Doctoral Consortium

Following the success the RR DC in 2012 and 2013, RR 2014 will also host a doctoral consortium, which will provide doctoral students in Web Reasoning and related areas with a unique opportunity to present and discuss their research directions, be involved into state-of-the-art research discussion and supported in establishing fruitful collaborations with prominent researchers and pioneers in the field of Web Reasoning and Rules and related areas. The RR-DC will also provide a forum where PhD students can share ideas, and receive constructive feedback on ongoing work from peers students.

The co-location of RR2014 with the Reasoning Web Summer School and with other relevant related events will provide multiple opportunities for participating students to enhance their education.

The RR-DC will allow participants to interact with established researchers and fellow students through the following initiatives:

  • Student Workshop: a specific event conceived for creating a forum for fellow students interested in Web Reasoning and related topics.
  • Mentoring Session: a session dedicated to DC Students which will be part of the program of the main conference.

During the Student Workshop participants will present their research ideas in a regular talk, listen to ongoing work from peer students and discuss their ongoing research with colleagues. During the Mentoring Session each participant will have the opportunity to present ongoing research to the broader audience of the main conference by means of a poster. Moreover, during the poster session each RR-DC attendee will meet its "mentor", who is a senior researcher that is in charge of providing feedback and suggestions on topics of research, career and trends in Web Reasoning.

Submission Information

To apply for participation to the RR2014 Doctoral Consortium students are asked to submit

  1. Cover Letter (max 1 page) containing:
    • The title of the research
    • Applicant's complete name, address and affiliation, email, telephone number
    • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of your supervising professor(s)
    • A statement of interest in participating to the Doctoral Consortium (less than 1 page)
  2. Research Summary (max 7 pages) of their PhD research addressing the following aspects (possibly organized in separate sections):
    • Introduction and Motivation: The main problem you are trying to tackle and why it is relevant
    • Background: What is the state-of-the-art in relation to existing solutions to the problem
    • Goals and Results: Advances beyond the state-of-the-art in terms of your specific contribution and research plan, as well as expected achievements and possible evaluation metrics to establish the level of success of your results
    • Research Plan: Current status of the research plan, and already accomplished results (if any)
    • Bibliographical References
  3. Letter of Recommendation
    • a short letter of recommendation written by your advisor(s) indicating expected date of thesis submission and the current status of your studies and research results.

The research summary has to be formatted according to the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). The cover letter is expected to be the first page of your submission, followed by the research summary (in a single PDF file). The letter of recommendation must be in PDF format, and must be submitted as an attachment.

Submission will be managed via Easychair.

All the accepted contributions have to be presented. Grants for students are available to partially cover registration and/or accommodation fees (see below) .

Important dates

  • Application submission: April 27, 2014 May 10, 2014
  • Notification of acceptance: May 18, 2014 May 24, 2014
  • Camera-ready papers due: June 6, 2014

Best DC Contribution Award

The DC program committee will review student's applications and will assign the "Best RR-DC 2014 Contribution" award among participants. The award-winning contributor will present in the RR 2013 main program as regular (15 min) presentation, and will have the option to have its research summary included in the proceedings of the main conference in the form of a two-page extended abstract.

Grants for students attending RR

RR will be offering scholarships to participants to partially cover registration and/or accommodation fees.

An additional number of grants is reserved for US Students, so that they can attend RW2014 and/or RR2014, through the generous support of the National Science Foundation.

Applications instructions to obtain a grant are available in a dedicated page.

Related Event

RR, and RR DC 2014 are associated with the 10th Reasoning Web Summer School. Both events are a great opportunity to combine with attendance at the conference. Submissions by summer school and doctoral consortium participants are particularly encouraged, and there are benefits for students attending both events, in particular:

  • Students having their proposal accepted for the RR Doctoral Consortium will be favoured in the application the 10th Reasoning Web Summer School.
  • A selection of students attending RW will have the possibility to attend also the RR Doctoral Consortium with the opportunity to present their poster in a regular session of RR 2014.