Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work. Ideally, students should have written or be close to completing a thesis proposal, and be far enough away from finishing the thesis that they can make good use of the feedback from the consortium.

The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis and research plans by providing feedback and general advice in a constructive and international atmosphere.

A panel of prominent professors and experienced practitioners in the field of logistics and Transportation research working in organizations from different countries will conduct the workshop. They will review all the submissions and comment on the content of the thesis as well as on the presentation.

The format of the workshop will be as follows: students will have 20 minutes to present their research, focusing on the main theme of their thesis, what they have achieved so far and how they plan to continue their work. Another 10 to 20 minutes is reserved for discussion and feedback from both the professors and other participants.

There is no registration fee for doctoral students who are accepted for the Doctoral Consortium. Participants have just to pay their accommodation! The number of participants is limited.

Call for Papers and Topics:

Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract describing their research. Submissions relating to any aspect of logistics and transportation research, intelligent data analysis, computational intelligence, development, and evaluation are welcomed, including:
?technical advances,
?usage and impact studies,
?policy analyses,
?social and institutional implications,
?theoretical contributions,
?interaction and design advances,
?innovative applications in the sciences, humanities, and education.

The extended abstract is restricted to 2 pages. Submissions should be submitted electronically in pdf format.

The abstracts should:
?Be solely authored by the student and based on his or her dissertation research,
?Clearly formulate the research question,
?Identify the significant problems in the field of research,
?Summarize the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of the art for solutions,
?Clearly present any preliminary research plans and ideas, and the results achieved so far,
?Sketch the research methodology that is to be applied, Describe the expected contributions of the applicant to the research area, and
?Describes how the research is innovative, novel or extends existing approaches to a problem.

The following should be appended to your abstract:
?Motivation letter: A detailed statement by the student saying why he or she wants to attend the Consortium,
?Curriculum vitae, and
?Recommendation letter: A statement by his or her advisor / supervisor saying how the student would benefit by attending the Consortium.

Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness, and clarity. Only students in the early stages of their Ph.D programs will be considered.

Accepted abstracts will be distributed to Doctoral Consortium participants in separate workshop proceedings, but will not be published in the IEEE Xplore platform.

Important Dates:
?February 28, 2013 Deadline for submission of abstracts
?March 31, 2013 Notification of acceptance
?May 29-31, 2013 Doctoral Consortium (the exact date will be announced soon)