will be scheduled for oral presentation in the program. Therefore, it is assumed that a submission shows the intention that at least the PhD student registers for the hosting conference (using the student fee).

Further questions can be addressed to the SEDES'2018 Co-Chair (José Eduardo Fernandes, IP Bragança,

About the SEDES Chairs

Ricardo J. Machado is a full professor of Information Systems Engineering and Technology in the Dept. of Information Systems at the University of Minho (UMinho), School of Engineering.

Within the Information Systems Engineering domain, his primary research interests are in modelling and requirements for systems analysis and design and in process and project management life-cycles. He has supervised 50 completed PhD and MSc theses in these areas. He has published over 150 scientific publications and 4 industrial patents, and has acted as coordinator (PI) and senior researcher of over 50 R&D projects. Some of these projects are related to the Digital Transformation of the Society in the Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities contexts and other application domains.

Currently, at UMinho, he is the vice-rector for institutional development.

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José Eduardo Fernandes is a professor in the Dept. of Informatics and Communications at the School of Technology and Management at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB). He holds a PhD in Technology and Information Systems and MSc in Information Systems. His primary research interests are in modeling for software systems (analysis and desgin), software engineering education, and pervasive information systems.

Currently, at the IPB, he is the diretor of the information systems master.