The ICCBR-11 Doctoral Consortium
12 September 2011 | Greenwich, London, UK
Submission Process |
ICCBR-11's Third Annual Doctoral Consortium (DC) is designed to
nurture PhD candidates by providing opportunities to explore and
obtain mutual feedback on their research, future work plans, and
career objectives with senior CBR researchers and peers. We invite
submissions from students, as described below. Selected students will
be asked to prepare and present an oral presentation at the DC.
The ideal student participant is one who is at the midpoint of their
candidacy, and has not yet received substantial feedback from the
greater research community. However, all students are encouraged to
apply, even if they have not yet identified their dissertation focus
by the submission deadline. (We also encourage other researchers and
practitioners, who have few opportunities to interact with the
community, to contact us concerning options for participation.)
Each selected student will be assigned a mentor who will advise
them on their research trajectory, writing, and presentation
skills. We will facilitate student-mentor communications
prior to and during the ICCBR conference. Each student-mentor pair
will meet individually at the start of the DC event. Then, each
student will give a 15-minute presentation on their proposal, or a
facet that relates to it. This will be followed by a 10-minute
question/answer feedback period from the audience (i.e., of mentors and
fellow students), led by their mentor. Additional social arrangements
will be made to encourage conversation.
We welcome submissions from PhD candidates worldwide. To apply, please
submit the following materials (preferably in 1 PDF file!) by email to
the DC Chair (David W. Aha, david.aha at nrl.navy.mil) by 15 May
2011. (Early submissions are encouraged!)
- Commonsense Case-Based Reasoning via Structure Mapping: An Application to Mediation
Atilim Günes Baydin (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)
Mentors: Kevin Ashley (University of Pittsburgh, USA) and TBD
- Case-Based Learning by Observation
Michael W. Floyd (Carleton University, Canada)
Mentor: Ian Watson (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
- Case-Based Reasoning in Biomedicine: Development of a Flexible System that Exploits Ontologies and Scientific Literature
Matteo Gabetta (University of Pavia, Italy)
Mentor: Beatriz López Ibáñez (University of Girona, Spain)
- Innovative Construction Procurement Selection through Artificial Intelligence
John A. Lewis (University of Ulster, Northern Ireland)
Mentor: Cindy Marling (Ohio University, USA)
- Case-Based Strategies for Power Restoration in Distribution Networks
Youssef Oualmakran (University of Girona, Spain)
Mentor: Mehmet Göker (Salesforce.com, USA)
- Deliberative Agreement in Multiagent Systems
Sergio Manzano Perez (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)
Mentor: Derek Bridge (University of Cork, Ireland)
- On the Construction, Maintenance and Analysis of Case-Based Strategies in Computer Poker
Jonathan Rubin (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Mentor: Stefania Montani (Universita del Piemonte Orientale, Italy)
- Reusing Video-Game Development Techniques to Create CBR-based Context-Aware and Context-Sensitive Systems
Christian Sauer (University of Hildesheim, Germany)
Mentor: Juan Antonio Recio-Garcia (U. Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
- Content Relations Mining: A Novel Approach to Textual Case-Based Reasoning
Gleb Sizov (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
Mentor: Susan Craw (The Robert Gordon University, Scotland)
- Trace-Based Reasoning for User Assistance
Raafat Zarka (University of Lyon, France)
Mentor: Klaus-Dieter Althoff (University of Hildesheim, Germany)
Students will be notified on whether their Research Summary has been
accepted for oral presentation at the DC and the identity of their
mentors by 15 June 2011.
A final version of the Research Summary paper
to be presented will be due on 1 July 2011.
Students are expected to
commit to attending all DC activities at the conference. ICCBR
anticipates providing some limited support for all DC students.
- Research Summary (max 3 pages) A summary that outlines the
problem(s) being addressed, the proposed plan for research, and a
description of the progress to date. This MUST be in
ICCBR-11's Springer format, with references.
- Curriculum Vita (max 1 page) This should describe the
student's most relevant background, experience (research, education,
employment), and list their publication references (if any).
Please also include the estimated graduation date.
- Expectations (max 1 page)
This should include questions the student may wish to discuss
with their mentor, their goals for participating in the DC,
and what they can offer to other DC student participants.
- Letter of Recommendation (1 page) A letter of
recommendation from the student's dissertation advisor (it need
not be signed; the DC Chair will verify this with the advisor).
It should include an assessment on the status of the research, and
an expected date of completion. In addition, your advisor should
indicate what they hope you would gain from participation in the
Please contact the DC Chair if you have any questions.
