Call for Papers Doctoral Symposium

The Doctoral Symposium of the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid) provides a forum for students in the areas of scalable Clusters, widely distributed Grids and emerging Clouds to obtain feedback and advice on their Ph.D. dissertation topics and research career. The specific goals of the Symposium are to provide advice to students for a successful thesis completion, to enable students to evaluate their research in the context of global trends, and to engender fruitful interactions and networking between student researchers at a similar stage in their careers.

Selected students will present their work in front of an audience that consists of both their peers and a committee of expert researchers. The program committee consists of experts in the field, which provide their valuable feedback to the ongoing research work of participating students. They will also be invited to present their work as a poster in the poster exhibition of CCGrid.

This year, the Doctoral Symposium will also feature a Best Paper Award, recognizing the best submission. The jury will take into account the paper, the presentation, and the poster for each submission, and select the best overall.


Doctoral symposium papers can be submitted at


The symposium is open to all Ph.D. students carrying out research on topics related to the CCGrid symposium interest areas. Example topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures, Systems and Designs for cluster, Grid and Cloud computing
  • Scalability issues in Grid and Cloud computing environments
  • Middleware for scalable distributed and cluster computing
  • Scheduling, load balancing and Resource management paradigms
  • Programming Models, Tools, Problem Solving Environments and Applications
  • Fault-Tolerant and reliable Computing
  • Trust, Security and Data Privacy on public and hybrid clouds
  • Service-Oriented Cyberinfrastructure, including discovery, composition and orchestration
  • Multicore, Accelerator-based and Heterogeneous Computing
  • Autonomic and Nature inspired Computing
  • Abstractions and Models for Dynamic, distributed and data intensive applications
  • Community and collaborative computing networks
  • High-performance networking
  • Economic and Utility computing models for clusters, Grids and Clouds

Papers due:

4 February 2013 (extended)

Author notification:

28 February 2013

Final papers due:

15 March 2013


Each submission needs to have a Ph.D. student as the sole author or as the primary author with his/her thesis advisor(s) as co-authors. Students must be officially enrolled in a Ph.D. Program at the time of submission. It is expected that they would have one to two years left in their candidature so that they have enough time to incorporate the suggestions made at the Symposium. Students that have already presented their dissertation work in a CCGrid Doctoral Symposium in the past should not submit again.

The submission should contain the following points:

  • An introduction with the specific research proposal that describes the problem that the thesis aims to address
  • The significance of the work and its relevance to the CCGrid symposium topic areas
  • Related work and their shortcomings that the candidate's research aims to address
  • Explanation of the proposed approach and the research methodology adopted
  • The results obtained so far, remaining objectives and the challenges expected to be tackled
  • Expected contributions of the research and the novelty and benefits of the suggested solutions

The submissions will be limited to 4 pages of double column text, using single spaced 10 point size type on Letter (8.5"x11"), following the IEEE Computer Society proceedings guidelines. The proceedings of the doctoral symposium will be published as part of the CCGrid 2013 proceedings, as well as in the IEEE Digital Library.


The authors of selected submissions will be allotted 10 mins to briefly present their work at the CCGrid symposium. They will also be required to prepare a poster, which will be displayed at the symposium. There will also be a formal session during which the student will need to be at the poster to talk one-on-one with symposium attendees.

  • Yogesh Simmhan, University of Southern California, USA (co-chair)
  • Ana Lucia Varbanescu, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (co-chair)
  • Alexandru Costan, INRIA, France
  • Yuri Demchenko, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Renato Figueiredo, University of Florida, USA
  • Abdullah Gharaibeh, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Shadi Ibrahim, INRIA, France
  • Alexandru Iosup, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Alessandro Margara, Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands
  • Antonio J. Pena, Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA
  • Ted Willke, Intel, USA
  • Nezih Yigitbasi, Intel, USA