Call for Doctoral Symposium Papers

The doctoral symposium of Middleware 2018 will be held in Rennes, France. Following the tradition of past editions, the symposium provides an international forum that gives PhD students an opportunity to present and discuss their research with their peers and with a panel of expert mentors from the middleware field.

The symposium is open to PhD students at any stage of their studies. Applicants will be divided into two groups:

  • Planners: students at an early-stage of their thesis who are focused on crafting their research proposal and completing background research.
  • Finishers: students closer to finishing their thesis or dissertation and thinking about how to present their research, its results, and its impact.

The symposium will provide an informal and welcoming atmosphere in which students from both groups will have the opportunity to discuss their planned goals, their progress and achievements, the key research challenges to overcome, as well as software and tools they are developing.

As part of the symposium, the participating students will receive valuable feedback from senior researchers and experts from both industry and academia. The symposium will also be an opportunity for meeting and sharing experiences with other PhD students who are addressing similar topics or are at a similar stage in their doctoral work.

All PhD students carrying out research on middleware topics are invited to submit a position paper to the doctoral symposium. Papers will be peer-reviewed by the symposium’s committee of selected mentors. The criteria for accepting papers includes the extent of the contribution of the work to the field, the originality of the problem, and the overall quality of the position paper. Position papers should fit within the topics of Middleware 2018 Call for Papers.

Accepted position papers will be presented during the doctoral symposium, as well as in a poster session during the main program of Middleware 2018. Contributions to the Middleware 2018 PhD Workshop will appear in a proceedings that supplements the main conference proceedings.

Accepted papers


Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline September 25th 2018
Notification of Acceptance October 12th 2018 October 16th 2018
Camera Ready October 25th 2018

*All deadline times are 23:59 anywhere on earth

Submission instructions

The Middleware 2018 Doctoral Symposium will accept papers in two categories (for groups A of Planners and B of Finishers). All papers should be formatted according to the ACM guidelines. Students should pay careful attention to which category is appropriate for the stage of their research and adhere to the instructions for the proper category.

  • Planners: Students in the early stages of the PhD research (i.e., likely within the first 1-2 years of the research portion of the degree) should submit within the Planners group. Position papers in this category should not be longer than 2 pages (including all materials).
  • Finishers: Students nearing the end of their PhD research (i.e., have one or more publications complete, have concrete results to discuss) should submit within the Finishers group. Position papers in this category should not be longer than 4 pages (including all materials).

Submissions will be handled through HotCRP:  SUBMIT YOUR PAPER HERE 

Suggested content

  • Author name: the first and only author should be the PhD student (other contributors, e.g., the PhD student’s advisor(s), can be acknowledged in a separate section at the end).
  • Author affiliation.
  • Abstract (maximum of 100 words).
  • Clear statement of the identified research problem(s) and the context in which the problem(s) will be addressed.
  • Summary (with appropriate references) of the state-of-the-art related to the identified problem(s) along with a clear restatement of the “gap” relative to the research problem(s).
  • Statement explaining the approach and results, according to PhD stage:
    • Planners: state the intended approach including a summary of work accomplished to date (if any).
    • Finishers: describe the research approach and results, including appropriate citations to any published portions.
  • Description of evaluation.
    • Planners: describe the evaluation plan including intended metrics (quantitative and/or qualitative).
    • Finishers: give a clear description of the evaluation, with metrics tied to the originally stated research goals.
  • Conclusion: that includes a statement of the real or potential impact(s) of solving the identified research problem(s). Finishers especially should include a brief conjecture about future work that builds on the PhD research.
  • Acknowledgements that properly recognize others’ contributions to the work (supervisor(s), other graduate students, funding sources, etc.).

Student Travel Grants

Doctoral students that submit their work to this symposium are also encouraged to apply for student travel grants to attend Middleware 2018. Students participating in the doctoral symposium will be given priority for the travel grants.

Doctoral Symposium Chairs

Laurent Réveillère
Luís Veiga

Program Committee (preliminary)

Gordon Blair (UK)
Pascal Felber (Switzerland)
Paul Grace (UK)
Danny Hughes (Belgium)
Valérie Issarny (France)
Zbigniew Jerzak (Germany)
Anne-Marie Kermarrec (France)
Etienne Riviere (Belgium)