Proceedings of the IBM PhD Student Symposium at ICSOC 2006

Service-Oriented Computing (SoC) is a dynamic new field of research, creating a paradigm shift in the way software applications are designed and delivered. SoC technologies, through the use of open middleware standards, enable collaboration across organizational boundaries and are transforming the informationtechnology landscape. SoC builds on ideas and experiences from many different fields to produce the novel research needed to drive this paradigm shift.

The IBM PhD Student Symposium at ICSOC provides a forum where doctoral students conducting research in SoC can present their on-going dissertation work and receive feedback from a group of well-known experts. Each presentation is organized as a mock thesis-defense, with a committee of 4 mentors providing extensive feedback and advice for completing a successful PhD thesis. This format is similar to the one adopted by the doctoral symposia associated with ICSE, OOPSLA, ECOOP, Middleware and ISWC.

The closing session of the symposium is a panel discussion where the roles are reversed, and the mentors answer the students’ questions about research careers in industry and academia. The symposium agenda also contains a keynote address on writing a good PhD dissertation, delivered by Dr. Priya Narasimhan, Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and member of the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Committee.

This year we have received 18 submissions from 9 countries and 4 continents: 8 from North America, 8 from Europe, 1 from Asia and 1 from Australia. The goal of the Symposium is to provide constructive feedback to the authors of both accepted and rejected papers, so each paper has received three reviews from Program Committee members (no external reviewers were used). The submissions were evaluated based on the quality of the research, the knowledge of the area, the relevance to SoC, the quality of the presentation and the maturity of the PhD project. The program committee has finally selected 8 papers of varying maturity levels, guided by the principles of helping students who could benefit most from the feedback and letting their peers who are in an advanced stage of their PhD projects set a good example.

By: Ed. by Andreas Hanemann; Benedikt Kratz; Nirmal Mukhi; Tudor Dumitras

Published in: RC24118 in 2006


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