11th Macquarie Computing Doctoral Conference (MCDC-12)

On 14th -15th June, 2012, the Macquarie Computing Doctoral Conference (previously, Macquarie Computing Mini-Conference) will be held for the 11th consecutive year. It will be organized in the way similar to what it was done in 2010 and 2011. 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-12 Program Committee

Program Chairs

Rolf Schwitter
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
Data Mining and Machine Learning Jian Yang
Human-Centred Computing Michael Hitchens
Language Technology and Programming Languages Mehmet Orgun
Network Security Len Hamey
Rational Agents and Knowledge Representation Peter Busch
Web Services and Social Computing Annabelle McIver
Other Mark Dras

Academic PC Members

  1. Abhaya Nayak
  2. Annabelle McIver
  3. Christophe Doche
  4. Debbie Richards
  5. Francois Lareau
  6. Gaetan Bisson
  7. Jian Yang
  8. Lan Du
  9. Lei Li
  10. Len Hamey
  11. Luke Mathieson
  12. Mark Dras
  13. Mark Johnson
  14. Mehmet Orgun
  15. Michael Hitchens
  16. Mike Johnson
  17. Nataliya Sokolovska
  18. Peter Busch
  19. Reza Farashahi
  20. Richard Garner
  21. Robert Dale
  22. Rolf Schwitter
  23. Scott McCallum
  24. Stephen Smith
  25. Udaya Tupakula
  26. Yan Wang

Student PC Members

  1. Abeed Sarker
  2. Benjamin Borschinger
  3. Bevan Jones
  4. Christopher Rauchle
  5. Daniel Sutantyo
  6. Dung Le
  7. Haibin Zhang
  8. Haiyang Sun
  9. Jing Liu
  10. Lei Li
  11. Lan Zhou
  12. Leslie Bell
  13. Guanfeng Liu
  14. Mitchell Buckley
  15. Mokammel Haque
  16. Oldooz Dianat
  17. Susan Howlett
  18. Sze-Meng Jojo Wong
  19. Tahiry Rabehaja
  20. Yasaman Motazedi
  21. Youliang Zhong

Local Organization Committee

  1. Guanfeng Liu (Chair)
  2. Donna Hua
  3. Haibin Zhang
  4. Oldooz Dianat
  5. Sylvian Chow
  6. Yasaman Motazedi
  7. Zhengdong Zhao

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MCDC-12 Technical Program

MCDC-12 – Some Program Highlights

Opening Session

  • Time/Venue: 9:40 – 10:00, 3 July, 2013, Room E6A102

Keynote Speech 1

  • Speaker: Longbing Cao (Professor, Faculty of Engineering and IT, Director, Advanced Analytics Institute, University of Technology Sydney) 
  • Topic: Coupled Object and Pattern Analysis
  • Time/Venue: 10:15 – 11:15, 14 June, 2012, Room E6A102

Keynote Speech 2

  • Speaker: Jian Yang (Professor, Department of Computing, Macquarie University)
  • Topic: Data, Rules and Processes: a Road Map towards Business Process Management Systems (BPMSs)
  • Time/Venue: 11:20 – 12:20, 15 June, 2012, Room E6A102

Closing Session

  • In the closing session, we will announce a variety of awards for abstracts, reviews, presentations and organisation.
  • Time/Venue: 4:40 – 5:00, 15 June, 2012, Room E6A102

Technical Program Details

There are 22 student talks. Each student talk is allotted 20 minutes, of which the first 15 minutes are for presentation 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. Before your session starts, copy your slides to the computer in E6A102.

Day #1: 14 June Room E6A102

Time Speaker Talk
10:00 – 10:15 Dominic Verity
Associate Professor, acting Head of Computing, Macquarie University
Phil Taylor
Associate Professor, acting Associate Dean HDR, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University
Opening Addresses (Room E6A102)
10:15 – 11:15 Longbing Cao
Professor, Faculty of Engineering and IT, Director, Advanced Analytics Institute, University of Technology Sydney
Keynote Speech (Room E6A102) Chair: Yan Wang
Coupled Object and Pattern Analysis
11:15 – 11:30 MORNING TEA (Third Floor Tea Room)
Session #1: Language Technology (Room E6A102) Chair: Mehmet Orgun
11:30 – 11:50 Abeed Sarker Automatic Text Summarization for Evidence-based Medicine
11:50 – 12:10 Yasaman Motazedi Stochastic realization ranking for non-configurational Languages
12:10 – 12:30 Mehdi Parviz Using Machine Learning to Detect and Localise Neuronal Response to Linguistic Phenomena
12:30 – 12:50 Sunghwan Kim Improving Categorical Grammar parsing with Dependency Grammar-derived features
12:50 – 1:40 LUNCH TIME
Session #2: Web Services, Business Processes and Social Computing (Room E6A102) Chair: Mark Dras
1:40 – 2:00 Guanfeng Liu Trust Management in Online Social Networks
2:00 – 2:20 Haibin Zhang Efficient Contextual Transaction Trust Computation in E-Commerce Environments
2:20 – 2:40 Tamara Ginige Enhancing Empowerment in Social Life Networks
2:40 – 3:00 Youliang Zhong A Service-Oriented Architecture for Social-based Recommendation
3:00 – 3:20 AFTERNOON TEA (Third Floor Tea Room)
Session #3 Cryptography and Network Security (Room E6A102) Chair: Len Hamey
3:20 – 3:40 Sareh Sadat Emami Security Analysis of Cryptographic Primitives
3:40 – 4:00 Md. Mokammel Haque Lattice-based Cryptanalysis for Secure Cryptosystems
4:00 – 4:20 Mohammad Ali Orumiehchiha Cryptanalysis of Symmetric Ciphers and Hash Functions
4:20 – 4:40 Lan Zhou Secure Cloud Data Storage based on Role-based Access Control
4:40 – 5:00 Les Bell State Machine Model of Trust Interactions


