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Doctoral Symposium

WCRE 2009 will include a Doctoral Symposium, for students who are currently working on have recently completed their PhD thesis, to present their work. The track offers an opportunity to present research problems, solution directions, results obtained thus far, and research plans towards the completion of the PhD studies. Participants will be able to discuss their PhD plans with fellow PhD students, as well as with participants of the WCRE conference who are active and established researchers in related areas.

The Doctoral Symposium aims to provide PhD students help and advice on planning and conducting research and coping with "loneliness" in a 3-to-4 year period. One objective of the forum is to provide an opportunity for researchers at the start of their careers to meet and share their work with their peers, who are in a similar position, from all around the world. Hopefully this will help build up some research networks for the years to come.


Participants will have the opportunity to liaise with and receive advice from expert advisors in the field who have had rich experience in supervising and examining PhD students. Accepted papers will be presented at the track, in front of 3-4 expert panel members and other Doctoral Symposium participants. Each presentation will be followed by questions from the audience and comments/feedbacks from the panel members. In addition, there will be a general discussion session guided by the panel members, addressing various issues on PhD
work and research experience in general. The Doctoral Symposium participates are invited to submit questions and issues they would like to have discussed as part of the panel session before the PhD Forum.

The papers should be a 4-page summary of your PhD project or dissertation and include

  1. a statement of the technical problem addressed and its importance;
  2. the specific research hypothesis or questions;
  3. a sketch of the research methodology and proposed solution;
  4. a description of the adopted evaluation method and the result obtained so far; and
  5. the expected contributions of your PhD research.

The accepted papers will appear in the WCRE proceedings.

How to submit:
A 4 pages pdf summary should be sent via EasyChair here:

The file must be named as given_name.family_name.pdf



Submission Deadline: July 11th, 2009

Notification date: July 21st, 2009

Camera ready: August 7th, 2009