[ecoop-info] Call for Papers for Graduate Symposium

wael elmedany waelelmedany at gmail.com
Fri Nov 18 11:22:40 CET 2011

Call for Papers for Graduate Symposium

                                In conjunction with
The 3rd International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and
Technologies (ANT-2012)

                                27-29 August, 2012
                          Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

          Website: http://cs-conferences.acadiau.ca/ant-12/#GradSymposium


* Abstract Submission:            March 01, 2012
* Acceptance Notification:        April 01, 2012
* Camera-Ready Submission:      April 15, 2012

The graduate symposium will be held during the main ANT 2012 conference.
The goal is to provide constructive feedback and guidance to graduate
students who are performing their dissertation research in all fields
related to ambient systems, i.e., agent systems, autonomic networks,
sensing technologies such as sensor networks and RFIDs, multimedia and
social networks, service oriented computing for ambient systems along with
technologies to support these systems (data management, system security and
privacy), etc. Students will be able to discuss their goals, methods, and
results at an early stage in their research. The symposium aims to provide
students with useful guidance and feedback on various aspects of their
research from established researchers and the other student attendees. The
graduate symposium also seeks to support the students in the development of
their natural scientific curiosity and to facilitate their networking
within the scientific community.

The symposium will serve both Masters and PhD students. It is advisable
that students should consider participating in the graduate symposium after
they have settled on a dissertation topic with some initial research
results. Students should be at least a year from completion of their
dissertation (at the time of the Symposium), to obtain maximum benefit from
participation. We invite the following students at different stages to
submit, four (4) pages, abstracts to the Graduate Symposium.

- Students at an initial stage (PhD first and second year) should show
evidence that they are concretizing their research question and approach.
These students will be asked to participate into exercises and discussions
that enable them to think critically about their ideas.
- Students at a mature stage (MSc final year and PhD third and fourth year)
should have (or are going to) publish their first paper on a concrete
research question and approach. These students will be asked to present a
talk about their work and will get feedback.

The abstract submission should be accompanied with the following materials:
- A cover letter stating your name, institution, supervisor's name and
email address, program start date, expected graduation date, and 2-5
keywords describing your work. Also include a list of your refereed and
non-refereed publications and presentations at national and international
- A letter/email from your thesis advisor that includes an assessment of
the current status of your thesis research, and an expected date for thesis
submission. In addition, your advisor should indicate what he or she hopes
you would gain from participation in the symposium. Such information will
help the committee member to develop custom fit exercises for the symposium

There will be a screening process based on a short research summary. The
following criteria will be considered:

- Quality of the research
- Relevance of the research to Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies
- Quality of the summary, diversity of background, research topic, and
- Stage of the research

Therefore, the summary should include the following issues:

- The problem to be addressed by the thesis
- The research hypothesis
- The expected contributions of your dissertation research
- The proposed research approach
- Summary of results to date

Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted research abstracts
will be asked to complete a Copyright form and will receive further
instructions for preparing their camera-ready versions. All Accepted
research abstracts will be printed in the conference proceedings published
by Elsevier Science in the open-access Procedia Computer Science series
(on-line and CD). Procedia Computer Sciences is hosted on
www.Elsevier.comand on Elsevier content platform ScienceDirect (
www.sciencedirect.com), and will be freely available worldwide. All papers
in Procedia will also be indexed by Scopus (www.scopus.com) and Engineering
Village (Ei) (www.engineeringvillage.com). This includes EI Compendex (
www.ei.org/compendex). The papers will contain linked references, XML
versions and citable DOI numbers. You will be able to provide a hyperlink
to all delegates and direct your conference website visitors to your
proceedings. All accepted abstracts will also be indexed in DBLP (

Hossam Hassanein, Queen's University, Canada
Karim Djouani, South African Institute of Technology, South Africa
Takahiro Hara, Osaka University, Japan
Sajid Hussain, Fisk University, USA
Ramiro Liscano, University of Ontario, Canada
Nauman Aslam, Northumbria University, UK
Senol Erdogan, Maltepe University, Turkey
Michael Sheng, University of Adelaide, Australia
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