10th Macquarie Computing Doctoral Conference (MCDC-11)

In the second week of June, 2011, the Macquarie Computing Doctoral Conference (previously, Macquarie Computing Mini-Conference) will be held for the 10th consecutive year. It will be organized in the way similar to what it was done in 2010. As in 2010, the review of the papers submitted under a particular category will be moderated by the corresponding area chair.

This page will provide relevant information on:

MCDC-11 Program Committee

Program Chairs

Mark Dras
Yan Wang

Area Chairs

Area chairs will moderate reviews of papers submitted under the corresponding area/category.

Area of Research (Category) Area Chair
Cryptography Len Hamey
Databases Diego Molla
Data Mining and Analysis Jian Yang
Human-centred Computing Michael Hitchens
Language Technology Mehmet Orgun
Network Security Len Hamey
Programming Languages Diego Molla
Rational Agents and Knowledge Representation Tony Sloane
Web Services and Business Processes Annabelle McIver
Other Depends on the nature of submission

Academic PC Members

  1. Annabelle McIver
  2. Bernard Mans
  3. Christophe Doche
  4. Debbie Richards
  5. Diego Molla-Aliod
  6. Francois Lareau
  7. Gaurav Gupta
  8. Jette Viethen
  9. Jian Yang
  10. Josef Pieprzyk
  11. Len Hamey
  12. Luke Mathieson
  13. Manning Li
  14. Mark Dras
  15. Mark Johnson
  16. Mehmet Orgun
  17. Michael Hitchens
  18. Peter Busch
  19. Reza Farashahi
  20. Richard Garner
  21. Robert Dale
  22. Ron Steinfeld
  23. Steve Cassidy
  24. Tony Sloane
  25. Udaya Tupakula
  26. Vijay Varadharajan
  27. Yan Wang

Student PC Members

  1. Abeed Sarker
  2. Daniel Sutantyo
  3. Haibin Zhang
  4. Huiyuan Zheng
  5. Lei Li
  6. Lan Zhou
  7. Leslie Bell
  8. Guanfeng Liu
  9. Maximilian Wittmann
  10. Michael Olney
  11. Mohammad Mashinchi
  12. Oldooz Dianat
  13. Reza Sepahi
  14. Sze-Meng Jojo Wong
  15. Tahiry Rabehaja
  16. Yi Wang
  17. Youliang Zhong

Local Organization Committee

  1. Guanfeng Liu (Chair)
  2. Les Bell
  3. Sylvian Chow
  4. Md Haque
  5. Donna Hua
  6. Ukachukwu Ndukwu
  7. Sze-Meng Jojo Wong
  8. Haibin Zhang

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MCDC-11 Technical Program

MCDC-11 – Some Program Highlights

Keynote Address

  • Speaker: Mark Johnson (Department of Computing, Macquarie University) will give a keynote speech on 8th of June (Wednesday).
  • Topic: Bayesian models of language acquisition
    Where do the rules come from?
  • Time/Venue: 10:10 – 11:00, June 8, 2011, Room E6A102

Closing Ceremony

  • In the closing ceremony, we will announce a variety of awards for abstracts, reviews, presentations and organisation.
  • Time/Venue: 4:40 – 5:00, June 9, 2011, Room E6A102

Technical Program Details

There are 25 student talks. Each student talk is allotted 20 minutes, of which the first 15 minutes is talk-time and the last 5 minutes are for Q&A. The session chair will signal the speaker 5 minutes, and 1 minute before time runs out.

