[DL] RR2012: Doctoral Consortium Last Call / Deadline Extension [Web Reasoning and Rule Systems]

Francesco Calimeri calimeri at mat.unical.it
Tue May 15 23:55:45 CEST 2012

Dear colleagues,

[Apologies for cross-posting]
Please distribute to your students and colleagues.

Note that there are grants available for students participating to RR.
***All students from the US are eligible to apply.***

Best regards,
Francesco Calimeri


                         CALL FOR APPLICATION

              RR2012 Doctoral Consortium

    The 1st Web Reasoning and Rule Systems Doctoral Consortium
        Vienna, Austria, 10-12 September 2012

The RR Doctoral Consortium (DC) is the first doctoral consortium to be
offered as part of The 6th International Conference on Web Reasoning and
Rule Systems.

The RR2012 Doctoral Consortium will provide doctoral students in Web
Reasoning and related areas with the unique opportunity to present and
discuss their research directions, being involved into state-of-the-art
research discussion and being supported in establishing fruitful
collaborations with prominent researchers and pioneers of the field.

The Consortium is designed for students currently enrolled in a Ph.D.
program, though we are also open to exceptions (e.g., students currently
in a Masters program and interested in doctoral studies). Students at
any stage in their doctoral studies are encouraged to apply. Applicants
are expected to be conducting research in the field of Web Reasoning and
Rules and related areas. The co-location of RR2012 with the Reasoning
Web Summer School and with other relevant related events will provide
multiple opportunities for participating students to enhance their

The Consortium will allow participants to interact with established
researchers through the following initiatives:

The poster presentation session will give the students the opportunity
to present their dissertation plan, including their already established
results as well as their work plan for completion of the thesis. The
poster will be accompanied by a written research summary, which will be
distributed at the conference. The poster presentation session will be
preceded by a spotlight presentations session where poster presenters
give 5-minute teaser talks as advertisement for their posters.

The mentoring lunch will consist of a lunch break where a senior
researcher shares a lunch table with 3-4 students. The researcher will
be charged with initiating and driving a discussion on general topics
concerning research, career, and Web Reasoning as a discipline. He will
also be available for answering questions by the students.

  Submission information

To apply for participation to the RR2012 Doctoral Consortium students
are asked to submit

1. A research summary of their PhD research addressing the following

  - The main problem you are trying to tackle and why it is relevant
  - What is the state-of-the-art in relation to existing solutions to
    the problem
  - Advances beyond the state-of-the-art in terms of your specific
    contribution and research plan
  - Current status of the research plan
  - Expected achievements and possible evaluation metrics to establish
    the level of success of your results
  - References

2. A statement of interest in participating to the Doctoral Consortium
  (less than 1 page)

Both the research summary and the attachment must be in PDF format and
be formatted according to the Springer Publications format for Lecture
Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).
Submission will be managed via Easychair

All proposals submitted to the Doctoral Consortium will undergo a
reviewing process. All the accepted contributions have to be presented.

The best submissions will present their work as regular (15 min)
presentation, and they will be given the option to have their research
summaries included in the conference proceedings (Springer LNCS).
All the other accepted submissions will be presented at the poster
presentation session, preceded by the 5-min talk.

Students whose work has been accepted at the poster presentation session
should prepare a poster as well in A0 format.
Students presenting a poster to the Reasoning Web Summer School can use
the same poster for the DC if accepted as short presentations.

  Important Dates

Application Deadline (new): Extended to May 25th, 2012
Notification:                           June 1st, 2012
Grant Application:                      June 11st, 2012
Grant Notificatin:                      June 30th, 2012

  Grants & Awards for students attending RR

Applications for Grants will be managed via Easychair

Two types of sponsorship will be available.
All students at U.S. universities are eligible to apply for the sponsorships.

- Type 1 sponsorships will be in the amounts of at least $500 per student.
 Such sponsorships will be given to students who participate in the
 Reasoning Web Summer School sponsored by their own funding, such that
 they can extend their stay to include RR2012.

- Type 2 sponsorships will be in the amounts of at least $1,500 per student.
 They will cover travel and other expenses for attending RR2012.
 Sponsored students may choose to seek additional funding from other sources
 such that they can also attend the Reasoning Web Summer School.

In order to apply for a grant, students need to submit a single PDF form
containing, the following information:

Section A: Applicant details, included name and affiliation, title of the
          PhD Thesis, year of PhD, title and authors (in the correct order)
          of paper accepted to RR2012 (if any), if the applicant is attending
          the Reasoning Web Summer School as well, and the type of grant the
          applicant applies to

Section B: Short motivation statement (max 250 words) for applying, including
          eventual evidence for the need for sponsorship

Students will be selected by a committee consisting of the PIs and the chairs
of RR2012.
In their decisions, the committee members will adhere to the following criteria:
       1. Students who have submitted a dissertation plan for review,
and the review
       found the dissertation plan to be of high quality and on an
important topic.

       2. Students who are first authors of research papers at the
conference, and
       who provide convincing evidence that they would not be able to
attend all or
       part of the event without sponsorship.

       3. Students who are co-authors of research papers at the
conference, and who
       provide convincing evidence that they would not be able to
attend all or part
       of the event without sponsorship.

       4. Students who have submitted a dissertation plan for review,
but the reviews
       found the dissertation plan of lesser quality.

       5. All other students, taking into account the stage of their PhD studies
       (early-stage PhD are favored), quality of the dissertation plan
as assessed by
       the reviews, quality of the (co-)authored RR2012 research paper
as assessed by
       the reviews.

All students being awarded a grant, will present a poster and a
spotlight talk based
on their dissertation plan.


Doctoral Consortium Chair:
- Alessandra Mileo, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, NUIG

List of Mentors:

The list of mentors will be communicated once the review process has
been completed. A tentative list of potential mentors may include
lecturers of the Reasoning Web Summer School, invited speakers of RR and
co-located events and other established researchers by invitation.

Program Committee (tentative):

- Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom)
- Axel Polleres, Siemens AG (Österreich)
- Sebastian Rudolph, University of Karlsruhe (Germany)
- Thomas Eiter, Technische Universitat Wien (Austria)
- Diego Calvanese, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)
- Pascal Hitzler, Wright State University, Dayton OH (US)
- Riccardo Rosati, Universita di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)
- Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara (US)
- Thomas Lukasiewicz, Oxford University Computing Laboratory (UK)
- Alessandra Mileo, DERI Galway (Ireland)
- Heiner Stuckenschmidt, University of Mannheim (Germany)
- Terrance Swift, Stony Brook University, New York (U.S.A.)
- Holger Wache, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern
Switzerland (Switzerland)
- Adrian Pachke, Free University of Berlin (Germany)
- Marcelo Arenas, Department of Computer Science at the Pontificia
Universidad Catolica de Chile

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