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IPDPS 2019 PhD Forum & Student Mentoring Program

Student Participation Chairs
Edson Borin (University of Campinas, Brazil)
Jay Lofstead (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)

Voting for Poster Awards at IPDPS 2019 PhD Forum

The 2019 PhD Forum has 21 Posters on display. All day Wednesday, we invite all conference attendees to visit the posters on display. They are located on the 3rd Floor of the hotel. Visit anytime to view the posters. At 5:15 on Wednesday until 6:45 PM, the student authors will be available at their poster to answer questions.

We are piloting a smartphone based voting system this year. All you have to do is to scan the QR code for the event or even just the one next to a poster and you will be brought to the event voting web page. Please scan every poster you visit, even if you do not want to vote for it as best poster so we can track visits.

Click on the poster title for more information or grab the handle on the right side to reorder. Once you are done visiting posters, hit submit. You can also manually enter poster IDs if you would prefer to not scan every QR code you visit. Only one vote set per attendee.

If you would rather do manual voting, you may submit a paper ballot to PhD Forum Chairs Jay Lofstead or Edson Borin by the end of the poster session on Wednesday night.
We are collecting data for an HCI paper about the voting system and will have a QR code for a Google survey or you can take the survey verbally with Jay Lofstead at the poster session. The total survey time is 1 minute.

For more information about the voting system, please contact Jay Lofstead (

Student Mentoring Program for 2019

The annual IPDPS PhD Forum event will continue with the traditional poster presentations by students working toward a PhD in broadly defined areas related to parallel and distributed processing. In addition, continuing the program initiated in 2014, there will be a broader, enhanced program to include several evening and lunch-time sessions to provide the student participants coaching in scientific writing and presentation skills.
Participating students will have the opportunity to both present their research work and interact with senior academic and industry people in an informal setting. In addition, there will be mentoring sessions to help students improve communication skills, obtain valuable information for career planning, get familiar with a few of the trendy research topics, and make valuable contacts – all while enjoying the IPDPS main conference and many associated workshops. The program culminates with a poster presentation, where students have the opportunity to practice what they learned and disseminate their work to the broader IPDPS audience.
The Student Research Program will be scheduled so that the participating students can follow all the main scientific and social events of the conference, and it is open to all students, including the authors of papers presented at the conference.  

Research Projects-Dissertations of 2019 PhD Forum Participants

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  • PhD Forum Posters on display all day Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Student presenters available during all breaks and Wednesday afternoon and early evening to discuss poster with attendees.

Information for PhD Forum Poster Presenters

The conference area for display of posters will be available Monday evening. All posters should be on display by 9:30 AM on Tuesday, May 21st. They will be in a room that is near the lobby area where attendees will be able to view posters between sessions. The posters should be 32x40 inches (or 80x100cm) – see below. Student presenters are warmly encouraged to prepare professional rolled up posters, in contrast with a mosaic of small slides to post. The poster should preferably be printed with a high-quality device. The location for hanging the poster will be numbered using your PhD poster number in the program. Push pins or tape will be provided for mounting your poster. See poster guidelines at end of page.

Planned Program

(details will be provided closer to the time of the conference)






Seminar on writing papers and presenting



Student Social Event (TBD)



Workshop on poster presentation skills
(training for the poster session)


Throughout Day & Late Afternoon

Poster Session: Details to be announced



Panel on research and career planning
(academia, research labs, industry)

Seminar on paper writing and presentation skills is a discussion about what makes a great research paper and presentation. The basic idea is to understand the essence that all good papers and presentations contain and how to incorporate that into your own work.
Workshop on poster presentation skills offers a chance for everyone to give a 3 minute teaser talk about their poster and gain feedback from both the mentors and their peers. The goal is to be positive about the poster and provide constructive comments on both the poster material organization as well as the quick presentation to help presenters be better at summarizing their work and using that teaser talk to engage with the audience in more detailed discussions.
Panel on research and career planning will include representatives from academia, research laboratories (non-industry), and industry. After a short presentation from each about what their job entails and why you might consider it, attendees are open to ask any questions to help guide what decision is the right one for them. While this is career focused, other topics, such as lifestyle and side effects of the career choices on their personal life are welcomed.
Students are encouraged to engage with conference attendees during the paper sessions, and scheduling of student events supports this. Making connections that help incorporate attendees into the community is an important additional goal. To facilitate this process, forum mentors will make appropriate introductions for student participants.

Poster Guidelines

Some basic guidelines on how to organize your poster include:

  • Relax, posters are intended to engage an interested person in conversation and then support that conversation.
  • Posters should be no larger than an A0 paper size (841 x 1189 mm or 33.1 x 46.8 in). If it is horizontally structured, please still fit within the portrait dimensions specified (33.1 x 46.8 in max).
  • Be sure the title and organizational affiliations are clear along the top.
  • Consider the normal left-to-right, top-to-bottom reading order for English when organizing the contents. Multiple columns are perfectly acceptable
  • Include a QR code to a website that includes the poster abstract and an electronic copy of the poster itself.
  • If there are existing publications by the poster authors on the topic, these should be the only references.
  • Balance the amount of graphics and text. A visitor should be able to get the high level view within 1 minute and decide if they want to engage you.
  • Graphics should show structure and general measurements that illustrate the results.
  • Text should explain things without large paragraphs explaining.
  • Text should be large enough to easily read at 6 feet (2 meters) distance.
  • Assume the viewer is somewhat to generally knowledgeable about the topic eliminating the need for long motivational passages.
  • Provide sufficient motivational material to show at a glance the poster authors understand potential impact.
  • Compensation for color blindness is important. Design for monochrome, but add color to highlight.


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32nd IEEE International Parallel &
Distributed Processing Symposium 
May 21 – May 25, 2018
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA