The Eighth International Conference on Service Oriented Computing

December 7-10, 2010, San Francisco, California

PhD Symposium


July 15, 2010: Paper submission
August 5, 2010: Author notification
August 15, 2010: Camera-ready submission


The ICSOC PhD Symposium 2010 is an international forum for PhD students working in all the areas addressed by the ICSOC conference (http://www.icsoc.org).

The goals of the ICSOC PhD Symposium are:

* To bring together PhD students and established researchers in the field of service oriented computing.
* To enable PhD students to interact with other PhD students and to stimulate an exchange of ideas, suggestions, and experiences among participants.
* To give PhD students the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and critical atmosphere.
* To provide students with fruitful feedback and advice on their research approach and thesis.

We particularly encourage students that are still developing their research methodology or are somewhere in the middle of their research program to submit to this symposium. Only active PhD students are eligible to submit, and topics are restricted to their doctoral work within the scope of the ICSOC conference.

The 2010 doctoral symposium will be the 6th PhD Symposium of a series held in conjunction with the ICSOC conferences, since its inception.


We are proud to announce that IBM Research, USA, will be sponsoring the ICSOC PhD Symposium, as already done with prior editions of the event. Details on the exact form of the sponsorship will be posted on the Symposium's web page as soon as available.


Submitted papers should give a clear description of the PhD work being conducted by the author of the paper. In particular, papers must:

* Provide a clear problem statement, outlining the research challenges that drive the proposed work.
* Describe the proposed solution, its expected impact, the expected research plan, and any preliminary results available.
* Discuss the progress beyond the state of the art of the envisioned research outcome compared to current literature and approaches (cite key papers).

Each paper must be formatted according to the Springer LNCS format (http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html) and must be at most 6 pages in length (strictly enforced). Submissions must be single-author, and the name of the supervisor must be clearly marked ("supervised by ...") on the paper, under the author's name.

Papers must be submitted electronically, in PDF format, via the PhD Symposium track in the ICSOC submission system: http://www.conftool.com/icsoc2010/. The proceedings of the symposium will be published in the main volume of the conference proceedings.


Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the PhD Symposium Program Committee. The main evaluation criteria are: relevance to service-oriented computing, potential for impact, quality of proposed research. The selection of papers will be based on these criteria.

In order to stimulate the discussion during the symposium, (i) reviewers will be asked to provide a one paragraph description of what solution they think suits the described problem and how they would approach the research (in addition to the actual review); (ii) students accepted for participation will be asked to write their own reviews of two/three other accepted papers. As a feedback on their reviews, students will be granted access to the respective reviews by the Program Committee.

The symposium will operate in a workshop format, giving PhD students the opportunity to showcase their research and to assess the solutions proposed by the Program Committee.


Boualem Benatallah, University of New South Wales, Australia
Eleni Stroulia, University of Alberta, Canada
Jianwen Su, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA