The ICCBR-12 Doctoral Consortium
3-4 September 2012 | Lyon, France

Description | Agenda | Student-Mentor Assignments | Application Process | Mentor Invitation | Dates | Organizers | Mentors | Testimonials | FAQ | Links


(2012 August 10): Agenda finalized.

(2012 August 9): Notification received from Aritficial Intelligence that payment has been sent for sponsorship.

(2012 August 6): We've created a tentative schedule of presentations, but are awaiting the schedules of workshops, which may cuase us to revise our schedule to prevent/minimize conflicts for mentors and (some) students.

(2012 July 27): Preface, research summaries, and completed copyright forms emailed to the ICCBR-12 workshop chairs.

(2012 July 2): All the reviews have been received and (almost all) student-mentor assignments have been made.

(2012 June 21): Thanks to AIj's funding, and also to ICCBR-12 for sponsoring three of the ICCBR-12 student participants as ICCBR-12 Volunteers, the student registration fee for the 13 other ICCBR-12 student participants is only 150€, a decrease of 50% from the standard 300€ student registration fee. Please note the "DC Student Registration" line in the ICCBR-12 registration form.

(2012 June 20): Our proposal to Artificial Intelligence to fund 10 participants' student registration fees has been partially funded (2K Euros). We are currently determining which participants will not require funding (e.g., because they will be ICCBR-12 Volunteers), and will then determine the reduction in the remaining participants' fees.

(2012 June 18): We drafted a tentative schedule that requires 1.5 days, not 1 day. Details are being worked out, but we currently expect it will be scheduled for a half day on 3 September and a full day on 4 September, ending with a dinner for all the participants.

(2012 June 12): We're delighted to announce that Agnar Aamodt (NTNU, Norway), and Santi Ontañón (Drexel University, USA), who recently began his tenure track position, will be our invited speakers this year. They will each have a talk titled Career Reflections.

(2012 June 11): We received 16 applications - our goal was 10. This is good news for the ICCBR community! We're grateful that we could obtain additional PC members (who may become mentors) to assist with the reviewing process.


Goal: ICCBR-12's Fourth 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, practitioners, and peers. We invite applications from students (and others), as described below. Selected applicants will be asked to prepare and present an oral presentation at the DC. We also plan for some invited talks and/or panels from senior CBR researchers and/or practitioners at this event.

Participants The ideal student participant is one who is at the midpoint of their candidacy, and/or 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 application deadline. We also strongly encourage non-student researchers and practitioners, who have few opportunities to interact with the community, to apply. We would warmly welcome their participation, which might lead to generalizing the name of this event.

Process: Each selected participant will be assigned a mentor who will advise them on their research trajectory, writing, and presentation skills. We will facilitate participant-mentor communications prior to and during the ICCBR conference. Each participant-mentor pair will meet individually at the start of the DC event. Then, each participant 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 participants), led by their mentor. Additional social arrangements will be made to encourage conversation.

Participating Students and Assigned Mentors

  1. Solution Diversity in Case-Based and Generative Planning
    Alexandra Coman (Lehigh University, USA)
    Mentor: David McSherry, University of Ulster, Coleraine (Northern Ireland)
  2. Qualitative Spatial and Temporal Reasoning with Textual Cases
    Valmi Dufour-Lussier (Université de Lorraine, France)
    Mentor: Cindy Marling, Ohio University (USA)
  3. Employing Case-Based Reasoning to Improve Symptom Management for End-of-Life Cancer Care
    Krista Elvidge (Dalhousie University, Canada)
    Mentor: Peter Funk, Mälardalen University (Sweden)
  4. Enhancing Situation Awareness for Decision Support by Utilizing Data Streams and Past Experiences
    Odd Erik Gundersen (Norwegian University of Technology and Science, Norway)
    Mentor: Béatrice Fuchs, IAE Université Lyon 3 (France)
  5. Retrieve and Reuse of Experiential Procedural Knowledge
    Mohd. Siblee Islam (University of Trier, Germany)
    Mentor: Jean Lieber, Université de Lorraine (France)
  6. A Case-Based Reasoning System for Radiotherapy Treatment Planning for Brain Cancer
    Rupa Jagannathan (University of Nottingham, England)
    Mentor: Isabelle Bichindaritz, State University of New York, Oswego (USA)
  7. Integrated Learning for Goal-Driven Autonomy
    Ulit Jaidee (Lehigh University, USA)
    Mentor: Ian Watson, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  8. Reasoning System for Computer Aided Diagnosis and Explanations Aware Computing for Medical Applications
    Abdeldjalil Khelassi (Tlemcen University, Algeria)
    Mentor: Rosina Weber, Drexel University (USA)
  9. Case Selection in Ambient Assisted Living
    Eduardo Lupiani (University of Murcia, Spain)
    Mentor: Ralph Bergmann, University of Trier (Germany)
  10. Case-Based Reasoning to Model Miscanthus Allocation: A French Case Study
    Laura Martin (French National Institute of Agricultural Research, France)
    Mentor: David Leake, Indiana University (USA)
  11. Development of an Unsupervised Norm Generation Method for Multiagent Systems
    Javier Morales Matamoros (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)
    Mentor: Klaus-Dieter Althoff, University of Hildesheim (Germany)
  12. Investigation of Case-Based Methods to Cross Domain Sentiment Classification
    Bruno Ohana (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland)
    Mentor: Luc Lamontagne, Université Laval (Canada)
  13. Group Recommender Systems Enhanced by Social Elements
    Lara Quijano-Sánchez (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)
    Mentor: Barry Smyth, University College Dublin (Ireland)
  14. Case-Based Reasoning in Hydrometallurgy: Selection of Pretreatment Method for Refractory Gold Ore
    Lotta Rintala (Aalto University, Finland)
    Mentor: Agnar Aamodt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
  15. Role of Knowledge Extraction for Text Retrieval
    Sadiq Sani (Robert Gordon University, Scotland)
    Mentor: Enric Plaza, IIIA, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (Spain)
  16. Creating Human-Level AI in Strategy Games using Hybrid CBR/RL
    Stefan Wender (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
    Mentor: Héctor Muñoz-Avila, Lehigh University (USA)

