Ph.D. Symposium

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: January 31, 2015
  • Notifications of Acceptance: February 22, 2015
  • Final Submission Deadline for Camera-ready Version: March 8, 2015

The PhD Symposium is held in conjunction with the 24th International World Wide Web Conference, May 18 – 22, Florence, Italy.

The goal of the PhD Symposium is to provide a supportive setting in which PhD students can present and receive feedback on their work. Students at different stages in their research will be able to present and discuss their problem statement, goals, methods and results.  The symposium aims to provide students with useful guidance on various aspects of their research from established researchers and other PhD students working in research areas related to the World Wide Web.  Finally, the symposium also aims to enable PhD students to interact with other participants in order to stimulate an exchange of ideas, suggestions and experiences.

The symposium welcomes submissions by PhD candidates working on the topics of www2015. You can consult the list of www2015 topics.


The Symposium is open to all PhD Students. PhD Students at the beginning of their work are particularly welcome when they have a well-defined problem statement and some ideas about the solution that they want to discuss. PhD students in a more advanced stage of their work should still have a sufficient time before completing their dissertation to be able to benefit from the symposium experience.

Submission guidelines

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

Problem describe the core problem of the PhD and motivate its relevance
State of the art describe relevant related work
Proposed approach present the approach taken and motivate how this is novel
with respect to existing works
Methodology sketch the methodology that is (or will be) adopted and, in
particular, the approach to be taken for evaluating the
results of the work
Results describe the current status of the work and any results that
have been reached so far
Conclusions and future work conclude and specify the major items of future work

Submissions must be no longer than 5 pages and must be formatted in the style of the www2015 submissions (which is based on the ACM SIG Proceedings style). 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.

Selection process

All submissions will be reviewed by the Symposium Program Committee composed of experienced researchers, who can provide feedback and suggest future research directions. All the accepted PhD Symposium papers will be included in the same Companion Volume with the papers from the tracks of Posters, Demos, and Developer, and made available through the ACM Digital Library.


Please submit proposals via EasyChair in the PhD Symposium track at:
Inquiries can be sent to

Track chairs

  • Anirban Dasgupta – IIT Gandhinagar (India)
  • Jay Chen – NYU Abu Dhabi (UAE)
  • Oana Goga – MPI-SWS  (Germany)