ICAPS 2023 Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium (DC) is intended to give Ph.D. students the opportunity to closely interact with established researchers and get feedback on their research, provide advice on career possibilities and build a professional network, improving the cohesion of new researchers with the ICAPS community.

The DC is open to all doctoral student attendees of the conference and will take place on July 8th (the day before ICAPS workshops and tutorials). Registering for the Doctoral Consortium will be part of the registration process for the conference and all students are invited to take part in it.

Mentoring Program

As part of the Doctoral Consortium, ICAPS will offer a Mentoring Program. The Mentoring Program is designed to provide Ph.D. students with an opportunity for in-depth advice by senior members of the field regarding careers and research skills. Each student accepted to the program will be matched with an established researcher in the field who will provide research and career management advice at the Doctoral Consortium day.

We encourage current doctoral students (students whose Ph.D. is in progress) to apply for the Mentoring Program. Students do not need to be accepted into the Mentoring Program to attend and participate in the Doctoral Consortium.


(Listed alphabetically by last name)

  • Christopher Beck
  • Riccardo De Benedictis
  • Minh Do
  • Jeremy Frank
  • Nicola Gigante
  • Malte Helmert
  • Michael Katz
  • Masoumeh Iran Mansouri
  • Andrea Micheli
  • Christian Muise
  • Ron Petrick
  • David Smith
  • Shirin Sohrabi
  • Alessandro Umbrico
  • Neil Yorke-Smith

Invited Talk

Erez Karpas

Looking for Serendipity – Where (Some) Research Questions Come From?

Serendipity is an unplanned fortunate discovery. In this talk, I will describe how I have stumbled on some very interesting research questions by paying attention to small details. I will then try to give some general advice on how to look for interesting research questions in your own work.

Short Bio

Erez Karpas is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Data and Decision Sciences (formerly known as Industrial Engineering and Management) at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Prior to that he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Model-based Embedded and Robotic Systems group at MIT, and before that we completed his PhD at the Technion (2012), and his M.Sc. (2005) and B.Sc. (2001) at Ben Gurion University. His main research interest is in automated planning and robotics.

Application Procedure for the Mentoring Program

To participate in the Mentoring Program, an application is required. Applicants for the Mentoring Program should submit a single PDF file at https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=icaps23 (Doctoral Consortium Submission) containing:

  • A dissertation abstract (not a paper) of at most 4 pages, using AAAI style. The abstract should include an overview of the Ph.D. thesis topic, a summary of the work done so far and future directions.
  • A CV.
  • A letter from the candidate’s Ph.D. advisor, program coordinator, or the school administration confirming the applicant’s enrollment in the Ph.D. program.
  • A representative/exemplary conference publication (to share with a mentor – optional).
  • A list of potential mentors (optional)

Important Dates for the Mentoring Program

  • Submission deadline: March 30th, 2023
  • Notification deadline: April 30th, 2023
  • DC Presentations: July 8th, 2023

Student Support

We are looking into ways to provide student support partly covering travel and/or registration costs. Details about possible applications for student support will be posted on the ICAPS-23 website at https://icaps23.icaps-conference.org/attending/students

For any questions or problems, please contact the DC chairs: