HELP This workshop is being run as part of ACSW 2010, hosted at the School of Information Technology, QUT.


Australasian Computing Doctoral Consortium (ACDC'10), Jan 18th 2010


The ACDC provides an opportunity for doctoral students to present their research and early results and receive advice and constructive commentary from research experts. Submissions are invited from current PhD students in computing who would benefit from feedback on their research by a panel of established researchers. The consortium will operate in a workshop format to provide guidance for each student%u2019s future progress. It will contain at least one presentation by a distinguished academic on the challenges and approaches to succeed in a PhD program. Up to ten applicants will be invited to present their work during ACDC 2010, and experts will be invited to attend the presentation and discuss each student%u2019s work. These selected applicants will receive complimentary ACSW 2010 student conference registration, as well accommodation and meals for Sunday and Monday the 18th of January 2010. Note, however, that ACDC will not provide travel costs, but possible support from CORE may be available. Finally, PhD students who wish to attend, but have not submitted a paper, are welcome --- however, be sure to notify the organisers well in advanced as numbers are limited.

Invited Presenter(s)

  • Alistair Moffat --- Alistair is head of the Computer Science and Software Engineering department at the University of Melbourne. His current research interests are in the area of information retrieval systems, with an emphasis on experimental design, and measurement of efficiency and effectiveness. He is an author or co-author of a large number of papers, and three books, "Managing Gigabytes: Compressing and Indexing Documents and Images" (1994 and 1999), "Compression and Coding Algorithms" (2002), and "Programming, Problem Solving, and Abstraction with C" (2003).


Time Student Title PDF
9am Minyi Li "On Efficient Mediation Approach to Multi-issue Negotiation with Optimal and Fair Outcomes" PDF
9:45am Muhammad Sulayman "Success Factors of Software Process Improvement in Small and Medium Web Companies" PDF
11am Alistair Moffat (Keynote Speaker) "What I expect from my postgrads"
12:30pm LUNCH
1:30pm Syed Muhammad Ali Shah "Formalization of Architectural Refactorings" PDF
2:15pm Guoheng Zhang "Aspect-Oriented Feature Modelling for Software Product Line" PDF
3:30pm Mehwish Riaz "Predicting Maintainability for Relational Database-Driven Software Applications" PDF
4:15pm Wei Song "Adaptation of Mobile Video for Optimising User Experience" PDF


  • Dr. David J. Pearce, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
  • Prof. Rachel Cardell-oliver, The University of Western Australia
  • Prof. Vladimir Estivill-Castro, Griffith University, Australia
  • Dr. Stuart Marshall, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
  • Prof. Colin Fidge, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Dr. Keith Nesbitt, University of Newcastle, Australia

Student Attendees

The following students have also requested to attend the workshop, although are not giving a formal presentation.

  • Shan Chen
  • Eban Escott
  • Matthew Brecknell


Room 607, Z block, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane.


Students wishing to participate in ACDC should have been enrolled in a PhD program in any area of computing in any CORE university in Australia or New Zealand for between one and 2.5 years by the time of submission.

A Letter of Nomination from either the Head of Department or School or Faculty, detailing the students they are nominating, must be available upon request.


Each submission should be no longer than FOUR pages including the text, references, figures, and tables. All initial submissions must be in PDF format (paper size: A4), although there are no other style requirements. The submission should clearly specify:

  • Student’s full name, affiliation, address, email address, and phone number.
  • Student’s PhD enrolment date.
  • Title of thesis.
  • Keywords.
  • Key references.
  • Research problem.
  • Methodology.
  • Preliminary results.

Submissions should be emailed to

Selection Criteria

The selection will be based on the quality of the four-page submission by a panel.

Important Dates

Closing Date for submissions: 30th October 2009 (midnight)


  • Dr. David J. Pearce
  • Prof. Rachel Cardell-Oliver
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
AliShah.pdfpdf AliShah.pdf manage 84 K 15 Jan 2010 - 08:49 Main.djp  
Li.pdfpdf Li.pdf manage 137 K 15 Jan 2010 - 08:49 Main.djp  
Riaz.pdfpdf Riaz.pdf manage 120 K 15 Jan 2010 - 08:49 Main.djp  
Song.pdfpdf Song.pdf manage 78 K 15 Jan 2010 - 08:50 Main.djp  
Sulayman.pdfpdf Sulayman.pdf manage 137 K 15 Jan 2010 - 08:50 Main.djp  
Zhang.pdfpdf Zhang.pdf manage 97 K 15 Jan 2010 - 08:50 Main.djp