Doctoral Consortium

Call for Applications
Students are invited to apply for admission to the doctoral consortium to be held at the ICICT
conference, Karachi, Pakistan, December 30-31, 2017.

The ICICT 2017 Doctoral Consortium will provide an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field. The strongest candidates will be those who have a clear topic and research approach and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes. In addition to stating how you will benefit from participation, both you and your advisor should be clear on what you can contribute to the Doctoral Consortium. We encourage you to submit your paper to one of the following tracks:


What is the Doctoral Consortium
The Consortium has the following objectives:

- Provide a setting where students can present their work and meet other students
- Provide feedback on students' current research and guidance on future research directions
- Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from researchers and students outside their own institution
- Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research
- Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other re searchers and conference events

The Doctoral Consortium will be held as a workshop on December 30th, 2017, in parallel with the ICICT conference. Student participants in the Doctoral Consortium will have to register for the conference and will be provided full access to all the sessions of ICICT-2017.

Important Dates

- Deadline for applications: November 10, 2017
- Notification of acceptance: November 25, 2017
- Registration deadline: December10, 2017

Submission Guidelines
Students that meet the eligibility requirements should submit the following as a single pdf file:

1. The applicant's CV.
2. A 4-6 page (including references) research description covering central aspects of your PhD work. Key points include:

    a) Context and motivation that drives your dissertation research b) Research objectives/goals/questions
    c) Background/literature review of key works that frames your research d) Hypothesis/thesis and/or problem statement
    e) Your research approach and methods, including relevant rationale f) Results to date and their validity
    g) Dissertation status and next steps
    h) Current and expected contributions

3. List of up to 5 keywords to help us select reviewers for your application .
4. A letter of nomination from your primary dissertation advisor .

Registration Fee
PKR 1500/-

At the Conference
All participants selected to present their work at the Doctoral Consortium are expected to be present throughout the consortium. A senior member of the community will be assigned as a mentor for each student based on the student's preference or similarity of research interests. All students and mentors will attend a Doctoral Consortium meeting/luncheon, giving the students an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with their mentor. Each student will present his or her work to the gr oup with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating researchers and other students. Detailed instructions will be provided to participants upon acceptance.

Formatting Guidelines
Submission should follow standard IEEE two column paper style.

Submission Site
Send your consortium papers and/or related inquiries at