PhD Colloquium in conjunction with the MDM 2011

The PhD Colloquium has the same topics of interest as the main MDM 2011 conference, except it is specifically targeting PhD students and candidates, who are, hereby, invited to present and discuss their preliminary results or work-in-progress, in an internationally renowned audience of researchers and developers. PhD students and candidates at all stages are welcome to submit a thesis-position paper, but preference is given to students in the earlier stages of their PhD work. Participants will be expected to give short, informal presentations of their work during the Colloquium, to be followed by a panel-like discussion. The submitted paper should clearly state:

  • The original key idea / hypothesis of the thesis
  • The problem domain and the specific problem addressed
  • An overview of related work in the area of the PhD work
  • Methodological approach
  • Research carried out
  • The expected contributions (in line with the field of MDM)

The main objective of the MDM 2011 PhD colloquium is to offer an opportunity to the PhD students to receive high-quality feedback from external reviewers and to directly interact with peers, exchange ideas, discuss concepts, and establish (in)formal cooperation with various research groups.

Submission and Review Process

Submissions should be at most 4 pages long and follow the IEEE camera-ready format used for the main MDM conference papers. More information and links to templates can be found from the MDM 2011 web page (i.e., The papers should be submitted as PDF files sent as email attachments to both chairs. Since this is expected to be a work conducted by the PhD students, we only request that:

  1. The first author is a PhD student who is mainly responsible for conducting the research on the respective topic.
  2. Names of the authors are preceded by: Student: and, where applicable, Advisor:

The colloquium chairs will arrange the selection of the accepted papers using a peer review process. The accepted thesis position papers will be published in the Volume II of the MDM 2011 proceedings, and at least one of the main authors is expected to register for the conference and present the work at the corresponding session. The colloquium participants will pay the normal student registration fee.

PhD Colloquium Chairs

Goce Trajcevski, Northwestern University, USA (
Jukka Riekki, University of Oulu, Finland (


Submission of papers:.......................................February 20, 2011
Acceptance notification:.....................................March 11, 2011
Camera-ready paper submission:.......................April 21, 2011