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Ph.D. Forum Call for Papers

The Ph.D. Forum provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students in the field of mobile data management to present their dissertation research, including work in progress, to an internationally renowned audience of researchers and developers. The topics of interest are the same as those of the main MDM conference. To encourage interaction between Ph.D. students and researchers from academia, industry, and government, the Forum will be mainly organized as a poster session. If the conference schedule permits it, before the poster session there will also be a (part of a) regular session with brief presentations by the Ph.D. students. Short position papers on the thesis work will appear in the conference proceedings.

Current Ph.D. students, as well as researchers who completed their Ph.D. dissertations in the last year (that is, since July 2012), are encouraged to submit short papers. The submitted paper should clearly state:

  • The original key idea / hypothesis of the thesis
  • The problem domain and the specific problem addressed
  • An overview of related work in the area of the Ph.D. work
  • Methodological approach
  • Research that has been carried out
  • The expected or achieved contributions (in line with the field of MDM)

The main objective of the Ph.D. Forum is to offer an opportunity to the Ph.D. students to receive high-quality feedback from external reviewers and to directly interact with peers, exchange ideas, discuss concepts, and establish (in)formal cooperation with various research groups.

Formatting and Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should be at most 4 pages long and follow the IEEE camera-ready format used for the main MDM conference papers. More information and links to templates can be found from the MDM 2013 web page (i.e., Submissions in PDF should be uploaded to the conference submission website at: under the Ph.D. Forum track.

Since this is expected to be a work conducted by the Ph.D. students, we request that:

  1. The sole author is a Ph.D. student who is mainly responsible for conducting the research on the respective topic.
  2. In addition, the name of the advisor should appear, preceded by “Advisor:”

The colloquium chairs will arrange the selection of the accepted papers using a peer review process. The accepted thesis position papers will be published in the MDM 2013 proceedings. The author is expected to register for the conference, to give a short presentation at the corresponding session and to present the work in a poster session.

Students may apply for a travel grant kindly sponsored by Google on the Google Students Grant page.


  • Paper submission: January 9, 2012 February 7, 2013 23:59 PST (GMT-8)
  • Acceptance notification: February 13, 2013 February 20, 2013
  • Camera-ready paper submission: March 13, 2013

Program Committee:

  • Chi-Yin Chow
  • Dario Freni
  • Ralf Hartmut Güting
  • Sergio Ilarri
  • Hua Lu
  • Bernhard Mitschang
  • Anna Monreale
  • Dimitris Papadias
  • Darius Šidlauskas
  • Yannis Theodoridis