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OOPSLA 2000, Conference On Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications

Chair: Dennis Kafura, doc_symp@oopsla.acm.org
Submissions begin date: 1 May, 2000.

Submissions due date: 24 July, 2000.
Notification of acceptance: 15 August, 2000.

Doctoral Symposium Frequently Asked Questions

OOPSLA 2000 will provide a selected group of doctoral students with a forum in which to present their work and to obtain guidance from a faculty of university and industry researchers as well as the other symposium participants. The goal of the symposium is to expose the students to external helpful but critical peers before their defense in order to improve upon their thesis work, as well as giving points of advice for job interviews. Past symposia have benefited the participants greatly and their responses had been unanimously quite positive.

Mentors have been respected individuals in the OO community, such as past/present Program Chairs of OOPSLA / ECOOP, seasoned members of the Program Committee, symposium organizers, workshop leaders, etc. Their mission is not only to be constructively critical about the current status of the work, but also to give advice to where the work should further focus and stress, the future direction for successful completion of the doctoral work, as well as some points of advice for job interviews. In the past symposia, some mentors have attained close research relationships with the then doctoral students, who have gone on to become established researchers themselves, resulting in continuum of research collaborations.

Who Should Apply
Doctoral students who are within one year of thesis completion are invited to apply. Each applicant should have an approved committee and topic. We are looking for students who are advanced enough to have a specific research proposal and some preliminary results, but with sufficient time remaining to thesis completion to benefit from the symposium experience.  A brief letter of recommendation from the student's thesis advisor is also required. Selections will be made based upon the contents of the application.

Symposium Organization
At the Doctoral Symposium, a group of 8 to 10 selected student participants present their research in a closed workshop format to each other and a group of 4 to 5 mentors. Due to the mentoring nature of the event, it is only open to those selected for participation. The presentation consists of:

  • a two minute overview stating the most critical issues of the research
  • a twenty minute description of the research that must be structured in the following manner:
    • Problem Description (What is the exact problem that this research attempts to address? What are the limitations or failings of current knowledge, methods or technologies that this research will resolve? How significant is this problem?)
    • Goal Statement (What new knowledge, methods, or technologies will this research generate? How will these developments solve the identified problem?)
    • Approach to be Used (What are the planned experiments, prototypes, or studies that will be done to achieve the stated goal? How will achievement of the goal be demonstrated and the contribution of the work be measured?)
  • a question and answer period of approximately  twenty to thirty minutes involved the student, the mentors, and other participating students.

The two major parts of the presentation will be strictly timed. Questions and interaction will generally not be allowed during the presentation.

The symposium participants will have a two-page short paper published in the Conference Companion proceedings, and are also strongly advised to have a poster at the Poster session. Participating in the Poster sessions allows the student to receive additional feedback and suggestions on the dissertaion work, develop contacts for further interaction, and gain experience in communicating with other professionals. 

The participants will also receive a certificate of participation, which could be included in their future résumés.

Support for Student Participants
Students selected as participants will receive reimbursement for conference-related expenses, including travel, conference registration, two nights of lodging, and some benefits of a student volunteer. On the other hand, although simultaneous applications to both the Doctoral Symposium and the Student Volunteer program are permitted, a student will lose his Student Volunteer status should he be accepted as a Doctoral Symposium participant. This is to allow as much student participation as possible under OOPSLA sponsorship. The student’s application status to the Student Volunteer program will not affect his chances of selection for Doctoral Symposium, and vice versa.

Submission Process
Students may send applications for the Doctoral Symposium beginning 1 May, 2000. All applications are to be submitted using the OOPSLA 2000 online submission system. Paper and fax submissions will not generally be accepted. Most of the information regarding your submission will be entered directly online,  while the files containing other parts of your application will be attached to the online submission.

To submit an application:

  • Go to your OOPSLA 2000 Personal Page.  If you do not have a personal page yet, or if you have forgotten the URL, go to the “My OOPSLA2000” page (you can also get there from the OOPSLA home page).
  • From your OOPSLA 2000 Personal Page, follow the "Submit to Doctoral Symposium" link.
  • Complete the Application Form on the Web page and hit "submit".  You will be transferred to your private URL from which you can check on the status of your application at any time.

You will receive notification by email that your paper/proposal has been received and informing you whether it is complete. Applications may be modified online up until the submission deadline.

Applications must be submitted no later than 24 July 2000, but earlier is better.

Question and Information
For further information or questions (but not submissions), please contact the symposium chair using the following contact information. Communication through electronic mail is generally preferred.

Dr. Dennis Kafura
Dept. of Computer Science

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540.231.5568
Fax: 540.231.6075
Email: doc_symp@oopsla.acm.org

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