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7th Eurosys Doctoral Workshop (EuroDW 2013)

The EuroSys Doctoral Workshop (EuroDW 2013) will provide a forum for PhD students to present their work and receive constructive feedback from experts in the field as well as from peers. Technical presentations will be augmented with general advice and discussions about getting a PhD, doing research, and post-doctoral careers. We invite applications from PhD students at any stage of their doctoral studies, and plan to have about 30 attendees.

Goal of Workshop

The goal of the workshop is to provide feedback and advice to PhD students both on technical aspects of their research as well as career development. We expect a range of attendees such as the present's peers, as well as senior researchers who will attend to share their expertise. The idea is to create opportunities for students to meet with peers outside of their home institution, to get technical feedback as well as career advice from senior researchers in their field, to find out about internship and job opportunities, and to articulate their own work in a public, non-threatening forum. We encourage the participants to stay for the duration of the EuroSys main conference. Students attending the workshop will be eligible to apply for student grants to attend the main EuroSys conference.

We expect most submissions to be from current PhD students who have selected a clear research topic. Research topics of interest include "systems" work in the broadest sense, including work on formal foundations, as well as the design, implementation and evaluation of real systems.

The workshop is not a venue for publication; there will be no published proceedings.

Workshop Format

Applicants will be divided into two groups:

Group A: planners

This is for early-stage PhD students who are  are focused on research planning. For example, you may be surveying the literature to identify an important unsolved problem, or investigating the feasibility of a possible solution. At the workshop, planners will be expected to:

  1. Give an "elevator pitch" presentation of your proposal. This is a short 5-minute presentation, with only a couple of slides, identifying the problem that you're tackling, showing why it is important, and outlining possible solutions or directions.
  2. Present a poster on your proposal.

Group B: finishers

This is for students who are close to finishing their thesis and are thinking about how to write up their research. They may also be considering post-doctoral career options. At the workshop, finishers will be expected to:

  1. Give a 15-minute presentation on your research, in the style of a conference presentation. This will typically describe the problem, say why it matters, and present your solution along with some evaluation.
  2. Present a poster on your research.

All applicants can expect critical, but constructive, feedback on the presented research or research proposal. The posters will provide the opportunity to present more technical detail than is possible in a short presentation, and you can expect in-depth feedback on the work you describe. The participants will also have the option of displaying their posters throughout the main conference. We will match each student with a mentor -- a senior researcher who will provide one-on-one feedback during the workshop and poster presentation.

Submission instructions

If you would like to participate in the workshop, please submit your materials by e-mail before the deadline. The submission process is very lightweight and the main purpose is to put together the program and to match students with mentors. There will be no review/feedback on the submission itself: our aim is to accept all submissions that we can match with mentors and accommodate in the program.

Please submit the following materials together with the required information to dnarayan@microsoft.com with the subject line reading [EuroDW2013].

Group A:

  1. PhD research proposal (as a PDF file, in 2-column, single-spaced, 10pt format, and should be no longer than 2 pages including title, references, figures and all other content).
  2. a URL describing the project (optional)

Group B:

  1. Your paper (PDF file) or a pointer to a paper of your main contribution of your doctoral research (alternatively technical report, under submission paper, or a draft article should be OK - any length)
  2. a URL describing the project (optional)

Please list the following information in your email body and e-mail to dnarayan@microsoft.com with the subject line reading [EuroDW2013] together with the materials before the deadline.

  • your name
  • your affiliation
  • your email address
  • PhD advisor's name and affiliation
  • year when you started PhD

Important Dates

Submission by: 23:59 (GMT), February 18th, 2013
Notification of acceptance: February 25th, 2013
Workshop date: April 14, 2013

Program

The workshop program is now online.