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[Computational-biology] IEEE BigData 2014 Call for Doctoral Consortium

Jingrui He via comp-bio%40net.bio.net (by jingrui.he from gmail.com)
Tue Jul 22 10:38:30 EST 2014

IEEE BigData 2014 Call for Doctoral Consortium

The IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData) provides a
leading forum for disseminating the latest research, development, and
applications in big data. The IEEE BigData 2014 Doctoral Consortium will
provide doctoral students with the opportunity to have substantive
interaction with other researchers in this demanding field regarding their
proposed dissertation research.

The objectives of the Doctoral Consortium are:

●     To give doctoral students a forum for presenting and discussing their
research with experienced researchers in the field of big data.

●     To provide students with an opportunity to establish a supportive
community, including other doctoral students at a similar stage of their
dissertation research.


Each student participating in the Doctoral Consortium will be assigned a
senior researcher, a leader in the diverse specialties that make up the big
data field, to serve as a mentor who will provide advice not only on the
substance of the research but also on career-related issues. The day of the
Doctoral Consortium will feature student presentations with plenary
discussions, individual meetings with experienced researchers, and
interactive networking sessions over meals and breaks.

Financial Support

Thanks to generous funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), we
will be able to support all the accepted students. Funds are requested for
student travel awards to defray the cost of participation and will be
granted to Ph.D. students at U.S. Universities who attend the consortium.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The doctoral student symposium is aimed at Ph.D. students who are either in
the early stages of formulating a topic for their doctoral dissertations or
are close to completing a thesis proposal (or equivalent). The goal of the
symposium is to provide early feedback that will improve the quality of
their work. We will give preference to students who are far enough from
completing their thesis that the feedback they receive at the event can
impact their work. Before submitting, students should discuss this
criterion with their advisor or supervisor, who must write a short letter
of support as part of the application. Those accepted are required to
attend the event in person.

Selection will be based upon the expected potential of both the student and
their proposed work, as well as the expected benefit to the student from
participation. Priority will be given to students whose research goes
beyond locally available expertise at their home institutions. Special
consideration will be given to women and under-represented minorities.

Submission Guidelines

*Required Materials. *The application to participate in the doctoral
student symposium must include:

1.    A solely-authored written paper (5 pages max) that will consist of:

a.  An extended abstract summarizing the applicant’s Ph.D. research,
including: Problem description, background, and significance;

novelty relative to the state of the art (related work and their


approach, data, methods;

current results and future plans.

b.     Applicant Curriculum Vitae.

2.    A one page appendix to the paper (placed after the references) that
should include the following:

●      A statement by the student (half a page or less) explaining why they
want to participate in the IEEE BigData 2014 Doctoral Consortium at this
point in their doctoral studies, and how they hope it will contribute to
the development of their work and potential future career.

●      A statement by their advisor / supervisor saying how the student
would benefit by attending the Consortium and explaining what particular
expertise areas essential to the student's studies are not available
locally at the student's home institution. Advisors should also
specifically state whether the student has written, or is close to
completing, a thesis proposal (or equivalent), and when they expect the
student would defend their dissertation if they progress at a typical rate.

*Format Requirements. *Submitted papers must be written in English,
formatted according to IEEE Format guidelines, and submitted as a single
PDF file (embedding all required fonts). The paper should be no more than 6
pages in length (including the one page appendix). The first page must
contain the title of the paper, full author name, affiliation and contact
details, an abstract of up to 250 words, and up to 3 keywords describing
the topic areas.

Doctoral Consortium submissions must be submitted via the conference
submission site
<https://wi-lab.com/cyberchair/2014/bigdata14/scripts/ws_submit.php>. It is
the responsibility of the student to ensure that their submissions use no
unusual format features and are printable on a standard printer.

25 August 2014: Submissions due

15 September 2014: Acceptance notifications

27 October 2014: Doctoral Consortium
Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

●     Jingrui He
Institute of Technology)

●     Dimitrios Tsoumakos <http://www.cslab.ntua.gr/~dtsouma/> (Ionian

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