Call for Papers
Joint EDBT/ICDT Ph.D. Workshop 2011

Uppsala, Sweden, March 25, 2011


in cooperation with


EDBT/ICDT 2011 joint conference

14th International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT)
14th International Conference on Database Theory (ICDT)
Uppsala, Sweden, March 21-25, 2011
Promoted by the EDBT Association and the ICDT Council


News and Important Updates

  • 2011-03-23: Online proceedings available; click here
  • 2011-03-04: Program update; new program here
  • 2011-03-03: Keynote update - speaker and title has been fixed
  • 2011-02-07: Notifications of acceptance/rejection have been sent!
  • 2011-02-01: Notification of acceptance/rejection will be delayed for a few days; however, it will take place before the early registration deadline of the conference!
  • 2010-12-27: Deadline extension! New deadline: Jan. 17th, 2011
  • 2010-12-27: Submission site now open!
  • We are currently looking for a sponsor, as we plan to have again a prize for the best submission! If you are interested please contact Sascha Müller-Feuerstein

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: December January 31 17, 2010 2011
Notification to authors: February 01, 2011
Camera ready version: February 22, 2011
Ph.D. Workshop: March 25, 2011

Submission process

Before Submitting please read the following:

  • Only submissions including abstract, advisor and paper will be accepted for the review process!
  • Please put the name of your advisor directly below the abstract of you paper (i.e. as last line of your abstract), when submitting your abstract to the submission system. Please also put the name of your advisor on the first page of your submission, right below your name following this scheme: "Advisor: *name of your advisor*".
  • Submissions may be updated/completed until the deadline for submission (2010-12-31 2011-01-17, 24.00 CET).
  • You can submit you paper using the Confious Submission System (
  • Please select the Joint EDB/ICDT PhD Workshop as track when being asked for during the submission process.
  • In case you are encountering any problems during the submission process, please do not hesitate to contact the workshop chairs.


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 the ACM Digital Library and LNCS (by Springer) attracted 86 submissions in 2004 - as we believe the highest number of submissions to a Ph.D. Workshop ever.

Year Submissions Accepted Ratio
2011 14 8 57,14%
2010 13 7 53,85%
2009 12 7 58,33%
2008 26 11 42,31%
2006 70 12 17,14%
2004 86 21 24,42%
2002 61 12 (+6) 29,51%

Keynote speaker 2011

Tore Risch (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"Data challenges that produce database research"

Past keynote speakers

Moira C. Norrie (ETHZ, Switzerland)
"Beyond a PhD: Applying for Research Funding"

Joachim W. Schmidt
"Research by Extension - Some Success Stories"

Sophie Cluet and Serge Abiteboul
"The several lives in academia and after"

Rudolf Bayer (Technical University Munich, Germany)
“Life Cycle of Data and Storage Strategies for File-Services”

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”

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 after the EDBT/ICDT 2011 joint conference. The workshop language is English.

Topics of Interest

As for the EDBT/ICDT conferences series, all topics from the field of database technology and theory are of interest for the Ph.D. Workshop including the transfer of database technologies, algorithms and theories to new problem domains (e.g. life sciences). 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 Integration and Provenance
  • 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 and Retrieval
  • In-Memory Databases
  • IT-Infrastructure Management and Enterprise Modeling
  • Legacy Databases
  • Logic and Databases
  • Medical Databases and Data Management
  • Mobile Computing and Databases
  • Multimedia Databases
  • NoSQL Databases
  • Object-Relational Mappers and Database Systems
  • Parallel and Distributed Databases
  • Peer-to-Peer and Networked Databases
  • Probabilistic databases
  • Privacy Techniques for Databases
  • Query Languages and User Interfaces
  • Real-Time Database Systems
  • Replication, Caching, Materialized Views
  • Repository Systems and Model Management
  • 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


Submissions describing doctoral work should be submitted in PDF (preferred) or PostScript format until Dec. 31st, 2010 Jan. 17th, 2011 24.00 CET (Central European Time). The paper length must not exceed 6 pages (including all parts!). The paper has to be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Template (please use A4 as paper size NOT letter). The amount of pages 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 25, 2011). 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 four Ph.D. workshops were published by the ACM Digital Library. We hope to be able to do so this time again.

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

Program Committee (preliminary)

  • Michael Benedikt
  • Angela Bonifati
  • Stavros Christodoulakis
  • Christine Collet
  • Olivier Curé
  • Suzanne Embury
  • Georgios Evangelidis
  • Minos Garofalakis
  • Holger Guenzel
  • Wook-Shin Han
  • Theo Härder
  • Jan Hidders
  • Annika Hinze
  • Stefan Jablonski
  • Wolfgang Lehner
  • Richard Lenz
  • Wolfgang Lindner
  • Marco Mesiti
  • Mohamed Mokbel
  • Erich Neuhold
  • Boris Novikov
  • Beng Chin Ooi
  • Dimitris Plexousakis
  • Andreas Reuter
  • Joachim W. Schmidt
  • Marc H. Scholl
  • Andrey Simanovsky
  • Günther Specht
  • Walker M. White

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: December January 31 17, 2010 2011
Notification to authors: February 01, 2011
Camera ready version: February 22, 2011
Ph.D. Workshop: March 25, 2011

Contact Addresses

Sascha Müller-Feuerstein, Chair
Ansbach University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Bernhard Volz, Co-Chair
University of Bayreuth (Germany)

Organizational Details

The Ph.D. workshop is supported by:

Past EDBT Ph.D. Workshops

Universität Bayreuth -