Call for Doctoral Consortium Papers

The ISWC 2016 Doctoral Consortium will take place as part of the 15th International Semantic Web Conference in Kobe, Japan. This forum will provide PhD students an opportunity to share and develop their research ideas in a critical but supportive environment, to get feedback from mentors who are senior members of the Semantic Web research community, to explore issues related to academic and research careers, and to build relationships with other Semantic Web PhD students from around the world.

The Consortium aims to broaden the perspectives and to improve the research and communication skills of these students.

The Doctoral Consortium is intended for students who have a specific research proposal and some preliminary results, but who have sufficient time prior to completing their dissertation to benefit from the consortium experience. Generally, students in their second or third year of PhD will benefit the most from the Doctoral Consortium. In the Consortium, the students will present their proposals and get specific feedback and advice on how to improve their research plan.

All proposals submitted to the Doctoral Consortium will undergo a thorough reviewing process with a view to providing detailed and constructive feedback. The international program committee will select the best submissions for presentation at the Doctoral Consortium.

We anticipate that students with accepted submissions at the Doctoral Consortium will receive travel fellowships to offset some of the travel costs.

Submission information

We ask the PhD students to submit an 8 page description of their PhD research proposal. All proposal have to be submitted electronically via the EasyChair conference submission System ( The proposal text must have at least 8 sections (some can be very short), addressing each of the following questions:

  1. Problem statement: What is the problem that you are addressing?
  2. Relevancy: Why is the problem important? Who will benefit if you succeed? Who should care?
  3. Related work: How have others attempted to address this problem? Why is the problem difficult?
  4. Research question(s): What are the research questions that you plan to address?
  5. Hypotheses: What hypotheses are related to your research questions?
  6. Preliminary results: Do you have any preliminary results that demonstrate that your approach is promising?
  7. Approach: How are you planning to address your research questions and test your hypotheses? What is the main idea behind your approach? The key innovation?
  8. Evaluation plan: How will you measure your success - faster/ more accurate/ less failures/ etc.? How do you plan to test your hypothesis? What will you measure? What will you compare to?
  9. Reflections: Why do you think you will succeed where others failed? Provide an argument, based either on common knowledge or on evidence that you have accumulated, the your approach is likely to succeed.

Additional submission requirements

  • All submissions must be single-author submissions. Please acknowledge your PhD advisor(s) and other contributors in the Acknowledgements section
  • Students accepted to present at the Doctoral Consortium must plan to attend the DC for the whole day in order to gain as much value as possible from the experience.
  • Please remember that the DC submission is not the same as a research paper.
  • Submissions must be in pdf and be formatted according to the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the topics listed below. Please note that these topics are the same as for the main ISWC Research track:

  • Database, information retrieval, information extraction, natural language processing and artificial intelligence techniques for the Semantic Web
  • Knowledge graph creation, reasoning, and usage
  • Knowledge representation and reasoning on the Web
  • Management of semantics and data on the Web, including Linked Data
  • Semantic Web data analysis
  • Languages, tools, and methodologies for representing and managing semantics and data on the Web
  • Cleaning, quality assurance, and provenance of Semantic Web data, services, and processes
  • Ontology-based data access and integration/exchange on the Web
  • Ontology engineering and ontology patterns for the Web
  • Ontology modularity, mapping, merging, and alignment for the Web
  • Searching and querying the Semantic Web
  • Supporting multi-linguality in the Semantic Web
  • User interfaces and interaction with semantics and data on the Web
  • Information visualization and exploratory analysis methods for Semantic Web data
  • Personalized access to Semantic Web data and applications
  • Social semantics methods and applications
  • Geospatial semantics and data on the Web
  • Data streams and the Internet of Things
  • Semantic technologies for mobile platforms
  • Trust, privacy, and security on the Semantic Web
  • Semantic Web and Linked Data for cloud environments

Important Dates

Submission: May 30th, 2016
Notifications: June 30th, 2016
Camera-ready versions: July 18, 2015
All deadlines are midnight Hawaii time.

Program Chairs

  • Philippe Cudr√©-Mauroux

    University of Freiburg, Switzerland
  • Natasha Noy

    Google Inc.
  • Riichiro Mizoguchi

    JAIST, Japan



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