Day #1: June 8th Room E6A102

Time Speaker Talk
10:00 – 10:10 Bernard Mans 
Professor, Head of Computing, Macquarie University
Opening Address (Room E6A102)
10:10 – 11:00 Mark Johnson
Professor of Language Science (CORE), Department of Computing, Macquarie University
Keynote Speech (Room E6A102)
Bayesian models of language acquisition or Where do the rules come from?
11:00 – 11:20 MORNING TEA (Third Floor Tea Room)
Session #1: Language Technology (Room E6A102) Chair: Diego Molla-Aliod
11:20 – 11:40 Abeed Sarker Automatic Text Summarization for Evidence-based Medicine
11:40 – 12:00 Sze-Meng Jojo Wong Native Language Identification for Phishing Profiling
12:00 – 12:20 Yasaman Motazedi Stochastic realization ranking for non-configurational Languages
12:20 – 12:40 Ilya Anisimoff Predicting Hesitant Speech
12:40 – 1:40 LUNCH TIME
Session #2: Web Services and Business Processes(Room E6A102) Chair: Josef Pieprzyk
1:40 – 2:00 Huiyuan Zheng QoS Analysis for Web Service Compositions
2:00 – 2:20 Guanfeng Liu Trust Management in Online Social Networks
2:20 – 2:40 Trang Nguyen A Trust and Reputation Framework for Web Service Selection
2:40 – 3:00 Haibin Zhang Transaction Information-based Contextual Trust Evaluation in E-commerce Environments
3:00 – 3:20 AFTERNOON TEA (Third Floor Tea Room)
Session #3 Rational Agents, Knowledge Representatioand Data Mining (Room E6A102) Chair: Mehmet Orgun
3:20 – 3:40 Oldooz Dianat Representing and reasoning about Bayesian coalitional games
3:40 – 4:00 Sudath Heiyanthuduwage Towards Ontology-driven E-Learning Systems
4:00 – 4:20 Armin Hezart Strength of Formal Arguments
4:20 – 4:40 Youliang Zhong A Comprehensive Methodology of Filtering Research Articles through Social Network


Day #2: 15 June Room E6A102

Time Speaker Talk
Session #4: Cryptography I (Room E6A102) Chair: Ron Steinfeld
10:00 – 10:20 Md. Mokammel Haque Lattice-based Cryptanalysis for Secure Hash Function
10:20 – 10:40 Reza Sepahi Design and Analysis of Public-key Cryptosystems
10:40 – 11:00 Sareh Sadat Emami Secure and Efficient Cryptographic Hashing
11:00 – 11:20 MORNING TEA (Third Floor Tea Room)
Session #5: Cryptography II (Room E6A102) Chair: Ron Steinfeld
11:20 – 11:40 Hassan Jameel Asghar Design and Analysis of Human Executable Identification Protocols
11:40 – 12:00 Mohammad Ali Orumiehchiha Hash Functions: Design and Cryptanalysis
12:00 – 12:20 Daniel Sutantyo Several improvements on cryptographic protocols based on elliptic curves arithmetic
12:20 – 1:40 LUNCH Department Sponsored; E6A 3rd Floor (Tea Room)
Session #6: Security, Databases and Human-centred Computing (Room E6A102) Chair: Udaya Tupakula
1:40 – 2:00 Chris Rauchle OurMob – Social Media for Indigenous communities
2:00 – 2:20 Maximilian Wittmann Investigation of problems faced by students learning Computer Graphics through the analysis of the full student programming process
2:20 – 2:40 Lan Zhou Secure Data Storage in Cloud Computing
2:40 – 3:00 Les Bell A State Machine Model of Trust Interactions
3:00 – 3:20 Kalyan K. Janakiraman UP-TO-DATE GEOGRAPHIC DATA MANAGEMENT
3:20 – 3:40 Afternoon Tea (Third Floor Tea Room)
Session #7: Programming Languages (Room E6A102) Chair: Tony Sloane
3:40 – 4:00 Michael Olney An Abstract Account of Three-Way Merging
4:00 – 4:20 Howard Lovatt A Pattern Enforcing Compiler (PEC) for Java
4:20 – 4:40 Break, Panel Meeting
4:40 – 5:00 Award and Closing Ceremony (Room E6A102)


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Awards and Closing Ceremony

MCDC-11 has come to the end. With the effort and contribution of our HDR students, PC members, keynote speaker and local organisation committee members, this conference was held smoothly and successfully.

