The annual ACM/IFIP Middleware conference will include a doctoral symposium, to which all PhD students working on the topics of the Middleware conference are invited to apply. The doctoral symposium will be held prior to the main conference.

The goal of the doctoral symposium is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment where PhD students working in related fields can receive feedback, discuss their work, and prepare to get the most out of their participation in the main conference. All participating students will be offered the opportunity to engage with their peers, as well as with senior academic and industrial members of the Middleware community. This will include the feedback of panel members on the day of the symposium and individual meetings with a personal mentor during the conference. The symposium is open to PhD students at any stage of their studies.

Applicants will be divided into two groups:

  • Early-stage research: students at an early stage of their thesis who are focused on crafting their research proposal and completing background research.
  • Late-stage research: students closer to finishing their thesis or dissertation and thinking about how to present their research, its results, and its impact.

All PhD students carrying out research on middleware topics are invited to submit a position paper to the doctoral symposium. Papers will be peer-reviewed by the symposium’s committee of selected mentors. The criteria for accepting papers includes the extent of the contribution of the work to the field, the originality of the problem, and the overall quality of the position paper. Position papers should fit within the research topics of the Middleware 2022 main conference.


Position papers are limited to 2 pages (for early-stage research students) or 4 pages (for late-stage research students). Students should identify the category they belong to. Submissions must use the same format as for the research papers. The suggested format is detailed on the Middleware 2022 website. Please see the submission format for the research track.

The submissions should include an author name and associated affiliation: the only author should be the PhD student (other contributors, e.g., the PhD student’s advisor(s), can be acknowledged in a separate section at the end). The students should ask a letter of reference from their PhD advisor, which should accompany the submission.

Contributions to the Middleware 2022 Doctoral symposium will appear in the proceedings that supplements the main conference proceedings.

Accepted position paper will lead to a presentation during the doctoral symposium.

  • Presentation format: TBD


  • Submission: Thursday, September 15 Sunday, October 9, 2022
  • Notification: Saturday, October 1 Sunday, October 23, 2022
  • Camera Ready Deadline: Saturday, October 8Thursday, October 28, 2022

All deadlines are 23:59 AOE.


Submissions will be handled through HotCRP:


Doctoral students that submit their work to this symposium are strongly encouraged to apply for student travel grants to attend Middleware 2022. Students participating in the doctoral symposium will be given priority for the travel grants.

Please see the conference website for more details about the student travel grant.


For any further questions, please contact the Middleware 2022 Doctoral Symposium chairs.

For the camera-ready instructions, please visit the camera-ready instructions page.

The Middleware conference adheres strictly to the ACM policies against discrimination and harassment.


All times are Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Events Dates
Full Paper Submission May 15th May 25th, 2022
Rebuttal July 29th-August 1st, 2022
Author Notification August 9th, 2022
Revised Submissions September 9th, 2022
Notifications of Decisions of Revised Papers September 23rd, 2022
Camera Ready October 3rd, 2022


All times are Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Events Dates
Workshop Proposal Submission May 21st, 2022
Industry Track Full Paper Submission June 30th July 15th, 2022
Doctoral Symposium Submission September 15 October 9, 2022
Demo & Poster Submission September 9th September 16th , 2022
Conference November 7th – 11th, 2022


All times are Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Events Dates
Full Paper Submission November 20th, 2021
Rebuttal February 1st-3rd, 2022
Author Notification February 14th, 2022
Revised Submissions March 14th, 2022
Notifications of Decisions of Revised Papers March 28th, 2022
Camera Ready April 15th, 2022