The 15th Doctoral Consortium (DC) on Logic Programming

The 15th Doctoral Consortium (DC) on Logic Programming provides students with 
the opportunity to present and discuss their research directions, and to obtain 
feedback from both peers and experts in the field. 
It will take place during the 35th International Conference on Logic 
Programming (ICLP) (September 20-26, 
2019, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA). 

Accepted participants will receive partial financial support to attend the 
event and the main conference. The best paper from the DC will be given the 
opportunity to make a presentation in a session of the main ICLP conference. 

Important Dates 

        • Abstract registration: April 27, 2019 
        • Paper submission: May 4, 2019
        • Notification: June 19, 2019
        • Camera-ready copy: July 31, 2017
        • Conference: Sunday, September 22, 2019


The DC is designed for students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, though 
we are also open to exceptions (e.g., students currently in a Master's program 
and interested in doctoral studies). Students at any stage in their doctoral 
studies are encouraged to apply for participation in the DC. Applicants are 
expected to conduct research in areas related to logic and constraint 
programming; topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
        • Theoretical Foundations of Logic and Constraint Logic Programming
        • Sequential and Parallel Implementation Technology
        • Static and Dynamic Analysis, Abstract Interpretation, Compilation 
Technology, Verification
        • Logic-based Paradigms (e.g., Answer Set Programming, Concurrent Logic 
Programming, Inductive Logic Programming)
        • Innovative Applications of Logic Programming

Submissions by students who have presented their work at previous ICLP DC 
editions are allowed, but should occur only if there are substantial changes or 
improvements to the student's work. The DC offers participants a convenient, 
more informal way to interact with established researchers and fellow students, 
through presentations, question-answer sessions, panel discussions, and invited 
presentations. The Doctoral Consortium will also provide the possibility to 
reflect - through short activities, information sessions, and discussions - on 
the process and lessons of research and life in academia. Each participant will 
give a short, critiqued, research presentation.


Renowned experts and researchers in the fields of logic and constraint 
programming will join in evaluating submissions and will participate in the DC, 
providing valuable feedback to DC participants. 


        • To provide doctoral students working in the fields of logic and 
constraint programming with a friendly and open forum to present their research 
ideas, listen to ongoing work from peer students, and receive constructive 
        • To provide students with relevant information about important issues 
for doctoral candidates and future academics.
        • To develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of 
collaborative research.
        • To support a new generation of researchers with information and 
advice on academic, research, industrial, and non-traditional career paths.

Submission Details

The DC is designed for students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, however 
Master's students who are actively involved in research (please see the list of 
topics below) can also participate in the DC program.
Applicants are expected to conduct research in areas related to logic and 
constraint programming.

Topics included, but not limited to:
        • Foundations: Semantics, Formalisms, Nonmonotonic reasoning, Knowledge 
        • Languages: Concurrency, Objects, Coordination, Mobility, Higher 
Order, Types, Modes, Assertions, Modules, Meta-programming, Logic-based 
domain-specific languages, Programming Techniques.
        • Declarative programming: Declarative program development, Analysis, 
Type and mode inference, Partial evaluation, Abstract interpretation, 
Transformation, Validation, Verification, Debugging, Profiling, Testing, 
Execution visualization.
        • Implementation: Virtual machines, Compilation, Memory management, 
Parallel/distributed execution, Constraint handling rules, Tabling, Foreign 
interfaces, User interfaces.
        • Related Paradigms and Synergies: Inductive and Co-inductive Logic 
Programming, Constraint Logic Programming, Answer Set Programming, Interaction 
with SAT, SMT and CSP solvers, Logic programming techniques for type inference 
and theorem proving, Argumentation, Probabilistic Logic Programming, Relations 
to object-oriented and Functional programming.
        • Applications: Databases, Big Data, Data integration and federation, 
Software engineering, Natural language processing, Web and Semantic Web, 
Agents, Artificial intelligence, Computational life sciences, Education, 
Cybersecurity, and Robotics.

Submissions of the research summary must be made in OpenAccess Series in 
Informatics (OASIcs) format (template available here) and submitted via 
EasyChair. Accepted DC papers will be published as technical communications 
(TCs) by Dagstuhl Publishing in the OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs). 
All papers must be written in English and should be between 5 and 10 pages. For 
all accepted DC papers, the student is required to attend the DC program and 
give a presentation of 20 minutes followed by discussions. A program committee 
consisting of experts in various areas related to logic and constraint 
programming reviews the submissions. Papers are reviewed by at least two, and 
usually three, referees.

The submission package should consist of the research summary in the OASIcs 
format mentioned above and the additional documents mentioned below in the 
financial support section - all students must submit these documents even if 
they don't apply for financial aid (a short vita or cover letter of the 
applicant, a letter of recommendation from applicant's faculty advisor, and one 
paragraph statement outlining how the school will benefit the applicant). All 
material is to be submitted electronically, in PDF format on the Easychair 

Easychair link: (Doctoral Consortium track)

Research summary (make sure to include your complete name, address, and 

The body of your research summary (no more than 10 pages, but 5 is fine as 
well!) should provide a clear overview of your research, its potential impact, 
and its current status. You are encouraged to include the following sections:
                        • Introduction and problem description
                        • Background and overview of the existing literature
                        • Goal of the research
                        • Current status of the research
                        • Preliminary results accomplished (if any)
                        • Open issues and expected achievements
                        • Bibliographical references 

Financial Support

Students are invited to submit to the Doctoral Consortium (within the 
submission deadline) to receive financial assistance. A number of scholarships 
for students that cover local expenses for the duration of the DC and school 
are available. To apply for these scholarships, students should submit the 
following information as part of their DC application:
                        • A short vita or cover letter of the applicant, 
                                • Full name of school and department to which 
you are affiliated
                                • Name(s) of your supervising professor(s)
                                • Title of your research work and keywords 
pertinent to your research
                                • Current stage in your program of study (e.g. 
Ph.D./MS student, start date)
                                • Contact information: full name, address, 
telephone number, and email address
                                • URL of your web page (if any)
                                • One paragraph statement outlining how the 
school will benefit the applicant.
                        • A letter of recommendation from applicant's graduate 
or thesis advisor. Please invite your adviser(s) to give an indication of the 
current status of your research and of the expected date of thesis submission. 
In addition, your adviser(s) should briefly describe what she/he hopes you to 
gain from participation in the DC.
The letter from the advisor should also certify that the applicant is a 
full-time student.

Review Criteria

        • The DC program committee will select participants based on their 
anticipated contribution to the DC objectives. Participants typically have 
settled on their thesis directions and have their research proposal accepted by 
their thesis committee. Students will be selected based on clarity and 
completeness of their submission package, relevance of their research area 
w.r.t. the focus of ICLP, stage of research, recommendation letter, and 
evidence of promise towards a successful career in research and academia, such 
as published papers or technical reports.


        • Registration is part of the ICLP 2019 registration:

Program Committee

Carmine Dodaro, University of Genova & DIBRIS, Italy
Cristina Feier, University of Bremen, Germany
Ekaterina Komendantskaya, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Fabio Fioravanti, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Francesco Ricca, Department of Mathematics University of Calabria, Italy
Frank Valencia, LIX, Ecole Polytechnique, France
Jorge Fandino, University of Corunna, Spain
Jose F. Morales, IMDEA Software Research Institute, Spain
Marco Maratea, University of Genova & DIBRIS, Italy
Martin Gebser, Aalto University, Finland
Michael Gelfond, Texas Tech University, USA

Program co-chairs:
        • Daniela Inclezan, Miami University
        • Paul Fodor, Stony Brook University

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