Here we are pleased to announce the following awards and thank the recipients’ high quality contributions.

Excellent Abstract Award

  • Les Bell
  • Howard Lovatt
  • Mohammad Ali Orumiehchiha
  • Sareh Sadat Emami
  • Steffen Schulz
  • Yasaman Motazedi

Excellent Review Award

  • Abeed Sarker
  • Daniel Sutantyo
  • Michael Olney
  • Sze-Meng Jojo Wong

Excellent Organisation and Service Award

  • Guanfeng Liu
  • Les Bell
  • Sylvian Chow
  • Md Haque
  • Donna Hua
  • Ukachukwu Ndukwu
  • Sze-Meng Jojo Wong
  • Haibin Zhang

Excellent Presentation Award

  • Abeed Sarker
  • Hassan Jameel Asghar
  • Les Bell
  • Guanfeng Liu
  • Sze-Meng Jojo Wong

Best Presentation Award

  • Daniel Sutantyo

Opening Ceremony Pictures


Closing Ceremony Pictures





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MCDC-11 Interview Panels and Schedule

June 16 (Thursday) – Parallel Interviews in rooms E6A357, ScienceIT meeting room (E6A352) and room E6A245

Room E6A357 ScienceIT Meeting
Room (E6A352)
Room E6A245
Time Panel #1:
Mehmet Orgun and Jette Viethen
Panel #2:
Len Hamey and Ron Steinfeld
Panel #3:
Diego Molla-Aliod and Udaya Tupakula
10:00 – 10:20 Yasaman Motazedi Michael Olney Reza Sepahi
10:20 – 10:40 Sze-Meng Jojo Wong Howard Lovatt Sareh Sadat Emami
10:40 – 11:00 Ilya Anisimoff Daniel Sutantyo Hassan Jameel Asghar
11:00 – 11:15 Break Break Break


Room E6A357 ScienceIT Meeting
Room (E6A352)
Room E6A245
Time Panel #4:
Tony Sloane and Manning Li 
Panel #5:
Mark Dras and Christophe Doche
Panel #6:
Jian Yang and Len Hamey
11:15 – 11:35 Chris Rauchle Md. Mokammel Haque Kalyan K. Janakiraman
11:35 – 11:55 Lan Zhou Mohammad Ali Orumiehchiha Oldooz Dianat
11:55 – 12:15 Abeed Sarker Les Bell Sudath Heiyanthuduwage
12:15 – 1:30 Break Break Break


Room E6A202 Room E6A245
Time Panel #7:
Annabelle McIver and Michael Hitchens
Panel #8:
Steve Cassidy and Diego Molla-Aliod
1:30 – 1:50 Youliang Zhong Maximilian Wittmann
1:50 – 2:10 Zheng Huiyuan Guanfeng Liu
2:10 – 2:30 Trang Nguyen Haibin Zhang
2:30 – 2:45 n/a Armin Hezart


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Conference Date and Venue

  • June 08-09, 2011
  • Building E6A, Room 102
  • Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

As in MCMC-10, a student will need to identify the category (area) that their work best fits in. The areas available are:

  1. Cryptography
  2. Databases
  3. Data Mining and Analysis
  4. Human-centred Computing
  5. Information Protection and Security
  6. Language Technology
  7. Programming Languages
  8. Rational Agents and Knowledge Representation
  9. Web Services and Business Processes
  10. Other

Browsing through the technical program of the previous MCMC-10 will give an idea of where your work is likely to belong. Each category (area of research) has its own area chair.

Reviews of works submitted under a particular category will be moderated by the corresponding area chair, whose task is to make sure that there’s a common set of expectations among reviewers before the reviews go to the students.

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Who should submit work?

