COMSNETS 2013 Ph.D. Student Forum

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The COMSNETS 2013 technical program will include a Ph.D. forum session. The goal of this session is to give the opportunity to the Ph.D. students to present their work to the wider COMSNETS audience, and get constructive feedback on their work. It also provides an opportunity to get to know the research community, and get in contact with other students at similar stage in their careers. The Ph.D. forum will also be attended by well-established researchers from academia and industry who will participate actively in the discussions, provide feedback, and advice on possible future directions and career opportunities.

Please send submission pdfs and ppts to [email protected]

What to submit:

We invite Ph.D. students to submit:

  1. A 15-minute presentation, as they would be presenting at the conference if their submission is selected. The presentation should typically be about 8-10 slides. Including many more slides is likely to be counter-productive. The presentation should include:
    • The Ph.D. problem motivation and problem statement
    • A crisp view of related work (i.e. why the problem is still unsolved)
    • An overview of the student's technical contributions thus far, including the main results and their implications
  2. A 2-page extended abstract to help the reader understand the above slides. This abstract may refer to figures, tables, or graphs in the presentation slides.

Students can also include already completed/published work, or even work currently under submission elsewhere (including COMSNETS-2013). Since there is no formal publication associated, presenting their work at this forum does not prevent the authors from submitting parts or all of the work to other conferences and journals.

Selection process:

This year, we will enable one more round of review to ensure that candidates do their best in presenting their ideas:

  • Candidates submit a version of slides and proposal.
  • Reviewers choose promising proposals for the year, and ask candidates to submit rebuttal for first review.
  • Candidates clarify all questions, and reviewers choose the final list for presentation and continued mentorship.
  • Students selected for participation will be expected to go through a feedback-based revision process for their presentation, prior to the conference. The feedback process will be conducted over emails. This is to have improved quality as well as better control over time at the conference session.

Conference attendance support

The PhD student participants selected for this forum will automatically be eligible for conference attendance support, including a registration fee waiver and possibly a travel grant in addition. Travel grantees will be expected to attend all three days of the conference to be eligible for reimbursement.

Conference poster session

Selected PhD student participants will also be eligible to submit their entry for the poster session. If selected, they will be expected to make a poster about their research and present it during the session.

Important dates

  • Submission date: Oct 5, 2012   October 12, 2012 (EXTENDED)
  • Rebuttal phase begin date: Oct 26, 2012
  • Notification date: Nov 16, 2012

Topics of interest

The topics of interest for this forum are the same as for the main COMSNETS 2013 conference.

How to submit

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