Submissions to the doctoral symposium consist of two parts: a research abstract and a letter of recommendation.
Part I: Research Abstract
To participate students shall submit a research abstract electronically (PDF) to
The submissions shall be 6-8 pages in the IEEE proceedings 8.5x11-inch, Two-Column Format.
The research abstract shall cover:
The technical problem that shall be solved and a justification of its importance.
A description of related and prior work explaining why this has not solved the problem.
The research hypothesis or claim.
A sketch of the proposed solution.
The expected contributions of your dissertation 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
Try to address these issues as good as you can, given the status of your research. The research abstract shall include the title of your work, your name, email address, postal address, personal website, and a one paragraph short summary in the style of an abstract for a regular paper. Submissions should contain no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.
Part II: Letter of Recommendation
Ask your dissertation advisor for a letter of recommendation. This letter should include your name and a candid assessment of the current status of your dissertation research and an expected date for dissertation submission. The letter should be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), and sent to:
with the subject of: SPLC-Dissertation-Symposium .
Krzysztof Czarnecki, University of Waterloo
Tomi Männistö, Helsinki University of Technology
John McGregor, Clemson University
Sooyong Park, Sogang University
Klaus Schmid, University of Hildesheim
Submit your Ph.D. proposal: 15 June, 2008
Notification: 20 July, 2008
Revised Version for Distribution: 31 July, 2008