ICCBR-11 invites senior CBR researchers to serve as mentors for the 2011 Doctoral
Consortium. Mentor responsibilities will include (1) providing brief
informal reviews on one or a few student submissions (if needed), (2)
corresponding with an assigned DC student prior to ICCBR-11 (e.g.,
writing to them, providing feedback on a few iterations of their
presentation), (3) meeting with the student at the start of the DC,
and (4) attending at least two DC presentations, including their
assigned student's presentation, thus leaving them ample time to
attend co-scheduled events. Mentors will also lead their
student's question/answering session.
We encourage mentors and all other ICCBR-11 registrants to attend the
DC student presentations, participate in providing them feedback, and
to attend the DC's associated social events.
Interested mentors should submit notify the DC Chair (David W. Aha,
david.aha at nrl.navy.mil) before 15 May 2011. Please include
your (1) contact information, (2) a brief, one-paragraph description
of your career and research interests, and (3) some CBR research areas
that would best match your mentoring interests.
- 15 May 2011: Student submissions
- 15 May 2011: Mentor submissions
- 15 June 2011: Responses to student submissions
- 1 July 2011: Due dates for accepted Research Summaries
- 12 September 2011: Doctoral Consortium
Mentors (Current List)
- Chair: David W. Aha, Naval Research Laboratory (USA)
(david.aha at nrl.navy.mil)
- Klaus-Dieter Althoff, University of Hildesheim (Germany)
- Kevin Ashley, University of Pittsburgh (USA)
- Derek Bridge, University College Cork (Ireland)
- Susan Craw, Robert Gordon University (Scotland)
- Mehmet Göker, Salesforce.com (USA)
- Luc Lamontagne, U. Laval (Canada)
- Jean Lieber, University Henri Poincaré Nancy 1 (France)
- Beatriz Lopez, University of Girona (Spain)
- Cindy Marling, Ohio University (USA)
- Stefania Montani, Universita del Piemonte Orientale (Italy)
- Luigi Portinale, Universita del Piemonte Orientale (Italy)
- Juan Antonio Recio-Garcia, U. Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
- Ian Watson, Auckland U. (New Zealand)
- "The ICCBR Doctoral Consortium is where my recently-begun research
became real to me. It transformed, in my mind, from a somewhat
artificial construction, held together by little more than my
advisor's and my own interest in it, into something that
knowledgeable people outside our lab microcosm might want to hear
more about, point out the flaws of, suggest unexpected uses for,
and, above all, graciously help improve. It takes greatness of
heart to offer patience and guidance to a beginner who has read
you name in countless reference sections; it has been my great
fortune to meet such people at the Doctoral Consortium."
- Alexandra Coman, Lehigh University (ICCBR-10 DC participant)
- "I participated in the first ICCBR Doctoral Consortium in 2009
and found it to be very helpful. I was able to present my work to
a large group of people in a relaxed environment. The feedback I
received from my presentation was especially useful. I was able to
incorporate the advice into my thesis proposal and defense,
leading to much stronger presentations. The advice I
was given on how to clarify certain points in my technical paper
also helped greatly while writing my doctoral dissertation."
- Jay Powell, Indiana University (ICCBR-09 DC participant)
- "I took part in the first DC held at the ICCBR 2009 and it was
the first time I had the possibility to talk about my PhD
thesis with CBR researchers outside our own research
group. Writing the application material was the first time I
had to describe the scope of my thesis, which is good, because
it eases the question about the topic of you theses. During
the DC, discussing my proposal was extremely helpful for
getting a feeling how much context I should to explain, so
other researchers can follow my approaches. Also, my mentor
gave me useful advices on how to continue my work and
additional sources I should take a look at. I really enjoyed
the discussion about my work with all the mentors after the
talk and it was quite impressive that so many CBR researchers
were in the audience listening to the DC participants."
- Kerstin Bach, Universität Hildesheim (ICCBR-09 DC participant)
- What ICCBR-11 events will take place concurrently?
Computer Cooking Competition and Industry Day.
- Can student participants skip some of the Doctoral Consortium
(DC) presentations to attend these other events?
prefer no; you wouldn't want someone to skip your
presentation, this will give you the opportunity to learn about
your peers' work and interests, they'd appreciate your
feedback, and you can always attend these other events at
future ICCBRs. This year is your year to attend the DC.
- Can mentors skip some of the Doctoral Consortium (DC)
presentations to attend these other events?
asked to attend only the early time slot to meet their assigned
student, their assigned student's presentation, and the
presentation of at least one other student. However, we warmly
welcome them to attend the entirety of the DC's events (including
lunch and dinner), which should interest them.
- Is the DC open to all ICCBR-11 attendees?
Yes!! At any or
all times during the event.
- Is there any funding for participating students?
David W. Aha is submitting proposals that, if accepted, would
eliminate/waive student registration fees. This will take time
to process. Any progress will immediately be mentioned here.