Graduate Student Symposium

The Graduate Student Symposium at IFIPTM is the first such event in the conference’s history, and invites graduate students to submit extended abstracts of their thesis work for possible. The Symposium provides an opportunity for Master and PhD students to discuss and explore their research interests and career objectives with their peers and with a panel of established researchers in Trust Management.

The symposium will be in a one-day workshop format, before the conference. Students whose abstracts are accepted be invited to give a presentation on their work before a group of peers and a small group of established Trust Management scientists, who would offer critiques and provide support, advice, and mentoring. The presented work will also be included in the IFIPTM poster session, and a special conference session is planned for selected students to present their work in the main conference setting.

PhD and Master’s students are invited to submit a 4-6 page summary of their thesis work in the area of Trust Management (a complete list of interests of the conference can be found on the IFIPTM 2011 Web site). Because this is preliminary research, we do not expect polished work or complete. Instead, the work will be weighed according to potential impact, significance, and presentation. Completed thesis projects are not acceptable as the symposium is chiefly aimed to encourage and assist students in their second or third year of work, working on their thesis proposal. The abstract should clearly state the problem being addressed, the research plan, and progress to date. 

All submissions should be in English. Abstracts may be up to 6 pages in length and formatted according to Springer's LNCS style. Please follow the instructions for authors at Springer's website ( The use of the LaTeX2e style file available at Springer's website is strongly encouraged.

The abstract submission should be accompanied with the following materials:

  1. 1.A cover letter stating your name, institution, supervisor’s name and email address, program start date, expected graduation date, and 2-5 keywords describing your work. Also include a list of your refereed and non-refereed publications and presentations at national and international forums.

  2. 2.A letter from your thesis advisor that includes an assessment of the current status of your thesis research, and an expected date for thesis submission. In addition, your advisor should indicate what he or she hopes you would gain from participation in the symposium.

  3. 3.A short (one page or less) statement of what you expect to gain from presenting and participating in the symposium, as well as what you think you can contribute to the symposium. For best consideration, your statement must address both of these expectations.

Please combine all materials into one PDF document. To submit your work, access the IFIPTM Graduate Student Symposium site on EasyChair.

The review process will involve both students and established researchers, and students who submit work are expected to review at least one submission (which will be assigned to them by the symposium organizers). The attending student is expected to register for the full conference, but student discounts will be available.

All students are encouraged to participate in the symposium, whether or not their work is presented. In addition, IFIPTM is hosting a Graduate Summer School in the days immediately preceding the Symposium, and we encourage students to attend and participate. Additional sessions at the Symposium are being planned, including a keynote speech by a senior Trust Management scientist.

Important Dates

Abstract submission due: April 15th, 2011

Notification of acceptance: May 2nd, 2011

Revised abstract due: May 30th, 2011

Graduate Student Symposium: June 28th, 2011