Call for PhD Forum

Call for PhD Forum

The aim of the PhD Forum of AICCSA 2018 is to provide PhD students at all stages of their research a supportive environment to discuss their research proposal, practices and methods, and to promote networking and collaboration. The PhD Forum is an opportunity for students to obtain helpful feedback of their research from leading academics and practitioners in the conference related themes.
PhD students working in any area addressed by one or more topics under the AICSSA’2018 conference main tracks (see bellow) can submit a paper describing the core problem of their PhD research and its relevance by providing a clear statement of the problem they intend to address, the motivation of the interest and novelty of the underlying research challenges, the explanation of the main ideas by examples, and a description of the proposed research plan and expected results.

Track 1: Advances in Knowledge Engineering
Track 2: Advances in Artificial Intelligence
Track 3: Advances in Linguistics
Tracks 4 & 5: Advances in Sensors and Networks
Track 5: Advances in Sensors
Track 6: Advances in Databases, Information Systems and Security
Track 8: Advances in Computing
Track 9: Advances in Data Science
Track 10: Advances in Software Engineering

Submission Instructions
All submissions should be 6 pages and formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide and submitted electronically in PDF format. Please register as authors and submit your papers using the AICCSA’2018 PhD Symposium management system, which is located at:

Submissions must be single-author, on the topic of the doctoral work. The name of the supervisor must be clearly marked (« supervised by … ») on the paper, under the author’s name.

Submissions should be written using the following structure:
Problem: describe the problem that must be solved by the PhD student and motivate its relevance.
Motivating Scenario and Research Challenges: present a simple scenario in a specific application domain to motivate the research and highlight its challenges.
State of the art: position the work with respects to relevant related work.
Methodology: present the methodology that will be adopted.
Current Status: describe the current status of the work and the preliminary results that have been already reached.
Research Plan: conclude specifying the plan for the overall PhD.

Accepted PhD Papers

If selected, authors shall prepare a final camera ready version of the paper, taking into account all feedback from reviewers, and formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide. PhD Symposium papers will be advertised in the final program, and will be submitted to IEEE Xplore as part of the AICCSA’2018 proceedings. Papers will also be available as part of the IEEE Digital Library.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: May 15, 2018 
Notification to authors: June 30, 2018

Review Process, Format of the Symposium, Award

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two experts of the PhD Symposium organization and will be evaluated in terms of their relevance to the AICCSA’2018 topics, motivation and research challenges, soundness of the methodology proposed and feasibility of the research plan.
Each accepted paper will have two different opportunities to be presented. Besides the full presentation during the PhD Symposium sessions, during the main conference, a “PhD Elevator Pitch Session” will be organized where each PhD student will showcase his/her research shortly (3mn presentation).
The Best Doctoral Symposium paper will be selected and the award will be presented during the main conference.
The program of the PhD Symposium will include 1 or 2 invited presentations from senior expert researchers, on topics that may help the PhD students successfully achieving their PhD or in their career prospects after getting their PhD.

PhD Symposium Chairs

  • Ali Akoglu, The University of Arizona, USA
  • Mahmoud Al-Ayyoub, JUST, Jordan
  • Anas Abou Elkalam, ENSEEIHTFrance
  • Hicham Elmongui, Alexandria University, Egypt

PhD Symposium Committee
• to be announced

Submission system

QCRI and NSF Scholarships are available for selected PhD students. Scholarship will cover registration and accommodation or part of them. 
(application will be open by July 1)