Call for PhD Forum

MDM's PhD Forum (Doctoral Colloquium) provides an opportunity for matriculated PhD students and recent PhD graduates to present their dissertation research, recently finished or still ongoing, in all areas of mobile data management. The main objective of the Ph.D. Forum is to offer an opportunity to Ph.D. 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. The 2018 edition will be organized as a regular session with brief presentations by Ph.D. students and extended abstracts will appear in the proceedings of the conference.

Both, researchers currently enrolled in doctoral programs and graduates who completed their PhD dissertations since July 2017, are encouraged to submit extended abstracts. Submissions should be singled-authored while contributions of advisers and others may be acknowledged in the abstract. A peer-review process will ensure quality and relevance.

Authors of accepted submissions are expected to register for MDM 2018 and to give a short presentation at the corresponding session. To encourage junior researchers to participate in the main MDM events, a special student rate for conference registration will be offered to the authors of accepted submissions. In addition, a number of best presentation awards will be given to the most innovative ideas/efforts presented at the PhD Forum.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be sent to the PhD Forum chairs ***via email*** no later than March 5th, 2018. Submissions should be at most 2 pages long and follow the IEEE camera-ready format used for the main MDM conference papers. See templates here. Contributions must be written in English and be in PDF format.

Important dates

Paper Submission Deadline: March 5th, 2018 April 1st, 2018

Notification of Paper Acceptance: April 1st, 2018 April 8th, 2018

Camera-ready deadline: April 27th, 2018

Ph.D. Forum Co-Chairs

Mohamed Sarwat, Arizona State University, USA (

Wenjie Zhang, UNSW, Australia (