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Friday, December 18, 2020

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| PhD Forum on Pervasive Computing and Communications
| IEEE PerCom 2021
| March 22-26 2021|

Call for PhD Forum Contributions


The Fourteenth Ph.D. Forum on Pervasive Computing and Communication will be hosted by PerCom 2021 (virtual with synchronous zoom meeting). The Forum provides an excellent opportunity for Ph.D. students to present their dissertation research, including work in progress, to the wider pervasive computing and communication community. This meeting offers an opportunity to share experiences with other Ph.D. students and meet with accomplished international researchers and obtain feedback from them.  


The Forum will be organized as a co-located PerCom event attended by experts in pervasive computing and communication, and will be supplemented by a one-minute-madness session plus a poster session during the main conference, so as to facilitate extended interaction opportunities between Ph.D. student participants and researchers from academia, industry, and government. During the workshop, senior members of the community will be present to provide constructive technical comments to each attendee. The Forum will provide a working environment for students to  refine and practice their presentations, helping them to improve communication skills. Special recognition will be given to the most innovative and/or most promising research project(s) presented at the Ph.D. Forum based on the pitch talk, the presented poster and the discussions with the participants during the poster session.


Ph.D. students are invited to submit two-page extended abstracts in English that describe their current research and potential contributions to innovative theory, algorithm development, and applications in pervasive computing and communications. The abstract should include the author's name, affiliation and email address. The name of the supervisor should be marked ("supervised by ...") on the paper, under the author's name. Submissions must be in PDF format, be no more than two pages in length (all inclusive) and adhere to the IEEE two-column conference format (the same format used for paper submissions to PerCom 2021). Submissions that are substantially similar to presentations from a previous Ph.D. Forum are not allowed. Submissions will be reviewed by the Ph.D. Forum Technical Program Committee to ensure quality and relevance. In case of acceptance, the length of the camera-ready paper will be limited to two pages. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference's workshop proce
edings and will be indexed by DBLP and the IEEE digital library.

All manuscripts must be registered and submitted through the EDAS submission site:


Authors of accepted submissions are expected to participate in the Ph.D. Forum, deliver an elevator pitch for their work, and present their poster at the PerCom 2021 conference. Standard PerCom 2021 registration fees apply. Participants who are current full-time students are eligible for the student registration fee. US-based students can apply for an NSF travel grant (when details are available they will be published on the PerCom web site).


Extended abstract submission deadline: December 18, 2020
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2021
Camera-ready paper due: February 5, 2021
Conference Dates: March 22 - 26, 2021


Antinisca Di Marco, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Qin (Christine) Lv, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

For further information about the forum, please contact the co-chairs at