Call for Doctoral Colloquium

The 2020 International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation

(HPCS 2020)

The 18th Annual Meeting

22 - 27 March 2021

Virtual/Online event or

Technically Sponsored is Pending

Call for Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium


DDC Proposal Submission Deadline: 17 September 2020


The 2020 International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2020) is to address, explore and exchange information on the state-of-the-art in high performance and large scale computing systems, their use in modeling and simulation, their design, performance and use, and their impact. The Conference will be held on 22-27 March 2021 virtually/online.

As part of these efforts, the conference will include a session for student doctoral dissertation work presentations.

The HPCS 2020 Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium (DDC) is intended to bring together PhD students working on HPCS and Simulation related topics, to provide them a friendly forum and an opportunity to present, discuss and illustrate their ongoing research in a constructively critical and informal atmosphere, to obtain valuable feedback from conference attendees, particularly senior researchers and experts in the field. The DDC contributors are to present a summary of their dissertation research in the form of short talks and/or poster presentations. Additionally, the colloquium is meant to facilitate the interaction and collaboration with other researchers and future collaborators as well as prospective employers.

Junior graduate students are also welcomed to participate in this event to learn about state-of-the-art research in high performance computing and simulation. This Colloquium is open to all registered attendees.

Eligibility Criteria

Doctoral students who have not defended their thesis before HPCS 2020 are invited to participate in the HPCS 2020 Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium. Students at various stages of their PhD program (but prior to defense) are encouraged to submit their work, either as a DDC extended abstract (or possibly as a full paper if appropriate) that will be published in the conference proceedings. All work relevant to the HPCS research community is welcomed.

TOPICS INCLUDE (but are not limited to):

  • title, name, affiliation and contact information; name of dissertation adviser(s);

  • an introduction to the research (problem definition, research motivations, background and literature review);

  • method used and proposed solution (idea, existing and planned proposals, innovative aspects of the solution);

  • current status of the research and expected results;

  • plans to complete the research; and

  • expected contributions.

Include up to 6 keywords from the topics list. Add “Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium Extended Abstract” under the title, author and affiliation. The template to use is posted at

If interested in submitting a longer manuscript, please discuss with the DDC Chairs first.

Students should ensure that they have the general support of their dissertation adviser(s) to virtually attend HPCS 2020 should their work be accepted prior to submitting their abstracts. Students should also provide a reference letter by their dissertation adviser. Paper and letter should be sent electronically as WORD and pdf documents to Dissertation Colloquium Co-Chairs as email attachments. Also, include a note stating how you expect to benefit from attending the Doctoral Colloquium.

The selection process will focus on opportunity to benefit from participation, rather than finished research. Contributions will be reviewed and selected based on quality, relevance, and research phase.

Attending the Dissertation Doctoral Colloquium

All accepted doctoral abstracts are required to be presented and will be included in the conference proceedings. Students will be required to pay a special DDC conference registration fee (please refer to the Registration and Author Info pages for more details). We expect to provide economic support to most attendees which should cover part of their costs. DDC Students presenting their work at HPCS 2020 may apply for a number of Student Travel Grants that we hope to make available (tentative) as posted on the HPCS 2020 web site.


Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Submission Deadline -------- 17 September 2020

Notification of Acceptance starts ------------------------------- 09 November 2020

Registration & Camera-Ready Manuscripts Due by ----------- 29 December 2020

Conference Dates ------------------------------------------------- 22 - 27 March 2021

For information or questions about the Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium, please contact the Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium Co-Chairs:

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