PhD Workshop

Call for Submissions

The VLDB PhD Workshop is a unique opportunity for graduate students to present and discuss their research work in the context of a premier international conference. In 2018, the VLDB PhD Workshop will be held on August 27, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil co-located with the main VLDB conference. The workshop provides a forum that facilitates interactions among PhD students and stimulates feedback from more experienced researchers.

We welcome submissions from PhD students at any stage of their PhD work. If you are in the early stages of your studies, the submission should clearly describe the problem focused on, explain why it is important, detail why the existing solutions are not sufficient, and give an outline of the new solutions that are pursued. If you are in the middle or close to completion, the submission should be more concrete in describing your contribution, but still in the context of the doctoral work.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: April 15, 2018 (Sunday)
  • Notification: May 20, 2018 (Sunday)
  • Camera-ready copy: June 10, 2018 (Sunday)

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be single-author, and the name of the supervisor must be clearly marked ("supervised by") on the paper, under the author's name.

The paper should be no longer than 4 pages (including references) and should be formatted with the same rules as VLDB papers. You will find these rules summarized on the VLDB 2018 web site:

It is fine if specific portions of the thesis work have been published or submitted to publication; the page limit is 4 pages, so this does not constitute a duplicate submission to VLDB.

Authors should submit their papers in PDF format through the CMT conference management system:

Review Process

The review and decision of acceptance will balance many factors. This includes the quality of your proposal, and where you are within your doctoral education program. It also includes external factors, such as ensuring that as a group the accepted candidates exhibit a diversity of backgrounds and topics.

Candidates who have a clearly developed idea, who are formally considered by their institution to be working on their dissertation, and who still have time to be influenced by participation in the PhD Workshop will receive the strongest consideration.

Camera-ready Version of Accepted Papers

Authors of accepted papers should incorporate the changes suggested by the reviewers and add the following copyright notice to the final version of the paper:

Proceedings of the VLDB 2018 PhD Workshop, August 27, 2018. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Copyright (C) 2018 for this paper by its authors. Copying permitted for private and academic purposes.

Please also fill out and sign this copyright form and upload it to the CMT system together with the final version of the paper by June 10, 2018.

Further information

  • We plan to publish the workshop proceedings with all accepted papers in the CEUR-WS series.
  • The VLDB conference organization is expected to provide a limited number of travel grants to help students to attend the main conference and co-located events, including the PhD Workshop. Details on grants will be made available later through a specific call.

Program Chairs

  • Senjuti Basu Roy (New Jersey Institute of Technology )
  • Altigran Silva (Universidade Federal do Amazonas)

Program Committee

  • Amr El Abbadi (University of California Santa Barbara)
  • Anastasia Ailamaki (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
  • Andrea Cali (Birkbeck University of London)
  • Georg Gottlob (Oxford University)
  • Ioana Manolescu (Inria Saclay)
  • Irini Fundulaki (Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas)
  • José Antônio Macêdo (Universidade Federal do Ceará)
  • Maria-Esther Vidal (Leibniz Information Centre and Univ. Simon Bolivar)
  • Mariano Consens (University of Toronto)
  • Ricardo Torres (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)
  • Viviane Moreira (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
  • Wenfei Fan (University of Edinburgh)