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RecSys 2007 Doctoral Consortium


Loren Terveen, University of Minnesota
Francesco Ricci, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Message from the Chairs

The Recommender Systems 2007 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished research faculty. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field. The strongest candidates will be those who have an idea and an area, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes. Typically, this means they will have made their dissertation proposal, but still be about a year from completion.

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About the Doctoral Consortium

The Consortium has the following objectives:

  1. Provide a supportive setting for feedback on students' current research and guidance on future research directions.
  2. Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from faculty and students outside their own institution.
  3. Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research.
  4. Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events.

The Consortium will be held on October 18 (Thursday). About eight doctoral students and four faculty will be invited to participate. Student participants will have their abstracts published in the conference proceedings and will exhibit a poster of their work at the main conference.

All participants are expected to attend the entire Consortium, including a group dinner following. Each student will present his or her work to the group with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating faculty and other students.

Being accepted into the Consortium is an honor, and involves a commitment to giving and receiving thoughtful commentary with an eye towards shaping the field and upcoming participants in the field.

Applying for the Doctoral Consortium

Submissions are invited from current graduate students pursuing a PhD project who would benefit from detailed workshop discussions of their doctoral research by a panel of established researchers. Selected applicants will receive money for conference registration, travel, lodging, and meal expenses.  UPDATE: Thanks to generous support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, we will be able to cover all travel expenses (up to $350 for North Americans, up to $1000 for overseas students), and local costs (up to $600 per student).

Submission materials consist of:

  1. An extended abstract (see below)
  2. A one-page biographical sketch
  3. A one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation (see below)
  4. A letter of recommendation from the student's primary dissertation advisor
  5. An estimate of expenses (this will be used if we are able to obtain additional funding to support students)

Submissions should consist of two different email messages to, due by June 17, 11:59 PM (2359) Pacific Daylight Time. One should consist of all the materials except the recommendation letter in the form of a single PDF file. Your file should be named lastname_dc.pdf, where lastname is your family name. The file must be no larger than 5 Mbytes in size. The subject line of the message should be lastname_dc_appl. The other message should contain the recommendation letter from your advisor. Please ask your advisor to name the file (and set the email subject) according to the convention: studentLastName_dc_ref. We will send email acknowledgements to you when your application is received and to your advisor when his/her recommendation is received.

Extended Abstract

Prepare a four-page extended abstract of your thesis work in the ACM SIG Proceedings Format, including: title, author information, abstract, keywords, thesis research summary, and references. The extended abstract, if accepted for the Doctoral Consortium, will be published in the Conference Proceedings.  There will not be time for significant revisions if you are selected; therefore, your submitted version must be publication-ready. The extended abstract should clearly specify:

  1. Originality of the work with respect to current concepts and techniques
  2. Importance of the work with respect to fundamental issues and themes in recommender systems
  3. Rigor and validity of claims, argumentation, methodology, results, and interpretations
  4. Clarity and persuasiveness of expression

Additional factors, such as position within the doctoral process and institutional representation, may be taken in account if the number of applicants is particularly large. Candidates who have a developed idea but who still have time to be influenced will receive the strongest consideration. This typically means that the candidate will have made a dissertation proposal but still be approximately a year away from completion. Participants in the consortium will be selected by the Doctoral Consortium Committee.


Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, October 18, 2007. Submissions should contain no information or materials that are proprietary at publication time.

Doctorial Consortium Checklist

Well in advance of the deadline (June 17, 11:59 PM (2359) Pacific Daylight Time.):

  1. Create your submission materials:
    1. Write an extended abstract according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Format. The abstract must print to no more than 4 pages.
    2. Write a one-page biographical sketch
    3. Write a one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation
    4. Obtain a letter of recommendation from your primary dissertation advisor
    5. Create an estimate of expenses (travel expenses only; we will estimate local costs)
  1. Package all materials except the recommendation into a single PDF file. Name it according to the following convention: lastname_dc.pdf. Email it to The letter of recommendation must be directly by your advisor, also to Please ask your advisor to name the file (and set the email subject) according to the convention: studentLastName_dc_ref. An email receipt of the letter will be sent to your advisor.
  2. Test that your PDF prints correctly and that is it no larger than 5 Mbytes