DCOSS 2016 Call for PhD Forum

The PhD Forum of DCOSS 2016 aims at providing a friendly, informative, and constructive mentoring venue, where PhD students can introduce their research in progress and followed by an open discussion and suggestions by a panel of experienced researchers in the field.

The main purposes of the forum are to guide participating PhD students with current research trends and to provide advices on how to identify meaningful research problems, manage efficient research agenda, create innovative designs, and write effectively for conferences and journals. Participating students will also have the opportunity to present a poster during the main conference to leverage further interaction with other DCOSS attendees.

Current Ph.D. students (at all stages of study) are encouraged to submit a three-page document in PHD. The first two page shall be a 2-page extended abstract about their dissertation research to be considered for the PhD Forum. The third page shall include one-paragraph bio of the student (including years in PhD program and the expected time to graduation), and (optionally) a list of research/mentoring questions to be answered by the advising panel. The student should be the sole author, although contributions of the advisor and others should be acknowledged.

The PhD Forum committee will review submissions to ensure quality, relevance, and potential benefit from attendance. Authors of accepted submissions are expected to participate in person in the PhD Forum - to be held in Washington, DC. May 26 - 28 2016, and to present a poster at the DCOSS 2016 main conference. There will be no separate registration fee for the PhD Forum.

Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference proceedings and will be indexed by the IEEE digital library.


Submissions must be a single PDF file and must be received no later than April 23rd, 2016. The extended abstract should be no more than two-pages in length and adhere to the IEEE two-column conference format (the same format as shown for paper submission to DCOSS 2016. The abstract should include the author's name, affiliation, and email address. No format requirement on the information page (third page). Please submit your abstract through HERE.

Important Dates:

Abstract deadline: April 23rd, 2016 (11:59 pm EST)
Notification of acceptance: April 30th, 2016 (11:59 pm EST)
Camera ready deadline: May 7th, 2016 (11:59 pm EST)

PhD Forum Chairs:

Tian He, University of Minnesota
Hongwei Zhang, Wayne State University