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Call for PhD Research Plans

The SIMPDA PhD Seminar is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world. The goal of the Seminar is to help students with their thesis and research plans by providing feedback and general advice on how to use their research results.

Students interested in participating in the Seminar should submit an extended abstract describing their research. Submissions can relate to any aspect of Process Data: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, innovative applications, and social implications. Research plans should be at most of 4 page long and should be organized following the following structure:

  1. Abstract: summarizes, in 5 line, the research aims and significance.
  2. Research Question: defines what will be accomplished by eliciting the relevant the research questions.
  3. Background: defines the background knowledge providing the 5 most relevant references (papers or books).
  4. Significance: explains the relevance of the general topic and of the specific contribution.
  5. Research design and methods: describes and motivates the method adopted focusing on: assumptions, solutions, data sources, validation of results, limitations of the approach.
  6. Research stage: describes what the student has done so far.

SIMPDA PhD award

A doctoral award will be given by the SIMPDA PhD Jury to the best research plan submitted.

Tutored research activities

Interested PhD students can apply to carry out pre-symposium tutored research activities. Such activities provide a unique way to identify research questions and will culminate with presentations to be given at the symposium.

In order to apply, please contact

Student Scholarships

An application for a limited number of scholarships aimed at students has been submitted to IFIP.

In order to apply, please send a CV and a copy of the student card (or any document certifying current enrolment status) to


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