Call for PhD Symposium

In conjunction with the 21st International World Wide Web Conference, April 16 – April 20, 2012, Lyon, France :, the PhD Symposium of www2012 provides an excellent opportunity both for the beginners as well as the senior PhD students to present their ideas ,and receive feedback on their work by experienced researchers and other PhD Students working in research areas related to the World Wide Web.

The symposium welcomes submissions by PhD candidates working on the topics of www2012. You can consult the list of www2012 topics.

Eligibility :

The Symposium is open to all PhD Students. PhD Students at the beginning of their work are particularly welcome when they have a well-defined problem statement and some ideas about the solution that they want to discuss.

Submission guidelines :

Submissions should be written based on the following structure, which focuses on the key methodological components required for a sound research synthesis :

Submission guidelines
Problem describe the core problem of the PhD and motivate its relevance
State of the art describe relevant related work
Proposed approach present the approach taken and motivate how this is novel with respect to existing works
Methodology sketch the methodology that is (or will be) adopted and, in particular, the approach to be taken for evaluating the results of the work
Results describe the current status of the work and any results that have been reached so far
Conclusions and future work conclude and specify the major items of future work.

Submissions must be no longer than 5 pages and must be formatted in the style of the www2012 submissions (which is based on the ACM proceedings style). More information on the style files can be found at the WWW 2012 main website. Papers must be in PDF (Adobe’s Portable Document Format) format and must be submitted electronically.

Submissions must be single-author, on the topic of the doctoral work. The name of the supervisor must be clearly marked (« supervised by … ») on the paper, under the author’s name.

Selection process :

All submissions will be reviewed by the Symposium Program Committee composed of experienced researchers, who can provide feedback and suggest future research directions. The Program committee will select papers for oral and poster presentations.

The Symposium Proceedings including all accepted papers will be included in the same USB with the proceedings of the main research tracks of the www2012 conference to be distributed to all attendees, made available on the Conference Website, and available through the ACM Digital Library.

Submission :

Please submit proposals via EasyChair at :

Inquiries can be sent to

Important dates :

Submission dates
November 15th, 2011 Proposals submission
January 30th, 2012 Proposals acceptance notifications
February 26th, 2012 Camera ready papers due
April 16th, 2012 Conference begins

Track chairs :

  • Sylvie Calabretto INSA de Lyon (France)
  • Pierre-Edouard Portier INSA de Lyon (France)
  • Gabriella Pasi University of Milano Bicocca (Italy)
  • Jalal U. Mahmud IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA (USA)