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3-3-19 (2021-10-18) ACM ICMI 2021: Call for Doctoral Consortium, Montreal, Canada

Doctoral Consortium - Call for Contributions

ACM ICMI 2021: Call for Doctoral Consortium
18-22 Oct 2021, Montreal, Canada

The goal of the ACM ICMI Doctoral Consortium (DC) 
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. 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.

Why should you attend?
The DC provides an opportunity to build a social network that includes the cohort of DC students, 
senior students, recent graduates, and senior mentors. Not only is this an opportunity to get feedback 
on research directions, it is also an opportunity to learn more about the process and to understand what comes next. 
We aim to connect you with a mentor who will give specific feedback on your research and whom you can talk to during lunch. 
We specifically aim to create an informal setting where students feel supported in their professional development.

    09:00 - 09:30: Invited talk
    09:30 - 11:00: DC talks 1
    11:00 - 11:30: Coffee break
    11:30 - 13:00: DC talks 2
    13:00 - 14:30: Lunch mentoring session
    14:30 - 15:15: Panel discussion (senior PhD students and recent graduates)
    15:15 - 15:45: Coffee break
    15:45 - 17:00: Table discussions (small group discussions about topics of interest)

Submission Guidelines:
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 technical problem;
        - Your research plan, outlining stages of system development or series of studies;
        - 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. 

Review Process:
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.

Financial Support:
The conference is pleased to offer partial financial support for doctoral students participating 
in the Doctoral Consortium and attending the conference. Only students who apply and are accepted 
for participation in the Doctoral Consortium can be considered for financial support. 
The number and size of the offers of financial support are contingent upon the number of invited student participants.

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.

    - Submission format: Four-page extended abstract using the ACM format (
    - Submission system:
    - Selection process: Peer-Reviewed
    - Presentation format: Talk on consortium day and participation in the conference poster session
    - Proceedings: Included in conference proceedings and ACM Digital Library
    - Doctoral Consortium Co-chairs: 
        a) Iolanda Leite (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) and 
        b) Alessandro Vinciarelli (University of Glasgow).

Submission: July 2nd Notification: Camera ready: August 16th 

Important Dates:
Submission deadline         July 2nd, 2021
Notifications August 6th, 2021
Camera-ready August 16th, 2021 

For more information and updates on the ICMI 2021 Doctoral Consortium, 
visit the Doctoral Consortium page of the main conference website (
For further questions, contact the Doctoral Consortium co-chairs:
    - Iolanda Leite (
    - Alessandro Vinciarelli (

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