[PlanetKR] KR2020 - Doctoral Consortium Call for Applications

Theofanis I. Aravanis taravanis at upatras.gr
Tue May 19 21:31:28 EST 2020

KR Doctoral Consortium Call for Applications
September 12-18, 2020
Rhodes, Greece

The 17th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge 
Representation and Reasoning (KR 2020) invites PhD students to apply for 
the Doctoral Consortium program.


The Doctoral Consortium (DC) is a student mentoring program bringing 
together PhD students and senior researchers from the area of KR. The 
aims of the consortium are:

* to provide a forum for students to present their current research, and 
receive feedback from other students and senior researchers;
* to promote contacts among PhD students working in similar areas;
* to support students with information and advice on academic, research, 
and industrial careers.

The DC is intended for PhD students who have a specific research 
proposal and some preliminary results, but who have sufficient time 
prior to completing their dissertation to benefit from the consortium 
experience. Preference will be given to students satisfying these 
criteria, but well-motivated applications from students who are at 
earlier or later stages of their doctoral studies will still be 

For accepted students there will be a row of dedicated events, including 
DC invited talks on research practice, a lightning talk session, a 
poster session, and a mentoring lunch. Each student will be given ample 
time to present their work and therefore be able to fully benefit from 
direct feedback from the assigned senior researcher mentor and the wider 
KR conference audience.


Applications must be submitted through the EasyChair conference system:

https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/ZOBaCL7EPlFXYjkKTqKONa?domain=easychair.org (start a new submission, 
and choose the checkbox for "Doctoral Consortium").

Each application must contain the following elements combined into a 
single PDF document:

(1) Thesis summary. A description of the problem being addressed, your 
motivation for addressing the problem, proposed plan of research, the 
progress to date (what you have already achieved and what remains to be 
done), and related work. It must be four pages maximum in AAAI style 
(2) Curriculum Vitae. A description of your background and relevant 
experience (research, education, employment), of two pages maximum.
(3) Letter of recommendation. A letter from your thesis advisor that 
states that he/she supports your participation in the DC.
(4) Indication of whether a sponsored studentship is requested, and if 
so, whether the student volunteers to help with local organization 
during KR, DL, and NMR.
(5) Optionally, a suggestion of up to 5 potential mentors with similar 
research interests, who could give good advice on technical aspects 
related to the work, and/or career opportunities.

The selection process will consider the quality of the submitted 
proposal and the stage of the student's PhD project.

Doctoral students who submit to the DC are permitted to have previously 
published on their research, and are encouraged to submit papers to KR 
2020 and associated conferences and workshops.


Application deadline: June 5, 2020
Acceptance notification: June 26, 2020
Doctoral Consortium: September 12-18, 2020 (TBC)

For further information, please contact the DC chairs:

Vaishak Belle, University of Edinburgh (vaishak at ed.ac.uk)
Rafael Peñaloza, University of Milano-Bicocca 
(rafael.penaloza at unimib.it)
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