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The PhD forum is scheduled for Jan 8, 2014, between 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The PhD forum will have two distinct components this year, (a) oral presentations and (b) poster session. The poster session will include the posters of students giving oral presentations, and also posters of some more students who could not be accommodated for oral presentation, due to time constraints.

High-level program schedule:



2:00 – 2:10 pm

Program overview

2:10 – 3:00 pm

Oral presentations

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Poster session with coffee break

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Oral presentations

The students who will give oral presentations on their PhD thesis topic are listed below.





2:10 – 2:20 pm

Avijit Gayen

IIT Patna

Trust dynamics and its effects on information propagation in Online Social Networks

2:20 – 2:30 pm

Sangita Roy

IIT Patna

Coloring Networks for Attacker Identification and Response

2:30 – 2:40 pm

Sreejith Vidhyadharan

BITS Pilani

Development of energy efficient Routing Protocol for Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks(WSN)

2:40 – 2:50 pm

Kundan Kandhway

Indian Institute Of Science, Bangalore

Controlling Information Epidemics on Networks

2:50 – 3:00 pm

Shariful Alam

University Of Genoa

Opportunistic Spectrum Access in Wideband Cognitive Radios via Compressive Sensing

3:35 – 3:45 pm

Sankalita Biswas


Enhancing Energy Efficiency of 802.15.4 Networks using Relays

3:45 – 3:55 pm

Anupam Biswas


Community identification in interaction network

The goal of having a poster session, in addition to oral presentations, is to (a) increase the interaction among the presenters and the audience and (b) give some more students the opportunity to present their work and get feedback. So the oral presenters listed above, will each present a poster as well, for better audience feedback. The additional students who would participate only in the poster session:




KrishnaGopal Benerjee

DAIICT, Gandhinagar

On Optimal Secure Weak Regenerating Codes and its Applications

T JayaLakshmi

University Of Hyderabad

Link Prediction in Heterogeneous Social Networks

Ananya Sarkar

CEM Kolaghat

Energy Efficient modeling of a wireless sensor network for application in war ship

Kurni Muralidhar

S.K. University, Anantapur

An Efficient Data Dissemination Scheme to Improve Data Delivery Performance in Disconnected Mobile AdHoc Networks

The PhD Forum will provide a friendly and supportive environment for doctoral students (in various stages of their PhD) to present and discuss their dissertation research both with their peers and experienced researchers from academia and industry. In addition to providing technical feedback and advice, this forum will provide an excellent opportunity for students to network as well as to practice presenting their research, clearly and concisely. The topics of interest are the same as the main COMSNETS conference

Who can participate:

To be eligible to submit your work to the PhD forum for evaluation and presentation, you must be a PhD student (in any stage of your PhD). However, B.Tech/ Masters students considering doing a PhD in future, and junior PhD students yet to define their research area, are also strongly encouraged to attend the forum for inspiration and guidance.

Why you should participate:

  1. Honest feedback on your PhD work: Whether you are in first year of PhD, struggling to define a concrete problem, or in your middle years fighting procrastination or in your final stages, worried about impressing your thesis examiners, brainstorming can be of help at all stages. Also the submission will not be part of any proceeding, so no issue of dual submission will arise.
  2. Interaction with industrial researchers: Internships during early and middle years of PhD can broaden your outlook and technical skills. In the closing years, information on open positions can broaden your future job prospects. This venue will see a lot of participation from industrial researchers with great opportunities to interact.
  3. You spend less: There will be a waiver of registration fees for the main conference for the PhD forum presenters. Also the candidates are eligible to apply for travel grants.
  4. You might even earn: There will be a best presenter award, based on judgment by a panel in the audience. The award will include a certificate and a cash prize.
  5. Surprise element: You might get to know about the PhD stories of some recent graduates and some prominent researchers in your field. How had they defined their PhD problems? How was their relationship with their advisor during PhD? What were their internship experiences? This year we are planning to collect and collate such stories in a document for the attendees to read and learn from.

Submission Components:

Name Limit Purpose Format
Resume 1 page to inform which stage of PhD the candidate is in, internship experiences, publications etc. pdf
Abstract 2 pages to give an overview of thesis problem, why the problem is important and interesting, current results, future plan pdf

Presentation 8-10 slides to show that the 15 minute talk at the event will be interesting and productive pdf

 How to submit:

1. Create a zip folder with candidate details called with the three pdf files (resume, abstract and presentation).

2. Email the zip folder to [email protected].

Evaluation Committee:

  1. Ashok Anand (Instartlogic, India)
  2. Harshan Jagadeesh (Monash University, Australia)
  3. Kiran Gowda (Broadcom, India)
  4. K. Raj Kumar, Co-chair (Qualcomm, India)
  5. Rijurekha Sen, Co-chair (SMU Livelabs, Singapore)
  6. Sanjit Kaul (IIIT Delhi, India)
  7. Sreeram Kannan (Univ. of California Berkeley, USA)
  8. Sujogya Banerjee (Amazon, USA)

Important Dates:

  1. Submissions due:  November 7, 2013
  2. Notification of acceptance: November 22, 2013
  3. Main event: TBD

Download CFP as pdf

For any query, please do not hesitate to email the forum chairs at [email protected].

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