Call for Papers
Joint EDBT/ICDT Ph.D. Workshop 2009

St.-Petersburg, Russia, March 22, 2009


... in cooperation with


EDBT/ICDT 2009 joint conference

12th International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT)
12th International Conference on Database Theory (ICDT)

St.-Petersburg, Russia, March 23-26, 2009
Promoted by the EDBT Endowment and the ICDT Council
In cooperation with the VLDB Endowment

Important Dates

(closed) Deadline for submission: December 15 (extended), 2008
Notification to authors: January 30 (extended), 2009
Camera ready version: February 13 (extended), 2009
Joint Ph.D. Workshop: March 22, 2009


  • Slight update of the schedule: The workshop starts now 10 min. later at 08.25h, nothing else changed.
  • The schedule of the Joint EDBT/ICDT Ph.D. Workshop 2009 can be found here.
  • All participants will be able to attend the "City Tour with visiting Peter-and-Paul Fortress" which is included in the conference registration fee.
  • We are very proud to announce that Yahoo! Labs is the sponsor of this year's Ph.D. workshop. Thanks to the generous financial support we are able to award a price for the "Best Submission" and offer free lunch to all accepted submitters.
  • We are very happy to announce that Joachim W. Schmidt will be the keynote speaker of this year's Ph.D. workshop!
  • The notifications have been sent. It was a very tough competition, but finally we had to take a decision. Please read your acceptance/rejection mail carefully!

Accepted submssions

  • Andre Peters: BlueS: Query Processing in Ubiquitous Environments - Service Discovery vs. Information Exchange
  • Katrin Eisenreich: Towards an Algebraic Foundation for Business Planning
  • Ekaterini Ioannou: Entity-Aware Query Processing for Heterogeneous Data with Uncertainty and Correlations
  • Tapio Pitkaranta: Affinity Analysis of Coded Data Sets
  • Gregory Leighton: Preserving SQL Access Control Policies Over Published XML Data
  • André Bolles: A flexible Framework for Multisensor Data Fusion using Data Stream Management Technologies
  • Dagmar Koehn: Enhancing Model Reuse in Systems Biology Using an Integrative Storage and Retrieval System


In 2000 the EDBT conference series hosted its first Ph.D. Workshop. Since then the EDBT Ph.D. Workshop became famous for its high quality program, attracting more and more attention over the years. Having a world class program committee, well known keynote speakers, and publishing the proceedings in LNCS (by Springer) attracted 86 submissions in 2004 - as we believe the highest number of submissions to a Ph.D. Workshop ever.

Keynote speaker 2009:
    Joachim W. Schmidt
    "Research by Extension - Some Success Stories"

Past keynote speakers:
  • Sophie Cluet and Serge Abiteboul
    The several lives in academia and after
  • Rudolf Bayer (Technical University Munich, Germany)
  • Michael Stonebraker (MIT, USA):
    “How to develop good research taste”
  • Stefano Ceri (Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy):
    “What students should know about their PhD - and never dared to ask”
Year Submissions Accepted Ratio
2008 26 11 42,31%
2006 70 12 17,14%
2004 86 21 24,42%
2002 61 12(+6) 29,51%

The Ph.D. Workshop is intended to bring together Ph.D. students working on topics related to the EDBT and the ICDT conference series. The workshop will offer Ph.D. students the opportunity to present, discuss, and receive feedback on their research in a constructive and international atmosphere.

The workshop will be accompanied by prominent professors and researchers in the field of database technology. These accompanying professors will participate actively and contribute to the discussions.

The workshop is co-located with and will take place immediately before the EDBT/ICDT 2009 joint conference. The workshop language is English.

Topics of Interest

As for the EDBT and the ICDT conferences series, all topics from the field of database technology and theorie are of interest for the Ph.D. Workshop. These topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Active Databases
  • Advanced Query Processing and Optimization
  • Ambient-aware Database Applications
  • Approximate Queries
  • Authorization and Security
  • Autonomic Databases
  • Biological Databases and Bioinformatics
  • Component-based Information Systems
  • Constraint and Rule Management
  • Data Management in Computer Games
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
  • Data Models and Database Design
  • Data Warehousing and OLAP
  • Database Applications and Experiences
  • Database Performance and Benchmarks
  • E-Commerce, Workflow, and Databases
  • Federated Databases, Middleware, and Interoperability
  • Knowledge Management Systems
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Imprecise and Uncertain Information
  • Indexing, Access Methods, Data Structures
  • Information Integration Methods
  • IT-Infrastructure Management and Enterprise Modeling
  • Legacy Databases
  • Logic and Databases
  • Medical Databases and Data Management
  • Mobile Computing and Databases
  • Multimedia Databases
  • Object-Relational Database Systems
  • Parallel and Distributed Databases
  • Peer-to-Peer and Networked Databases
  • Privacy Techniques for Databases
  • Query Languages and User Interfaces
  • Real-Time Database Systems
  • Replication, Caching, Materialized Views
  • Scientific and Statistical Databases
  • Self-healing Databases
  • Semantic Web Databases and Ontologies
  • Semi-structured Data, Metadata, and XML
  • Spatial and Temporal Databases
  • Stream Processing, Continuous Queries, and Sensor Databases
  • Text Storage and Retrieval
  • Transactions and Recovery
  • Trustworthy Databases
  • World-Wide Web and Databases


