Doctoral Consortium

We invite doctoral students to the Doctoral Consortium held in conjunction with the main conference of IIiX. The Doctoral Consortium aims to provide a constructive setting for presentations and discussions of doctoral students’ research projects with senior researchers and other participating students. The two main goals of the Doctoral Consortium are: 1) to advise students regarding current critical issues in their research; and 2) to make students aware of the strengths and weakness of their research as viewed from different perspectives. The Doctoral Consortium is aimed for students in the middle of their thesis projects; at minimum, students ought to have formulated their research problem, theoretical framework and suggested methods, and at maximum, students ought to have just initiated data analysis.

  Date and Location

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at SC&I, Huntington House, Rutgers University.

  Organization and Contact Information

  • Chair: Dr. Katriina Byström, Swedish School of Information and Library Science, Sweden
  • Assistant Chair: Fred Stutzman, School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill


  • Dr. Pia Borlund, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark
  • Dr. Katriina Byström, Swedish School of Information and Library Science, Sweden
  • Dr. Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Dr. Gene Golovchinsky, FX Palo Alto Laboratory, Inc., USA
  • Dr. Diane Kelly, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • Dr. Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde, UK

Invited Participants

A Plan For Collaborative Personalization on Medical Search Engines Anushia Inthiran (School of Information Technology, Monash University Sunway Campus)
Design and Implementation of a Methodology for Exploiting Sources for Feedback through Geometry Emanuele Di Buccio (Department of Information Engineering, University of Padua)
Supporting Serendipity in Information Systems Lori McCay-Peet (Information Management and Computer Science, Dalhousie University)
Modeling the Information Seeking Task Process as Sequences of Behaviors Michael J. Cole (School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University)
Personalizing Information Retrieval in Different Types of Tasks Chang Liu (School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University)
Client Information System in Child Protection Work Saila Huuskonen (Department of Information Studies and Interactive Media, University of Tampere)
Investigating How Users Manage and Organize Information for Web Information Gathering Tasks Anwar Alhenshiri (Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University)
Investigating Interaction with Genres in the Context of Information Practices: A Comparative Study of the Roles of Genres in International and American Graduate Students’ Information Seeking, Use, and Sharing Behaviors. Min-Chun Ku (School of Information Studies, Syracuse University)
Modeling On-the-job Information Seeking of Young Professionals and the Role of Social Information Sources Matthias Görtz (Institute of Information Science and Language Technology, University of Hildesheim)
Information Retrieval for Children Based on the Aggregated Search Paradigm Sergio Duarte Torres (Database Group, University of Twente)
A Task-Based Approach to Deconstructing Information Flow in Groups Sandra L. Toze (iLab, Faculty of Management, Dalhouise University)
An Exploratory Study of Folder Structures and Information Re-access on Personal Computer Hong Zhang (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Participation in the Doctoral Consortium is included in the conference fee. The Consortium is open only to invited participants.

  Seminar outline

The format is planned as follows: The doctoral students will present summaries of their work to other participating doctoral students and the senior researchers. Each presentation will be followed by a plenary discussion, and individual discussion with one senior advising researcher. The discussions in the group and with the advisors are intended to help the doctoral student to reflect on and carry on with their thesis work.


It is recommended that students participating in the Doctoral Consortium will be awarded 2 credits, ECTS or equivalent, by their home department. Students will be presented with a certificate upon completed participation in the Doctoral Consortium.

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