The 6th International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems

September 10 - 12 2012, Vienna, Austria


Doctoral Consortium, RR 2012

The RR2012 Doctoral Consortium will provide doctoral students in Web Reasoning and related areas with the unique opportunity to present and discuss their research directions, being involved into state-of-the-art research discussion and being supported in establishing fruitful collaborations with prominent researchers and pioneers the field of Web Reasoning and Rules and related areas.

Call for DC Papers (TXT version)

Travel grants for students participating in RR 2012 are available, including special grants for students at U.S. institutions. See grant information.

The co-location of RR2012 with the Reasoning Web Summer School and with other relevant related events will provide multiple opportunities for participating students to enhance their education.

The Consortium will allow participants to interact with established researchers through the following initiatives:

  • The poster presentation session accompanied by a written research summary, which will be distributed at the conference. The poster presentation session will be preceded by a spotlight presentations session where poster presenters give 5-minute teaser talks as advertisement for their posters.
  • The mentoring lunch will consist of a lunch break where a senior researcher shares a lunch table with 3-4 students. The researcher will be charged with initiating and driving a discussion on general topics concerning research, career, and Web Reasoning as a discipline. He will also be available for answering questions by the students.

Important Dates (extended)

  • Application Deadline: May 4 May 25, 2012
  • Notification: May 21 June 7, 2012
  • Grant Application: May 31th June 11, 2012
  • Grant Notification: June 30, 2012

Submission Information

To apply for participation to the RR2012 Doctoral Consortium students are asked to submit

  1. A research summary (max 6 pages) of their PhD research addressing the following aspects:
    • Applicant's complete name, address and affiliation as well as the title of the research
    • The main problem you are trying to tackle and why it is relevant
    • What is the state-of-the-art in relation to existing solutions to the problem
    • Advances beyond the state-of-the-art in terms of your specific contribution and research plan
    • Current status of the research plan
    • Expected achievements and possible evaluation metrics to establish the level of success of your results
    • References
  2. A statement of interest in participating to the Doctoral Consortium (less than 1 page, uploaded as an attachment)

Both the research summary and the attachment must be in PDF format and be formatted according to the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

Submission Process

Submission will be managed via Easychair:

All the accepted contributions have to be presented.

The best submissions will present their work as regular (15 min) presentation, and they will be given the option to have their research summaries included in the conference proceedings (Springer LNCS). All the other accepted submissions will be presented at the poster presentation session, preceded by the 5-min talk.

Students whose work has been accepted at the poster presentation session should prepare a poster as well in A0 portrait format (more details provided soon).

Students presenting a poster to the Reasoning Web Summer School can use the same poster for the DC if accepted as short presentations.

Grants & Awards

Applications for Grants will be managed via Easychair:

Two types of sponsorship will be available.

Type 1 sponsorships will be in the amounts of at least $500 per student. Such sponsorships will be given to students who participate in the Reasoning Web Summer School sponsored by their own funding, such that they can extend their stay to include RR2012.

Type 2 sponsorships will be in the amounts of at least $1,500 per student. They will cover travel and other expenses for attending RR2012. Sponsored students may choose to seek additional funding from other sources such that they can also attend the Reasoning Web Summer School. All students at U.S. universities are eligible to apply for the sponsorships.

In order to apply for a grant, students need to submit a single PDF form containing, the following information:

  • Section A: Applicant details, included name and affiliation, title of the PhD Thesis, year of PhD, title and authors (in the correct order) of paper accepted to RR2012 (if any), if the applicant is attending the Reasoning Web Summer School as well, and the type of grant the applicant applies to
  • Section B: Short motivation statement (max 250 words) for applying, including eventual evidence for the need for sponsorship
  • Section C: Dissertation plan, if submitted

Students will be selected by a committee consisting of the PIs and the chairs of RR2012. In their decisions, the committee members will adhere to the following criteria:

  1. Students who have submitted a dissertation plan for review, and the reviews found the dissertation plan to be of high quality and on an important topic.
  2. Students who are first authors of research papers at the conference, and who provide convincing evidence that they would not be able to attend all or part of the event without sponsorship.
  3. Students who are co-authors of research papers at the conference, and who provide convincing evidence that they would not be able to attend all or part of the event without sponsorship.
  4. Students who have submitted a dissertation plan for review, but the reviews found the dissertation plan of lesser quality
  5. All other students, taking into account the stage of their PhD studies (early-stage PhD are favored), quality of the dissertation plan as assessed by the reviews, quality of the (co-)authored RR2012 research paper as assessed by the reviews.

All students being awarded a grant, will present a poster and a spotlight talk based on their dissertation plan.


Alessandra Mileo, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, NUIG

List of Mentors

The list of mentors will be communicated along with their area of expertise once the review process has been completed.

Program Committee

  • Pedro Cabalar, Department of Computer Science, Corunna University, Galicia (Spain)
  • Diego Calvanese, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
  • Thomas Eiter, TU Vienna
  • Wolfgang Faber, Department of Mathematics of the University of Calabria (Italy)
  • Claudio Gutierrez, Universidad of Chile
  • Pascal Hitzler, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, Dayton OH (US)
  • Tommie Meyer, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, CSIR Meraka and University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
  • Alessandra Mileo, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen
  • Axel Polleres, Siemens AG Österreich
  • Terrance Swift, Stony Brook University, New York (US)
  • Hans Tompits, TU Vienna
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