Call for Doctoral Consortium Submissions

The ISWC 2012 Doctoral Consortium will take place as part of the 11th International Semantic Web Conference in Boston, US. This forum will provide PhD students an opportunity to share and develop their research ideas in a critical but supportive environment, get feedback from mentors who are senior members of the Semantic Web research community, explore issues related to academic and research careers, and build relationships with other Semantic Web PhD students from around the world.

The Consortium aims to broaden the perspectives and improve the research and communication skills of these students as a way to contribute both to the individuals as well as to the broader research community.

The Doctoral Consortium is intended for students who have a specific research proposal and some preliminary results, but with sufficient time prior to completing their dissertation to benefit from the consortium experience. In the consortium the students will present their proposals and get specific feedback/advice on how to improve their research plan.

All proposals submitted to the Doctoral Consortium will undergo a thorough reviewing process with a view to providing detailed and constructive feedback. The best 15 submissions will be selected for presentation at the Doctoral Consortium and will be published in the conference proceedings. The top 6 of those will be selected for full presentation and the next 9 submissions will be accepted as short presentations/posters.


The Consortium has the same scope of technical topics as the main ISWC conference including

  • Management of Semantic Web Data
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Ontologies and Semantics
  • Semantic Web Engineering
  • Social Semantic Web
  • User Interfaces to the Semantic Web
  • Applications of the Semantic Web

Submission Information

Students are asked to submit an 8 page paper on their PhD research that addresses the following questions:

  • What problem are you trying to solve ? What is your hypothesis?

  • Why is the problem/hypothesis important/relevant?

  • How have others attempted to address this in the past ?

  • How are you planning to address this?

  • Why do you think you will succeed where others failed ?

  • How will you measure your success - faster/more accurate/less failures/etc. ?

(It might be useful to structure the proposal around these questions.)

Submissions must be in pdf and be formatted according to the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Submissions must be no longer than 8 pages.

For details on the LNCS style, see Springer's Author Instructions at

Please submit your proposal at

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission: June 22, 2012, 11:59pm Hawaii time
  • Notifications: July 26, 2012
  • Camera-Ready Versions: September 4, 2012
  • Conference: November 11-15, 2012

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

  • Guus Schreiber,  VU University Amsterdam
  • Jim Hendler, RPI

Program Committee

  • Harith Alani, The Open University

  • Oscar Gorcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

  • Fausto Guinchiliglia, University of Trento

  • Ian Horrocks, University of Oxford

  • Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield

  • Natasha Noy, Stanford University

  • Elena Simperl, University of Karlsruhe

  • Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz-Landau

  • Frank van Harmelen, VU University Amsterdam