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Doctoral Symposium

Tom Dinkelaker, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Roman Popp, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Yu Sun, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Zekai Demirezen, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Tudor Dumitras, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Antoine Marot, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Please note that this symposium is by invitation only.

The OOPSLA 2009 Doctoral Symposium provides students with useful guidance for completing their dissertation research and beginning their research careers. The Symposium provides an interactive forum for doctoral students in one of two phases:

  • 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,
  • 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.

The Symposium consists of a dinner on Monday, October 26th, followed by this full-day 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 the research that will cover the following topics:
    • 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 to achieve the stated goal? How will they be measured, evaluated, and validated?

Each symposium Proposer also has a short paper published in the OOPSLA Companion. The student presenters at the OOPSLA 2009 Doctoral Symposium include the following:

  1. Versatile Language Semantics with Reflective Embedding, Tom Dinkelaker, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  2. Defining Communication in SOA Based on Discourse Models, Roman Popp, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  3. Model Transformation by Demonstration, Yu Sun, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
  4. Semantic Framework for DSLs, Zekai Demirezen, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
  5. Dependable, Online Upgrades in Enterprise Systems, Tudor Dumitras, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  6. Preserving the Separation of Concerns while Composing Aspects on Shared Joinpoints, Antoine Marot, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
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