This forum is primarily intended to facilitate research training of (research) students enrolled in the Department of Computing, Macquarie University. Hence all Computing research students (Honours and Masters included) are invited to submit their work to this forum. All Doctoral students who joined the PhD program prior to January 2011, and are not expected to submit a thesis by September 2011 are required to submit to this forum. Exceptions may be made in case the supervisors in question make a really strong case why a student in this category should not present at MCDC-11. All other Doctoral students are strongly encouraged to submit to this forum.

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What to submit?

Students will submit materials in two stages:

  1. submission for presentation (abstract, and optional slides, by Wednesday 18th May extended to 22nd May) to receive feedback;
  2. submission for interview panel (self-assessment report, by Monday 14th June).

Submission for Reviewers:

Students are expected to submit by 18th May extended to 22nd May, zipped together into a single file:

  1. Abstract of the (proposed) thesis – in about 300 words (less than one standard page), in pdf format.
    This document should contain at least the following pieces of information:

    • An informative title
    • Student’s full name, together with your pursuing degree (PhD student or MPhil Student)
    • Number of years (full-time equivalent) completed since enrolment – this information would help reviewers judge the submission in a more appropriate manner, and
    • The abstract itself (about 300 words).

    Each abstract will be reviewed by a group of reviewers consisting of both experts and non-experts, and the feedback will be given before presentation is due, and

  2. Slides that you will use for presentation purpose – about seven or eight, in pdf or ppt.The reviewers may or may not provide comments on the slides – it is up to their discretion. It is our experience from previous rounds that reviewers in general provided feedback on the slides as well as on the abstract.

As to the content of the abstract and slides, your thesis supervisor is at the best position to advise. We do have some tips and a sample below.

We expect each abstract to receive feedback from four reviewers:

  1. an academic who is an expert in the area
  2. an academic from outside the area
  3. a new PhD student, and
  4. an experienced PhD student.

Submission for the Interview Panel:

After the review period, the students will get a short period to take the comments into account before the presentation.
By 14th June, they should submit:

  1. The revised abstract (and slides)
  2. A self-assessment report (1-2 pages) outlining:
    • Research Progress to Date — List of major tasks completed since their last annual review.
    • Research papers published or submitted, or any other significant research achievement since last review.
    • Next Year’s Plan — List of problems you intend to tackle in course of the next year
    • Other Issues — List any impediment to your research progress since last annual review (e.g., major illness, delays in obtaining experimental equipment, difficulties with supervision, language difficulties, etc.).
  3. Optionally, a sample of your written research work (recent publication/submission).

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How to Submit?

As in the last two years, MCDC-11 will use facilities made available by the EasyChair Conference System. All students who wish to submit their work for MCDC-11 must register at the EasyChair MCDC-11 site as an author, then follow the appropriate steps. Please bear in mind that if you do not already have an EasyChair account, you will need to create an account before registering as an author for MCDC-11. For registration, you are suggested to use the MQ email firstname.lastname@mq.edu.au. Some PhD students will be invited to serve as PC members. Invitations by emails will be sent out to MQ email addresses.

A single zipped file should be submitted. This file should contain the abstract and slides (as well as self assessment report plus possibly sample work when submitting later for the interview panel) as distinct pdf documents. In your submitted documents, you need to state the month and the year of enrolment. The naming convention for documents illustrated below should be followed:

  1. John Smith’s abstract should be named: John_Smith_abstract.pdf
  2. John Smith’s slides should be named: John_Smith_slides.pdf
  3. John Smith’s assessment report should be named: John_Smith_assessment.pdf (for final submission)
  4. John Smith’s sample work should be named: John_Smith_sample.pdf (for final submission)
  5. John Smith’s zipped file should be named: John_Smith.zip

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The tentative time line of events is as follows:

  1. Students’ work submission deadline: 18th May extended to 22nd May
  2. Abstract assignment: 20th May extended to 23rd May
  3. Reviews due: 1st June
  4. Students receive feedback: 3rd June
  5. Mini-Conference: 8th-9th June
  6. Students submit self-assessment form: 14th June
  7. Student review by panel: 16th June

For genuine cases of students who cannot absolutely make it to the mini-conference (i.e., presentation+panel interview), there will be another, one off, supplementary mini-conference. Such students should contact the Program Chairs as soon as possible.

