The UMAP 2017 Conference, following a tradition started in 1994, will include a Doctoral Consortium (DC) Session, which provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of a panel of distinguished research faculty. Doctoral students are invited to apply to present their research to scholars and researchers in the field who will provide constructive feedback and advice.
The doctoral consortium is implemented as a student mentoring program that introduces students to senior researchers in the relevant fields.
Students are expected to document in a brief submission their doctoral research (see below described submission information for further details), which will be evaluated by the consortium committee.
Good quality applications will be selected to be presented at a Doctoral Consortium Session as part of the conference.
Promising, but less well-developed applications will be selected for presentation at a poster session.
Each student with an accepted submission will be assigned a mentor who will provide a feedback on the student’s work and will discuss the doctoral research with the student and the audience at the consortium.
How to submit to the Doctoral Consortium
To apply for the UMAP 2017 doctoral consortium, students are asked to submit a paper presenting their doctoral research that describes:
- The problem being addressed
- The motivation for addressing the problem including related work
- The main contributions that the PhD project aims to achieve
- The progress made to date (including a clear description of the proposed methodological approach and preliminary results) and the plan of further research
- Expected outcome and impact (on current challenges of the community/society)
Topics include (but are not limited to) the UMAP 2017 key areas.
Each DC submission is encouraged to consider the following: identification of related (state of the art) work, indication of potential innovation, application or contribution for which the work is aimed. In addition, as appropriate for the PhD project, the submissions can consider: indication of data to be used for experimentation, indication of implementation approach, indication of evaluation criteria and experimental design.
Each submission should contain a cover page including the paper title, name of the PhD candidate, the name of his/her supervisor(s) and University, a paragraph describing the stage they are in the PhD program, together with a brief description of their background. This will enable the committee to adapt its assistance to each student.
Papers should be submitted through EasyChair Doctoral Consortium submission system (which is different from the EasyChair system for the main proceedings).
Submissions should be pdf documents consisting of 1 cover page and the paper (up to 4 pages long), formatted using the ACM Standard (SIGCONF) proceedings template: http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template.
Submissions on mature work and ideas, with at least some preliminary insights and results will be selected for presentation at the Doctoral Consortium and published in the UMAP Main Proceedings.
Submissions on promising, but still preliminary work and ideas will be selected for poster presentation and published in the UMAP Adjunct Proceedings.
Both the UMAP Main Proceedings and the Adjunct Proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library.
The main author (doctoral student) must register for the conference by May 1, 2017 for the paper to be included in the proceedings.
UMAP 2017 student support may be available to cover some travel and accommodation expenses. Preference will be given to students presenting at the conference, including the UMAP 2017 Doctoral Consortium. More details will be provided on the UMAP 2017 web site as soon as funds will be available.
- Paper submission: March 21, 2017
- Notification to authors: April 14, 2017
- Camera ready submission: May 7, 2017
The submissions times are 11:59 pm Hawaii time.
Doctoral consortium chairs
Panagiotis Germanakos, SAP SE & University of Cyprus
Kalina Yacef, University of Sydney