SEDES 2016 - September 6th, 2016 – Lisboa, Portugal

6th Portuguese Software Engineering Doctoral Symposium
(6º Simpósio para Estudantes de Doutoramento em Engenharia de Software)

Hosted by QUATIC’2016 – 10th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology
Track Committee
Chair: Paulo Rupino, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Co-Chair: José Maria Fernandes, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Important dates:
Paper submission; Sunday, May 15, 2016
Author's notifications: Sunday, June 5, 2016
Camera-ready: Sunday, June 26, 2016

Important links
Submission Quatic2016  ( - select the track "6º Simpósio para Estudantes de Doutoramento em Engenharia de Software".


SEDES.1: 11h00 - 12h30

  • Ana Lima, Gabriela Fernandes and Ricardo J. Machado. Project and Program Management Implications in the Portfolio Management of IT Projects in Applied R&D Organizations   #SEDES2016QUATIC 
  • Americo Rio and Fernando Brito e Abreu. Evolution of Web Systems Quality   #SEDES2016QUATIC 

(lunch break)

SEDES.2: 14h00-15h30

  • Juliana Medeiros, Miguel Goulão, Alexandre Vasconcelos and Carla Silva. Towards a model about quality of software requirements specification in agile projects   #SEDES2016QUATIC 
  • Nuno Santos, Ricardo-J. Machado and Nuno Ferreira. Adopting Logical Architectures within Agile Projects   #SEDES2016QUATIC 

(coffee break)

SEDES.3: 16h00-17h30

  • Bruno Lima and João Faria. Towards the Online Testing of Distributed and Heterogeneous Systems with Extended Petri Nets  #SEDES2016QUATIC 
  • João Caldeira and Fernando Brito e Abreu. Software Development Process Mining - Discovery, Conformance Checking and Enhancement  #SEDES2016QUATIC 


Fernando Brito e Abreu, ISCTE-IUL
João Pascoal de Faria,  FEUP
Paulo Rupino da Cunha, FCTUC
Ricardo J. Machado, Univ. do Minho


Alberto Silva, Universidade de Lisboa

Marco Vieira, Universidade de Coimbra

Ana Paiva, Universidade do Porto

Mário Zenha-Rela, Universidade de  Coimbra

Antonia Lopes, Universidade de Lisboa

Miguel A. Brito, Universidade do Minho

António Rito Silva, Universidade de Lisboa

Miguel Goulão, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Fernando Brito e Abreu, ISCTE-IUL

Paula Ventura Martins, Universidade do Algarve

Jácome Cunha, Universidade  Nova de Lisboa

Paulo Rupino Cunha, Universidade de Coimbra

João Cardoso, Universidade do Porto

Pedro Salgueiro, Universidade de Évora

João M. Fernandes, Universidade do Minho

Ramiro Gonçalves, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes

João Pascoal Faria, Universidade do Porto

Ricardo J. Machado,  Universidade do Minho

João Paulo Fernandes, Universidade da Beira Interior

Rui Maranhão, Universidade do Porto

João Saraiva, Universidade do Minho

José Maria Fernandes, Universidade de Aveiro


The goal of the SEDES doctoral symposium is to provide Software Engineering PhD students supervised or co-supervised by faculty members of Portuguese Universities 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 Portuguese community that develops research in Software Engineering, both in academic or industrial settings, SEDES also aims at fostering international cooperation with Software Engineering faculty members from other countries, by means of joint co-supervisions.

Previous editions


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.

Submission process

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 zipped file called (e.g.,, containing the three documents (paper, poster and plan), in PDF format. The submission site is under Quatic 2006 submission site
 select  track "5º Simpósio para Estudantes de Doutoramento em Engenharia de Software" in submission. As the designated correspondence author, you will then receive a first e-mail message containing access instructions that will enable you to change information about your submission and your personal information, view your reviews and submit the camera ready.


The paper should be in English and co-authored by your supervisor(s). At least one of the supervisors must be affiliated to a Portuguese University. The format and editorial recommendations are similar to those of the regular submissions to QUATIC’2016 thematic tracks (see QUATIC CFP instructions). The paper should have a maximum of 6 pages and include the following sections:

  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).

Review process

Submissions to SEDES’2016 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.

Publication and indexing

Papers accepted will be published in the hosting conference proceedings by Conference Publishing Services (CPS), and submitted for archiving in Xplore and CSDL, and, like in previous editions, 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).

About the SEDES Chairs:

Paulo Rupino
Paulo Rupino is Assistant Professor of Information Systems and former head of the IS Group at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Director of Informatics and Systems Lab of Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN), a non-profit association for Innovation and Technology Transfer. Paulo holds a Ph.D. (2001) and a M.Sc. (1997) in Informatics Engineering from the University of Coimbra. He has been Adjunct Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, USA, from May 2009 to Dec 2012, and Visiting Associate at Brunel University, UK, from 2008 to 2010. He has been the Vice-President of the Board of Instituto Pedro Nunes and of IPN-Incubadora - the recipient of the 2010 Word's Best Science Based Incubator Award. For a period of three years, he was the elected Coordinator of the Informatics Engineering Chapter for the centre region of Portugal of the Portuguese Engineering Association (Ordem dos Engenheiros), and for a two year term he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Department of Informatics Engineering of the University of Coimbra. Has been involved in information systems and software engineering projects for several private and public organisations and regularly participates in the evaluation of R&D projects and start-up pitches. Presently focused on cloud, service systems and business models.

José  Maria  Fernande
s  is  Assistant  Professor  at  the  Dept.  of  Electronics, Telecommunications  and Informatics of the Universidade de Aveiro. His lecturing activity  has  been  focused  on  mobile  computing  (iOS  and  Android  frameworks)  and  software engineering  (development  process,  IT  integration  and  software  architecture). S
ince  1997,  he  is  part  of  IEETA,  an  R&D  institute  of  the  University  of  Aveiro (  where  he  has  been  part  of  more  than  10  projects addressing  multimodal data fusion in movement related disorders (Epilepsy & Parkinsons),  grid in eScience ( and mobile & IT integrated solutions for data gathering and processing in outdoor and city context. Since 2008 he has been involved  Carnegie-Mellon|Portugal (CMU-P) as faculty  (MSIN/INI &   ISR/CMU, exchange Fall2010) and in projects VResponder (CMU-P PT/CPS/0046/2008), VR2Market ( CMUP-ERI/FIA/0031/2013) and S2MOVINGCITY (CMUP-ERI/TIC/0010/2014). Currently he  is  coordinating  the  UA  IT and mobile  tasks on two Carnegie-Mellon|Portugal projects (VR2Market and S2MOVINGCITY) aiming to incorporate personal and environment monitoring in an operational IT integrated solution to support online decision support and long term assessment   (e.g. hazardous situations, city wide planning, psychological assessment).