Welcome to the 5th Middleware Doctoral Symposium

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Following the past success of MDS 2007, MDS 2006, MDS 2005 and MDS 2004, MDS 2008 will be held in Leuven, Belgium on December, 2008 in conjunction with the Middleware 2008 conference. MDS 2008 will serve as a forum for doctoral students to present their work and obtain guidance from mentors, as well as to provide contact with other students at a similar stage in their careers. The goal of the symposium is to expose students to helpful criticism before their thesis defense, and to foster discussions related to future career directions. Mentors will provide constructive criticism on the current work and give advice for possible future direction and focus. The mentors will be a small group of experienced researchers from academia and industry.

Participation in the symposium will be based on paper submissions of up to 6 pages in ACM format, describing novel doctoral research aligned with the themes of the Middleware conference. All submissions will be fully peer-reviewed by an international program committee, in order to provide useful feedback to the authors and select the highest quality papers for presentation at the symposium. The accepted papers will be published in the Middleware 2008 conference companion CD, together with the papers from the Middleware 2008 workshops, and will also appear online in the ACM Digital Library.


December 8 - The proceedings of the 5th Middleware Doctoral Symposium are available in the ACM Digital Library.

October 14 - The full program of MDS'08 is available.

October 10 - Registration for MDS'08 is now open. Register before November 4, 2008 to benefit from the early bird fee!

September 23 - The MDS'08 proceedings ISBN number is available in the submissions section.

September 18 - The list of accepted submissions is available in the program section.

May 22 - The MDS'08 website has gone online.

Important Dates

Abstract submission: July 25, 2008
Submission of paper: August 1, 2008
Notification of Acceptance: September 15, 2008
Camera-ready version due: October 1, 2008
Workshop date: December 1, 2008
Middleware 2008 Main Conference: December 1 - December 5, 2008

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