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How to produce a good abstract and slides – tips and samples


In general, keep the guiding principles below in mind:

  1. The purpose of the abstract is to outline the (planned) structure and content of your thesis. We know that you won’t have a complete thesis abstract until you submit, but this abstract should explain your research questions and outline your approaches to tackling them, in such a way that it can grow into your final thesis abstract.
    At UQ, this use of an abstract during a PhD is described as a writing tool that “will help you to carry a short version of your thesis in your head. This will focus your thinking on what you are really doing, help you [and us — MD] to see the relevance of what you are currently working on within the bigger picture, and help to keep the links which will eventually unify your thesis.”
  2. Consequently, the abstract should provide the big picture, and put the research question in context. There’s no one correct structure for such an abstract. One possible structure is to start by explaining the background, and consequently why what you’re tackling is a worthwhile problem (one paragraph); then follow that by explaining the key idea in your thesis (one paragraph); and then describe how you developed or explored that idea (or are currently developing or exploring it, or will develop or explore it) along with any results you might have already (one paragraph per approach taken to exploring the idea).
  3. The abstract should be well-written:
    • Don’t make sentences too long and convoluted.
    • Don’t launch straight into jargon, and only use it where necessary.
    • Each paragraph should be self contained, and with a clear focus.
    • The transition between one paragraph and next should not be abrupt.
    • The end of the abstract should be self-evident to the reader.
  4. If you submitted an abstract last year, then we’d expect that for this year’s abstract there wouldn’t be too many changes to the previous one. This year’s one should just reflect any new results, any changes in direction or emphasis that have occurred over the year, or any reformulating of your topic that you’ve come up with in the course of thinking about it over the year.

Some other resources you might look at:


  1. In the introduction provide a clear background to your research topic. Give a simple example to set the context.
  2. Use plain English. Judiciously chosen diagrams help a lot. Give the big picture, and tell how what you are doing/ planning to do fits in this picture.
  3. Make sure the research question is crystal clear.
  4. You should include some discussion of the technical details of your own work — a new algorithm you’ve developed, an analysis of data you’ve done, etc — but keep it simple. You can assume that your audience is knowledgeable in general computer science and/or information systems, but not in your specific topic. Keep in mind that some of the reviewers are non-experts, and it should not completely throw them off!
  5. Towards the end, in a “Discussion” slide, tell in very clear terms what you have achieved, particularly keeping the big picture in mind. Identify what other problems need to be addressed.
  6. Give an idea of when/how you are going to address the rest of the problems.

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Easychair-related info

Using Easychair could prove frustrating at times. Please keep the following items in mind which might help you out:

  1. You may already have one or more Easychair accounts. It is best to merge them into one. Easychair provides a facility to merge multiple accounts. For this purpose, login to Easychair and go to EasyChair –> My Account, and follow the steps.
  2. It is best to tell Easychair which email addresses you are using. This year around, emails from easychair will be sent out to username@science.mq.edu.au whereas Easychair might know you either as username@mq.edu.au or as username@comp.mq.edu.au or as some other private address such as username@gmail.com. Telling Easychair that all these addresses are your helps. Easychair provides a facility for doing this. As before, for this purpose, login to Easychair and go to EasyChair –> My Account, and follow the appropriate steps.

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Who to Contact?

This is a living document. Please check it for further announcements. Should you have any query at this point, please feel free to contact the program co-chairs of MCDC-11: Dr. Yan Wang and A/Prof. Mark Dras.


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