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[PVS] Call for Doctoral Consortium - 28th International Conferenceon Logic Programming (ICLP 2012)

**apologies for cross-posting**



                                   ICLP-DC 2012


                        Eighth ICLP Doctoral Student Consortium

                 to be held in Budapest, Hungary, 4th of September 2012







** Introduction **


The ICLP Doctoral Consortium (DC) is the eighth doctoral consortium to be offered as part

of the 28th International Conference on Logic Programming. The DC follows the very

positive experience of the previous events held in Sitges (Spain) on October 3rd, 2005,

in Seattle (WA, USA) on August 21st, 2006, in Porto (Portugal) on September 8th, 2007,

in Udine (Italy) on December 10th, 2008, in Pasadena (USA) on July 15th, 2009, in Edinburgh

(Scotland) on July 20th, 2010, and in Lexington (KY, USA) on July 6th, 2011.


The DC will take place during the ICLP 2012 in Budapest, Hungary. The Doctoral Consortium

is designed for doctoral students working in areas related to logic and constraint

programming, with a particular emphasis to students interested in pursuing a career in

academia. The Consortium is also open to exceptional Master's students developing MS Theses

in Logic Programming. The Doctoral Consortium aims to provide students with an opportunity

to present and discuss their research directions and to obtain feedback from peers as well

as world-renown experts in the field.



** General Information **


The aims of the Doctoral Consortium are:


    To provide doctoral students working in the field of logic and constraint programming

    with a friendly and open forum to present their research ideas, listen to ongoing work

    from peer students, and receive constructive feedback.


    To provide students with relevant information about important issues for doctoral

    candidates and future academics.  To develop a supportive community of scholars and a

    spirit of collaborative research.


    To support a new generation of researchers with information and advice on academic,

    research, industrial, and non-traditional career paths.


The Consortium is designed for students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, though we

are also open to exceptions (e.g., students currently in a Masters program and interested

in doctoral studies). Students at any stage in their doctoral studies are encouraged to

apply. Applicants are expected to be conducting research in the field of Logic Programming;

topics of interest include (but are not limited to):


    Theoretical Foundations of Logic and Constraint Logic Programming

    Sequential and Parallel Implementation Technology

    Static and Dynamic Analysis, Abstract Interpretation, Compilation Technology and


    Logic-based Paradigms (e.g., Answer Set Programming, Concurrent Logic Programming,

       Inductive Logic Programming)

    Innovative Applications of Logic Programming


Submissions by students who have presented their work at a previous ICLP Doctoral Consortia

are allowed, but should occur only if there are substantial changes or improvements to the

student's work.


The Consortium allows participants to interact with established researchers and with other

students, through presentations, question-answer sessions, panel discussions, and invited

presentations. The Doctoral Consortium will provide the possibility to reflect - through

short activities, information sessions, and discussions - on the process and lessons of

research and life in academia. Each participant will give a short, critiqued, research



Several renowned faculty members and researchers in the field of Logic Programming will

join in evaluating the submission packets and will participate in the Doctoral Consortium,

providing feedback to the presenters.



**Important Dates**


Submission Deadline:     May 4th, 2012

Acceptance Notification: May 25th, 2012

Camera ready version:    June 10th, 2012

Doctoral Consortium:     September 4th, 2012

ICLP 2012 Conference:    September 4th-8th, 2012



**Submission Process**


*Application Process:


To apply for participation to the ICLP 2012 Doctoral Consortium, prepare a

submission package consisting of a cover letter, a research summary, and a

letter of recommendation (e.g., from your supervisor). The material should

be submitted electronically, in PDF format.


*Review Criteria:


The ICLP Doctoral Consortium review committee will select participants based

on their anticipated contribution to the Consortium objectives. Participants

typically have settled on their thesis directions and had their research

proposal accepted by their thesis committee. Students will be selected based

on clarity and completeness of the submission packet, relevance of their

research area w.r.t. the focus of the ICLP Conference, stage of research,

advisor's letter, and evidence of promise towards a successful research and

academic career, such as published papers or technical reports.




The ICLP Doctoral Consortium Discussants will review the submissions to select

the ones to be presented. The organizing committee is actively seeking support

to offer scholarship packages to accepted participants. We will update the web

site as soon as we have more information regarding this.


*Submission Package


Send the submission package by e-mail to: iclp12dc@dbai.tuwien.ac.at

Include the three documents as separate pdf files in attachment.


All submissions must be in English. Submissions will not be considered

if they arrive after the deadline. Your submission should not contain any

proprietary or confidential material.


Cover Page:


Please include the following information in the cover page:


    Statement of interest in participating in the Doctoral Consortium

    Full name and School and Department in which you are earning your doctorate


    Contact information - address, telephone number, and email address

    Title of your research and keywords pertinent to your research

    The URL of your web page (if any)

    Name of your supervising professor

    Current stage in your program of study, e.g. (Master/PhD student, start date)


Research Summary:


Prepare your research summary as a PDF document, using the LIPIcs template.


Make sure to include your complete name, address and affiliation.


The body of your research summary (no more than 6 pages, but 3 is fine as well!)

should provide a clear overview of the research, its potential impact, and its

current status. You are encouraged to include the following sections:


    Introduction and problem description

    Background and overview of the existing literature

    Goal of the research

    Current status of the research

    Preliminary results accomplished (if any)

    Open issues and expected achievements

    Bibliographical references


Letter of Recommendation:


Include a letter of recommendation written by your Graduate Advisor or Thesis

Advisor. Please, invite your advisor to include an assessment of the current

status of your thesis research and an indication of the expected deadline for

thesis submission. In addition, your advisor should indicate what she/he hopes

you would gain from participation in the Doctoral Consortium.





Marco Gavanelli

Engineering Department

Ferrara University, Italy


Stefan Woltran

Institute of Information Systems

TU Wien, Austria


*Program Committee


- Fabio Fioravanti, University "G. d'Annunzio" of Chieti - Pescara (Italy)

- Paul Fodor, Stony Brook University (USA)

- Martin Gebser, Universitat Potsdam (Germany)

- Francesca A. Lisi, Universita  degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro" (Italy)

- Marco Maratea, University of Genova (Italy)

- Gerardo I. Simari, University of Oxford (UK)

- Jon Sneyers, K.U. Leuven (Belgium)