KR Doctoral Consortium Call for Applications
November 3-12, 2021
Virtual (Originally: Hanoi, Vietnam)
The 18th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge
Representation and Reasoning (KR 2021) invites PhD students to apply
for the Doctoral Consortium program.
1) AIMS AND SCOPE
The Doctoral Consortium (DC) is a student mentoring program bringing
together PhD students and senior researchers from the area of KR. The
aims of the consortium are:
* to provide a forum for students to present their current research,
and receive feedback from other students and senior researchers;
* to promote contacts among PhD students working in similar areas;
* to support students with information and advice on academic,
research, and industrial careers.
The DC is intended for PhD students who have a specific research
proposal and some preliminary results, but who have sufficient time
prior to completing their dissertation to benefit from the consortium
experience. Preference will be given to students satisfying these
criteria, but well-motivated applications from students who are at
earlier or later stages of their doctoral studies will still be
Accepted students will participate in several dedicated DC events,
which are planned to include a lightning talk session, a poster
session, a mentoring event, and a DC invited talk. Details will be
announced in due time. Each student will be given ample time to
present their work and therefore be able to fully benefit from
direct feedback from the assigned senior researcher mentor and the
wider KR conference audience.
Note that due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, KR 2021 and all
of the DC events will take place online.
2) APPLICATION SUBMISSION
Applications must be submitted through the EasyChair conference system
(a link will be provided later). Each application must contain the
following elements combined into a single PDF document:
(1) Thesis summary. A description of the problem being addressed, your
motivation for addressing the problem, proposed plan of research,
the progress to date (what you have already achieved and what
remains to be done), and related work. It must be four pages
maximum and use the same style as for KR paper submissions.
(2) Curriculum Vitae. A description of your background and relevant
experience (research, education, employment), of two pages
(3) Letter of recommendation. A letter from your thesis advisor that
states that he/she supports your participation in the DC.
(4) Optionally, a suggestion of up to 5 potential mentors with similar
research interests, who could give good advice on technical
aspects related to the work, and/or career opportunities.
The selection process will consider the quality of the submitted
proposal and the stage of the student's PhD project.
Doctoral students who submit to the DC are permitted to have
previously published their research, and are encouraged to submit
papers to workshops associated to KR 2021.
3) IMPORTANT DATES
Application deadline: June 30, 2021
Acceptance notification: July 21, 2021
Doctoral Consortium: November 3 - 12, 2021
For further information, please contact the DC chairs:
Jens Classen, Simon Fraser University (jens_classen(a)sfu.ca)
Magdalena Ortiz, TU Vienna (ortiz(a)kr.tuwien.ac.at)
Call for Papers
*Recently Published Research Track* at the
18th Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
November 3-12, 2021, Virtual (originally: Hanoi, Vietnam)
Submission deadline: June 27, 2021,
Notification: July 30, 2021
Conference: November 3-12, 2021
The 18th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge
Reasoning, KR 2021, invites submissions of abstracts of papers previously
published in journals and conference proceedings for the Recently Published
The track is designed to provide a forum to discuss recent research on
related to KR that may not be immediately familiar or easily accessible
The track seeks papers that fall into one or both of the following
1) Papers that
-- bridge KR to other areas of AI, computer science, or to other
which an interface with KR exists (this includes database theory, game
social choice, logic and philosophy, etc.);
-- bridge KR to areas that make use of KR, such as multi-agent systems,
planning, natural language understanding, machine learning, explainable
-- go beyond the commonly-understood boundaries of KR.
2) Papers that are tightly related to KR and
-- have been published in journals but have not been presented at workshops
-- have been presented at conferences that are not typically attended by
KR community; or
-- have been accepted at general high-profile AI conferences such as IJCAI,
ECAI, or AAAI, where the time allotted has not allowed for full
all key aspects of the paper.
Submitted papers need only be of interest to a subcommunity in KR (like DL,
argumentation, NMR, etc.). However, they need to be made friendly to a
— A cover page (single page) listing the title, the authors, a complete
reference to the original paper, and a public or privately accessible
which the paper can be downloaded. A list of keywords is also expected.
Finally, the cover page must contain a statement that the work the
is based on has not been already presented to a KR audience in a major
— A one-page (preferred) and no more than two-page extended abstract of the
paper following the format for regular paper KR 2021 submissions. The
should present the main contributions of the paper, discuss the
the paper to KR, and explain the significance of the results.
— A single pdf file with the materials should be submitted to the KR
site at EasyChair. The authors should mark the submission as Recently
Submissions must meet the following criteria:
a. Candidate papers must have been published in a journal or a conference
proceedings in 2019 or later.
b. Papers that are in press may be submitted as long as the final
version is available.
c. Extensions of papers that have been previously presented at a KR
are not eligible for this track.
Extended abstracts of the accepted papers will be linked from the
Authors of accepted papers will present their work at the KR conference,
focussing on its significance and relevance to KR. Significant time will be
allocated for discussion of the interdisciplinary aspects of the work
potential impact on future research opportunities for KR.
Note that due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, KR 2021 will take
as a fully online event.
For any questions regarding suitability of a submission or any other
aspect of the track, please email the special track program co-chairs:
Vladimir Lifschitz, vl(a)cs.utexas.edu
Pierre Marquis, marquis(a)cril.univ-artois.fr