12th EuroSys Doctoral Workshop
April 23, 2018 — Porto, Portugal
co-located with the European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys)



The 12th EuroSys Doctoral Workshop (EuroDW 2018) will provide a forum for PhD students to present their work and receive constructive feedback from experts in the field as well as from peers. Technical presentations will be augmented with general advice and discussions about getting a PhD, doing research, and post-doctoral careers. We invite applications from PhD students at any stage of their doctoral studies.

EuroDW 2018 will also offer the opportunity for what we call “mentoring moments.” The idea is to give graduate students a chance to talk one-on-one (or, in some cases, one-on-two) about their research with outstanding researchers beyond those available at the students' universities.

Goal of the Workshop

The goal of the workshop is to provide feedback and advice to PhD students both on technical aspects of their research as well as career development. We expect a range of attendees such as the present’s peers, as well as senior researchers who will attend to share their expertise. The idea is to create opportunities for students to meet with peers outside of their home institution, to get technical feedback as well as career advice from senior researchers in their field, to find out about internship and job opportunities, and to articulate their own work in a public, non-threatening forum. We encourage the participants to stay for the duration of the EuroSys main conference.

We expect most submissions to be from current PhD students who have selected a clear research topic. Research topics of interest include “systems” work in the broadest sense, including work on formal foundations, as well as the design, implementation and evaluation of real systems. Specifically, research topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Big data analytics frameworks
  • Cloud computing and data center systems
  • Database systems
  • Dependable systems
  • Distributed systems
  • File and storage systems
  • Language support and runtime systems
  • Mobile and pervasive systems
  • Networked systems
  • Operating systems
  • Parallelism, concurrency, and multicore systems
  • Real-time, embedded, and cyber-physical systems
  • Secure systems, privacy and anonymity preserving systems
  • Tracing, analysis, and transformation of systems
  • Virtualization systems

Note: the workshop is not a venue for publication; there will be no published proceedings.

Workshop Format

Applicants will be divided into two groups:

Group A: planners

This is for early-stage PhD students who are focused on research planning. For example, you may be surveying the literature to identify an important unsolved problem, or investigating the feasibility of a possible solution. At the workshop, planners will be expected to:

  1. Give an “elevator pitch” presentation of your proposal. This is a short 10-minute presentation, with only a few slides, identifying the problem that you are tackling, showing why it is important, and outlining possible solutions or directions.
  2. Present a poster on your proposal.
Group B: finishers

This is for students who are close to finishing their thesis and are thinking about how to write up their research. They may also be considering post-doctoral career options. At the workshop, finishers will be expected to:

  1. Give a 15-minute presentation on your research, in the style of a conference presentation. This will typically describe the problem, say why it matters, and present your solution along with some evaluation.
  2. Present a poster on your research.

All applicants can expect critical, but constructive, feedback on the presented research or research proposal. The posters will provide the opportunity to present more technical detail than is possible in a short presentation, and you can expect in-depth feedback on the work you describe. The participants will also have the option of displaying their posters throughout the main conference. We will match each student with a mentor — a senior researcher who will provide one-on-one feedback during a scheduled break (not necessarily on the workshop day; but including later during the conference).

Submission Instructions

If you would like to participate in the workshop, please submit your materials before the deadline. Submissions will receive written feedback from the PC, but the submission process is very lightweight and the main purpose is to put together the program and to match students with mentors.

Please submit the following materials together with the required information to the online submission site.

Group A:
  • PhD research proposal (as a PDF file, in 2-column, single-spaced, 10pt format, and should be no longer than 2 pages including title, references, figures and all other content).
Group B:
  • Your paper (PDF file) of your main contribution of your doctoral research (alternatively technical report, under submission paper, or a draft article should be OK – any length, please mark the type of your submission)
  • Research statement (as a PDF file, should be no longer than 5 pages, single column, including title, references, figures and all other content).

In addition, please include the following information in your submission form:

  • PhD advisor’s name and affiliation
  • year when you started your PhD

Important Dates

  • Submission by: February 10th, 2018 February 16th, 2018 (23:59 hrs CET)
  • Acceptance notification: March 5th, 2018 March 10th, 2018
  • Student travel grant deadline: March 15th, 2018
  • Workshop: April 23, 2018

Invited Talks

Invited talk #1: How to do systems research

Peter Druschel, MPI-SWS

Invited talk #2: The post-doc experience

Rachit Agarwal, Cornell University


Program Chairs

Alysson Bessani, Universidade de Lisboa
Pramod Bhatotia, University of Edinburgh

Program Committee

Antonio Barbalace, Huawei Research
Ruichuan Chen, NOKIA Bell Labs
Marco Chiesa, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Jana Giceva, Imperial College London
Michio Honda, NEC Laboratories Europe
Tim Harris
Keon Jang, Google
Evangelia Kalyvianaki, University of Cambridge
Rüdiger Kapitza, TU Braunschweig
Manos Kapritsos, University of Michigan
Baris Kasikci, University of Michigan
Aasheesh Kolli, VMware Research and Penn State
Parisa Jalili Marandi, Microsoft Research
Aurojit Panda, NYU and ICSI
Fernando Pedone, University of Lugano
Nuno Preguiça, University of Nova Lisbon
Oriana Riva, Microsoft Research
Amitabha Roy, Google
Rijurekha Sen, IIT Delhi
Srinath Setty, Microsoft Research
Mark Silberstein, Technion
Neeraj Suri, TU Darmstadt
Gaël Thomas, Telecom SudParis
Paulo Verissimo, University of Luxembourg
Marko Vukolic, IBM Research Zurich
John Wilkes, Google
Tianyin Xu, Facebook and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Irene Zhang, Microsoft Research



Workshop Program

Session #0 (0800 - 0900 hrs)

0800 - 0845 hrs: Registration
0845 - 0900 hrs: Welcome and introductory remarks

Session #1 (0900 - 1100 hrs)

Session #1A (0900 - 1000 hrs)
Session chair: Name

Session #1B (1000 - 1100 hrs)
Session chair: Name

1100 - 1130 hrs: Coffee break

Session #2 (1130 - 1300 hrs)

Session #2A (1130 - 1210 hrs)
Invited talk
Session chair: Name

The post-doc experience
Rachit Agarwal, Cornell University

Session #2B (1210 - 1300 hrs)
Session chair: Name

1300 - 1400 hrs: Lunch break

Session #3 (1400 - 1600 hrs)

Session #3A (1400 - 1445 hrs)
Invited talk
Session chair: Name

How to do systems research
Peter Druschel, MPI-SWS
Note: This is a joint keynote talk with EuroSec'18, and CrossCloud'18 workshops.

Session #3B (1445 - 1600 hrs)
Session chair: Name

1600 - 1630 hrs: Coffee break

Session #4 (1630 - 1800 hrs)

Session #4A (1630 - 1715 hrs)
Session chair: Name

Session #4B (1715 - 1800 hrs)
Session chair: Name

1800 - 2000 hrs: Welcome reception and poster session