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Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium will take place in conjunction with the 7th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (IC3K), to be held November 12-14 in Lisbon, Portugal. The IC3K 2015 doctoral consortium will provide an opportunity for graduate students to explore their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished experts in the field.

The Doctoral Consortium on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management is intended to bring together Ph.D. students within the aforementioned fields to discuss their research in an international forum. More precisely, the Doctoral Consortium will provide students with an opportunity to:

- Present their research work in a relaxed and supportive environment;
- Receive feedback and suggestions from peers and experienced faculty members;
- Gain an overview of the breadth and depth of knowledge discovery, knowledge engineering and knowledge management;
- Obtain insight into directions for knowledge research taken by other doctoral candidates;
- Discuss concerns about research, supervision, the job market, and other issues;
- Network with peers and future colleagues

Thus, the symposium will help shape ongoing and future research projects aimed at knowledge discovery, knowledge engineering and knowledge management, will promote scholarship and networking among new researchers in this emerging interdisciplinary area, and will expose these promising young researchers to the larger global community.


Besides the preliminary written feedback on the submitted thesis proposal, the Advisory Board will comment each selected presentation during the conference, as well as provide advice on the successful completion of the PhD program. The Advisory Board members are:

Fernando Brito e Abreu, ISTAR/ISCTE-IUL, Portugal (Chair)
Pável Calado, IST/UL, Portugal
Elsa Cardoso, ISCTE, Portugal (Chair)
João Magalhães, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Jan Vanthienen, KU Leuven, Belgium

Friday November 13
Sessions 1 (09:00 -12:15)
09:00 - 09:05 - Welcome address (Fernando Brito e Abreu, University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal)
09:05 - 10:05 - PhD proposal presentation and discussion (paper 8)
"UFO-L: A Core Ontology of Legal Concepts Built from a Legal Relations Perspective"
Cristine Leonor Griffo, Univ. Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil
Panel discussants: Pável Calado, Elsa Cardoso

10:10 - 11:10 - PhD proposal presentation and discussion (paper 9)
"Increasing the Amount of Knowledge Reuse from Engineering Design Repositories"
Cristina Carro Saavedra, Udo Lindemann, Technische Universität München, Germany
Panel discussants: Jan Vanthienen, Fernando Brito e Abreu

11:15 - 12:15 - PhD proposal presentation and discussion (paper 7)
"Computing Semantic Textual Similarity based on Partial Textual Entailment"
Martin Víta, Institute of Computer Science / Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Panel discussants: João Magalhães, Pável Calado

Session 2 (14:30 -15:45)
14:30 - 15:30 – Panel: Top advices for PhD students (all discussants)
15:30 - 15:45 - Symposium wrap-up (Elsa Cardoso)


The Doctoral Consortium is based on the following requirements and rules:
  • It is open only to Doctoral Students who have started their research;
  • Each student with an accepted paper at the Doctoral Consortium must register and attend IC3K: a special student fee applies;
  • Each paper must be presented by the student
  • Submissions will be judged mainly on relevance, originality, technical quality and clarity;
  • Paper length: 8,000 to 50,000 characters (excluding white spaces);
  • Papers must be written in MS-Word or Latex including the following information:
    • research problem;
    • outline of objectives;
    • state of the art;
    • methodology and
    • expected outcome;
    • stage of the research.
The registered papers will be included in the digital support that includes the proceedings of the conference. However, they will not be included in the book of proceedings as archival publications or in the Digital Library and therefore will remain free of copyright.


To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please submit your paper through the online submission platform PRIMORIS and follow the instructions and templates (MSWord and LaTex ) that can be found under Templates. After the paper submission has been successfully completed, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.


1. An introduction of themselves and their Ph.D. project for the introductory session. 1 slide only. Duration: 60 sec max.
2. A 10 minute presentation of their Ph.D. project to be used for introducing discussion about their project and its main issues during the small group sessions.
3. Students are also invited to prepare a poster about their Ph.D. for the main conference poster session.


A "Best PhD Project Award" will be conferred to the student of a paper presented at the conference doctoral consortium, selected by the Doctoral Chair based on the combination of paper reviewing marks and the feedback of the Advisory Board. The award will be announced and bestowed at the conference closing session. The author of an awarded paper will be entitled to:
  • A signed and stamped official award certificate;
  • The announcement of their achievement on a special conference webpage;
  • A one year free membership of INSTICC (, warranting full access to the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. If already an INSTICC member, then this offer adds one year to her/his current membership.
  • A voucher for a free or reduced registration* in one event sponsored by INSTICC, valid during a 12 months period, including all conference materials (without the printed proceedings). This voucher is only available if the presenter attends the closing session and receives the award.
* Speakers are entitled to a 50% discount over the basic registration fee; non-speakers are entitled to a free registration.

Important Deadlines

Doctoral Consortium Submission: September 3, 2015 (expired)
Author Notification: September 17, 2015 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: October 5, 2015 (expired)