Call for Doctoral Consortium

Important Dates

  • May 16th, 2018 – Proposals
  • June 7th, 2018 – Notification
  • June 21st, 2018 – Camera-ready

September 3rd, 2018 – Date of Doctoral Consortium

Doctoral students within different areas of mobile HCI are invited to take part in the Doctoral Consortium at MobileHCI 2018. The Doctoral Consortium (DC) will take the form of a workshop where the students have the possibility to present and discuss their doctoral research with leading MobileHCI researchers. The purpose of the DC is for the students to receive constructive feedback on their thesis work, get advice about future developments, and share ideas and experiences with peer students in related areas. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to present their work as a poster. Participants will be selected based on their anticipated contributions to the breadth and depth of the intellectual discussions of the consortium. To maximize the benefits from the DC, participants should have advanced beyond the early stages in their thesis research, but not yet be in the finalizing phase of their work.

Preparing the Submission

The research areas covered by the DC are the same as the MobileHCI conference generally, and can be found in the full and short papers calls.

To apply, submit a concise proposal of at most two pages (excluding references) in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format, including the following:

  • Title of your thesis research and your name
  • Research goals, questions and approach
  • Studies/research conducted so far, including key results
  • Remaining research efforts

Expected results

References, including your own relevant publications (accepted and submitted)

Additionally, write a biographical note of at most one page describing your background, describing briefly your studies, stage of research, completed and planned publications related to the doctoral research, and relevant work experience. In addition, include a paragraph of your expectations and motivation to attend the DC as well as issues or questions you want to discuss with the DC participants.

Please note that the submissions should not be anonymized. Accepted DC proposals will be included in the ACM Digital Library as part of the MobileHCI 2018 Adjunct Proceedings.

Please submit your proposal via Precision Conference System (PCS).

Doctoral Consortium Appendix

Applicants to the Doctoral Consortium should have begun their research, but should not have completed it in its entirety. You should briefly state which stage you currently are in your university’s PhD program. Remember that we are seeking candidates who have an approved dissertation research topic and are carrying out their work, but who have enough work ahead of them that they can benefit from the exchanges and discussions that will take place at the Consortium.

Q1. What kind of academic program are you in?

Q2. How do you primarily identify yourself (e.g., computer scientist, ethnographer, social scientist, etc.)?

Q3. How many years have you been in that program, and how many years do you have left before graduating?

Q4. Have you completed your candidacy / research proposal stage (if required at your university)?

Q5. Please report below your brief biography (max 200 words).

Supervisor’s Letter of Support

Attach to the paper a signed letter from your supervisor that supports your attendance at the Consortium. To ensure that this letter is helpful in the selection process, please pass on these requests to your supervisor:

To supervisors of Doctoral Consortium applicants: Your letter should not summarize your student’s PhD project in detail or his/her past achievements – that is the job of the abstract and CV. Instead please provide the following information:

  • How long you have supervised the student and in what capacity
  • The status of this student with respect to your institution’s PhD requirements
  • When you expect the student to complete his/her dissertation
  • Why attendance at this year’s Doctoral Consortium would be particularly beneficial to the student
  • What contributions the student is likely to make to the event if invited to atten


The proposals will be evaluated by a review committee consisting of the DC chairs and additional senior mobile HCI experts. Approximately 8 participants will be selected to participate in the Doctoral Consortium in MobileHCI 2018. Students are expected to read at least two other accepted DC proposals prior to the DC, and be prepared to provide detailed comments about them in the DC.

Upon Acceptance of your Doctoral Consortium Proposal

Upon acceptance, you have to attend the doctoral consortium at the conference. Authors must register for the conference by the early registration deadline. There is no additional registration fee for attending the doctoral consortium.

Successful applications should also prepare a poster of their work to be displayed during the main conference days. The posters are recommended to be in A0 or similar format (84cm x 119cm), and must be in portrait orientation. Authors are expected to bring the accepted posters to the conference site with them and be present at requested times, but are not required to submit them to precision conference beforehand.

Doctoral Consortium Panel:

Charlotte Magnusson, Lund university

David Coyle, University College Dublin

Jacki O’Neill, Microsoft

Lynne Baillie, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Jo Lumsden, Aston University


Doctoral Consortium CHAIRs:

Charlotte Magnusson, Lund university

David Coyle, University College Dublin


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