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Call For PhD Symposium

15th  ESWC 2018

Conference days: June 3rd-7th, 2018, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Submission Deadline: March 13th, 2018

Web site: https://2018.eswc-conferences.org

The ESWC 2018 PhD Symposium is a forum for PhD students working in all areas of 
Semantic Web research to present their work, meet with peers and experienced 
researchers, obtain feedback and learn from each other’s experiences. It aims 
at helping future researchers in developing the skills and confidence required 
to conduct and promote their research, as well as providing them with an 
opportunity to attend one of the most important research conferences on the 
Semantic Web.

The ESWC PhD Symposium will give students the opportunity to:

1. Learn by constructive criticism:
Established researchers and PhD student advisors will provide constructive 
feedback to the submitted papers by means of an open and non-adversarial review 

2. Learn from a mentor
Each selected student will be assigned a member of the programme committee with 
whom they will interact on the revision of the paper and the preparation of the 

3. Learn about research
Doing good research goes beyond writing a good paper; it includes perspectives 
on research as an endeavour and a career. Besides the presentations, coffee 
breaks and the PhD mentoring lunch will be used to exchange ideas and ask 
questions about all aspects of pursuing a PhD and a research career in general.

4. Learn by presenting:
Accepted contributions will be presented at the PhD Symposium. All accepted 
contributions will also appear at the general poster session of ESWC. Students’ 
posters will be presented alongside posters and demonstrations of the main 

Submissions will be divided into two different categories depending on the 
advancement into the PhD:

* Early Stage PhD: Students who may have identified the main research problem 
they want to address as well as the relevant literature, and who are building 
their research methodology, but who might not yet have obtained significant 
results, or only preliminary ones.
* Late Stage PhD: Students who have already defined their approach (even if 
incompletely) and obtained significant results (e.g., that might already have 
been published).

These categories do not affect the chances of being selected. They will, 
however, be taken into account by the reviewers in their feedback, and in the 
length and format of the presentation. The organisers might decide to move a 
submission from one category to the other, if they think it is justified.

Submission Information

PhD students in all areas of Semantic Web research are invited to submit papers 
having 5 to 10 pages describing their PhD research, in PDF format, following 
the LNCS template (see 
https://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0 ). 
Submissions must be uploaded to EasyChair selecting the ESWC 2018 PhD Symposium 
Track at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eswc2018 through which 
participants will also be asked to indicate the category of their submission.
We solicit submissions on topics related to the Semantic Web including the 

* Vocabularies, Schemas, Ontologies
* Reasoning
* Linked Open Data
* Social Web and Web Science
* Semantic Data Management, Big Data, Scalability
* Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval using the Semantic Web
* Database, Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing and Artificial 
Intelligence technologies for the Semantic Web
* Machine Learning for the Semantic Web
* Mobile Web, Sensors and Semantic Streams
* Services, APIs, Processes, and Cloud Computing
* Cognition and Semantic Web
* Human Computation and Crowdsourcing
* Search, Query, Integration, and Analysis
* Visualization
* Multimedia for the Semantic Web

Submissions should clearly indicate the category of the submission (Early Stage 
PhD or Late Stage PhD) and should adopt the following template of sections:

1. Introduction/Motivation
Give a general introduction to the domain/area/topic and indication of its 
importance/impact in Semantic Web research or other domains.

2.      State of the Art
Describe existing work in the area, work focusing on the same/similar problems 
or that might be useful to realising your PhD.

3.      Problem Statement and Contributions
Based on motivation and state of the art, formulate the problem you intend to 
solve, and how you intend to contribute to Semantic Web research. This section 
should include a clear formulation of one (or very few) research hypothesis 
(what statement you want to validate through your methodology, approach and 
evaluation) and the research questions that need to be answered. Late Stage PhD 
submissions should focus on contributions to such a hypothesis.

4.      Research Methodology and Approach
Describe the research methodology you will apply in your research, including 
the different steps from the formulation of your research questions to 
answering them. Also describe the approach you are taking (or you intend to 
take for Early Stage PhD submissions) to instantiate the research methodology, 
hence contributing to solve the problem described in Section 3 and confirm or 
reject your hypothesis. Discuss how this approach is innovative and novel, and 
how it is (might be) implemented.

5.      Preliminary or Intermediate Results
In a full conference paper, the approach would be fully described (in Section 
4) and fully evaluated (in Section 6). Being at an intermediate stage, you 
should report here about the results achieved up to now in applying your 
approach that might not yet be sufficient for a full evaluation.

6.      Evaluation Plan
Describe your evaluation plan, which is the way you intend to validate your 
hypothesis, your results, and the value of your approach. For Early Stage PhD 
submissions, this might be only partially defined, and details might be 
omitted. For Late Stage PhD submissions, you might have partial evaluation 

7.      Conclusions:
Describe how your results will or might impact research or the world at large.

Additional submission requirements:

* All submissions must be single-author submissions. The PhD advisor(s) and 
other contributors should be included only in the acknowledgements section.
* Authors of the accepted papers must register and present their work at the 
PhD Symposium, and must also present a poster at the regular ESWC poster 
* Authors will have neither achieved their Ph.D. degree nor officially 
submitted their thesis at the time of submission to the PhD Symposium.
* PhD Symposium submissions are not regular research papers; the suggested 
proposal outline should be closely followed.

Accepted papers will be distributed to conference attendees and also appear in 
supplementary post-conference proceedings to be published by Springer in the 
series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

Important dates

* Submission Deadline: March 13, 2018
* Notification of Acceptance: April 10, 2018 
* Revised version to mentor: April 17, 2018
* Mentor’s feedback on paper: April 24, 2018
* Camera-Ready Paper: May 2, 2018
* Draft presentation to mentor: May 15, 2018
* Mentor’s feedback on presentation: May 22, 2018
* Conference: June 3-7, 2018

All deadlines are 23:59 Hawaii time.

PhD Symposium Chairs

* Sebastian Rudolph - TU Dresden, Germany
* Maria Maleshkova - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
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