[ecoop-info] CFP - Doctoral Consortium at 13th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science

Fabian Gilson fabian.gilson at canterbury.ac.nz
Wed Nov 28 01:37:16 CET 2018


Call for paper for Doctoral Consortium
13th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science

29-31 May 2019, Brussels, Belgium



The goal of RCIS is to bring together scientists, researchers, engineers 
and practitioners from a wide range of information science fields and 
provide opportunities for knowledge sharing and dissemination. RCIS has 
become a recognised conference on research challenges in information 
sciences. Organised for the 13th time in a row, RCIS 2019 will be held 
from May 29-31, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium, Capital of Europe.

The RCIS 2019 Doctoral Consortium is an opportunity for doctoral 
students to present, discuss and develop their research project in an 
interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of senior 
researchers. The doctoral consortium is especially designed for the 
students who have defined their topic, research plan and have obtained 
early results, but who still have room for improving their longer term 
plan. However, since the doctoral consortium is meant to also help at 
creating a community of early career researchers and at sharing 
experiences, we encourage PhD students at all stages of their doctoral 
project to participate by submitting their latest research results.

## Topics ##

As part of the RCIS 2019 conference, the scope and topics of the 
doctoral consortium are the same as those of the main conference, with 
the special focus on “Towards a Design Science for Information Systems”. 
With the advent of ubiquitous computing, today’s information systems are 
designed, developed, used, and tested on a very wide spectrum of devices 
and computing platforms, by a diverse population of stakeholders (e.g., 
analysts, designers, developers, end users) for an ever wider range of 
tasks carried out in multiple physical and psychological environments, 
thus inducing many different contexts of use. Facing this variety of 
contexts of use, design science is expected to help people producing 
information systems that are better tailored to their needs when 
interacting with these systems. This year’s RCIS theme aims to explore 
the role played by design science in every stage of the development life 
cycle of information systems, which includes meta-models, models, 
languages, notations, methods, and software tools for supporting these 
stages. RCIS welcomes submissions from a diverse spectrum of information 
science, including:

     Information Systems and their Engineering
     Human-Centred Approaches
     Data and Information Management
     Enterprise Engineering
     Business Intelligence
     Information Infrastructures
     Reflective Research and Practice

Please refer to http://www.rcis-conf.com/callPapers.php for a detailed list.

## Objectives ##

The Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:

     Provide a platform for students to present their work and to meet 
other students in the community
     Provide feedback on students' current research and guidance on 
future research directions
     Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work 
from researchers and students outside their own institution
     Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a 
spirit of collaborative research
     Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other 
researchers and conference event.

The DC is organized in sessions embedded in the main RCIS 2019 
conference program.

## Submission guidelines ##

Interested PhD students are invited to submit papers (maximum length: 6 
pages) addressing the following content:

     Introduce the field of research and identify the main challenges
     Formulate the research questions and objectives, justifying why 
they were chosen
     Outline the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the 
state of existing solutions
     Sketch the research methodology that is being applied
     Describe the proposed solution and the results achieved so far
     State how the suggested solution is different or better than 
existing approaches
     Indicate the issues still to be resolved, and describe the next 
steps that are planned.

Submissions must be written in English, must be authored by the student 
only, and must follow the IEEE 2-column format available at 

Submissions must be unpublished and must not be under review for any 
other conference, workshop or journal.

By submitting a DC paper, doctoral students commit that they will attend 
the conference to present their research. Accepted papers will not be 
published if the author does not register at the conference to present 
the paper.

The submission site address is: 
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rcis2019. Please choose 
“Doctoral Consortium” as a submission type.

Authors of accepted submissions will submit the camera-ready version 
using the same format as the initial submission. The reviewers’ comments 
shall be taken into account in the camera-ready paper. Only papers that 
have been presented by their authors will be published in the Conference 
Proceedings. Authors will receive information on the presentation, and 
how to register for the conference. There will be a discounted 
registration fee for DC students.

## Important Dates ##

     Abstract Submission deadline:     January 23rd, 2019
     Doctoral paper submission deadline:     February 1st, 2019 
(“Anywhere on Earth”, i.e., UTC-12)
     Author notification and registration opening:     March 1st, 2019
     Camera-ready deadline and author registration:     April 12th, 2019
     RCIS’2019 Conference:     May 29th-31st, 2019

## Review Process ##

The review and decision of acceptance will be based on the opinions of 
at least two reviewers that will conduct a blind review process. Many 
factors will be considered, including the quality of the proposal, the 
clarity of the paper, and the stage within the doctoral education 
program. The selection process will, when possible, maximize a good 
coverage of the topics of the conference and diversity of participants' 
background, research objectives, and research methods.

The reviewers for a proposal will consist of two members of the 
international program committee.
At the Conference

Each student will present his or her work to the participants with 
substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating 
researchers and other students. The discussion will be guided by a 
member of the committee of expert mentors, who will play the role of 
proposal discussant together with another Phd student that has been 
accepted at the Doctoral Consortium.

Each student will then be asked to review another accepted DC paper and 
prepare a few questions to be discussed during the consortium day. The 
papers will be assigned in advance such that the students will have 
sufficient time to review the paper and prepare their questions.

The consortium sessions will have an informal atmosphere where every 
participant is encouraged to be actively involved in the discussion, the 
core objective being to learn how to conduct excellent research, as 
opposed to criticizing each other’s work.

## Chairs ##
     Fabian Gilson , University of Canterbury, New Zealand
     Michael Petit , UNamur, Belgium

## Program committee ##

     Moussa Amrani, UNamur, Belgium
     Etienne Cuvelier, ICHEC Brussels Management Schools, Belgium
     Xavier Devroey, TU Delft, The Netherlands
     Matthias Galster, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
     Xavier Le Pallec, Université Lille 1, France
     Miguel Morales, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
     Sébastien Mosser, Université Côte d'Azur, France
     Csaba Nagy, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland and 
University of Szeged, Hungary
     Austen Rainer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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