PhD Workshop

Call for the VLDB 2015 PhD Workshop

The VLDB PhD workshop is a forum for PhD students working in the broad areas addressed by the VLDB conference itself. This forum aims to facilitate interactions among PhD students and to stimulate feedback from more experienced researchers.

We welcome submissions from PhD students at any stage of their PhD work. We have two tracks for submission. The General Track is for students who are in early stages of their studies. The submission should clearly describe the problem focused on, explain why it is important, detail why the existing solutions are not sufficient, and give an outline of the new solutions that are pursued. The Towards Graduation Track is for students who are in the middle or close to completion. The submission should be more concrete in describing their contribution, still in the context of their doctoral work.

Important dates

Submission deadline: April 17, 2015 – 5pm (PST)
Notification: May 22, 2015 – 5pm (PST)
Camera-ready due: June 12, 2015 – 5pm (PST)
Workshop: August 31, 2015

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be single-author, and the name of the supervisor must be clearly marked (supervised by) on the paper, under the authors name. Authors should submit their papers in PDF format through the conference management system ( The paper should be of max. 4 pages (including references) and should be formatted with the same rules as VLDB papers. Also, you must include a short cover letter stating which track you are submitting to and a short paragraph on what you hope to gain out of the workshop. Please make sure to meet these guidelines.

It is fine if specific portions of the thesis work have been published or submitted to publication; the page limit is 4 pages, so this does not constitute a duplicate submission to VLDB.

Review Process

The review and decision of acceptance will balance many factors. This includes the quality of your proposal, and where you are within your doctoral education program. It also includes external factors, such as ensuring that as a group the accepted candidates exhibit a diversity of backgrounds and topics.

Candidates who have a clearly developed idea, who are formally considered by their institution to be working on their dissertation, and who still have time to be influenced by participation in the PhD Workshop will receive the strongest consideration.

Program Chairs

Jennie Duggan, Northwestern University, USA
Rachel Pottinger, University of British Columbia, Canada
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