Day #2: 15 June Room E6A102

Time Speaker Talk
Session #4: Human-centred Computing (Room E6A102) Chair: Michael Hitchens
10:00 – 10:20 Chris Rauchle The Connected Mob: How can information technology facilitate and empower communication within indigenous communities in Australia?
10:20 – 10:40 Jing Liu Multimodal Interfaces for Speech and Hand Gestures Integration
10:40 – 11:00 Kalyan Kumar Janakiraman Up-to-date Geographic Data Management
11:00 – 11:20 MORNING TEA (Third Floor Tea Room)
11:20 – 12:20 Jian Yang
Professor, Department of Computing, Macquarie University
Keynote Speech II (Room E6A102) Chair: Rolf Schwitter
Data, Rules and Processes: a Road Map towards Business Process Management Systems (BPMSs)
12:20 – 1:20 LUNCH (Department Sponsored; E6A 3rd Floor Tea Room)
Session #5: Rational Agents, Knowledge Representation and Machine Learning (Room E6A102) Chair: Peter Busch
1:20 – 1:40 Zhendong Zhao Predicting Daily Return using Quantitative data and ASX Announcements
1:40 – 2:00 Oldooz Dianat Representing and reasoning about Bayesian games by epistemic logic
2:00 – 2:20 Sudath Heiyanthuduwage Towards Ontology-driven E-Learning Systems
2:20 – 2:40 Nader Hanna Multi-Agent Collaborative Virtual Learning Environment Based on Activity Theory
2:40 – 3:00 AFTERNOON TEA (Third Floor Tea Room)
Session #6: Algebra and Logic Theory (Room E6A102) Chair: Annabelle McIver
3:00 – 3:20 Tahiry Rabehaja Algebraic Frameworks for Probabilistic and Concurrent Systems
3:20 – 3:40 Matthew Burke Applications of Logic In Differential Geometry
3:40 – 4:30 Break
4:30 – 5:00 Award and Closing Ceremony (Room E6A102)


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Awards and Closing Ceremony

MCDC-12 has come to the end. With the effort and contribution of our HDR students, PC members, keynote speakers 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

  • Mitchell Buckley
  • Md. Mokammel Haque
  • Youliang Zhong

Excellent Review Award

  • Benjamin Boerschinger
  • Chris Rauchle

Excellent Organisation and Service Award

  • Sylvian Chow
  • Oldooz Dianat
  • Donna Hua
  • Guanfeng Liu
  • Yasaman Motazedi
  • Haibin Zhang
  • Zhengdong Zhao

Excellent Presentation Award

  • Tamara Gringe
  • Guanfeng Liu
  • Yasaman Motazedi

Best Presentation Award

  • Les Bell

Closing Ceremony Pictures




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MCDC-12 Interview Panels and Schedule

June 20 (Wednesday) – Parallel Interviews in rooms E6A357, ScienceIT meeting room (E6A352) and Faculty meeting room E6A202

Room E6A357 ScienceIT Meeting
Room (E6A352)
Room E6A202
Time Panel #1:
Mehmet Orgun and Francois Lareau
Panel #2:
Annabelle McIver and Reza Farashahi
Panel #3:
Rolf Schwitterf and Luke Mathieson
10:00 – 10:20 Zhendong Zhao Chris Rauchle Yasaman Motazedi
10:20 – 10:40 Sunghwan Kim Sareh Sadat Emami Guanfeng Liu
10:40 – 11:00 Mehdi Parviz Kalyan Kumar Janakiraman Haibin Zhang
11:00 – 11:20 Break Break Break


Room E6A357 ScienceIT Meeting
Room (E6A352)
Room E6A202
Time Panel #4:
Steve Cassidy and Udaya Tupakula
Panel #5:
Len Hamey and Stephen Smith
Panel #6:
Abhaya Nayak and Lan Du
12:00 – 12:20 Jing Liu Abeed Sarker Tahiry Rabehaja
12:20 – 12:40 Youliang Zhong Md. Mokammel Haque Oldooz Dianat
12:40 – 13:00 Nader Hanna Mohammad Ali Orumiehchiha n/a
13:00 – 13:20 Ginige Tamara Break Break


Thursday – Faculty meeting room E6A202

Room E6A202
Time Panel #7:
Mark Dras and Nataliya Sokolovska
–: –:
11:20 – 11:40 Matthew Burke
11:40 – 12:00 Mitchell Buckley
12:00 – 12:20 Zhou Lan


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Conference Date and Venue

  • June 14-15, 2012
  • Building E6A, Room 102
  • Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

As in MCMC-12, 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-11 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 1st January 2012, and are not expected to submit a thesis by September 2012 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-12. 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 Friday 18th May) to receive feedback;
  2. submission for interview panel (self-assessment report, by Monday 18th June).

Submission for Reviewers:

Students are expected to submit by 18th 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 18th 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 three years, MCDC-12 will use facilities made available by the EasyChair Conference System. All students who wish to submit their work for MCDC-12 must register at the EasyChair MCDC-12 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-12. 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
  2. Abstract assignment: 18th June
  3. Reviews due: 1st June
  4. Students receive feedback: 3rd June
  5. Mini-Conference: 14th-15th June
  6. Students submit self-assessment form: 18th June
  7. Student review by panel: 20th 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-12: Yan Wang and Rolf Schwitter.


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