The PhD forum at SEC 2021 provides an opportunity for PhD students to present their ongoing research, explore their research interests and career objectives with other PhD students and senior researchers in person in San Jose, CA. The presenters at the forum are expected to be PhD students who have a concrete dissertation proposal outlining the key challenges they plan to solve as well as the strategies and methodologies that are applicable. Domain experts from industry will be invited to provide their valuable suggestions, and the forum will also be an excellent opportunity for developing person-to-person networks to the benefit of the PhD students in their future careers. PhD forum presenters will have the priority to be considered for the student travel grant opportunity.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the PhD forum should consists of the following two items in ONE PDF file:

The format of the extended abstract should follow the same guidelines for the SEC 2021 main program papers.

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