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RecSys 2012: CALL FOR DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM
6th ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2012)
September 9 - 13, 2012, Dublin, Ireland
Submission Deadline: April 23, 2012, 5:00 PM (PST).
DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM CHAIRS
Alexander Felfernig, TU Graz, Austria
Michael O'Mahony, University College Dublin, Ireland
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRS
The Recommender Systems 2012 Doctoral Symposium provides an opportunity
for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests
under the guidance of a panel of distinguished research faculty. We invite
students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their
dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work
with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the
field. The strongest candidates will be those who have an idea and an
area, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they
can no longer make changes. Typically, this means they will have made
their dissertation proposal, but still be about a year from completion.
The feedback from attendees in previous years has been very positive and
the Doctoral Symposium has been considered very useful by attendees in
providing research guidance.
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ABOUT THE DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM
The symposium has the following objectives:
1. Provide a supportive setting for feedback on students' current research
and guidance on future research directions.
2. Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from
faculty and students outside their own institution.
3. Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a
spirit of collaborative research.
4. Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other
researchers and conference events.
The symposium will be held on 9th September, 2012. About 5-8 doctoral
students and four faculty will be invited to participate. Student
participants will have their extended abstracts (4 pages) published in the
conference proceedings. They will also have the opportunity to present a
poster of their work during the poster session at the main conference.
All participants are expected to attend the entire symposium, including a
group dinner taking place before the conference (subject to availability
of funding). Each student will present his or her work to the group with
substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating
faculty and other students.
Being accepted into the symposium is an honor, and involves a commitment
to giving and receiving thoughtful commentary with an eye towards shaping
the field and upcoming participants in the field.
APPLYING FOR THE DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM
Submissions are invited from current graduate students pursuing a PhD
project who would benefit from detailed workshop discussions of their
doctoral research by a panel of established researchers. Funding for
selected applicants may be available to offset some accommodation expenses
please check back here or email the chairs for updates.
Submission materials consist of:
1. An extended abstract (see below).
2. A curriculum vitae.
3. A one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation (see
4. A letter of recommendation from the student's primary dissertation
Submit your contribution to
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=recsys12doctoralsymp by April
23rd, 5:00 PM (1700) PST. Furthermore, your supervisor should send a
recommendation letter in the form of a single PDF file to
[log in to unmask] Your contribution should be named
lastname_ds.pdf, where lastname is your family name. The file must be no
larger than 5 Mbytes in size. Please ask your advisor to name the file
(and set the email subject) according to the convention:
studentLastName_ds_ref. We will send email acknowledgements to you when
your application is received and to your advisor when his/her
recommendation is received.
Prepare a four-page extended abstract of your thesis work in the ACM SIG
Proceedings Format, including: title, author information, abstract,
keywords, thesis research summary, and references. The extended abstract,
if accepted for the Doctoral Symposium, will be published in the
Conference Proceedings. The extended abstract will be evaluated with
1. Originality of the work with respect to current concepts and techniques.
2. Importance of the work with respect to fundamental issues and themes in
3. Rigor and validity of claims, argumentation, methodology, results, and
4. Clarity and persuasiveness of expression.
Example abstracts accepted for the Recommender Systems ¹11 Doctoral
Symposium can be found here:
Additional factors, such as position within the doctoral process and
institutional representation, may be taken into account if the number of
applicants is particularly large. Candidates who have a developed idea but
who still have time to be influenced will receive the strongest
consideration. This typically means that the candidate will have made a
dissertation proposal but still be approximately a year away from
completion. Participants in the symposium will be selected by the Doctoral
Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process.
All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All
submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential
until the start of the conference (with the exception that the
contributions will be made available to the symposium participants one
week before the event). Submissions should contain no information or
materials that are proprietary at publication time.
DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM CHECKLIST
Well in advance of the deadline (April 23rd):
1. Create your submission materials:
- Write an extended abstract according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Format.
The abstract must print to no more than 4 pages.
- Write a curriculum vitae.
- Write a one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation.
- Obtain a letter of recommendation from your primary dissertation
2. Package all materials except the recommendation letter into a single
PDF file. Name it according to the following convention: lastname_ds.pdf.
Submit it to
letter of recommendation must be directly by your advisor, to
[log in to unmask] Please ask your advisor to name
the file (and set the email subject) according to the convention:
studentLastName_ds_ref. An email receipt of the letter will be sent to
3. Test that your PDF prints correctly and that is it no larger than 5
Submission deadline: April 23, 2012, 5:00 PM (PST).
Acceptance notifications: May 21, 2012.
Camera-ready version: June 25, 2012.
For more details on the 2012 edition of RecSys, please visit the
conference website: http://recsys.acm.org/2012/ or you can follow us on
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