First Student Symposium on Empirical Research Methods in Computer Sciences and Information Systems

Trondheim, Norway

2 May, 2017, at IDI, NTNU

It is a pleasure to invite you to the 1st IT3010 Student Symposium on Empirical Research Methods in Computer and Information Sciences (EReMCIS 2017). The symposium is organized by the IT3010 Course – Research-based Innovation Methodologies in Computer and Information Science – at the Computer Science Department. It will take place at NTNU, IDI, on May 2, 2017, 09:00-16:00.

The symposium will include invited presentations by the students of the course IT3010. All groups at IT3010 are requested to submit a paper no later than the dates specified below.

Objectives and themes

The symposium will present cutting-edge research results by the students of the IT3010 course, where the empirical research method is at focus, but also where each presentation addresses an exciting research topic within various areas of computer sciences, software engineering and information systems. The theme of the symposium is to demonstrate that relevant and rigorous empirical research can be done even in small projects with limited time and resources.

Proposed list of topics

Groups are requested to submit one paper each within the topics listed below or related topics not listed here within the themes 1-5 (Tips: You can also take a look at the project database for master students at IDI, see e.g.

  • Theme 1 – Area: Information Systems & Software Engineering
    • Implementation/use of systems in public, private, or non-profit organizations
    • Study of the application of Internet of Things-based approaches for environmental monitoring/sustainable behavior/smart cities
    • The adoption of serious gaming for improving life quality
    • Implementation/use of mobile-based applications for improving students’ quality of life
  • Theme 2 – Area: Databases
    • Large data and handling in SQL/nonSQL databases.
    • Open data ecosystems.
    • Big data and related areas.
    • Hypertext and interlinked data.
  • Theme 3 – Area: Artificial Intelligence
    • Preliminary study and evaluation of deep neural networks for, e.g., improving healthcare systems, autonomous vehicles/cars/drones, image and video recognition.
    • Textual or natural language analysis.
    • Bio-inspired computing.
  • Theme 4 – Area: Computer Architecture
    • Preliminary study and evaluation of modern computing architectures, e.g., supercomputers, cloud based solutions, GPU-based solutions
  • Theme 5 – Area: Complex Systems
    • Preliminary study of possible applications of complex systems models (e.g., cellular automata, agent based models, network models) for a specific domain (e.g., economics, social systems, healthcare, education, engineering, biology)

Formal requirements for the paper:

With respect to the content, the paper should:

  • Clearly identify the research problem(s).
  • Outline the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions.
  • Present clearly any preliminary ideas.
  • Clearly present the research methodology that is being applied, including research strategy and data generation methods used.
  • Clarify the (preliminary) results achieved so far.

Each submitted paper will be reviewed by at least 3 program committee members (all students in the IT3010 course). The main evaluation criteria are: originality, significance, technical soundness, accuracy, and clarity of writing.

The proceedings of the seminar will be published in an IDI report and will be available online. In order to be included in the proceedings, the groups are required to present their paper during the symposium.

Important dates:

  • Paper submission: Friday March 17, 2017, 23:59 CET.
  • Notification of acceptance: Monday March 27, 2017.
  • Camera ready (final version): Friday April 7, 2017, 23:59 CET.
  • Conference day: Tuesday May 2, 2017, 09:00-16:00.


Symposium chairs: Elena Parmiggiani, Babak Farshchian

Program committee: All students in IT3010.