Australasian Computing Doctoral Consortium (ACDC'14)

January 2014, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

The ACDC provides an opportunity for doctoral students to present their research and early results and receive advice and constructive commentary from research experts. Submissions are invited from current PhD students in computing who would benefit from feedback on their research by a panel of established researchers. The consortium will operate in a workshop format. It will contain at least one presentation by a distinguished academic on the challenges and approaches to succeed in a PhD program. Up to ten applicants will be invited to present their work, and experts will be invited to attend the presentations and discuss each student's work. These selected applicants will receive complimentary ACSW student conference registration. Note, however, that ACDC will not provide travel or accommodation costs, but possible support from CORE may be available. Finally, PhD students who wish to attend, but have not submitted a paper, are welcome - however, be sure to notify the organisers well in advance since numbers are limited.


Students wishing to participate in ACDC should have been enrolled in a PhD program in any area of computing in any CORE university in Australia or New Zealand for between ½ and 2½ years by the time of submission. A Letter of Nomination from either the Head of Department or School or Faculty, detailing the students they are nominating, must be available upon request.


Each submission should be no longer than 4 pages including the text, references, figures, and tables. All initial submissions must be in PDF format (paper size: A4), although there are no other style requirements. The submission should clearly specify:

Submissions should be emailed to Christof Lutteroth, at christof AT cs DOT auckland DOT ac DOT nz. The selection will be by a panel of reviewers based on the quality of the 4-page submission.

Submission deadline: Monday 16 September 2013


The ACDC keynote will be given by Stephen MacDonell (University of Otago). The title of the talk is: "Journey or Destination: What Matters in a Computing PhD?"