Digital Tools and Uses - Congress
The first international Digital Tools & Uses Congress is a multidisciplinary conference devoted to study the uses and development of digital tools. It aims at assembling five interrelated symposia: 1) Web Studies, 2) Challenges of IoT, 3) Recommender systems, 4) Archives and social networks, and 5) Digital Frontiers. The intention of this consortium is to approach a common object of study from different perspectives in order to enrich the discussion and collaboration between participants.
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Where: Université Paris 8 - Vincennes-Saint-Denis
2, rue de la Liberté

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PhD Forum

The aim of the PhD Forum of the Digital Tools & Uses Congress is to provide PhD students at all stages of their research a supportive environment to discuss their research proposal, practices and methods, and to promote networking and collaboration. The PhD Forum is an opportunity for students to obtain helpful feedback of their research from leading academics and practitioners in the conference related themes.

PhD students working in any area addressed by one or more topics under the Digital Tools & Uses Congress main tracks (see bellow) can submit a paper describing the core problem of their PhD research and its relevance by providing a clear statement of the problem they intend to address, the motivation of the interest and novelty of the underlying research challenges, the explanation of the main ideas by examples, and a description of the proposed research plan and expected results.

Track 1: InWoRS’2018
Track 2: Web Studies
Track 3: CIBAHN’2018
Track 4: Internet of Things Challenges
Track 5: Digital Frontier

Submission Instructions:
All submissions must be 2000 - 3500 word-length and submitted electronically in PDF format. The same style rules defined for Short and Long Papers apply to the PhD Forum.

Please register as authors and submit your proposals using the Digital Tools & Uses PhD Symposium management system, which is located at:

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.

Submissions should be written using the following structure:
Problem: describe the problem that must be solved by the PhD student and motivate its relevance.
Motivating Scenario and Research Challenges: present a simple scenario in a specific application domain to motivate the research and highlight its challenges.
State of the art: position the work with respects to relevant related work.
Methodology: present the methodology that will be adopted.
Current Status: describe the current status of the work and the preliminary results that have been already reached.
Research Plan: conclude specifying the plan for the overall PhD.

Accepted PhD Papers:
If selected, authors shall prepare a final camera ready version of the paper, taking into account all feedback from reviewers, and formatted according to the style guide.

Important Dates:
• Paper Submission : 15 April 2018
• Notification to authors : 18 May 2018
• Camera-ready papers due : 30 June 2018

Review Process, Format of the Symposium, Award:
Each submission will be reviewed by at least two experts of the PhD Symposium organization and will be evaluated in terms of their relevance to the Digital Tools & Uses Congress topics, motivation and research challenges, soundness of the methodology proposed and feasibility of the research plan.

Each accepted paper will presented at the PhD Symposium sessions, during the main conference (15 minute-presentation + 5 min. Q&A).

The Best Doctoral Symposium paper will be selected and the award will be presented during the main conference.

Submission system:

Please note:
Web Studies track does not allocate PhD Forum submission.