Become part of the community

If you are a Master or PhD students attending ICCBR gives you the opportunity to meet researchers and discuss your work with them. Since 2009, the ICCBR conference program contains a doctoral consortium with personal mentoring by senior researchers.

Doctoral Consortium

The 9th Annual ICCBR Doctoral Consortium (DC) is designed to nurture PhD candidates by providing them with opportunities to explore and obtain mutual feedback on their research, future work plans, and career objectives with senior CBR researchers, practitioners and peers. We invite submissions from students, as described below. Selected students will be asked to prepare and present an oral presentation at the DC. We also plan for some invited talks or panels from senior CBR researchers or practitioners. Additional social arrangements will be arranged to encourage further conversations with mentors and fellow students.


We encourage participation from all PhD students, whether at the start or towards the end of their PhD candidacy. Participants need to clearly indicate their stage of PhD research. Those who are at the early to midpoint stage of their candidacy and who have not yet received substantial feedback from the greater research community will be paired with a mentor who will advise them on their research trajectory, writing and presentation. Those who are at a later stage in their research will have an opportunity to present their PhD work to date to a group of CBR senior researchers for feedback and advice.

Mentor / Mentee pairs

Please find in the table below the mentor/mentee assignments.

Student Mentor
Manuel Striani David Leake
Kyle Martin Kerstin Bach
Kareem Amin Stelios Kapetanakis
Sara Nasiri Ralph Bergmann
Michael Schnell Cindy Marling
Pierre Murena Agnar Aamodt
Bjørn Magnus Mathisen Klaus-Dieter Althoff
Brian Schack Michael Floyd
Irina Rabkina Isabelle Bichindaritz


We welcome applications from PhD candidates worldwide. To apply, please submit the following materials, in a single pdf file, via the ICCBR EasyChair submission system: Click here
1. Application Cover Page (max 1 page): This should include your goals for participating in the DC, questions on your research topic or research to date that you may wish to discuss and get advice on, and you can offer to other DC participants. Please also include (1) the time at which you began your PhD studies, (2) your estimated graduation date, and (3) your supervisory team (if they have been selected) so we don't assign one of them as your mentor!
2. Research Summary (max 5 pages): This should outline the problem(s) being addressed, the proposed research plan, and a description of progress to date. This short paper must be in ICCBR 2016 LNCS Springer format and include references.
3. Curriculum Vita (max 1 page): This should list the student's most relevant background, experience (research, education, employment) and publication references (if any).
4. Letter of Recommendation (max 1 page): A written communication from your PhD supervisor including an assessment on the status of the research and an expected date of completion. Non-PhD students are also welcome to apply, in which case this should be from a suitable adviser (e.g., at their institution).

Note: The Application Cover Page, Research Summary, CV, and supervisor's support letter should all start on new pages within the same pdf file. Applicants will be notified on whether their Research Summary has been accepted for oral presentation at the DC by 5th May 2017. A final version of the Research Summary paper to be presented will be due on 26th May 2017. Accepted applicants are expected to commit to attending all DC activities at the conference.

Program Committee

  • Agnar Aamodt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) (Norway)
  • Klaus-Dieter Althoff, DFKI / University of Hildesheim (Germany)
  • Ralph Bergmann, University of Trier (Germany)
  • Isabelle Bichindaritz, State University of New York at Oswego (USA)
  • Alexandra Coman, NRC/Naval Research Laboratory (USA)
  • Michael Floyd, Knexus Research (USA)
  • Luc Lamontagne, Laval University (Canada)
  • David Leake, Indiana University (USA)
  • Cindy Marling, Ohio University (USA)
  • Santiago Ontanon, Drexel University (USA)
  • Luigi Portinale, Universita Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogadro" (Italy)
  • Stelios Kapetanakis, University of Brighton (UK)