Doctoral Symposium—Call for Papers

The DEBS 2023 Doctoral Symposium welcomes submissions from doctoral students who are undertaking research relevant to the DEBS 2023 conference. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Distributed and event-based computing within, e.g., software systems, distributed systems, distributed data processing, data management, dependability, knowledge management, networking, programming languages, security and software engineering;
  • Domain-specific topics within event-based computing: e.g., real-time analytics, mobile computing, social networking, pervasive, green computing and ubiquitous computing, sensor networks, user interfaces, big data processing, spatio-temporal processing, cloud computing, edge computing, peer-to-peer computing, embedded systems, stream reasoning, and RDF stream processing;
  • Enterprise-related topics: e.g., complex event detection, enterprise application integration, real-time enterprises and web services
  • Relevant research topics within the Internet of Things.
  • Submission Guidelines

    Doctoral symposium papers should describe the problem addressed as part of the PhD work, explain its importance, discuss the limitations of existing solutions and give some indication of steps taken towards a solution. There should be enough substance to stimulate discussion at the symposium, but the work does not need to be complete. We thus encourage submissions from students both at early and late stages of their doctoral work.

    Submissions should be written based on the following structure, which focuses on the key methodological components required for a sound research synthesis:

  • Problem Statement: What is the core problem you are studying during your PhD? Why is it relevant? How valuable are the results if you find a solution to the problem (external validity)?
  • Research approach/Methodology: What methodology are you following for investigating your research questions? How good is the method for obtaining findings (internal validity)? Examples of methods: (i) Data science, (ii) Macro-Meso-Micro Research Question, (iii) Action Research
  • Research setting: What are your research questions? Which hypotheses are you going to investigate? (Noting that hypotheses must be falsifiable!) What assumptions are you making?
  • State of the art / Related work: Who has worked on your problem (or a similar one) in the past? What are the main differences between existing research and yours? How and why is your research novel concerning the existing state of the art? The authors can decide whether to include a state-of-the-art section before the approach or a comparative related work section after their approach.
  • Research approach: What is the proposed solution to the problem statement? How does it answer the research questions?
  • Evaluation plan: How are you going to evaluate your research? Which datasets will you use? Are you using any established benchmarks? Have you reached any result so far?
  • Conclusions and reflections: What is the current status of your research? What are the main challenges you are facing? Why do you think your research will be successful?
  • Submissions must be no longer than 4 pages and must adhere to the two-column "sigconf" ACM conference proceeding style. Templates and examples in LaTeX and various versions of Microsoft Word are available for download from the ACM Master Article Template web pages at Papers must be in PDF (Adobe’s Portable Document Format) format and must be submitted electronically.

    Submissions must be single-author, on the topic of the doctoral work. The name of the supervisor must be clearly marked (“supervised by …”) on the paper, under the author’s name.

    All accepted submissions must be presented in person at the symposium. Distinguished scientists will be present to give feedback and advice to the students. During the event, presentations from authors can involve media other than traditional PowerPoint-style slideshows. Please note that in-person attendance is requested for the presenters of Doctoral Symposium.


    Submit your paper using HotCRP: If you have any questions, please contact the Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs, Riccardo Tommasini (riccardo.tommasini<at> and Senjuti Basu Roy (senjuti.basuroy<at> or the General Chair Valerio Schiavoni (valerio.schiavoni<at>

    A short summary of each accepted project will be included in the published conference proceedings, but students are free to submit their work elsewhere in parallel, also.

    An expert panel will judge the best submission and separately the best presentation by participating students.

    Important Dates

  • Deadline: May 10th, 2023 May 20th, 2023
  • Date of Notification: May 20th, 2023 May 27th, 2023
  • Conference: June 27th–30th, 2023
  • Important Dates

    Events Dates (AoE)
    Fall Cycle - Research Papers
    Abstract Submission November 11st, 2022 November 18st, 2022
    Paper Submission November 18h, 2022 November 25th, 2022
    Rebuttal Phase January 9–13, 2023
    Acceptance Notification January 20, 2023
    Camera Ready March 3rd, 2023
    Spring Cycle - Research Papers
    Abstract Submission February 17th, 2023 February 24th, 2023
    Paper Submission February 24th, 2023 March 3rdth, 2023
    Rebuttal Phase April 13–17, 2023
    Acceptance Notification April 27, 2023
    Camera Ready May 26th, 2023
    Submission Dates
    Industry and Application Paper Submission March 25th, 2023 April 7th, 2023
    Doctoral Symposium Submission May 10th, 2023 May 20th, 2023
    Poster and Demo Paper Submission May 12th, 2023 May 19th, 2023
    Notification Dates
    Author Notification Industry and Application Track April 27th, 2023
    Author Notification Doctoral Symposium May 20th, 2023 May 27th, 2023
    Author Notification Poster & Demo May 26th, 2023
    Camera Ready for All Tracks (except Poster & Demo) May 26th, 2023
    Camera Ready for Poster & Demo May 31st, 2023
    Conference 27th–30th 2023