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3rd OTM Academy Doctoral Consortium

Oct 29 - Oct 30, 2006
Montpellier, France

In conjunction with OnTheMove Federated Conferences (OTM'06)

Proceedings will be published by Springer LNCS


The OTM Academy Doctoral Consortium is intended to bring together doctoral (Ph.D.) students within the subject area of the OTM community. Each student gets the opportunity to present and to discuss his or her research in a constructive and international atmosphere, during 60 minutes. The language is English.

The OTM'06 Doctoral Consortium will be accompanied by prominent professors in the field of information systems who will actively participate in the discussions.

During OTM.05 the General Co-Chairs have proclaimed the former Ph.D. Symposium to be the OTM Academy Doctoral Consortium from OTM.06 on, and Prof. Jan Dietz to be the Dean of the OTM Academy. Therefore, the Doctoral Consortium in Montpellier, France, will be the 3rd one. It is held on 29 and 30 October 2006.


The goal of the OTM Academy Doctoral Consortium is to support the research done by doctoral students with constructive remarks and feedback from prominent scientists in the information systems field.

The Doctoral Consortium will be rounded off by a discussion of general questions related to Ph.D. research. They include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:

  • problem formulation,
  • analysis and evaluation of the state of the Ph.D. thesis,
  • research methodology, including
    • underlying principles of the approach,
    • utility of the approach, as well as
    • validation of the results.
  • critical evaluation of one's own work, including
    • identification of the target audience and beneficiaries of a thesis,
    • validation techniques (such as prototyping, field experiment, or argumentation),
  • definition of the innovative contribution of a thesis to the existing state of the art.

Additionally keynote speakers will address general purpose issues, related to Ph.D. research and life in academia afterwards.


The Doctoral Consortium deals with the topics of the main conference. The general areas addressed but are not restricted to:

  • Distributed Objects and Applications
  • Management of Semantically-Expressive Information
  • Applications, Evaluations, and Experiences
  • Business Process Management
  • Software Services
  • Agent technologies, systems
  • Cooperative Information Systems
An extensive list of topics can be found at


To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please provide an electronic version of your paper regarding your doctoral work to the submission webpage at:

The paper is restricted to 10 pages. Submissions may be handed in electronically in Postscript, PDF or MS Word format.

Different from other papers, this paper addresses specifically the Ph.D. student thesis! The paper should

  • have the PhD student as single author (by preference), or as first author with his/her (main) promoter as second author
  • clearly formulate the research question,
  • identify the significant problems in the field of research,
  • outline the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions,
  • present clearly any preliminary ideas, the proposed approach and the results achieved so far,
  • sketch the research methodology that is applied,
  • point out the contributions of the applicant to the problem solution, and
  • state in what aspects the suggested solution is different, new or better as compared to existing approaches to the problem.

Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness, and clarity. Admission is limited to 10 - 14 Ph.D. students.

Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.


Accepted workshop contributions will be published by Springer-Verlag as LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) as a part of the workshop proceedings of the 2006 International On The Move Federated Conferences (OTM). Author instructions and style sheets can be found at the Springer site (

  Abstract Submission Deadline   June 15, 2008 Extended until July 7, 2008
Paper Submission Deadline June 30, 2008 Extended until July 7, 2008
Acceptance Notification August 15, 2008
Camera Ready Due August 25, 2008
Registration Due August 25, 2008
OTM Conferences November 9 - 14, 2008


  • Jan Dietz
    Information Systems Design
    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


  • Johann Eder
    Department of Computer Science
    University of Vienna, Austria

  • Maria Orlowska
    School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
    The University of Queensland, Australia

  • Domenico Beneventano
    Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione
    Universià di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • Sonia Bergamaschi
    Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione
    Universià di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • Jaime Delgado
    Distributed Multimedia Applications Group (DMAG)
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain


  • Antonia Albani (
    Department of Information Systems
    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

  • Gábor Nagypál (
    Information Process Engineering
    Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI), Germany

  • Johannes Maria Zaha (
    Business Process Management Research Group
    Queensland University of Technology, Australia