Doctoral Consortium


The Doctoral Consortium (DC) is a forum where PhD students can present their research ideas, confront them with the scientific community, receive feedback from mentors and tie cooperation bounds. Students will receive inspiration from their peers and will have a chance to discuss their research objectives with senior members of the community in the context of an established international conference.

The DC session will take place on August 25, 2020. Each participant will present her/his work, followed by a discussion with senior researchers.

Important Dates

  • Submission: April 4, 2020
  • Acceptance: May 5, 2020
  • Camera-ready: June 5, 2020
  • Doctoral Consortium: August 25, 2020

Eligibility - Call for Papers

We seek PhD students who have either determined the direction of their thesis research (probably with some preliminary results already published), but who still have substantial work to complete, or PhD student participants who are in the early stages of their dissertations. It is not required to have a paper accepted for the main conference in order to participate in the DC

Submission Guidelines

To submit your application to the DC, please prepare the following documents.

    1. Research statement: summarize the problem, proposed plan and progress to date. (*max 2 pages*)
    2. Curriculum Vitae including the expected graduation date. (*max 1 page*)
    3. Advisor’s support: a short email from the thesis advisor stating support for the student’s participation in the DC, describing the current status of the thesis research and giving the expected date of graduation.
    4. Optionally, you may submit a first-authored paper that will appear in the DC proceedings.

The papers for DC (item 4 above) should be at most 6 pages in Springer format and describe the state of the whole PhD project, rather than a specific completed result. The paper should outline the objectives, the problem, state of the art, results obtained so far, and what is still to be done in the frame of the PhD project. 

If an author prefers to present a completed research result, the paper should be submitted to the main conference or one of accompanying workshops. A paper submitted to the DC may not be under review for any other conference or journal during the time it is being considered for the DC. Submissions should be made electronically in PDF format via an online platform. In case of multiple files, please submit a single compressed file (ZIP).


The DC papers will be published together with the workshops proceedings, by Springer in the Communications in Computer and Information Science series. The authors of best DC submissions will be invited to provide an extended version to a special issue of an international journal.

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

  • Barbara Catania, University of Genoa, Italy
  • Elena Demidova, L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany
  • Oscar Romero, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
  • Maja Zumer, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia