Doctoral Consortium: Call for Papers

AThe CAiSE conference series has a proud track record of running an international Doctoral Consortium affiliated with the event. The CAiSE 2024 Doctoral Consortium aims to attract PhD students working on foundations, techniques, tools and applications in the Information Systems Engineering field. At the Doctoral Consortium, the participating PhD students will have the opportunity to present their research and to get feedback from an audience of peers and senior faculty in a supportive environment. There will also be discussions tailored to the needs and interests of PhD students.

The goals of the Doctoral Consortium are to ensure that participating PhD students:

  • receive constructive and personalized feedback and advice on their research program by dedicated Doctoral Consortium mentors,
  • provide an opportunity to meet, interact with and learn from established researchers and practitioners in the Information Systems Engineering community,
  • develop a supportive community of peer scholars and a spirit of collaborative research,
  • discuss broader opportunities and concerns related to a PhD study and post-PhD pathways.

To be eligible for the Doctoral Consortium, the candidate must be a current PhD student within a recognized research institution. We welcome submissions of both late-stage PhD students (having at least 6 months of work after the conference and before their expected completion), and early-stage PhD students (with at least 6 months of work already performed prior to the submission date).

 

Why submitting to the CAiSE 2024 Doctoral Consortium?

The CAiSE 2024 Doctoral Consortium will be attended by renowned academics from the Information Systems Engineering field who will actively participate as mentors for the PhD students accepted to the Doctoral Consortium. The participating PhD students will receive constructive reviews on their submission, as well as personalized guidance by Doctoral Consortium mentors regarding their research program and presentation at the Consortium event. Accepted papers will be published in the  CEUR proceedings (https://ceur-ws.org/), which are indexed in DBLP. Participants of the CAiSE Doctoral Consortium will be subsequently eligible to submit their PhD thesis (after the degree is granted) for a CAiSE PhD Award.

 

Submission process

Submissions must be made electronically by the stated deadline via the EasyChair conference system at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=caise2024.

Each submission should contain (i) a recommendation letter from the student’s PhD advisor, and (ii) a paper describing the research plans and the current status of progress (see more details in the Paper Submission Guidelines section). Submissions must have a single author, but the name of the PhD advisors should be mentioned in the paper (usually in the Acknowledgments section).

Submissions should concern original research. All submitted materials must be in English. Attendees must have sufficient proficiency in English for being allowed to participate in the academic discussions of the Consortium.

Submissions of both early and late-stage PhD students are welcome. Submissions of early-stage PhD students should concentrate on the selection of the research methods to apply, the realization and contextualization of the relevant literature, the expected pitfalls and ways to mitigate them. Submissions of late-stage PhD students should also include preliminary research results and discuss to some extent conclusions and threats.

The recommendation letter from the PhD advisor should include an assessment of the current status of the research, an expected date for the completion of the dissertation, a delineation of the anticipated benefits for the student’s participation at the Consortium and details of any submissions associated with the research.

Paper content and format

The paper must:

  • clearly formulate the research questions investigated in the thesis ,
  • identify a significant problem in the field of Information System Engineering,
  • outline the current status of the problem domain and related solutions,
  • describe the research methods that are applied or proposed and the expected artifacts,
  • outline the contributions of the applicant’s work to the problem domain and highlight their uniqueness,
  • present any preliminary results achieved so far (mainly relevant for late-stage PhD students),
  • be conform to the CEURART template using the 1-column layout format (thus, NOT the Springer LNCS format and NOT in multiple column layouts). The most recent template (including Word and LaTeX) can be downloaded from http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-XXX/index.html,
  • contain up to 4,000 words (including everything, e.g., references, tables, figures).

 

Review process

Each submission will be reviewed by two members of the Doctoral Consortium Mentoring Board. The main evaluation criteria are: relevance, originality, significance, technical soundness, accuracy, clarity and the expected benefits to the student from participating in the Doctoral Consortium. Acceptance is based on the review outcomes.

 

Attendance and registration fee

The Doctoral Consortium is held in parallel with the main CAiSE conference on 5-7 June 2024. The presentations and decisions are expected to take place in person, so attendance in the entire Doctoral Consortium is required. To facilitate detailed feedback to the participants, attendance to the Doctoral Consortium is by invitation only, limited to the participants and the Mentoring Board.

There is no separate registration fee for participants in the Doctoral Consortium. Participants should register to the main conference by selecting either the “Main conference” option or another option that includes the main conference.

 

Key Dates

Submission: 8th March 2024

Notification of Acceptance: 19th April 2024

Camera-ready copy: 26th April 2024

Author Registration: 1st May 2024

Doctoral Consortium: 5th-7th June 2024

 

Questions and inquiries

Questions about eligibility and other inquiries can be sent to the CAiSE’24 Doctoral Consortium chairs at caise2024_dc@easychair.org.

 

Mentoring Board

  • Raimundas Matulevičius, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Massimo Mecella, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Barbara Pernici, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Jolita Ralyte, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Hajo Reijers, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Monique Snoeck, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Barbara Weber, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Jelena Zdravkovic, Stockholm University, Sweden

 

Doctoral Consortium chairs

  • Iris Reinhartz-Berger, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Chiara Di Francescomarino, University of Trento, Italy
  • Aggeliki Tsohou, Ionian University, Greece