Call for Doctoral Consortium

The RuleML+RR Doctoral Consortium is an initiative of the RuleML and RR communities to attract and promote student research in rules and reasoning. It offers students a close contact with leading experts on the field, as well as the opportunity to present and discuss their ideas in a dynamic and friendly setting.

We invite PhD students at an early or intermediate stage of their PhD studies as well as exceptional Master’s students who are interested in pursuing a PhD to submit papers describing their research on any of the topics of interest of RuleML+RR 2017, available at

The submissions should cover the following aspects:

  • A clear formulation of the research question and the motivation.
  • An identification of the significant problems in the field of research.
  • An outline of the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions.
  • A presentation of any preliminary ideas, the proposed approach and the results achieved so far.
  • A sketch of the applied research methodology and its positioning in the field.
  • A description of the student project’s contribution to the problem solution.
  • A discussion of how the suggested solution is different, new, or better as compared to existing approaches to the problem.
  • A research plan and the potential achievements.

The accepted DC papers will be presented to an interested audience and will be discussed with a panel of senior researchers from academia and the industry. Students will present their work through brief oral presentations during a dedicated session of the RuleML+RR main track, but also in the form of posters.

New: To encourage research students to submit their work to the Doctoral Consortium, the organizing committee of RuleML+RR have decided the following:

  • The best DC paper will be presented during the main track of RuleML+RR and will be awarded an Amazon coupon.
  • Selected DC papers will be considered for inclusion in the main conference Springer proceedings.
  • Financial support will be available for a number of students attending the DC.

Further, we note that a selection of the best Doctoral Consortium papers will be included as short papers in the main track Springer LNCS proceedings.



Accepted papers will be published online as part of CEUR-WS Proceedings, which are broadly indexed, e.g., by SCOPUS and listed in standard bibliographic databases such as DBLP.

This year, a selection of the best Doctoral Consortium papers will also be included as short papers in the main track Springer LNCS proceedings.


Important dates

Paper submission1 March 2017
13 March 2017
Author notification10 April 2017
Camera-ready submission24 April 2017
4 May 2017


Submission guidelines

DC papers are limited to 8 pages written in English following the LNCS ( format and submitted electronically in PDF format jointly with a maximum 2 page CV.

Please submit your paper and CV to:

If you do not have an EasyChair account, please sign up at:



Each student with an accepted DC paper will be assigned a mentor with similar research interests from the RuleML+RR community, with whom they will discuss the student’s research during a mentoring session of the conference.

The following researchers have tentatively accepted our invitation to the list of mentors:

  • Harold Boley
  • Diego Calvanese
  • Simona Colucci
  • Stefania Costantini
  • Giovanni De Gaspaeris
  • Enrico Franconi
  • Guido Governatori
  • Roman Kontchakov
  • Rafael Penaloza
  • Francesco Ricca
  • Dumitru Roman
  • Omair Shafiq
  • Giorgos Stamou
  • Kia Teymourian
  • Domenico Lembo


Registration & student travel support

Registration information will soon become available at the main conference web site ( Reduced registration fees will be offered to all student participants of the conference.

Financial support is available to enable student authors to travel to the Symposium. These are awarded on a case-by-case basis. Proof of studentship will be required at time of registration.


Program Committee


Antonis Bikakis, Theodore Patkos


  • Mario Alviano
  • Grigoris Antoniou
  • Nick Bassiliades
  • Stefan Borgwardt
  • Jean-Paul Calbimonte
  • Simona Colucci
  • Giorgos Flouris
  • Maria Koutraki
  • Rob Miller
  • Grzegorz J. Nalepa
  • Rafael Penaloza
  • Francesco Ricca
  • Omair Shafiq
  • Kia Teymourian


Other collocated events

Students participating in the Doctoral Consortium will also have access to all sessions of the main RuleML+RR track as well as its collocated events:

  • The 11th International Rule Challenge
  • The RuleML+RR 2017 Industry Track
  • Decision Camp 2017

More information about the conference and the collocated events are available at:

We would also like to invite students to the collocated 13th Reasoning Web Summer School (RW 2017), which will take place at the same venue prior to RuleML+RR 2017: 7-11 July, 2017 ( Students registered for the Doctoral Consortium will be offered a discount for the registration to RW 2017, and vice versa.