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Middleware 2016: ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware Conference Doctoral Symposium

http://2016.middleware-conference.org/call/doctoralsymposium/

Dates:
 Paper Submission: September 26, 2016
 Notification of Acceptance: October 10, 2016
 Camera ready: October 17, 2016
All deadline times are 23:59 UTC/GMT-12h

Call for Submissions: Following the tradition of past editions, the symposium provides an international forum that gives PhD students an opportunity to present and discuss their research with their peers and with a panel of expert mentors from the middleware field.

The symposium is open to PhD students at any stage of their studies. Applicants will be divided into two groups:
* Planners: students at an early-stage of their thesis who are focused on crafting their research proposal and completing background research.
* Finishers: students closer to finishing their thesis or dissertation and thinking about how to present their research, its results, and its impact.

The symposium will provide an informal and welcoming atmosphere in which students from both groups will have the opportunity to discuss their planned goals, their progress and achievements, the key research challenges to overcome, as well as software and tools they are developing. As part of the symposium, the participating students will receive valuable feedback from senior researchers and experts from both industry and academia. The symposium will also be an 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 committee of selected mentors. The criteria for accepting papers includes the extent of the contribution of the work to the field, the originality of the problem, and the overall quality of the position paper. Position papers should fit within the topics of Middleware 2016 Call for Papers. Accepted position papers will be presented during the doctoral symposium, as well as in a poster session during the main program of Middleware 2016. Contributions to the Middleware 2016 PhD Workshop will appear in a proceedings that supplements the main conference proceedings.

The Middleware 2016 Doctoral Symposium will accept papers in two categories. All papers should be formatted according to the ACM guidelines. Students should pay careful attention to which category is appropriate for the stage of their research and adhere to the instructions for the proper category. Students in the early stages of the PhD research (i.e., likely within the first 1-2 years of the research portion of the degree) should submit within the Planners group. Position papers in this category should not be longer than 2 pages (including all materials). Students nearing the end of their PhD research (i.e., have one or more publications complete, have concrete results to discuss) should submit within the Finishers group. Position papers in this category should not be longer than 4 pages (including all materials).

See the Middleware 2016 Doctoral Symposium website for more guidance on the formatting and content of the submission.

Middleware 2016 Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs:
 Pascal Felber, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
 Christine Julien, The University of Texas at Austin, USA


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Mirco Musolesi
Reader in Data Science
Department of Geography, University College London
Pearson Building
Gower Street WC1E 6BT
London, United Kingdom
Web: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucfamus

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