2nd International Middleware Doctoral Symposium 2005 (MDS2005)

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Following the hugely successful MDS 2004 at Middleware 2004 the 2nd International Middleware Doctoral Symposium took place at Middleware 2005.


The Middleware Doctoral Symposium is a forum for doctoral students to present their work and obtain guidance from mentors as well as to provide contact to other students at a similar stage in their careers. The mentors are senior university or industry researchers, e.g. current or former members of the Middleware program committee. The goal of the symposium is to expose students to helpful criticism before their thesis defence, and to foster discussions related to future career perspectives. Mentors provide constructive criticism on the current work, and give advice for possible future direction and focus. A similar series of doctoral symposia is held in connection with the OOPSLA, ECOOP, ICSE, and ISWC conferences

Symposium Organization

A group of 6 to 8 selected students present their research to one another and to a mock thesis committee of 4 to 5 mentors.


Thesis Committee

Student Feedback

I got some really interesting comments, both generally on how to structure a thesis, and specific comments on my specific research. Rick in particular had a valuable idea on how to structure and present my work in such a way that the contribution is more apparent. Hats off to the whole committee for staying focused and constructive during the whole day.
- Kurt Schelfthout, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

I am very happy to present my PhD work in MDS2005. I would like to thank all the mentors for their constructive remarks. I am also thankful to the doctoral symposium organizers for given us the opportunity to meet.
- Abdelkrim Beloued, Technopôle de Brest Iroise

The experience was very good for me, exchanging emails and papers with other students/researchers is not really like sharing experiences face to face. This is what events like MDS are for, especially at the very beginning. I had really good feedback from the committee. I would like to thank each and every one of the committee members, for their invaluable support, and the time they spent coming to the symposium and providing advice.
- Etienne Antoniutti Di Muro, Università degli Studi di Trieste

I found the DS very useful. The format was very good, 20 mins for questions left a lot of time for analysis of the work and allowed for people to really clarify what their work involved. The mentors did an excellent job too and were thorough but fair in their questioning. I also liked the fact that the symposium was "open" allowing interested individuals to attend and give their own views on the work presented. I think this is also useful for students taking on research who have may have not have submitted a paper. From my experience DS in other conferences have been closed and would not include such an audience.
- Trevor Parsons, University College Dublin

It was very helpful for all of us and an invaluable help! Personally, I think that the organization was close to perfect. I am very grateful to the committee for taking the time to read our abstracts and criticize our ideas. Your feedback was very helpful, especially, because it was provided from somebody from the field we are working in and not related to oneself. All in all, it was an exciting event where I learned a lot. Thank you very much for making this possible!
- Michael A. Jaeger, Technical University of Berlin.

The workshop was very helpful to me. Especially to justify my doubts. This helps to narrow for example the problem statement or think about a more concrete evaluation plan. Thanks for your time and suggestions.
- Rüdiger Kapitza, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

The symposium has been very useful to me in my research. I got a valuable feedback both on my research problem and the research methodology in general. I learned a lot not only from feedback to my work but also from the works of other students. The session where the panel shared their experience with students was particularly interesting. It was really interesting to hear from people from both industry and academy with very broad experience. I am really grateful and thankful to the panel and the organizers of the symposium.
- Vladimir Dyo, University Collage London

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