PhD Colloquium

In 2017, ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim will once again sponsor the Ph.D. Colloquium. The Ph.D. Colloquium addresses Ph.D. students that are within one year of their graduation (planning to graduate by Dec. 2018). Students close to graduation will be given an opportunity to showcase their work during a short presentation session in the Colloquium (apart from the regular tracks). All Colloquium students will then participate in the Colloquium Poster Session. Presenting your Ph.D. efforts to your peers and supporting society members will give you valuable feedback, support your research with additional ideas and parallel ongoing work, and introduce you to a network that can be very helpful with your career once you graduate. The Ph.D. Colloquium will be conducted on Sunday, December 3, 2017, starting with lunch. The keynote speaker (to be announced) will join us for a discussion over lunch.

Special Track Coordinators

Emily Lada, SAS

Anastasia Anagnostou, Brunel University London (UK)

Andrea D’Ambrogio, U Roma, Tor Vergata (IT)

Weiwei Chen, Rutgers

Important Dates

August 14Submit 2-page extended abstracts using the WSC 2017 submission system (abstract are to be formatted according to the standard WSC 2017 authors kit.
September 18Notification of acceptance to authors, including details about revisions to be carried out
October 02Submit final version of extended abstracts
October 23Send presentation slides for the Ph.D. Colloquium to the Chair of the Committee in PPT or PDF version
December 3Bring your poster to the WSC 2017 Ph.D. Colloquium

Ph.D. Colloquium Participation Options

There are three options to participate in the Ph.D. Colloquium with different benefits:

  1. Poster Only: Submit your work as a poster with a 2-page extended abstract. Note: Students who showcase their work as a poster in the regular WSC poster sessions are not eligible to participate in the Colloquium (and vice versa). Hence, one should select to participate in either the regular poster session or the Colloquium (not both).
    Benefit 1: If accepted, both ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim provide a complimentary one-year membership.
  2. Poster and Presentation: Submit a presentation in addition to your poster; get accepted, then
    Benefit 1: Both ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim provide a complimentary one-year membership.
    Benefit 2: ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim will reimburse conference registration fee.
    Benefit 3: You will be eligible to participate in the Ph.D. colloquium lunch.
  3. Poster, Presentation, and Full Paper: Submit a full paper to a regular track in addition to the poster and presentation; get accepted, then
    Benefit 1: Both ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim provide a complimentary one-year membership.
    Benefit 2: ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim will reimburse conference registration fee.
    Benefit 3: You will be eligible to participate in the Ph.D. colloquium lunch.
    Benefit 4: ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim will each award a Best Ph.D. Student Paper prize among those final year students making a presentation at both the Ph.D. Colloquium and the conference. Those who have a full paper on a regular track will be eligible for these awards. ACM-SIGSIM will award a prize for the best Ph.D. Student Paper in the “Computational and Model Representation Techniques in Modeling and Simulation”. INFORMS-Sim will award a prize for the best Ph.D. Student Paper in the “Advanced Applications of Simulation and Optimization”.

Ph.D. Colloquium participants have to be present at all events (i.e., Sunday lunch, colloquium and poster sessions, WSC opening session, ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim meetings, etc.) in order to be eligible for all benefits.

Submission Requirements

Students have to submit papers and posters using the regular submission system of WSC following the standard deadlines. In addition, for all students attending the Ph.D., the advisor needs to send an email to the chair of the Ph.D. Colloquium Committee not later than August 14, 2017, that states:

  1. That the Ph.D. student is within one year of graduation
  2. That the Ph.D. student is the main author of the submission
  3. That the Ph.D. student will participate in the Ph.D. Colloquium

The e-mail must also indicate the award for which the Ph.D. student is applying (ACM-SIGSIM or INFORMS-Sim).

Ph.D. Colloquium Committee 2017

Chair:

Emily Lada, SAS Institute, INFORMS-Sim

Members:

Andrea D’Ambrogio, University of Roma Tor Vergata, ACM SIGSIM
Anastasia Anagnostou, Brunel University London, ACM SIGSIM

Additional Information about the Colloquium

Poster preparation guidelines:
Please bring a standard A0 size poster, or sheets which can be assembled to be that size or smaller. Your poster should cover the main points of your work and be as self-explanatory as possible. However, you should participate in the evening event when the posters are presented, as peers and society members will have additional questions. Even when you gave a presentation, the poster session is always a great opportunity to talk about details, discuss relevant related research, and bond with fellow Ph.D. students.

Presentations:
If you submit a student paper for the conference you can use your presentation for the Ph.D. colloquium as well as for the track presentation. You may need to edit the slides, as we may have more time constraints. You do not have to present something special in the Ph.D. colloquium that cannot be used in the regular sessions.

Student Papers:
Student papers are part of the regular conference and fall under the submission and review guidelines as documented on this WSC website. If you have an accepted paper at the WSC 2017 and would like to participate in the Ph.D. colloquium as well, please send a short note with the details of the accepted paper to the Colloquium chair before August 14, 2017.