Aim of the Young Researchers Forum [Tuesday, full-day]

The aim of the Young Researchers Forum is to inspire and bring together young researchers in the field of software architecture. The forum provides a vibrant place for discussing potential and ongoing research in any stage, from idea to results. The forum strives to provide a friendly environment to allow young researchers to get feedback on their work, exchange experience, ask questions, explore pathways open to them. In addition, the forum stimulates interaction between young researchers, experienced researchers and industry. Each author, in addition to reviewers relevant to their work, will be assigned an industrial mentor who will also assess and suggest improvements to their submissions.


Participation is open to anyone who considers himself/herself a ‘young’ researcher, wanting to share research ideas and (preliminary or mature) results with their peers and looking for an opportunity to inspire and be inspired and learn about research paths. Ph.D. candidates, young researchers in any stage of their research (including undergraduate students), young researchers in industry research pathways are all most welcomed to participate. In addition, we specifically invite Ph.D. candidates and young researchers presenting their work in the main ICSA conference to participate in this forum.


Areas of interest include all aspects of software architecture and component based software engineering, as given by the scope of the 2017 ICSA conference.

ICSA Young Researcher Best Paper Award

The Young Researcher Best Paper Award may be given to the author(s) of an outstanding idea/contribution presented at the Young Researchers Forum. The award winner will be given the opportunity to present their work within the main conference program.

Types of Submissions

There are two ways of contributing to the program of the forum:

  • ongoing research papers (4 to 6 pages) presenting previously unpublished motivations, goals, preliminary results, planned next steps, and industrial impacts of an ongoing research
  • research abstracts (2 pages) outlining (preferably more mature) research of young authors (possibly presenting also in the 2017 ICSA main program), who would like to actively engage in the forum.

In both types of submissions, we challenge the authors to think about the potential impact of their research on industrial practice (whether in the near or far future based on the nature of the research), and to dedicate a section to the Industrial Impact of their work. The authors of ongoing research papers will be assigned an industrial mentor who will assess the industrial impact of their work, and advise on potential impacts that the authors may be missing. The mentor’s feedback will need to be reflected in the revised submission as a condition to the paper being accepted.

Formatting and Submission Instructions

All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines, use the A4 page format, and be submitted electronically through the Online Submission Site (Young Researchers Forum track).


At least one author of an accepted contribution is required to register, present the work and participate during the discussions at the forum. All accepted contributions will be published in the 2017 ICSA Proceedings and in the IEEE Digital Library.

Key Dates

  • Abstracts (mandatory) due:¬†18 February¬†2017
  • Papers due: 23 February 2017
  • Papers notification: 10 March 2017
  • Camera-ready due: 16 March 2017

Presentation and Discussion

To further facilitate the discussions around the presented research topics, we assign discussants to each presentation. Please find the description of the discussant below:

A presenter will give her/his talk their research. Following the presentation, the discussants assigned to each paper will make brief comments (5 minutes), including some combination of:

  • how the paper made the discussant think differently about her or his own work
  • how the paper is related in some way to the discussant’s own work
  • some advice for the authors in continuing their work
  • identification of collaboration opportunities or synergies
  • discussion questions based on the presented paper

More Information

For more information please contact the Program Committee Chairs:

Ipek Ozkaya –¬†