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 eleventh edition of the conference series (RCIS 2017) will be held in Brighton, UK on May 10-12, 2017.

The RCIS 2017 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 2017 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 for PhD-students to present their work and meet other students in the community
  • Provide feedback on PhD-students' current research and guidance on future research directions
  • Offer each PhD-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 2017 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.

The submission website is: Please choose “Doctoral Consortium” as a submission type. Authors of accepted submissions will submit their 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 PhD students.

Submission deadline: February 14, 2017
February 19, 2017 (extended)
Authors notification: March 15, 2017
Authors registration deadline: April 07, 2017
Camera ready deadline: April 07, 2017
RCIS 2017 Conference: 10-12 May, 2017
All submissions will be reviewed by at least three reviewers that will conduct a blind review process. The evaluation criteria’s are the technical and methodological 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 of each submission will be (i) at least two members of the international program committee of RCIS 2017, and (ii) another doctoral student who submitted a DC 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 PhD-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.
Maya Daneva, University of Twente, the Netherlands
Christos Kalloniatis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Raian Ali Bournemouth University United Kingdom
Nelly Condori-Fernandez Valencia University of Technology Spain
Fabiano Dalpiaz Utrecht University The Netherlands
Vassiliki Diamantopoulou Univerity of Brighton United Kingdom
Renata Guizzardi Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo Brazil
Nadira Lammari CEDRIC-CNAM France
Nicolas Mayer Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology Belguim
Olga Ormandjieva Concordia University Canada
Jolita Ralyté University of Geneve Switzerland
Stauros Simou University of the Aegean Greece
Roel Wieringa University of Twente The Netherlands

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