[ecoop-info] CFP - 17th Doctoral Consortium (DC) on Logic Programming (ICLP-DC 2021)

Miguel Areias miguel-areias at dcc.fc.up.pt
Fri May 21 17:22:29 CEST 2021

                           CALL FOR PAPERS
      ICLP DC 2021 - 17th Doctoral Consortium (DC) on Logic Programming

The 17th Doctoral Consortium (DC) on Logic Programming provides
students with the opportunity to present and discuss their research
directions, and to obtain feedback from both peers and experts in the
field. The preliminary website of the DC can be found at:

The DC will take place during the 37th International Conference on
Logic Programming (ICLP) https://iclp2021.dcc.fc.up.pt (September
20-27, 2021), as a fully virtual event. The best paper from the DC
will be given the opportunity to make a presentation in a session of
the main ICLP conference.

Important Dates

Paper submission: July 15, 2021
Notification: August 01, 2021
Camera-ready copy: August 10, 2021
DC presentations: TBA (fully virtual event)

DC students are highly recommended to attend the Autumn School on
Logic Programming and Constraint Programming


The DC is designed for students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program,
though we are also open to exceptions (e.g., students currently in a
Master's program and interested in doctoral studies). Students at any
stage in their doctoral studies are encouraged to apply for
participation in the DC.

Applicants are expected to conduct research in areas related to logic
and constraint programming; topics of interest include (but are not
limited to):

** Foundations: Semantics, Formalisms, Nonmonotonic reasoning,
    Knowledge representation.

** Languages: Concurrency, Objects, Coordination, Mobility, Higher
    Order, Types, Modes, Assertions, Modules, Meta-programming,
    Logic-based domain-specific languages, Programming Techniques.

** Declarative programming: Declarative program development, Analysis,
    Type and mode inference, Partial evaluation, Abstract
    interpretation, Transformation, Validation, Verification,
    Debugging, Profiling, Testing, Execution visualization.

** Implementation: Virtual machines, Compilation, Memory management,
    Parallel/distributed execution, Constraint handling rules, Tabling,
    Foreign interfaces, User interfaces.

** Related Paradigms and Synergies: Inductive and Co-inductive Logic
    Programming, Constraint Logic Programming, Answer Set Programming,
    Interaction with SAT, SMT and CSP solvers, Logic programming
    techniques for type inference and theorem proving, Argumentation,
    Probabilistic Logic Programming, Relations to object-oriented and
    Functional programming.

** Applications: Databases, Big Data, Data integration and federation,
    Software engineering, Natural language processing, Web and Semantic
    Web, Agents, Artificial intelligence, Computational life sciences,
    Education, Cybersecurity, and Robotics.

Submissions by students who have presented their work at previous ICLP
DC editions are allowed, but should occur only if there are
substantial changes or improvements to the student's work. The DC
offers participants a convenient, more informal way to interact with
established researchers and fellow students, through presentations,
question-answer sessions, panel discussions, and invited

The Doctoral Consortium will also 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 presentation.


Renowned experts and researchers in the fields of logic and constraint
programming will join in evaluating submissions and will participate
in the DC, providing valuable feedback to DC participants.


** To provide doctoral students working in the fields 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.

Submission Details

Submissions of the research summary must be made in EPTCS format
(http://info.eptcs.org/) and submitted via EasyChair. All papers must
be written in English and should be between 5 and 10 pages. For all
accepted DC papers, the student is required to attend the DC program
and give a presentation during the DC.

A program committee consisting of experts in various areas related to
logic and constraint programming reviews the submissions. Papers are
reviewed by at least two, and usually three, referees.  The submission
package should consist of the research summary in the format mentioned
above, a short vita or cover letter of the applicant, a letter of
recommendation from applicant's faculty advisor, and one paragraph
statement outlining how the school will benefit the applicant. All
material is to be submitted electronically, in PDF format on the
Easychair system. Easychair link:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iclp2021 (Doctoral Consortium

Research summary (make sure to include your complete name, address,
and affiliation): The body of your research summary (no more than 10
pages, but 5 is fine as well!) should provide a clear overview of your
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

Review Criteria

The DC program committee will select participants based on their
anticipated contribution to the DC objectives. Participants typically
have settled on their thesis directions and have their research
proposal accepted by their thesis committee.

Students will be selected based on clarity and completeness of their
submission package, relevance of their research area w.r.t. the focus
of ICLP, stage of research, recommendation letter, and evidence of
promise towards a successful career in research and academia, such as
published papers or technical reports.


Registration is part of the ICLP 2021 registration. Registration costs
for ICLP will be lower than usual since it is virtual this year. We
aim to find sponsoring to cover the registration cost of students
participating in the DC, but this still has to be confirmed.

Program co-chairs

Bart Bogaerts, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Carmine Dodaro, University of Calabria

Program Committee

Daniela Inclezan, Miami University OH
Johannes Fichte, TU Dresden
Fabio Fioravanti, University of Chieti-Pescara
Gregory Gelfond, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Zeynep G. Saribatur, Vienna University of Technology
Frank Valencia, LIX, Ecole Polytechnique
Matthias Van der Hallen, KU Leuven
Yi Wang, Arizona State University
Jessica Zangari, University of Calabria

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