Participant Application Process

We welcome applications from PhD candidates (and others) 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 by 1 June 2012. (Early applications are encouraged!) Note: the CV, Expectations, and Letter of Recommendation should each be on a separate page, and separate from the Research Summary.

Applicants will be notified on whether their Research Summary has been accepted for oral presentation at the DC and the identity of their mentors by 30 June 2012. A final version of the Research Summary paper to be presented will be due on 15 July 2012. Accepted applicants (e.g., PhD candidates) are expected to commit to attending all DC activities at the conference. We will attempt to obtain some limited financial support for all DC student participants, but cannot make any guarantees at this time.

Please contact the DC Chair if you have any questions.

Mentor Invitation

ICCBR-12 invites senior CBR researchers to serve as mentors for the 2012 Doctoral Consortium. Mentor responsibilities will include (1) providing brief informal reviews on one or a few participant applications (if needed), (2) corresponding with an assigned DC participant (typically, a PhD candidate) prior to ICCBR-12 (e.g., writing to them, providing feedback on a few iterations of their presentation), (3) meeting with the participant at the start of the DC, and (4) attending at least two DC presentations, including their assigned participant's presentation, thus leaving them ample time to attend co-scheduled events. Mentors will also lead their participant's question/answering session.

If you can serve as a mentor, please contact the DC Chair (David W. Aha, david.aha at by 1 June 2012. Please mention your (1) contact information (e.g., including home page URL), and (2) some (CBR-related) research areas that would best match your mentoring interests.

We encourage mentors and all other ICCBR-12 registrants to attend the DC participant presentations, participate in providing them feedback, and to attend the DC's associated social events.

Dates (Tentative)



  1. Agnar Aamodt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
  2. Klaus-Dieter Althoff, University of Hildesheim (Germany)
  3. Kevin Ashley, University of Pittsburgh (USA)
  4. Ralph Bergmann, University of Trier (Germany)
  5. Isabelle Bichindaritz, State University of New York, Oswego (USA)
  6. Sutanu Chakraborti, IIT Madras (India)
  7. Béatrice Fuchs, IAE Université Lyon 3 (France)
  8. Peter Funk, Mälardalen University (Sweden)
  9. Pedro González-Calero, University of Complutense, Madrid (Spain)
  10. John Hastings, University of Nebraska, Kearney (USA)
  11. Luc Lamontagne, Université Laval (Canada)
  12. David Leake, Indiana University (USA)
  13. Jean Lieber, Université de Lorraine (France)
  14. Cindy Marling, Ohio University (USA)
  15. David McSherry, University of Ulster, Coleraine (Northern Ireland)
  16. Héctor Muñoz-Avila, Lehigh University (USA)
  17. Enric Plaza, IIIA, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (Spain)
  18. Thomas Roth-Berghofer, University of West London (UK)
  19. Barry Smyth, University College Dublin (Ireland)
  20. Ian Watson, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  21. Rosina Weber, Drexel University (USA)

Testimonials from Previous Student Participants


  1. What ICCBR-12 events will take place concurrently?
    The CBR-DT and the Computer Cooking Contest on Day 1 (3 September), when we'll hold a half day of sessions for the DC, and the workshops on Day 2 (4 September), whose concurrent scheduling cannot be avoided. We're attempting to minimize scheduling conflicts with the workshops.

  2. What social events will be scheduled for the DC?
    We plan to hold a dinner for all students and mentors on 4 September. Please stay tuned for details.

  3. Can (e.g., student) participants skip some of the Doctoral Consortium (DC) presentations to attend these other events?
    We'd 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.

  4. Can mentors skip some of the Doctoral Consortium (DC) presentations to attend these other events?
    Yes! They're asked to attend only (1) the early time slot to meet their assigned participant, (2) their assigned participant's presentation, and (3) the presentation of at least one other participant. However, we warmly welcome them to attend all of the DC's events (including lunch and dinner), which should interest them.

  5. Is the DC open to all ICCBR-12 attendees?
    Yes!! At any or all times during the event.

  6. Is there any funding for participating students?
    (This was written in March 2012.) We will submit a proposal that, if accepted, would eliminate/waive student registration fees. This will take time to process. Any progress will immediately be mentioned here. Also, there are opportunities for student volunteers! Please see the ICCBR-12 web site; the announcement for this should be posted in June.

  7. It's still springtime and yet I need to plan for whether to attend. What's the probability that my application will be accepted?
    Very high; we accepted all applications last year. The goal is for 10 participants this year. If there are more than 10, we will attempt to accommodate everyone.