Please note

The CONTEXT 2015 Doctoral Symposium was approved by IT University of Copenhagen’s PhD Council for 2 ECTS.

Doctoral Symposium Chairs

Peter Eklund, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Rebekah Wegener, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: August 8, 2015 September 15, 2015 (Extended)
Paper Notification: September 28, 2015
Final Version: October 15, 2015 (to be confirmed)
Doctoral Symposium: November 2, 2015

Call for papers

The theme for the Context 2015 Doctoral Symposium is operationalizing context: the challenges of modelling and working with context across disciplines. Submissions touching on any of the main CONTEXT 2015 conference topics are welcomed:

 Agent-based architectures  (Formal) models of context
 Ambient intelligence  Human-computer interaction
 Cognition and perception by humans and artifacts  Knowledge representation
 Context-aware and situated systems  Language acquisition and processing
 Context modeling tools  Learning, knowledge management and sharing
 Communication and dialogue  Logic and reasoning
 Data analysis and visualization  Machine learning
 Decision making  Ontology/ies
 Discourse comprehension and representation  Semantics and Pragmatics
 Engineering, e.g., in transport networks,industrial plants etc.  Smart and interactive spaces
 Experimental philosophy and experimental pragmatics  Understanding art, images, music and theatre

Given the breadth of the topics covered by the CONTEXT 2015, we ask that you focus your paper explicitly on the challenges of modelling and working with context.

What is the Context 2015 Doctoral Symposium?

The Context 2015 Doctoral Symposium is an opportunity for doctoral researchers to showcase their work and discuss problems, challenges, and ideas in an open and collegial environment with expert feedback. The Doctoral Symposium is a workshop for doctoral researchers from all over the world who are in the early and middle phases of their research work (i.e., the Symposium is not intended for those who are finished or nearly finished their research).

The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to help doctoral researchers advance their research work by providing feedback and general advice in a constructive atmosphere. Doctoral researchers will present and discuss their research in a supportive atmosphere with other doctoral researchers and an international panel of established researchers that provide expert feedback. The workshop will take place on a single full day, Monday November 2, 2015, the day prior to the start of the main CONTEXT 2015 conference.

Doctoral researchers will have at most 20 minutes to present their research, focusing on the main theme of their thesis, what they have achieved so far and how they plan to continue with their work. Another 10 minutes is reserved for discussion and feedback from both professors and other participants. In the course of the workshop, doctoral researchers will also have an opportunity to discuss more general questions related to doctoral research, e.g., on the differences between in Ph.D. studies in various countries or on different methodological approaches taken by various disciplines.

Context is an interdisciplinary conference and the Doctoral Symposium encourages submissions that include trans-disciplinary approaches as well as submissions from various disciplines. Because this is an international and interdisciplinary conference, we ask that you take this into account when writing your paper or poster.

Evaluation Criteria

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers (see program committee list). To be considered, all submissions must:
1. Clearly formulate the research question,
2. Identify the significant problems in the field of research,
3. Summarize the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of the art for solutions,
4. Present any preliminary research plans and ideas, and the results achieved so far,
5. Sketch the research methodology that is to be applied,
6. Outline the expected contributions and describe how the research is innovative, novel or extends existing approaches.
Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness, and clarity. Workshop participation is limited to 16 participants.

Submission format

Initial submissions should be a 1-2 page abstract and include an accompanying letter (or email) from their thesis supervisor supporting participation. Participants will be selected on the basis of their relevance and completeness and notified on September 1, 2015. A full paper of between 6-8 pages is then invited and participation is confirmed upon its upload on October 1, 2015. Formatting guidelines are identical as those for CONTENT 2015 and published in

Submission process

Submissions to the Doctoral Symposium can be emailed to Rebekah Wegener at