Doctoral Symposium

Doctoral Symposium

ECSA/SPLC Doctoral Symposium Keynote Speaker: Professor Carlo Ghezzi             




Becoming and being a researcher--what I wish someone would have told me when I started doing research

Why should one wish to become a researcher? What is the role of research and researchers in society? What does one need to do to become a researcher as a PhD student (but also before and after)? What can be the progress of a researcher in his or her career? How to survive and be successful? These are some of the questions I will try to answer in my presentation, based on what I learnt from others and on my own experience.

Very often, young researchers are too busy doing their own research and don’t care about the global picture and ignore these questions. Often, their academic supervisors only focus on the technical side of their supervision and don’t open the eyes of their young research collaborators. But then, sooner or later, these questions emerge and an answer must be given.

In particular, I will focus on three issues:

- Diffusion of research, through publications and other means. What does a beginning researcher need to know and what is a good personal strategy?

- Evaluation of research and researcher. Researchers need to understand that they will be subject to continuous evaluation. Why? How? And, most important, how should they prepare to live through continuous evaluations?

- Ethics. Researchers need to be aware of the ethical issues involved in doing research. On the one side, integrity is needed in the every-day practice of research. On the other, research is changing the world in which we live. The products of research lead to innovations that can have a profound influence on society, and because of the increasingly fast transition from research to practice, they affect the world even before we understand the potential risks. What researchers might see as purely technical problems may have ethical implications, and this requires ethics awareness while doing research.

Carlo Ghezzi is an ACM Fellow (1999), an IEEE Fellow (2005), a member of the European Academy of Sciences and of the Italian Academy of Sciences. He received the ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award (2015, the Distinguished Service Award (2006), and the 2018 TCSE Distinguished Education Award from IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE). He has been President of Informatics Europe. He has been a member of the program committee of flagship conferences in the software engineering field, such as the ICSE and ESEC/FSE, for which he also served as Program and General Chair. He has done research in programming languages and software engineering for over 40 years and has been a recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant on self-adaptive software systems. He has published over 200 papers in international journals and conferences and co-authored 6 books.

List of Accepted Papers

Full papers

- Formal Semantics For Supporting The Automated Synthesis Of Choreography-based Architectures, Tala Najem

- Architecting for Scale: The Case for Systematic Software Reuse in Managing Technical Debt in Start-ups, Mercy Njima

- Automatic Detection of Architecture Erosion through Semantic Representation of code, Ilaria Pigazzini

- Towards Service Discovery and Autonomic Version Management in Self-healing Microservices Architecture, Yuwei Wang

- Promoting Trust in Interoperability of Systems-of-Systems, Ana Paula Allian

- A Framework for Managing Uncertainty in Software Architecture, Chawanangwa Lupafya

- Model of granularity specification “Microservices Backlog” for microservices-based applications, Fredy Humberto Vera-Rivera


- Towards a Framework for Developing Internet of Things Applications: An Edge Computing Approach, Aurora Macías