Call for Papers: Doctoral Symposium

Call for Doctoral Symposium Papers

The Doctoral Symposium of Middleware 2015 will be held in Vancouver, Canada, in conjunction with the Middleware 2015 Conference. Following the aim of past editions, the current event will be focused on providing PhD students with an opportunity to discuss their research on all types of middleware topics in an international forum, with a panel of well-known experts in the field and their PhD student peers.

The symposium aims to bring together a broad range of PhD students:

  1. Students at the start of their trajectory
  2. Students in the middle of their degree (perhaps aiming to submit their first publication)
  3. Students who are about to finish their degree

At the event students will have an opportunity to discuss, in a welcoming and informal atmosphere, their planned goals and those already achieved, key research challenges they are expecting to overcome, projects they are working on, and facilities they are developing. Discussion will center on the problems that the students aim to solve as part of their doctoral work and the reasons behind why they decided to focus on these specific problems.

Students attending the Doctoral Symposium will receive valuable feedback from senior researchers, industrial partners, and experts. The symposium will also be opportunity for meeting and sharing experiences with other PhD students who are addressing similar topics or are at a similar stage in their doctoral work.

All PhD students carrying out research on Middleware topics are invited to submit a position paper to the Doctoral Symposium. Papers will be peer-reviewed by the Symposium’s program committee members. The criteria used for accepting a paper include contribution of the work to the field, originality of the work, and overall quality of the position paper. Papers on subjects that are in scope of the Middleware conference are especially encouraged. This includes, but is not limited to, those topics that fall into the following three broad categories:

  • Middleware platforms and usage models
  • Systems issues for Middleware
  • Middleware design principles and tools

Accepted position papers will be presented during the Doctoral Symposium. Presenters will also have an opportunity to share their work in poster format during the main program of Middleware 2015. The organizers of the doctoral symposium intend to publish post-proceedings of the Doctoral Symposium – details will follow.

Important Dates

Paper Submission October 21, 2015
Notification of Acceptance October 28, 2015
Camera ready November 4, 2015

All deadline times are 23:59 UTC/GMT -12h, Baker Island

Submission instructions

Two types of submissions will be considered:

  1. Papers detailing PhD projects at an early stage
  2. Papers detailing PhD projects that are in the second half or are nearly complete.

Some PhD students who have already published their work in a top venue will be invited to present a testimonial. Anybody can volunteer by sending an email to the PC Chairs (with a reference to their publication).

Position papers of PhD students in an early stage of their project

  • Length: 2-4 pages, including all materials
  • Format: Submissions should be formatted according to the ACM guidelines.
  • Content:
    • Authors’ names (PhD student and contributing team members, if applicable)
    • Affiliation
    • An abstract (maximum 200 words)
    • The problem(s) that the proposed research will solve, and the motivation for solving them
    • The aims and objectives of the proposed research
    • The potential contribution to the state-of-the-art
    • The research methodology to be used to achieve the research goals, including a brief description of the work accomplished to date
    • A tentative research plan for future work
    • The main contribution(s) of the research to the field

Position papers of PhD students in a late to closing stage of their project

  • Length: 2-4 pages, including all materials
  • Format: Submissions should be formatted according to the ACM guidelines.
  • Content:
    • Authors’ names (PhD student and contributing team members, if applicable)
    • Affiliation
    • An abstract (maximum 200 words)
    • Scope, including the domain and objectives of the proposed research
    • Track record, including the results that have been achieved in prior steps and/or publications
    • The connection between the results, and how these will lead to a coherent thesis
    • The main contribution(s) of the research to the field

Submission

Authors should submit their manuscripts through the following EasyChair portal: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=middleware2015ds

Doctoral Symposium Chairs

Student Travel Grants

Doctoral students that submit their work to this symposium are also encouraged to apply for student travel grants to attend Middleware 2015. Students participating in the doctoral symposium will be given priority for the travel grants.