The annual ACM/IFIP Middleware conference will include a doctoral symposium, to which all PhD students working on the topics of the Middleware conference are invited to apply. The doctoral symposium will be held prior to the main conference.
The Middleware doctoral symposium is a welcoming and supportive environment allowing all PhD students to receive feedback, discuss their work, and prepare to get the most out of their participation to the main conference.
All participating students will be offered the opportunity to engage with their peers, as well as with senior academic and industrial members of the Middleware community. This will include the feedback of panel members on the day of the symposium and individual meetings with a personal mentor during the conference.
The symposium is open to PhD students at any stage of their studies. Applicants will be divided into two groups:
- Planners: students at an early-stage of their thesis who are focused on crafting their research proposal and completing background research.
- Finishers: students closer to finishing their thesis or dissertation and thinking about how to present their research, its results, and its impact.
All PhD students carrying out research on middleware topics are invited to submit a position paper to the doctoral symposium. Papers will be peer-reviewed by the symposium’s committee of selected mentors. The criteria for accepting papers includes the extent of the contribution of the work to the field, the originality of the problem, and the overall quality of the position paper. Position papers should fit within the topics of the Middleware 2019 main conference Call for Papers.
Position papers are limited to 2 pages (for students in the planner category) or 4 pages (for students in the Finishers category). Submissions must use the same format as for research papers (ACM SIGPLAN 9pt or 10pt). The suggested content is detailed on the Middleware 2019 website. Contributions to the Middleware 2019 PhD Workshop will appear in a proceedings that supplements the main conference proceedings.
Accepted position paper will lead to a presentation during the doctoral symposium, which may require the preparation of a poster for the symposium and for the main conference.