SEDES 2021

9th Software Engineering Doctoral Symposium

Online Conference

Co-Located with QUATIC 2021, September 8-11 , 2021


(The Doctoral Symposium was canceled in this edition of QUATIC 2021)

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 constructive feedback and suggestions from established faculty members 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.

Target audience

We invite PhD students who have still some time to benefit from the discussion in the Doctoral Symposium before submitting their dissertation, but who have already settled on a thesis topic.


Submissions should cover the problem to be solved and why it is relevant, the research hypothesis, proposed method, expected results and how they fit into the related work, what is the planned evaluation, early results and the plan until delivery.

Submission format

We recommend that you submit as a full paper, but short papers are also allowed. See the submission instructions.


  • Papers submission: May 25th, 2021

  • Notification: June 15th, 2021

  • Camera-ready: June 30th, 2021



  • Miguel Goulão, NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA), Portugal

Program Committee:

Miguel Goulão is an Associate Professor of the Informatics Department of FCT/UNL and a researcher at the Software Systems group. He has a Ph.D. (2008) in Informatics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

The broad aim of his research is to improve the software developer's productivity and developer experience, in order to better deal with software development complexity. Miguel uses Evidence-Based, Empirical Software Engineering, and User Experience evaluation techniques to identify the strengths and shortcomings in languages, tools, and approaches. He uses these quantitative and qualitative assessments not only in the evaluation of Software Engineering claims but also as an objective input to help to devise improvements to fix the identified shortcomings. Miguel is particularly interested in improving the understandability of Requirements Engineering and Domain-Specific Languages (and of specifications built with those languages), to empower developers and other stakeholders to more effectively read and write software specifications. More recently, Miguel has also been working as a member of the COST Action on Multi-Paradigm Modeling for Cyber-Physical Systems.

Miguel has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, conferences, and workshops, and served as guest editor of special issues in international journals, as PC member, and as PC and Organizing Chair in several events. He received the best paper award at the 26th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2014), and was a co-author of the paper receiving the János Szentes Award for the best paper on Software Metrics presented at the 6th European Conference on Software Quality (ECSQ 1999).