Call for PhD Symposium Papers

Aim and Target Audience

The ICSOC PhD Symposium 2013 is an international forum for PhD students working in all the areas addressed by the ICSOC conference ( The goals of the ICSOC PhD Symposium are:

  • To bring together PhD students and established researchers in the field of service oriented computing.
  • To enable PhD students to interact with other PhD students and to stimulate an exchange of ideas, suggestions, and experiences among participants.
  • To give PhD students the opportunity to present, share and discuss their research in a constructive and critical atmosphere.
  • To provide students with fruitful feedback and advice on their research approach and thesis.

We particularly encourage students that are still developing their research methodology or are somewhere in the middle of their research program to submit to this symposium. Only active PhD students are eligible to submit, and topics are restricted to their doctoral work within the scope of the ICSOC conference.

This year, as part of the symposium programme, each author of an accepted paper will be paired with a senior member of the field as a mentor. Each pair will have a breakfast or a lunch together during the conference, to discuss the research topics and possible alternative approaches and solutions.

The symposium in Berlin, Germany, will be the 9th PhD Symposium of the series held in conjunction with the ICSOC conferences in Shanghai, China (2012), Paphos, Cyprus (2011), San Francisco, USA (2010), Stockholm, Sweden (2009), Sydney, Australia (2008), Vienna, Austria (2007), Chicago, USA (2006), and Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2005).

Submission Format and Proceedings

Submitted papers should give a clear description of the PhD work being conducted by the author of the paper. In particular, papers must:

  • Provide a clear problem statement.
  • Outline the research challenges that drive the proposed work.
  • Describe the proposed solution, its expected impact, the expected research plan, and -if available- preliminary results.
  • Discuss the progress beyond the state of the art of the envisioned research outcome compared to current literature and approaches (cite key papers).

Each paper must be formatted according to the Springer LNCS format ( and must be at most 6 pages in length (strictly enforced). Submissions must be single-author, and the name of the supervisor(s) must be clearly marked ("supervised by ...") under the authors name.

Papers must be submitted electronically, in PDF format, via the PhD Symposium track in the ICSOC submission system ( Accepted papers presented at the Symposium will be included in the ICSOC 2013 post-conference proceedings of satellite events, to be published by Springer as part of the Service Science series.

Review Process and Format of the Symposium

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the PhD Symposium Program Committee. The main evaluation criteria are: relevance to service-oriented computing, potential for impact, quality of proposed research. The selection of papers will be based on these criteria.

In order to stimulate the discussion during the symposium, students accepted for participation will be asked to write their own reviews of two/three other accepted papers.

The symposium will operate in a workshop format, giving PhD students the opportunity to showcase their research and to discuss possible alternative solutions/approaches.

Important Dates

Jul 28, 2013 Aug 4, 2013: Paper submission

Sep 15, 2013: Author notification

Oct 13, 2013: Camera-ready submission

Dec 2, 2013: Symposium

PhD Symposium Chairs

Boualem Benatallah, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Ivona Brandic, Vienna University of Technology

Fabio Patrizi, Sapienza University of Rome

Contact Information

If you have any inquiries, please contact the PhD Symposium chairs at: ps [at]
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