Call for Papers
EDBT Ph.D. Workshop 2008

Nantes, France, March 25, 2008


... in cooperation with


11th International Conference on Extending Database Technology

Nantes, France, March 25-30, 2008
Promoted by the EDBT Endowment
In cooperation with the VLDB Endowment

Important Dates

Notifications were sent!
Deadline for submission: December 07, 2007
(delayed!) Notification to authors: February 4, 2008
Camera ready version: February 15, 2008
Ph.D. Workshop: March 25, 2008


  • The official proceedings of the workshop can be found in the ACM Digital Library: here
  • Important: Due to the illness of the first speaker, the EDBT 2008 Ph.D. Workshop will start half an hour later at 08.45!
  • (2nd update 2008-03-24) The final WS program can be downloaded here (PDF, 167kb)
  • This year we are able to award a prize for the "Best Submisson" thanks to the generous financial support of the Fondation Michel Métivier.
  • The instructions for the camera ready submissions have been sent out today by email to the authors. Please check your spam filter if you did not get it!
  • The acceptance/rejection notifications have been set! Please check your spam filter if you did not get it!
  • Authors of accepted submissions: Please do not forget to register for the conference & workshop! You must register in order to be included in the proceedings. Early registration is open until 2008-02-15.

Accepted submssions

  • Yann Gripay: Service-oriented Continuous Queries for Pervasive Systems
  • Sofía Brenes: Structural Summaries for Efficient XML Query Processing
  • Yue Kou: A Three-phase Gradual Refining Based Entity Identification Mechanism for Deep Web
  • Odysseas Papapetrou: Full-text indexing and Information Retrieval in P2P Systems
  • Manuel Mayr: Pathfinder meets DB2
  • Daniel Zinn: Modeling and Optimization of Scientific Workflows
  • T. Ragunathan: Extending Speculation for Improving the Performance of Read-only Transactions
  • Víctor Cuevas-Vicenttín: Towards Multi-Scale Query Processing
  • David Thau: Reasoning about Taxonomies and Articulations
  • Fankam Chimene: OntoDB2 : Support of Multiple Ontology Models within Ontology Based Database
  • Tomáš Kliegr: Dimensionality Reduction of Semantically Enriched Clickstreams


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 speakers 2008:
    Sophie Cluet and Serge Abiteboul
    "The several lives in academia and after"

Past keynote speakers:
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 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 2008 conference. The workshop language is English.

Topics of Interest

As for the EDBT conferences series, all topics from the field of database technology 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 Models and Database Design
  • Data Warehousing and OLAP
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
  • 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
  • Software-Architectures
  • 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. 07, 2007. 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 EDBT 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, 2008). 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. Furthermore, post-workshop proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

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

Program Committee

  • Serge Abiteboul (France)
  • Walid Aref (USA)
  • Boualem Benathalla (Australia)
  • Michela Bertolotto (Ireland)
  • Michael Böhlen (Italy)
  • Angela Bonifati (Italy)
  • Stefano Ceri (Italy)
  • Arbee L.P.Chen (Taiwan)
  • Stavros Christodoulakis (Greece)
  • Olivier Curé (France)
  • Klaus Dittrich (Switzerland) †
  • Suzanne Embury (UK)
  • Georgios Evangelidis (Greece)
  • Elena Ferrari (Italy)
  • Minos Garofalakis (USA)
  • Torsten Grust (Germany)
  • Wook-Shin Han (Korea)
  • Theo Härder (Germany)
  • Annika Hinze (New Zealand)
  • Stefan Jablonski (Germany)
  • Leonid Kalinichenko (Russia)
  • Carl-Christian Kanne (Germany)
  • Martin Kersten (The Netherlands)
  • Ulf Leser (Germany)
  • Wolfgang Lindner (Germany)
  • Marco Mesiti (Italy)
  • Klaus Meyer-Wegener (Germany)
  • Mohamed Mokbel (USA)
  • Erich Neuhold (Germany)
  • Beng Chin Ooi (Singapore)
  • Dimitris Plexousakis (Greece)
  • Jaroslav Pokorny (Czech Republic)
  • Andreas Reuter (Germany)
  • Joachim W. Schmidt (Germany)
  • Marc H. Scholl (Germany)
  • Hans-Werner Sehring (Germany)
  • Radu Sion (USA)
  • Günther Sprecht (Austria)
  • Tan Kian-Lee (Singapore)
  • Nesime Tatbul (Switzerland)
  • Athena Vakali (Greece)
  • Patrick Valduriez (France)
  • Masatoshi Yoshikawa (Japan)

Important Dates

Notifications were sent!
Deadline for submission: December 07, 2007
(delayed!) Notification to authors: February 4, 2008
Camera ready version: February 15, 2008
Ph.D. Workshop: March 25, 2008

Contact Addresses

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

Wolfgang Lindner, Workshop Co-Chair
University of Tuebingen (Germany) <>

Guillaume Raschia, EDBT 2008 Organization Chair & Workshop Local Organization
University of Nantes (France) <>

Organizational Details

The Ph.D. workshop is supported by:

Fondation Michel Métivier
Thanks to the generous financial support of the Fondation Michel Métivier we are able to award a price for the "Best Submission".
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 -