The ESWC2019 PhD Symposium

As part of the ESWC 2019 conference program, the ESWC PhD Symposium was held in wonderful Portoroz, Slovenia. The aim of the symposium, this year organized by Maria-Esther Vidal and myself, is to provide a forum for PhD students in the area of Semantic Web to present their work and discuss their projects with peers and mentors.

Jana Vatascinova talks about the all-important challenge of ontology matching in the biomedical domain. #ESWC2019 pic.twitter.com/EwY2gPhf13

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) June 2, 2019

Even though this year, we received 5 submissions, all of the submissions were of high quality, so the full day symposium featured five talks by both early and middle/late stage PhD students. The draft papers can be found on the symposium web page and our opening slides can be found here. Students were mentored by amazing mentors to improve their papers and presentation slides. A big thank you to those mentors: Paul Groth, Rudi Studer, Maria Maleshkova, Philippe Cudre-Mauroux,  and Andrea Giovanni Nuzzolese.

Stefan Schlobach is our keynote speaker in the #ESWC2019 PhD symposium. pic.twitter.com/XMflRJSLIl

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) June 2, 2019

The program also featured a keynote by Stefan Schlobach, who talked about the road to a PhD “and back again”. He discussed a) setting realistic goals, b) finding your path towards those goals and c) being a responsible scientist and person after the goal is reached.

#eswc2019 Doctoral Consortium. Very interesting list on how not to get a PhD, or things you should not do if you want to get a PhD. Check the TED talk about procrastination 😉 @Stefan Schlobach pic.twitter.com/nwelUYssCN

— Miriam Fernandez (@miriam_fs) June 2, 2019

Students also presented their work through a poster session and the posters will also be found at the main conference poster session on tuesday 4 June.

No time for an after-lunch dip! Markus Schröder from DFKI started his presentation on semantic enrichment of enterprise data. #ESWC2019 phd symposium pic.twitter.com/BBftLtwgbr

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) June 2, 2019

Want to see what the next wave of #semanticweb researchers are working on? Come see us *now* at the #eswc2019 PhD symposium poster session. pic.twitter.com/ojQFXrY94Q

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) June 2, 2019

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