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Call for Doctoral Symposium Papers

The DEBS 2018 Doctoral Symposium welcomes submissions from doctoral students who are working on topics that are relevant to the DEBS conference.


Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Models, Architectures and Paradigms: Event-driven architectures, real-time analytics, complex event processing, event processing in big data, stream processing, rule-based systems, logic-based event recognition, event-driven business process management, event correlation and pattern languages.
  • Middleware infrastructures: Distributed data processing, distributed programming, federated event-based systems, distributed ledger technology, information-centric networking, fault tolerance, reliability, availability, and scalability, as well as cloud, peer-to-peer, fog, edge and mobile computing.
  • Applications, Experience and Requirements: Use cases and applications of distributed and event-based systems in various domains including internet of things, cyber-physical systems, sensor networks, network monitoring, online machine learning, online graph algorithms, smart cities, smart grids, finance, healthcare, transportation, and logistics. Also, relevant topics span enterprise-level computing, including enterprise application integration, real-time enterprises, event-based business process management, and support for enterprises to respond in timely fashion to changing situations.


An important aspect of doctoral research is that you can explain your work well to academics who are not necessarily experts in your field of research. For this symposium we challenge students to effectively write a brief introduction to their research that could serve as a basis for the first chapter of their thesis.


The submission consists of a (singly authored) extended abstract of at most 4 pages, including:

  • A clear description of the problem being addressed and what makes that problem interesting and relevant such that it warrants scientific research.
  • A brief description of what others have been doing in the field.
  • A hint of a possible solution and the path chosen how to get to that solution (i.e., the chosen research methodology).

Submitted papers are required to adhere to the two column “sigconf” ACM conference proceeding style. Templates and examples in LaTeX and various versions of Microsoft Word are available for download from the 2017 ACM Master Article Template page.

The abstracts must comply with the guidelines as stated on the DEBS general submission page. The submission should also include a short statement from the advisor that certifies the status of PhD student and approves the submitted extended abstract.

We encourage submissions from students both at early and late stages of their doctoral work. Students whose submissions are accepted will have the opportunity to present their work during the symposium. Distinguished scientists spanning Europe, North America and the rest of the world, in both academic and industrial research will be present to give feedback and advice to the students.

Important Dates:

Deadline May 7, 2018
Date of notification May 10, 2018
Camera ready deadline May 16, 2018

DEBS 2018 Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs: Kaiwen Zhang, Alessandro Margara.

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