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Doctoral Consortium
The IEEE International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS) has become an established venue for the publication of research in the field of information science. The tenth edition of the conference series (RCIS 2016) will be held in Grenoble, France on June 1-3, 2016.

The RCIS 2016 Doctoral Consortium is organized as an opportunity for doctoral students to present, discuss and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers. The doctoral consortium is especially useful for those students that have defined a topic, a research plan, have obtained some results, and have stillroom for revising their plan. However, we encourage doctoral students at all stages to participate, for an objective of the doctoral consortium is also to help establish a community of junior researchers in the field of information science.
As part of the RCIS 2016 conference, the scope and topics of the doctoral consortium are the same as those of the main conference.

The Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:

  • Provide a setting where students can present their work and meet other students
  • Provide feedback on students' current research and guidance on future research directions
  • Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from researchers and students outside their own institution
  • Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research
  • Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events

The DC is organized in sessions embedded in the main RCIS 2016 conference program.
Students that are interested in obtaining feedback on their research are invited to submit papers (maximum length: 6 pages) that have to address the following points:

  • Introduce the field of research and identify the main challenges
  • Formulate the research questions and objectives, justifying why they were chosen
  • Outline the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions
  • Sketch the research methodology that is being applied
  • Describe the proposed solution and the results achieved so far
  • State how the suggested solution is different or better than existing approaches
  • Indicate the issues still to be resolved, and describe the next steps that are planned

Submissions must be written in English, are authored by the student only, and must follow the IEEE 2-column format available at ( Submissions must be unpublished and must not be under review for any other conference, workshop or journal.

By submitting a DC paper, doctoral students commit that they will attend the conference to present their research. Accepted papers will not be published if the author does not register to the conference and presents the paper.

The submission site address is: Please choose “Doctoral Consortium” as a submission type.

Authors of accepted submissions will submit the camera-ready version using the same format as the initial submission. The reviewers’ comments shall be taken into account in the camera-ready paper. Authors will receive information on the presentation, and how to register for the conference. There will be a discounted registration fee for DC students.
Submission deadline: >February 21, 2016 (23:59 Central European Time)
March 4, 2016 (extented)
Authors notification: April 1, 2016
Authors registration deadline: April 22, 2016
Camera ready deadline: April 22, 2016
RCIS 2016 Conference: 1-3 June, 2016
The review and decision of acceptance will be based on the opinions of at least three reviewers that will conduct a blind review process. Many factors will be considered, including the quality of the proposal, the clarity of the paper, and the stage within the doctoral education program. The selection process will, when possible, maximize a good coverage of the topics of the conference, including candidates with diverse backgrounds, research objectives, and research methods.

The reviewers for a proposal will consist of (i) at least two members of the international program committee, and (ii) another doctoral student who submitted a paper. The choice to include a doctoral student in the review process has an educational value, and aims to improve the students’ capability to assess the quality of a research proposal (also through the indirect comparison of the reviewed paper to their own case).
Each student will present his or her work to the participants with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating researchers and other students. The discussion will be guided by a member of the committee of expert mentors, who will play the role of proposal discussant.

The consortium sessions will have an informal atmosphere where every participant is encouraged to be actively involved in the discussion, and the core objective is learn how to conduct excellent research, as opposed to criticizing each other’s work.
Fabiano Dalpiaz, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Raian Ali Bournemouth University United Kingdom
Silvana Castano University of Milano Italy
Renata Guizzardi Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo Brazil
Jennifer Horkoff City University London United Kingdom
Benedicte Le Grand Universite Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne France
Vicente Pelechano Universidad Politécnica de Valencia Spain
Barbara Russo Free University of Bolzano/Bozen Italy
Bernhard Thalheim Christian Albrechts University Kiel Germany
Roel Wieringa University of Twente The Netherlands

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