Papers describing doctoral work should be submitted in PDF (preferred) or PostScript format until Friday, Dec. 05, 2008 (Submission is closed). The paper length must not exceed 6 pages (including all parts!). The paper has to be formatted according to the EDBT Conference manuscript preparation guidelines, except the amount of pages, which is limited to 6 pages for the Ph.D. workshop! Workshop and paper language is English.

In contrast to regular conference papers, submissions should address specifically doctoral work! Therefore, the following elements are recommended:

  • A clear formulation of the research question.
  • An identification of the significant problems in the field of research.
  • An outline of the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions.
  • A presentation of any preliminary ideas, the proposed approach and the results achieved so far.
  • A sketch of the applied research methodology.
  • A description of the Ph.D. project's contribution to the problem solution.
  • A discussion of how the suggested solution is different, new, or better as compared to existing approaches to the problem.

Please note, that similar to a Ph.D. thesis, only a single author is allowed per submission to the joint EDBT/ICDT Ph.D. workshop. If several Ph.D. students, usually working together as a team, want to submit, every team member has to submit individually. The Ph.D. advisor is not stated as co-author.

The intention of this workshop is to support and inspire Ph.D. students during their ongoing research efforts. Therefore, it is necessary that authors will have neither achieved their Ph.D. degree nor submitted their thesis before the Ph.D workshop (March 22, 2009). To enforce this rule we require authors to disclose their expected graduation date and their advisor's name when submitting. Ph.D. students that have already published significant parts of their work at some other major conference (e.g. SIGMOD, VLDB, ER, ICDE, etc.) are asked to step back and offer other Ph.D. students the opportunity to discuss their research topics.

Accepted submissions will be published in the workshop proceedings. Selected and revised papers accepted at the last three Ph.D. workshops were published by the ACM Digital Library and Springer LNCS. We hope to be able to do so this time again.

Participants should register for the EDBT conference itself at student rate.

Program Committee

  • Dmitry Barashev (Russia)
  • Michael Benedikt (UK)
  • Michela Bertolotto (Ireland)
  • Angela Bonifati (Italy)
  • Stefano Ceri (Italy)
  • Olivier Cure (France)
  • Suzanne Embury (UK)
  • Georgios Evangelidis (Greece)
  • Ada Waichee Fu (Hong Kong)
  • Minos Garofalakis (USA)
  • Maxim Grinev (Russia)
  • Holger Günzel (Germany)
  • Wook-Shin Han (Korea)
  • Theo Haerder (Germany)
  • Jan Hidders (Belgium)
  • Annika Hinze (New Zealand)
  • Milena Ivanova (Netherlands)
  • Stefan Jablonski (Germany)
  • Leonid Kalinichenko (Russia)
  • Carl-Christian Kanne (Germany)
  • Wolfgang Lehner (Germany)
  • Wolfgang Lindner (Germany)
  • Marco Mesiti (Italy)
  • Mohamed Mokbel (USA)
  • Erich Neuhold (Germany)
  • Boris Novikov (Russia)
  • Beng Chin Ooi (Singapore)
  • Dimitris Plexousakis (Greece)
  • Andreas Reuter (Germany)
  • Joachim W. Schmidt (Germany)
  • Marc H. Scholl (Germany)
  • Hans-Werner Sehring (Germany)
  • Andrey Simanovsky (Russia)
  • Guenther Sprecht (Austria)
  • Athena Vakali (Greece)
  • Patrick Valduriez (France)
  • Jan van den Bussche (Belgium)
  • Pavel Velikhov (Russia)
  • Masatoshi Yoshikawa (Japan)

Important Dates

(closed) Deadline for submission: December 15 (extended), 2008
Notification to authors: January 30 (extended), 2009
Camera ready version: February 13 (extended), 2009
Joint Ph.D. Workshop: March 22, 2009

Contact Addresses

Sascha Müller, Chair
Ansbach University of Applied Sciences (Germany) <>

Guillaume Raschia, Co-Chair
University of Nantes (France) <>

Dmitry Shaporenkov, Co-Chair and Local Organization
HP Labs Russia (Russia) <>

Organizational Details

The Ph.D. workshop is supported by:

Yahoo! Labs
Thanks to the generous financial support of the Yahoo! Labs we are able to award a price for the "Best Submission" and offer free lunch to all accepted submitters.
Confious - Conference Management System with Intelligence, Power and Style
The paper submission and reviewing process is supported by CONFIOUS, a state-of-the-art Conference Management System

Past EDBT Ph.D. Workshops

Universität Bayreuth -