Feb 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST: New
extended date for submissions!
24 Feb 2006: Acceptance notification
The WMCSA 2006 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral
students to explore and develop their research interests in a small
workshop format, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers.
We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback
on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to
share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior
researchers in the field.
ABOUT THE DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM
The Consortium has the following objectives:
will be held during an extended lunch on 6 April (Friday). About three
doctoral students and four faculty will be invited to participate.
Students will give a presentation providing an overview of their work
and results to date. Student participants will have their abstracts
published in the WMCSA 2006 Proceedings and a poster of their work
exhibited at the main conference.
- Provide a supportive setting for feedback on students' current
research and guidance on future research directions.
- Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their
work from faculty and students outside their own institution.
- Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars
and a spirit of collaborative research.
- Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with
other researchers and conference events.
APPLYING TO THE DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM
Submissions are invited from current graduate students pursuing
a PhD project who would benefit from detailed workshop discussions
of their doctoral research by a panel of established researchers.
Students are also expected to share in scribing, writing up summaries
of each talk and subsequent discussion, which will be published
in a relevant journal. These students will also get free registration.
All materials should be sent to jasonh at cs cmu edu (as a
single PDF file) by 17 February 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST. Your
file should be named lastname_dc.pdf, where lastname is your family
name. The file must be no larger than 5 Mbytes in size.
- an extended abstract (see below),
- a one-page biographical sketch,
- a one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation
- a letter of recommendation from the student's primary dissertation
advisor (this can be sent separately, if desired)
Prepare a two-page extended abstract of your thesis work, including:
title, author information, abstract, keywords, thesis research summary,
and references. This extended abstract, if accepted for the Doctoral
Consortium, will be published in the WMCSA 2006 Post-proceedings.
Thus it will be widely available to conference delegates and those
with access to ACM publications.
The extended abstract should clearly specify:
- the problem(s) that the research is addressing; the research
question(s) you are trying to answer.
- the expected contribution(s) of the research to mobility
- the proposed solution(s), including a brief description of
the methodology adopted (for example, with the scheme Method-Results-Discussion
for experimental studies), of the current status, and of a tentative
plan for future work.
STATEMENT OF EXPECTED
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
Prepare one paragraph explaining what specific guidance or other
help you expect to gain from participating in the consortium. For
example, are you looking for specific guidance on methods and approaches,
help in thinking through design issues, a forum to discuss empirical
Doctoral Consortium submissions will be judged on the following
- Originality of the
work with respect to current concepts and techniques.
- Importance of the
work with respect to fundamental issues and themes in mobility
- Rigor and validity
of claims, argumentation, methodology, results, and interpretations.
- Clarity and persuasiveness
Participants in the consortium will be selected by the Doctoral
Consortium Committee. The review process will retain the anonymity
of reviewers. Due to the nature of the doctoral consortium, submissions
from students in the beginning and middle of their dissertation
process will be weighed more favorably than those finishing up.
DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM CHECKLIST
Well in advance
of the deadline (17 February 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST):
- Create your submission
- Write an extended
abstract. The abstract must print to no more than 2 pages.
- Write a one-page
- Write a one-paragraph
statement of expected benefits of participation
- Obtain a letter
of recommendation from your primary dissertation advisor
- Package the materials
above into a single PDF file. Name it according to the following
convention: lastname_dc.pdf. You may submit the letter of recommendation
as a separate file, sent directly by your advisor.
- Test that your PDF
prints correctly and that is it no larger than 5 Mbytes.
- Send your submission
to jasonh at cs cmu edu no later than 17 Feb 2006, 5:00
PM (1700) PST.