The goal of the ICMI Doctoral Consortium is to provide PhD students with an
opportunity to present their work to a group of mentors and peers from a
diverse set of academic and industrial institutions, to receive feedback on
their doctoral research plan and progress, and to build a cohort of young
researchers interested in designing and developing multimodal interfaces
and interaction. We invite students from all PhD granting institutions who
are in the process of forming or carrying out a plan for their PhD research
in the area of designing and developing multimodal interfaces. The
Consortium will be held on October 16, 2018. We expect to provide economic
support to most attendees that will cover part of their costs (travel,
registration, meals etc.).
Who should apply?
While we encourage applications from students at any stage of doctoral
training, the doctoral consortium will benefit most the students who are in
the process of forming or developing their doctoral research. These
students will have passed their qualifiers or have completed the majority
of their coursework, will be planning or developing their dissertation
research, and will not be very close to completing their dissertation
research. Students from any PhD granting institution whose research falls
within designing and developing multimodal interfaces and interaction are
encouraged to apply.
Graduate students pursuing a PhD degree in a field related to designing
multimodal interfaces should submit the following materials:
1) Extended Abstract: A four-page description of your PhD research plan and
progress in the ACM SigConf format. Your extended abstract should follow
the same outline, details, and format of the ICMI short papers. The
submissions will not be anonymous. In particular, it should cover:
- The key research questions and motivation of your research,
- Background and related work that informs your research,
- A statement of hypotheses or a description of the scope of the
- Your research plan, outlining stages of system development or series of
- The research approach and methodology,
- Your results to date (if any) and a description of remaining work,
- A statement of research contributions to date (if any) and expected
contributions of your PhD work.
2) Advisor Letter: A one-page letter of nomination from the student's PhD
advisor. This letter is not a letter of support. Instead, it should focus
on the student's PhD plan and how the Doctoral Consortium event might
contribute to the student's PhD training and research.
3) CV: A two-page curriculum vitae of the student.
All materials should be prepared in PDF format and submitted through the
ICMI submission system.
The Doctoral Consortium will follow a review process in which submissions
will be evaluated by a number of factors including (1) the quality of the
submission, (2) the expected benefits of the consortium for the student's
PhD research, and (3) the student's contribution to the diversity of
topics, backgrounds, and institutions, in order of importance. More
particularly, the quality of the submission will be evaluated based on the
potential contributions of the research to the field of multimodal
interfaces and its impact on the field and beyond. Finally, we hope to
achieve a diversity of research topics, disciplinary backgrounds,
methodological approaches, and home institutions in this year's Doctoral
Consortium cohort. We do not expect more than two students to be invited
from each institution to represent a diverse sample. Women and other
underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
We hope to provide most student attendees with partial financial support to
cover the costs of attending the Doctoral Consortium and the conference.
However, the details on the number of students to be funded and funding
coverage is currently unknown, as we are currently working on raising
funds. More detail on travel support will be announced on the Doctoral
Consortium page of the main conference website.
All authors of accepted submissions are expected to attend the Doctoral
Consortium and the main conference poster session. The attendees will
present their PhD work as a short talk at the Consortium and as a poster at
the conference poster session. A detailed program for the Consortium and
the participation guidelines for the poster session will be available after
the camera-ready deadline.