Seventh ICLP Doctoral Student Consortium

Seventh ICLP Doctoral Student Consortium
to be held in Lexington, Kentucky, USA at the occasion of ICLP 2011
July 6th, 2011

The ICLP Doctoral Consortium (DC) is the seventh doctoral consortium to be offered as  part of the 27th International Conference on Logic Programming. The DC follows the very  positive experience of the previous events held in Sitges (Spain) on October 3rd,  2005, in Seattle (WA) on August 21st, 2006, in Porto (Portugal) on September 8th, 2007,  in Udine (Italy) on December 10th, 2008, in Pasadena (USA) on July 15th, 2009 and in  Edinburgh (Scotland) on July 20th, 2010.

The DC will take place during the ICLP 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky (USA). The Doctoral Consortium is designed for doctoral students working in areas related to logic and constraint programming, with a particular emphasis to students interested in pursuing a career in academia. The Consortium is also open to exceptional Master’s students developing MS Theses in Logic Programming. The Doctoral Consortium aims to provide students with an opportunity to present and discuss their research directions and to obtain feedback from peers as well as world-renown experts in the field.

General Information
The aims of the Doctoral Consortium are:

  • To provide doctoral students working in the field of logic and constraint programming with a friendly and open forum to present their research ideas, listen to ongoing work from peer students, and receive constructive feedback.
  • To provide students with relevant information about important issues for doctoral candidates and future academics.
  • To develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research.
  • To support a new generation of researchers with information and advice on academic, research, industrial, and non-traditional career paths.

The Consortium is designed for students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, though we are also open to exceptions (e.g., students currently in a Masters program and interested in doctoral studies). Students at any stage in their doctoral studies are encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to be conducting research in the field of Logic Programming; topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Theoretical Foundations of Logic and Constraint Logic Programming
  • Sequential and Parallel Implementation Technology
  • Static and Dynamic Analysis, Abstract Interpretation, Compilation Technology, Verification
  • Logic-based Paradigms (e.g., Answer Set Programming, Concurrent Logic Programming, Inductive Logic Programming)
  • Innovative Applications of Logic Programming

Submissions by students who have presented their work at a previous ICLP Doctoral Consortia are allowed, but should occur only if there are substantial changes or improvements to the student’s work.

The Consortium allows participants to interact with established researchers and with other students, through presentations, question- answer sessions, panel discussions, and invited presentations. The Doctoral Consortium will provide the possibility to reflect – through short activities, information sessions, and discussions – on the process and lessons of research and life in academia. Each participant will give a short, critiqued, research presentation.

Several renowned faculty members and researchers in the field of Logic Programming will join in evaluating the submission packets and will participate in the Doctoral Consortium, providing feedback to the presenters.

Important Dates
NEW Submission Deadline:             April 26th, 2011
Acceptance Notification:             May 2nd, 2011
Last Date to Update Research Summary:     May 8th, 2011 (tentative)
Doctoral Consortium:                     July 6th, 2011
ICLP 2011 Conference:                     July 6-10, 2011

Submission Process

  • Application Process: To apply for participation to the ICLP 2011 Doctoral Consortium, prepare a submission package  consisting of a cover letter, a research summary, and a letter of recommendation (e.g., from your supervisor). The material should be submitted electronically, in PDF format.
  • Review Criteria: The ICLP Doctoral Consortium review committee will select participants based on their anticipated  contribution to the Consortium objectives. Participants typically have settled on their thesis directions and had their research proposal accepted by their thesis committee. Students will be selected based on clarity and completeness of the submission packet, relevance of their research area w.r.t. the focus of the ICLP Conference, stage of research, advisor’s letter, and evidence of promise towards a successful research and academic career, such as published papers or technical reports.
  • Award: The ICLP Doctoral Consortium Discussants will review the submissions to select the ones to be presented. The organizing committee is actively seeking support to offer scholarship packages to accepted participants. We will update the web site as soon as we have more information regarding this.
    • Submission Package: Send the submission package by e-mail to: Include the three documents as separate pdf files in attachment. All submissions must be in English. Submissions will not be considered if they arrive after the deadline. Your submission should not contain any proprietary or confidential material.
      Detailed instructions for each of the documents follow below.

      • Cover Page: Please include the following information in the cover page:
        1. Statement of interest in participating in the Doctoral Consortium
        2. Full name and School and Department in which you are earning your doctorate degree
        3. Contact information – address, telephone number, and email address
        4. Title of your research and keywords pertinent to your research
        5. The URL of your web page (if any)
        6. Name of your supervising professor
        7. Current stage in your program of study, e.g. (Master/PhD student, start date)
      • Research Summary: Prepare your research summary as a PDF document, using either the same format style as for the
        regular submissions to ICLP 2011, or the Springer Verlag LNCS Conference Publication Format. Make sure to include your complete name, address and affiliation. The body of your research summary (no more than 6 pages, but 3 is fine as well!) should provide a clear overview of the research, its potential impact, and its current status. You are encouraged to include the following sections:

        1. Introduction and problem description
        2. Background and overview of the existing literature
        3. Goal of the research
        4. Current status of the research
        5. Preliminary results accomplished (if any)
        6. Open issues and expected achievements
        7. Bibliographical references
      • Letter of Recommendation: Include a letter of recommendation written by your Graduate Advisor or Thesis Advisor. Please, invite your advisor to include an assessment of the current status of your thesis research and an indication of the expected deadline for thesis submission. In addition, your advisor should indicate what she/he hopes you would gain from participation in the Doctoral Consortium.


Alessandro Dal Palu’
Math Dept
Parma University, Italy

Stefan Woltran
Institute of Information Systems
TU Wien, Austria