IFIP World Computer Congress
PhD Student Research Competition

September 18, 2018
Poznań, Poland


Competition Format

IFIP World Computer Congress will host a PhD Student Research Competition, where PhD students can present their original research before a panel of judges and conference attendees. The competition will consist of two rounds:

  • Extended abstract round:
    All students are encouraged to submit an extended abstract outlining their research (up to two pages).
  • Presentation at PhD Workshop:
    Based on the abstracts, a program committee will select the most promising entrants to participate in a PhD workshop which will take place at the congress. In the workshop session, students will have the opportunity to present their work to the judges and conference attendees. Based on the presentations, the judges will select a group of winners.
    Students who make it to this round and cannot be supported by their own institutions will be eligible for a grant to attend the workshop. The grant will provide funds towards congress registration fees and accommodation for four nights in a student dormitory. Authors of accepted abstracts who request grant support to the workshop organizers will be informed in due time about feasibility of support.


The competition is primarily open to PhD students at all stages of their study, but abstracts sent by entrants enrolled as a Master student at their universities will also be considered.

Submission Details

  • Abstract Submission: Friday, May 25th, 2018
  • Author Notification: Friday, June 29th, 2018
  • PhD SRC Workshop: Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Please use EasyChair to submit an extended abstract to the PhD Student Research Competition.

Each extended abstract should address the following:

  • Problem and Motivation:
    Clearly state the problem being addressed and explain the reasons for seeking a solution to this problem.
  • Background and Related Work:
    Describe the background necessary to appreciate the work. Include references to the literature where appropriate, and briefly explain where your work departs from that done by others.
  • Approach and Uniqueness:
    Describe your approach in attacking the problem and clearly state how your approach is novel.
  • Results and Contributions:
    Clearly show how the results of your work contribute to computer science and explain the significance of those results. If you present work-in-progress, explain how the envisaged results may contribute to computer science and explain their expected significance.

The abstract must describe the student's individual research and must be authored solely by the student. Students are encouraged to submit work they have been conducting in collaboration with others, including thesis advisors. However, submissions are individual, so they must focus on the contributions of the student. Submissions should consist of original work (not yet accepted for publication). However, no formal proceedings are expected, so submitting an extended abstract to this competition does not preclude publication elsewhere.

Abstracts must be submitted in PDF, and be no more than 2 pages in standard two-column SIGPLAN conference format. Each submission must contain the abstract title, the author's name, e-mail address, and affiliation, and also contact details of the research advisor.

Submissions must be made through the on-line submission site EasyChair.


The presentation should consist of two parts:
  • A very short introduction stating the key issues of the research project (an elevator pitch).
  • A talk, explaining more details.
The goal of the presentation is to convey the idea of the project in an exciting way, rather than to give a lot of technical details.


The PhD SRC 2018 Workshop will be held in Poznań, Poland, on September 18, 2018, as part of the 24th IFIP World Computer Congress (September 17-21, 2018). The conference venue is conveniently located in the city center, at the campus of Poznan University of Technology.

Post-workshop Publication

At the discretion of the program committee and with the consent of the authors, particularly worthy submissions may be recommended for a special journal issue. After the PhD SRC Workshop, those authors will be invited to submit a full version of their papers to a volume of Foundations of Computing and Decision Sciences, an open-access international journal.

Organizing Committee

  • Paweł T. Wojciechowski, Poznań University of Technology (Workshop Chair)
  • Robert Wrembel, Poznań University of Technology

Program Committee

  • Witold Andrzejewski, Poznań University of Technology, Poland
  • Tadeusz Kobus, Poznań University of Technology, Poland
  • Yuko Murayama, Tsuda College, Japan
  • Jaroslav Pokorný, Charles University, Czech Republic
  • Jerzy Stefanowski, Poznań University of Technology, Poland
  • A Min Tjoa, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Paweł T. Wojciechowski, Poznań University of Technology, Poland

Honorary Patronage
Honorary Patronage of the Mayor of Poznań Honorary Patronage of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Honorary Patronage of the Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs
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