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-- Proceedings now available online on Springer Verlag --
4th OTM Academy Doctoral Consortium

Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, Nov 25 - 26, 2007

Proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag


The OTM Academy Doctoral Consortium offers doctoral (Ph.D.) students within the subject area of the OTM community the opportunity to present and to discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere, and to get feedback from prominent scholars. Each student gets a slot of 60 minutes. The language is English.

The OTM'07 Academy Doctoral Consortium will be accompanied by prominent professors in the field of information systems who will study the papers in advance and actively participate in the discussions.


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

The OTM Academy Doctoral Consortium will be kicked off and rounded off by a discussion of general questions related to Ph.D. research. They include the following aspects:

  • problem formulation,
  • problem analysis,
  • research methodology,.
  • writing a thesis,
  • evaluating the innovative contribution of a thesis,
  • academic careers.


The OTM Academy Doctoral Consortium deals with the topics of the main conference.

The general areas addressed are:

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


  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


All submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. All submissions must be in English. Submissions should be in PDF format and must not exceed 10 pages in the final camera-ready format.

The paper must specifically address the doctoral student.s thesis! Therefore, the paper should

  • have the PhD student as single author (by preference), or as first author with his/her (main) promoter as second author,
  • 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 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 14 doctoral students.

The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). Author instructions can be found at:

The paper submission site is located at

Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings. To facilitate participation at the conference, PhD students will enjoy a reduced registration fee that will give them free access to all OTM conferences and workshops.


Dean of the OTM Academy

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

Accompanying Professors

  • Johann Eder
    Department of Computer Science
    University of Vienna, Austria
  • Maria Orlowska
    Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology
    Warszawa, Poland

Additional Reviewers

  • Domenico Beneventano
    Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione
    Universià di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Jaime Delgado
    Distributed Multimedia Applications Group (DMAG)
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Schahram Dustdar
    Distributed Systems Group
    Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Jörg Müller
    Mobile and Enterprise Computing Lab (MECL)
    Clausthal University of Technology, Germany

Workshop Organizers

  • Antonia Albani (
    Information Systems Design
    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Torben Hansen (
    Institute for Information Systems
    German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany
  • Johannes Maria Zaha (
    Software Systems Engineering
    University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany