PhD Symposium

The ICDE 2018 PhD Symposium provides a forum for PhD students to present their research ideas, and interact with and receive feedback from senior members of the research community, in academia and industry. The focus of the Symposium is on mentorship and providing constructive feedback to the students. The Symposium fosters a collaborative environment, encouraging constructive discussions and sharing of ideas. We expect a number of the members of the Program Committee to attend the symposium. The symposium will provide opportunities for discussions and feedback.

Submissions are encouraged from students who have not yet received their PhD degrees.

Submissions from students who are in the early stages of their research should provide a clear statement of the problem being addressed, and a clear outline of the planned methodology. Submissions from students who are farther into their research should clearly state the contributions made so far, and the work lying ahead.

The submitted manuscripts should be at most five-pages long and the student should be the single author. The manuscripts should contain the statement of the problem being addressed, an outline of the planned methodology, contributions made so far, and the work lying ahead.

Students with accepted papers will be required to make a brief presentation, as well as prepare and present a poster during the poster presentation event of the main conference.

Accepted papers will be published by IEEE as an ICDE workshop, and will be indexed by DBLP and IEEE Xplore.

Important dates

PhD Paper Submission: December 6th, 2017, 11:59PM US PST
Notification of acceptance: January 20th, 2018
Camera-ready Submission: February 3rd, 2018, 11:59PM US PST


Only active Ph.D. students are eligible to submit their contributions to the ICDE 2018 PhD Symposium. Authors should not have received their Ph.D. degree nor submitted their thesis before the Symposium.

The submission should be primarily written by the student and must be presented by the student.

Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Must be single-authored by the student.
  2. Must specify the student’s name as the sole, primary author.
  3. Must provide the expected graduation date, in paranthesis next to name.
  4. Must specify the name of the supervisor(s), marked as “Supervised by <supervisor-full-name>”, under the author’s name.

PhD Symposium papers must not exceed 5 (five) pages, including the bibliography and any appendix. The five-page manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the submission guidelines in order for them to be included in the IEEE proceedings.

The papers should be submitted via the submission site.

PhD Symposium Chairs

Alexandra Meliou, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Cyrus Shahabi, University of Southern California, USA