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THE 9th international GREEN

 and sustainable computing CONFERENCE

Technically Co-sponsored by IEEE Computer Society & STC Sustainable Computing
October 22-24, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA, US

Call for Participation in IGSC PhD Forum

Graduate students working in the area of sustainable computing and/or computational sustainability are invited to submit a summary of their Ph.D. thesis work to the Ph.D. Forum at IGSC 2018, to be held October 22-24 in Pittsburgh, USA.

Aim and Scope

In conjunction with the regular IGSC conference program, the aim of the Ph.D. Forum is to provide a specialized forum for senior Ph.D. graduate students to present their Ph.D. thesis work and preliminary results in a poster presentation session. The Ph.D. Forum provides a unique opportunity for students to present their Ph.D. work to the conference attendees, meet with their peers and experts in the field, and most importantly, receive feedback on their work. All the submitted Ph.D. Forum abstracts will be reviewed and the accepted abstracts will be published in the IGSC 2018 proceedings and in IEEE Xplore. IGSC will provide several student travel grants for attending the PhD Forum as outlined below.


Publication and Submission Instructions

Accepted abstracts in the Ph.D. Forum will be published (maximum 2 pages in length for each paper) in the IGSC Ph.D. Forum Proceedings, which will be published in IEEE Xplore as part of the IGSC proceedings. 


Each submission must include:

  • A two-page summary (extended abstract) of the Ph.D. work based on IEEE conference template. Please check the Paper Submission instructions on the IGSC webpage ( for formatting templates. The two-page paper should clearly list the main contributions of the student Ph.D. thesis. Also, it should include a list of recent publications, if any, in the reference section; 

  • The author list in this extended abstract should only include the student name (first author) and the advisor. Also, please specify to which track the submission belongs. Information on different tracks is available on the IGSC webpage (;

  • A recently published paper (conference publication or journal) by the student in the field, if any; and

  • A letter from the advisor, sanctioning the submission and acknowledging willingness to support the Ph.D. students’ travel (either fully or as necessary beyond any possible IGSC student travel support) to the conference to present their posters at the Forum. 


All the aforementioned requirements should be merged into a single PDF file and submitted at (Make sure to select the PhD Forum Track).


Conference Attendance and Poster Presentation

The PhD Forum participants are expected to register for the conference at the student rate with the expectation of presenting their posters during the Ph.D. Forum poster session at IGSC. Please note the following regarding your poster presentations:

  • You will have a display area sized at maximum 48 inches by 36 inches. You are free to use this area in any way you like (e.g., one large poster, multiple sheets, etc). If you choose to use multiple sheets instead of one poster, you can produce a total of six (6) A4 pages or print a total of twelve (12) PowerPoint presentation slides (2 slides per A4 page).

  • We will provide thumbtacks (pushpins) to hang your poster on provided boards. Please look for the board with your presentation number.

  • IGSC will not supply output or production services.


PhD Forum Student Travel Support

With support from National Science Foundation (NSF), IGSC will provide 8-10 student travel grants (each at $1,000 or actual travel/registration costs, whichever is less) for attending IGSC and the PhD Forum.  All PhD Forum submissions are automatically evaluated for student travel support with no need for submission of additional materials in this regard.


Important Dates

  • Ph.D. Forum Paper Submission: September 7, 2018

  • Acceptance notification: September 14, 2018

  • Camera-ready submission deadline:  September 21, 2018


Contact Information

Please contact the Ph.D. forum chair Mahdi Nikdast ( if you have any questions. 

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