Adaptive Hypermedia 2008
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AH2008 Doctoral Consortium
AH2008 Doctoral Consortium Call

5th International Conference on
Adaptive Hypermedia and
Adaptive Web-Based Systems

July 28 - August 1, 2008
Hannover, Germany

EXTENDED submission deadline: 21 Feb 2008

From 15 February on, send DC papers directly to the DC chairs (email addresses bottom of this page).

DC papers should NOT be anonymized.

The AH Doctoral Consortium (DC) is a special track of Adaptive Hypermedia 2008 designed to provide young researchers with an opportunity to present their research to a wider community, and get feedback from experienced researchers in the AH research field. The aims of the DC are:
  • To provide doctoral students working in the field of adaptive hypermedia and personalization with a friendly and open forum in which to present their research ideas, listen to ongoing work from peer students, and receive constructive feedback.
  • To provide students with relevant information about important issues for doctoral candidates and future academics.
  • To develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research.
  • To support a new generation of researchers with information and advice on academic, research, industrial, and non-traditional career paths.
The DC is primarily aimed at students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, who are in the first half of their Ph.D. study. They should have done extensive literature research already and have some initial research results and a clear idea how to continue their research towards the Ph.D. degree. A team of established AH researchers will comment on the research ideas and plans with the aim to provide guidance for the continuation of the research. The DC may occasionally accept students currently in a Masters program who are interested in doctoral studies, but they will not accept students who are close to
finishing their Ph.D. research and thesis. Ph.D. students who nearing completion of their thesis are encouraged to submit papers to the main conference, not the DC.


Research submissions in the many and varied aspects of adaptive hypermedia and adaptive Web-based systems are encouraged (see Topics of Interest page for further details). All submissions must be formatted according to Springer LNCS guidelines (the same format that is used for the main technical stream) and they should be no longer than 5 pages in length.

All submissions to the Doctoral Consortium will be peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be provided with a 15-minute presentation slot, followed by 15 minutes for questions and answers during the DC track. (Actual times may vary depending on the number of accepted submissions.) DC papers will appear in the main conference proceedings, under a separate DC heading.

Given that this stream is targeted towards early-stage Ph.D. students, we understand that few will have prepared conference submissions before. Thus, when preparing your submissions, here are some points you should try to address:
  • What problem, issue, or question does this research address?
  • What limitations (or failures) of current understanding, knowledge, methods, or technologies does this research resolve?
  • What is the significance of the research problem, issue, or question?
  • What is the proposal (i.e., what experiments, prototypes, or studies will be done to achieve the stated goal?).
  • How much progress has been made, and what are the current challenges presented to the research student?
  • How will achievement or contribution of the research be demonstrated or validated?
One other important point of attention is the document format and length. Once your submission is accepted, there is no formal evaluation of the final version for the proceedings. Because of this, the formatting and size need to conform to the requirements at the time of the submission. Describing a research project in limited space (and in limited time at the conference) is an important task for every researcher. Also, the Springer LNCS format is not difficult, and templates for Word and Latex are available, so getting the formatting "mostly right" is a requirement for even entering the peer-review process.

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Paul De Bra (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven,
Susan Gauch (University of Arkansas,


21 Feb 2008 : Paper submissions (EXTENDED)
14 Mar 2008 : Notification of acceptance
14 Apr 2008 : Final versions due
28 Jul - 29 Jul 2008 : Workshops
30 Jul - 01 Aug - Main Technical Program and Doctoral Consortium

User Modeling Inc. Leibniz University Hanover L3S Research Center Adaptive Hypermedia 2008 Conference Website
Eelco Herder (L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany)