Doctoral and PhD Workshop

3rd ACM International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems

(DEBS 09)

July 6-9, 2009 - Nashville, TN, USA

DEBS 2009 will host a one-day Doctoral/PhD Workshop to be held in Nashville, TN, USA, on July 6, 2009. The aim of the workshop is to provide feedback to PhD students working on topics related to event-based systems, complex event processing and publish/subscribe systems. To attend, PhD students are invited to submit a short paper describing their PhD work.


9:00 - 9:15Welcome
9:15 - 9:50Marina Drosou
University of Ioannina, Greece
Ranked Publish/Subscribe Delivery
9:50 - 10:25Ioannis Papagiannis
Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Extensible Event Based Middleware using Decentralised Information Flow Control
10:25 - 11:00Joe Hoffert
Vanderbilt University, USA
Maintaining Publish/Subscribe Middleware QoS in Dynamic Environments
11:00 - 11:35Thomas Ertlmaier
CITT, Germany
Applying Event-Driven Business Process Management in the Entertainment Domain
2:00 - 2:35Michael Daum
University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
Deployment of Global Queries in Distributed and Heterogeneous Stream Processing Systems
2:35 - 3:10Mahendra Kutare
Georgia Tech, USA
A Case For Lightweight Dynamic Event Based Monitoring and Management Support For Large Scale DataCenters
3:10 - 3:45Mohamed Diallo
UPMC, France
Towards A Scalable Content-Based Pub/Sub Network Service for Best-Effort Applications
3:35 - 4:15Panel TBA
4:15 - 4:30Finish


The first DEBS PhD workshop is a forum for PhD students working in the broad areas of event-based systems, complex event processing and publish/subscribe systems. The goal of the workshop is to support students in their PhD project by providing a venue to present (preliminary) work, by stimulating feedback from experienced researchers and by facilitating interactions among PhD students.

We encourage students who are somewhere in the middle of their research to submit to this workshop to get feedback on their overall thesis work. They should be more or less clear about the problem that they want to target and have take preliminary steps towards the solution. In addition, we invite students who are at the beginning of their PhD work and would like to receive feedback on their initial research ideas, maybe before submitting a first workshop or conference paper.

Paper presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, with 25 additional minutes for discussion. This event will be a workshop in the true meaning of the word, with a focus on discussion and interaction. Additional social events for all participants will allow for further interaction.


Papers should describe the problem addressed as part of the PhD work, explain its importance, discuss shortcomings of existing solutions and give some indication of steps towards a solution. There should be enough substance to encourage discussion at the workshop, but the work does not need to be complete. Please also include a thesis outline and a summary of further planned work.

Submitted papers should have 3-6 pages for PhD students part-way through their PhD and 1 page for beginning PhD students. All papers should be formatted according to the same rules as regular DEBS papers. Submissions must be single-author with the name of the supervisor mentioned. Authors should submit their papers in PDF format through the DEBS EasyChair conference management system, clearly indicating the type of paper. No copyrighted proceedings will be published (so future publication of the work in conferences/journals is not precluded), but accepted submissions will be made available electronically to all participants.

Important: We will not accept submissions that are typical conference paper submissions without explicit focus on the PhD work.


The Program Committee for this workshop consists mainly of distinguished researchers who are prominent in the field of event-based systems or who have obtained their own PhDs not too long ago. Members of the Program Committee will attend the PhD workshop to encourage and help, answer questions and give feedback. The PhD workshop will provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere for PhD students. There will be time to get to know other students and researcher from a range of countries and backgrounds and to have fun as well as to work.