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2017 Doctoral Consortium on Computational Sustainability

The CompSust-2017 Doctoral Consortium focuses on computational methods for balancing environmental, economic, and societal needs for a sustainable future. The main goal of CompSust-2017 is to promote discussion and networking among students and researchers, to give the participants a chance to hear about relevant computational techniques and how they are applied in sustainability applications, and to provide students and junior researchers opportunities to present their own work as posters and get feedback. Through tutorials, panels and discussions, and poster sessions, the program will investigate the major problem domains that impact global sustainability and the fundamental computational methods that support advances in these domains.

The Doctoral Consortium will provide partial travel funding for eligible graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and junior researchers, including junior faculty, who apply for funding through the travel funding program.

Dates: July 13-14, 2017.

Location: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Location: Ronald Tutor Hall (Conference Room 526), 3710 McClintock Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Important Dates
Doctoral consortium application (extended)June 11, 2017
Notification of DC acceptanceJune 13, 2017
Registration deadlineJune 18, 2017
ConferenceJuly 13-14, 2017

Why attend?

Here are some great reasons to attend:

  • You'll get to hear tutorials from faculty and researchers in computational sustainability.
  • You get to network and meet other students and researchers in computational sustainability.
  • You can promote your work to other students and researchers in computational sustainability, with whom you might even start collaborating on new work.
  • You can get feedback on your work in progress.
  • You can practice presenting your work.
  • You get to visit the beautiful USC campus.

How to Apply to attend the Doctoral Consortium

Applications should be submitted through EasyChair:

Please see the additional instructions on the submission page. In particular, you will be asked to provide:

  • a cover letter (in plain-text) explaining the nature of your research and how your interests relate to computational sustainability, and
  • CV uploaded as pdf.
  • a title and abstract for your poster (Students may participate without presenting work - write "No Presentation" in the title box.)
  • a statement of financial need with approximate travel expenses (in plain-text), if requesting travel funding.

Travel Funding Rules

These funds are for the support of participants at U.S. institutions.

Those requesting travel funding through this program are expected to minimize travel costs where possible.

  • Travel funding will pay fully for accommodation in the student dorms, registration and partial travel.
  • Travel funding will partially cover travel expenses, where the maximum amount reimbursed will depend on the applications accepted (more details will be available after acceptance decisions are made).
  • Those traveling from the region (about 6 hrs or less by car) should bus or drive rather than fly.
  • Those driving are expected to carpool if possible.
  • Air travel will only be reimbursed if the participant uses a U.S. air carrier.
  • Those requiring an exception from these restrictions should make this clear in the application and discuss with the chairs.

Contact Information

If you have questions, please contact the Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs, Bistra Dilkina ( and Thomas Dietterich (

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