Call for Doctoral Symposium


The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to provide a supportive and shepherding environment for PhD students to present their research proposals and attend UCC. Students will be able to discuss their research objectives, methods, work in progress and results at various stages of their research. The aim is to solicit feedback on their research from well-established researchers and attendees. The Symposium is also an opportunity for students to network with peers and get mentored by leading academics and practitioners in the field of utility and cloud computing. Experienced members of the Doctoral Symposium Committee will provide one-to-one mentoring and advice on the thesis research and future research development beyond the PhD in an informal and shepherding setting.

Doctoral Symposium Scope:

The technical scope of the Symposium is that of UCC. We invite students at different stages to submit Doctoral Research Papers and Extended Research Abstracts to the Doctoral Symposium: Students at an initial stage should have decided on research topic, question and approach and have outlined a research proposal to get the most out of the Symposium. Students at a mature stage (third or fourth year) are assumed to have on a concrete research questions, approach and evaluation. Topics of interest to UCC include (but are not restricted to):

*   Big Data and Analytics
*   Principles and theoretical foundations of Utility Computing, including pricing and service models
*   Policy languages and Programming models
*   Architectural models to achieve Utility in Clouds
*   Designs and deployment models for Clouds: private, public, hybrid, federated, aggregated
*   Cloud Computing middleware, stacks, tools, delivery networks and services at all layers (XaaS)
*   Virtualisation technologies and other enablers
*   Economic models and scenarios of use
*   Scalability and resource management: brokering, scheduling, capacity planning, parallelism and elasticity, as well as marketplaces
*   Cloud management: autonomic, adaptive, self-*, SLAs, performance models and monitoring
*   Applications: games, social networks, scientific computing (e-science) and business
*   Software Engineering For/In the Cloud
*   Mobile and energy-efficient use of Clouds
*   Beyond technology: Cloud business and legal implications, such as security, privacy, trust and jurisdiction especially in Utility contexts

Format and Submission Guidelines:

We solicit three types of contributions: i) Doctoral Research Papers, ii) Extended Research Abstracts and/or iii) Doctoral Posters. Doctoral Research Papers are limited to 6 pages, Extended Research Abstracts are limited to 4 pages and Doctoral Posters are limited to 2 pages in IEEE double-column format. The page limit includes figures, tables and references.

Submission Link:

Your contribution needs to cover:

*   The technical problem to be solved with a justification of its novelty and importance
*   An account of related and prior works that explains why these works have not solved the problem
*   The specific research problem or questions that your thesis work will address
*   A sketch of the proposed approach or solution
*   The expected contributions of your research
*   Progress in solving the stated problem
*   The methods you are using or will use to carry out your research
*   A plan for evaluating your work and presenting credible evidence of your results to the research community

The Doctoral Symposium Committee will select participants based on the potential quality of the research and its relevance to UCC, Quality of the research abstract and diversity of background, research topics and approaches. Accepted contributions will appear in the UCC 2016 Proceedings. The proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society and will be made available online through the IEEE Digital Library.

All submissions must be in English and made electronically through EasyChair. Upon notification of acceptance, all authors will be asked to complete a Copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions according to the UCC 2016 Format and Submission Guidelines. All authors will be expected to be able to meet the tight UCC 2016 camera-ready copy deadline and to present their work at UCC 2016.

Important Dates:

Submission Due                            :         1 September 2016 (11:59 p.m. Apia, Samoa – FIRM)
Notification of Acceptance       :        15 September 2016
Camera-Ready Due                      :        21 September 2016
Doctoral Symposium Date        :       One day workshop during the conference