Doctoral Consortium

Call for doctoral consortium is now available here.

Overview

The ACII 2017 Doctoral Consortium (DC) serves as forum for PhD students to share ideas about the theories behind affective computing, its development, and its application. The goal is to provide PhD students with an opportunity to present their work to a group of mentors and peers from an international community, to receive feedback on their doctoral research plan and progress, and to build a cohort of young researchers interested in affective computing. 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 affective computing. 

Who should apply?

Students from any PhD granting institution whose research falls within the Affective Computing field are encouraged to apply.  While we encourage applications from students at any stage of doctoral training, the doctoral consortium will most benefit 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 proposal, and will not be very close to completing their dissertation research.

Submissions guidelines

PhD students in a field related to Affective Computing should submit the following materials:

  1. Extended Abstract (4 pages + 1 page for references): A description of the PhD research plan and progress. The submissions should not be anonymous. In particular, it should cover:
    1. The key research questions and motivation of the research
    2. Background and related work that informs the research
    3. A statement of hypotheses or a description of the scope of the technical problem
    4. The methodology to achieve the objectives and the proposed solution(s),
    5. A description of work done so far and a tentative plan for future work
    6. A statement of research contributions to date (if any) and expected contributions of the PhD work to Affective Computing.
    7. Reference list
  2. CV: A curriculum vitae of the student.
  3. Authorship and Statement from Advisor. Students are expected to be the sole authors on their submission. The application needs to be accompanied by a letter from their PhD advisor confirming student status and endorsement of the submission.

Submission Topics, Instructions, and Proceedings

Paper topics should be related to the conference topics, which are given in the general call for papers (see www.acii2017.org). The Proceedings of the Doctoral Consortium will be published as part of the main Conference Proceedings. Papers should be submitted here.

Review Process

The Doctoral Consortium submissions will be evaluated on a number of factors including: (1) the quality of the submission, (2) the expected benefits of the DC towards 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 affective computing 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 ACII 2017 Doctoral Consortium cohort.

Attendance

All authors of accepted submissions are expected to register, attend, and present at the Doctoral Consortium and at the associated poster session. They will also have to identify a mentor and schedule a meeting with the mentor during the conference. Information about this process will be provided in due course.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: June 9, 2017
  • Acceptance notifications: July 21, 2017
  • Camera-ready deadline: August 18, 2017

Questions?

For more information and updates on the ACII 2017 Doctoral Consortium see www.acii2017.org

For further questions, contact the Doctoral Consortium co-chairs:

  • Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze [n.berthouze (at) ucl.ac.uk]
  • Sidney De Mello [sdmello (at) nd.edu]
  • Yelin Kim [yelinkim (at) albany.edu]