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International Doctoral Workshop

The International Doctoral Workshop @ISM is a one-day meeting where PhD students from different countries at any stage of their studies and working in subjects falling under the umbrella of Industry 4.0 have the opportunity to present their research projects, get in touch with the Industry 4.0 community and improve their technical/soft skills in an informal atmosphere.

Tuesday, November 19st, 2024


Prague - Czech Republic

Quick overview

Why to participate?

Enhance your presentation and public speaking skills

Practice your presentation and public speaking skills in an informal session and receive feedback from fellow PhD students and experienced senior scientists active in the I4.0 community.

Learn new technical skills

Join seminars and masterclasses from distinguished professors and professional trainers about popular software tools, useful methodologies and soft skills that are useful for your academic and professional carrier.

Meet the editors and improve your writing skills

Benefit from talks related to manuscript preparation methods and the publication process. At a ‘Meet the editors’ session, journal editors will present their ideas on how to be successful in the publication process.

Enlarge your professional network

Expand your research network, meet new people, make friends and establish good connections for potential visiting periods in other institutions abroad

Get to know business and job opportunities

Non-academic keynote speakers offer a view on the needed skills to work in an Industry 4.0 related non-academic international organisation or company, presenting possible careers opportunities and the selection processes.

Learn while having fun

Enjoy a hands-on, team-based experience during which you will learn concrete academic or business skills while having fun with your fellow PhD students.

Join us at the IDW

How to apply

Step 1 - Submit your application

PhD students interested in attending the IDW should submit their application by October 11th, 2024. An extended abstract of your research project or other research activities where you are involved individually or with other colleagues (max 1000 characters) and a letter of recommendation from your PhD supervisor have to be submitted via the conference submission system. This is not a paper submission: it is the pitch of your research project.

Step 2 - Review of the projects

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria: topical fit with ISM, clarity of research purpose (relevance, objectives and research questions), review of relevant literature and thoughtful discussion of research methods. The proposal should have some level of maturity looking for comments. The notification of the acceptance will be emailed by October 14th, 2024.

Step 3 - Finalize your registration

After the acceptance of your project, you should finalize your registration and pay the fee. More information about the fee are given below or in the FAQs. Please visit the ISM 2024 Registration page or contact Dr. Letizia Nicoletti,, from the ISM Conference Secretariat.

Step 4 - Discussant assignment

Every participant will be both a presenter and a discussant. Each presenter is associated with a peer discussant. The task of the discussant is to prepare (at least) one question for the presenter in order to start the discussion after the presentation and break the ice.

Step 5 - Show time & pitch presentation

The presentations will be held in person on November 12st, 2024. You don’t have to send the slides beforehand. Each presentation is allotted max 10 minutes. Please, be strict with respect to these times.

Step 6 - Enjoy other activities

Seminars, events and masterclasses will be held during the IDW. We recommend you to bring your laptop in order to get the most from the training sessions and group projects.

Registration fee

IDW Registration | 150 €

What is included
What is not included
Note: Registration is free for doctoral students already registered to ISM!

Enjoy all IDW activities

Workshop Agenda

The IDW will include pitch presentations, seminars and masterclasses, and group projects. Program will be soon available!

The IDW comes with two different awards. Winners will be announced during the ISM Awards Ceremony that takes place at the ISM Gala Dinner.
Best Presentation Award

Given by the IDW Board to the most outstanding pitch presentation based on the score of the secret voting by all discussants. Student presentations will be judged on criteria relating to the academic content and professional presentation.

Best Group Project Award

Assigned by the IDW Board to the most outstanding group project. IDW participants will be tasked to solve a problem related to research & development and to the conference scope and to deliver the results during the ISM conference.

Previous Award Winners

Best Student Presentation Award
Exploring Explainable AI: BAPC and Error Amplification for Decision Trees as Base Model
Erika Dudkin

Best Group Project Award
Advancing Production Performance through Inclusive Workstation Design
Balwin Bokor, Pierpaolo Veltri, Alessio Baratta, Luka Janecki

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We emphasize that we expect all submissions to the doctoral workshop to be research proposals and projects, not finalized manuscripts, conference papers or journal articles.

All seminars will be recorded, and a copy of the recording (and slides) will be sent to the participants after the event.
The research project or the extended abstract submitted to the IDW will NOT be included in the conference proceedings. As such, it will not be published on Procedia Computer Science. Indeed, this is not a research paper and it will not go under peer review. However, if you are interested to publish a paper, please find additional information at or contact the conference organizers.
You can participate to IDW and also submit a manuscript to ISM. Since you are submitting a paper, the IDW participation fee does not cover the publication costs, therefore when your paper gets accepted, you must pay the ISM Full Registration Fee.

The organizing team

International Doctoral Workshop Board

Valentina Di Pasquale
University of Salerno, Italy
Alexandra Lagorio
University of Bergamo, Italy
Foivos Psarommatis
University of Oslo, Norway
Marta Rinaldi
University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy