23rd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on
Advances in Geographic Information Systems
(ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2015)
Tuesday, November 3-6, 2015, Seattle, WA, USA
ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015 PhD Symposium
Call For Contributions
The ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015 PhD Symposium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in the broad areas addressed by the ACM SIGSPATIAL community. We invite PhD students to submit a
summary of their dissertation work to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field. We have two tracks for submission. The Junior PhD Track is for students who are in early stages of their doctoral studies. The submission should provide a clear problem definition, explain why it is important, survey related work, and summarize the
new solutions that are pursued. The Senior PhD Track is for students who are close to completion (expected to graduate by 2015/2016). The submission should focus on describing the contribution they made in their doctoral dissertation. The strongest candidates will be those who have a clear topic and research approach, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes.
Submissions must be single-author, and the name of the supervisor must be marked ("supervised by") on the paper, under the author's name. Authors should not have received their Ph.D. degree nor submitted their thesis before the Symposium.
Authors should submit their papers to the following website:
The paper should be of maximum 4 pages and should follow the same formatting guidelines as ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS papers. Please make sure to meet these guidelines.
The review process will balance many factors, including the quality of your proposal and where you are within your doctoral education program. It also includes external factors, where as a group the accepted candidates exhibit a diversity of backgrounds and topics. Candidates who have a clearly developed idea and who are formally considered by their institution to be working on their dissertation will receive the strongest consideration. Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. Upon acceptance, authors will receive the information about camera-ready instructions, attending the PhD Symposium, preparing their presentation, and how to register for the conference.
At the Conference
All participants are expected to attend the entire day of the symposium, including a career mentoring panel on the evening of the Symposium. Each student will present his or her work to the group with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating researchers and other students. Although many fine pieces of work have to be rejected due to lack of space, being accepted into the symposium is an honor, and involves a commitment to giving and receiving thoughtful commentary with an eye towards shaping the field and upcoming participants in the field. Faculty advisors of the students are
strongly encouraged to attend the Symposium as well.