Doctoral Colloquium (PhD Forum)

The Doctoral Colloquium of BuildSys 2019 seeks to provide a friendly, supportive, and constructive environment where PhD students can present their research in progress for an open discussion guided by a panel of experienced researchers. The Doctoral Colloquium will be structured as a series of short presentations by the students followed by individual discussions, feedback, and advice from the panel. Students with the most inspiring topics will also be invited to present a poster during the main conference to leverage further interaction with BuildSys attendees.

Current PhD students in the early stages of their career are encouraged to submit a 2-page research summary describing the work in progress and including a 100-word abstract. Things to consider for inclusion in the research summary might be: the expected contribution to the field; the original idea or thesis statement; the problem domain and the specific problem addressed; a brief overview of related work; the methodological approach; research carried out and results so far. The abstract should also include a one-paragraph biography of the student, including the names and affiliations of the research advisor(s), and expected date of dissertation submission. The student should be the sole author, although contributions of the advisor and others should be acknowledged.

The Doctoral Colloquium committee will review submissions to ensure quality, relevance, and potential benefit from attendance. Authors of accepted submissions are expected to participate in person to the Doctoral Colloquium. There will be no separate registration fee for the Doctoral Colloquium.


Sunday, November 10, 2019


Hamilton Hall, Classroom 702


8:30 – 9:00
9:00 – 9:10
9:10 – 10:10
(each presentation 15 mins + 5 mins Q&A):
  • #3 Emotion Analysis in Human-centered Systems from Music Perspective- Application in Smart Buildings
    Xiang Guo (University of Virginia)
  • #4 Emotion Filtering at the Edge for Privacy Preservation
    Ranya Alouf (Cambridge University)
  • #13 MoGAN:Urban-Scale Privacy-Preserving Mobility Data Generation Based on Augmented GANs
    Fan Zhang (Rutgers University)
10:10 – 10:30
Informal discussion (e.g. about key paper review criteria)
10:30 – 10:45
Morning coffee break
10:45 – 11:45
(each presentation 15 mins + 5 mins Q&A):
  • #2 Using machine learning for dynamic resource orchestration & task scheduling in a cloud radio access network based edge environment
    Jude Fletcher, David Wallom (University of Oxford)
  • #10 PhD Forum Abstract: Scheduler Robustness under Non-Deterministic Energy Harvesting Conditions
    Naomi Stricker (ETH Zurich)
  • #8 Conflict Detection for Smart Cities Services
    Shuxin Zhong (Rutgers University)
11:45 – 12:00
Informal discussion (e.g. about common pitfalls in experimental evaluation)
12:00 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:00
(each presentation 15 mins + 5 mins Q&A):
  • #5 Human Occupant Monitoring using Structural Vibration Sensing
    Jonathon Fagert (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • #6 Enabling Backscatter Communication for Wireless Robotic Materials
    Dilushi Piumwardane (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • #9 Behaviorally Adaptive Built Environments
    Alan Wang (University of Virginia)
  • #12 "To Learn or not to Learn": Deep Learning for predicting non-stationary channel
    Maqsood Ahamed Abdul Careem (University at Albany)
  • Closing thoughts (10 mins)
15:00 – 15:15
Networking coffee break


The BuildSys Doctoral Colloquium will be held in conjunction with the SenSys Doctoral Colloquium to enable students from both communities to interact and receive constructive feedback on their work from a diverse set of panelists.


Research summaries will be reviewed by the chairs and panel members. If the work is accepted, a student may be expected to make clarifications and improvements to the research summary by the camera-ready deadline. Submissions must be received no later than August 10, 2019 via web submission (HotCRP).

Submissions must be in PDF format, be written in English, of no more than two pages in length (all inclusive), and adhere to the BuildSys/SenSys formatting styles found here.

The abstract should include the author’s name, affiliation, and email address.

Camera-Ready Guidelines

The camera-ready paper must be submitted by the September 6, 2019 (AOE). You should use the acmart.cls. Please note that ACM uses 9-pt fonts in all conference proceedings, and the style (both LaTeX and Word) implicitly define the font size to be 9-pt. The maximum number of pages for poster and demos is 2, including the references. Please refer to publication chair's Note as well as the User Guide of the new class.

To submit a Doctoral Colloquium abstract, please add " PhD Forum Abstract:" at the beginning of the manuscript's title.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: August 10, 2019, 11:59:59pm AOE
  • Notification of acceptance: August 19, 2019, 11:59:59pm AOE
  • Camera-ready abstract: September 6, 2019, 11:59:59pm AOE
  • Colloquium: November 10, 2019


  • Doctoral Colloquium Panelists:
      Aveek Das (Forescout)
      Rimas Gulbinas (Maalka, Inc)
      Rishee Jain (Stanford University)
      Koen Langendoen (Delft University of Technology)
      Ramya Ragahvendra (IBM Research)
      Anthony Rowe (Carnegie Mellon University)
      Niki Trigoni (University of Oxford)
      Tom Vu (University of Colorado)
      Hongkai Wen (Warwick University)
  • BuildSyS Doctoral Colloquium Chair:
      Rishee Jain (Stanford University)
  • Program Committee:
      Aveek Das (Forescout)
      Bing Dong (Syracuse)
      Arslan Heydarian (University of Virginia)
      Rishee Jain (Stanford University)
      Clayton Miller (National University of Singapore)
      Neda Mohammedi (Georgia Tech)
      Ramya Ragahvendra (IBM Research)
      Anthony Rowe (Carnegie Mellon University)
      Niki Trigoni (University of Oxford)
      Tam Vu (University of Colorado)
      Sen Wang (Heriot-Watt University)