Doctoral Consortium

For the fourth time, we will have a Doctoral Consortium at the ACM Symposium on Document Engineering.

Doctoral students in their second year or later present their dissertation project and will get feedback from a panel of senior researchers as well as from the general audience. This session is intended to provide a venue for student researchers in Document Engineering to present their work. It will provide constructive criticism and help doctoral students in formulating their research question, deciding about methods and approaches to use, and creating further ideas. ProDoc@DocEng is a good place to learn about how to conduct a dissertation project and to learn about leading edge research.

ProDoc@DocEng will take place during the Symposium as a special session. Each participant will be allocated 10 minutes for presentation, followed by feedback and questions. Additionally, mentors will be responsible for providing feedback to students and preparing in-depth comments and questions for individual meetings.

Participants of ProDoc@DocEng register for DocEng 2015 and will thus be able to attend all sessions of the Symposium. You can read about previous consortia in the ACM SIGWEB Spring 2015 newsletter.

Participation in ProDoc@DocEng is independent of any regular paper submission—you can both have a regular paper and take part in the Doctoral Consortium or take part in the Doctoral Consortium without presenting a regular paper/poster.

Benefits of Participation

  • All accepted proposals will be presented in a special session giving students an opportunity to present their work to a large and diverse audience.
  • Each participant will receive feedback and mentorship from experienced researchers in the field based on the topic of their submission.
  • Participants will be eligible to apply for Student Travel Awards.

Submission Procedure

Submissions must be made electronically in PDF format by May 23, 2016 June 06, 2016 (closed), 11:59 p.m. AOE, via the EasyChair conference system. Submissions must not exceed two pages and must conform to the ACM SIG Proceedings format.

The language of the consortium is English. All submissions must be in English. There will be no publication for ProDoc@DocEng in the proceedings.

State the working title and your name and your affiliation or/and employer in the header.

State your main supervisor, your academic background (i.e., what kind of MA or MSc you obtained before, or what you are working on at the moment), when you started your PhD studies and when your thesis is planned to be completed. If your institution has certain rules with respect to the duration of PhD studies or internal and external readers, please add this information. Please also note if you are looking for a second/third supervisor/reader.

Then, describe your dissertation project including your research question, related work, and the current status of your work (i.e., preliminary ideas, proposed approach, and results achieved so far).

If you have already published on your topic, give references.

(Skip abstract and categories, and start with information on your supervisor and personal background instead.)

Review Process

Every submission will be reviewed by two members of the ProDoc@DocEng panel. The main evaluation criteria are: originality, significance, maturity, and clarity.

Acceptance for the Doctoral Consortium is competitive in nature and is based on the evaluation criteria above.

Mentors/Panel (preliminary)

  • David Brailsford (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Peter King (University of Manitoba, Canada)
  • Ethan Munson (University of Wisconsin, USA)
  • Charles Nicholas (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
  • Robert Sablatnig (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
  • Steve Simske (HP Laboratories, Fort Collins, USA)


For any question on ProDoc@DocEng please don’t hesitate to contact
Cerstin Mahlow: