[Asis-l] Final CFP WSDM 2012 Doctoral Consortium

Brian D. Davison davison at cse.lehigh.edu
Sun Sep 11 19:57:23 EDT 2011

Final Call for WSDM 2012 Doctoral Consortium Submissions
February 8, 2012

The inaugural WSDM 2012 Doctoral Consortium will provide doctoral
students with a unique opportunity to have substantive interaction with
other researchers regarding their proposed dissertation research.

The objectives of the Doctoral Consortium are:

- To provide a forum where doctoral students can present and discuss
their research with experienced Web, Search and Data Mining researchers
who are members of the Doctoral Consortium Committee.

- To provide students with an opportunity to establish and contribute to
a supportive community, including other doctoral students at a similar
stage of their dissertation research.

The Consortium will take place on Wednesday, February 8, the same day as
the Tutorials. The format will include student presentations with
plenary discussions, individual meetings with experienced researchers,
and discussions over lunch and breaks.

Prospective attendees should have written, or be close to completing, a
thesis proposal (or equivalent). It is desirable that the student not be
so close to completion that the event would have little impact on their
work. Before submitting, students should discuss this criterion with
their advisor.

Candidates for the Doctoral Consortium will be selected based on the
potential of their research for future impact on the field of Web Search
and Data Mining and the likely benefit to the student of participating
in the Consortium.  This selection will be based in part on a written
paper, singly authored by the student. For students who are selected to
participate in the Consortium, a two-page extended abstract will be
published in the WSDM Conference Proceedings.

Doctoral students who submit to the Consortium are permitted to have
previously published on their research, and are encouraged to submit
papers or posters to WSDM and associated workshops.

Submission Guidelines

The submitted paper (up to five pages) will be the basis for detailed
discussions at the Consortium. It should include:
- Motivation for the proposed research.
- Background and related work (including key references).
- Description of proposed research, including main research questions.
- Research methodology and proposed experiments (where appropriate).
- Specific research issues for discussion at the Doctoral Consortium.

In addition, a one-page appendix to the paper describing benefits that
would be obtained by attending the Consortium.  It should include:
- A statement by the student saying why they want to attend the Consortium.
- A statement by their advisor saying how the student would benefit by
attending the Consortium. Advisors should also specifically state
whether the student has written, or is close to completing, a thesis
proposal (or equivalent), and when they expect the student would defend
their dissertation if they progress at a typical rate.

Format Requirements

Submissions must be written in English and submitted in the ACM
Conference style (for LaTeX, use the "Option 2" style). The paper should
be no more than 5 pages in length including all figures and references,
but not including the one page appendix. The first page must contain the
title of the paper, full author name, affiliation and contact details,
an abstract of up to 250 words, ACM Computing Reviews categories, and up
to 3 keywords describing the topic areas.  Information about categories
and keywords can be found in ACM Web pages on the computing
classification system and in the LaTeX and Word templates.

Note: The full Doctoral Consortium submissions will not be published in
the WSDM Conference Proceedings.  However two-page extended abstracts
will be published for all accepted submissions.

Consortium submissions must be in PDF format and submitted using the
EasyChair system: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wsdm2012dc

Submissions will be reviewed by the members of the Doctoral Consortium

Questions can be addressed to: wsdm2012dc at easychair.org

Important Dates

- Sep 16, 2011 - Doctoral Consortium submissions due
- Oct 26, 2011 - Notification of decisions
- Dec 7, 2011 - Camera ready deadline
- Feb 8, 2012 - Doctoral Consortium at WSDM 2012 (Seattle)

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

Brian D. Davison, Lehigh University (USA)
Susan T. Dumais, Microsoft Research (USA)

Brian D. Davison
Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
Lehigh University

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