Doctoral Symposium

The SPLASH 2010 Doctoral Symposium provides students with useful guidance for completing their dissertation research and beginning their research careers. The Symposium will provide an interactive forum for doctoral students in one of two phases:

  1. Apprentices, who are just beginning their research, are not ready to actually make a research proposal, but are interested in learning about structuring research and getting some research ideas; and,
  2. Proposers, who have progressed far enough in their research to have a structured proposal, but will not be defending their dissertation in the next 12 months.
Submission Summary
Due on: June 25, 2010
Notifications: July 16, 2010
Doctoral Symposium: October 18, 2010
Format: ACM Proceedings format
Submit to:
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (chair)

2010 ACM International Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity.

Sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN in cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT.

Symposium Details

At the workshop, presentations will consist of the following:

  • A two-minute overview stating the most critical issues of the research (the “elevator talk”)

  • A separate, strictly-timed 20-minute description of their research.

The description must be structured as follows:

  • Description of purpose – What exact problem, issue, or question does this research address and why does it matter? What limitations or failings of current understanding, knowledge, methods, or technologies does this research resolve?

  • Goals – What new understanding, knowledge, methods, or technologies will this research generate?

  • Technical approach – What experiments, prototypes, or studies are being performed done to achieve the stated goal? How will they be measured, evaluated and validated?

Each symposium Proposer will have a two-page short paper published in the SPLASH Companion. Proposers are strongly advised to have a poster at the SPLASH Poster session and to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition. These vehicles provide the student with an opportunity for additional feedback and suggestions on their dissertation work, contacts for further interaction, and experience in communicating with other professionals.


Electronic submission of proposals is required through the SPLASH submission system. To apply as an Apprentice, your advisor must send a letter of recommendation to the track chair by June 24, 2010. Up to four Apprentices will be chosen. To apply as a Proposer, please submit a three page (hard limit) description of your dissertation research, mirroring the topics of the presentation defined below. Your advisor must also send a brief statement of your dissertation progress to date and a statement of recommendation to the track chair by June 24, 2010. Up to eight Proposers will be selected. Proposers are expected to attend the symposium dinner and to participate in the workshop for the entire day.

For More Information

For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions please contact the Doctoral Symposium Chair, Gary T. Leavens, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Doctoral Symposium Committee

  • Gary T. Leavens, UCF, USA (chair)
  • Eli Tilevich, Virginia Tech
  • Jonathan Aldrich, CMU
  • Kathryn McKinley, University of Texas at Austin

2009 Highlights

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson discusses Facebook’s approach to scalability issues resulting from a large growth of the user base. He talks about: why one needs to prepare for horizontal and not vertical scalability, very short release cycles which are better because they introduce fewer bugs, the need to streamline to deploying process for short release cycles, and making the entire process faster every day.

Watch the video on InfoQ.

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