The ER 2015 PhD Symposium is one of the leading opportunities for PhD students conducting research in the area of conceptual modeling to present and critically reflect on their research directions, plans and activities. The Symposium will bring together PhD students with international mentors who are researchers from the ER community. The symposium will offer PhD students the opportunity to present, discuss, and receive feedback on their research in a constructive and collegial atmosphere. Prominent researchers in the field of conceptual modeling will attend the symposium and mentor the participant students. The symposium is co-located with the ER 2015 conference and will take place during the ER Conference (likely a half-day event). The symposium language is English.
The symposium is designed to provide PhD students with feedback on their plan for their research. An ideal participant in the symposium is a PhD student who has settled on a specific research proposal, investigated the state-of-the-art in the field, identified his or her approach and expected contributions, and has preliminary results. Thus, PhD Symposium participants should be at least one year into their program but have enough time remaining before submitting their dissertation so that they can benefit from the feedback that they receive at the symposium. The technical scope of the PhD Symposium is the same as that of ER 2015.
- Proposals: June 2nd, 2015
- Notification: June 10th, 2015
- Author registration: June 25th, 2015
Students who would like to participate in the PhD Symposium must submit a short paper describing their doctoral work. The short paper should not exceed 10 pages in the LNCS conference proceedings style and must cover the following aspects:
- A clear formulation and motivation of the research topic;
- An outline of the significant problems in the field and the current status of solutions;
- A description of the proposed approach, including initial results and expected contributions;
- A summary of the (proposed) evaluation method and limitations.
The short paper must be submitted via EasyChair. All submissions will be acknowledged. Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, technical merit, presentation quality and relevance to the ER Conference. Each paper will be reviewed by at least two members of the symposium program committee (one PhD Symposium Chair plus at least one additional mentor).
By submitting a contribution, students agree to register for the conference and attend the symposium. Failure to register or to attend will result in the removal of the submission, even if it had been formally accepted.
PhD Symposium Mentors
The reviewers and the mentors for the PhD symposium will be leading researchers in the field of conceptual modeling. Each PhD student will work closely with one mentor who will be selected based on the topics addressed in the student’s submitted short paper.
PhD Symposium Chairs