[Icmi2014:12] First Call for Participation: ICMI 2014 Doctoral Consortium

First Call for Participation
ICMI 2014 Doctoral Consortium 16th International Conference on
Multimodal Interaction
Nov 12-16, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey. http://icmi.acm.org/2014/
* Submission deadline: July 1st, 2014
* Notifications: August 11th, 2014
* Camera-ready deadline: September 15th, 2014
* Consortium Date: November 12th, 2014
* Submission format: Four-page, ACM SIG proceedings format
(http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). Not
* 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: Marco Cristani (University of Verona)
and Justine Cassell (Carnegie Mellon University)
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 multimodal
interfaces. 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 multimodal interfaces. The Consortium
will be held on November 12th, 2014. 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 multimodal interfaces are encouraged to
–Submission Guidelines–
Graduate students pursuing a PhD degree in a field related to designing
multimodal interfaces should submit the following materials:
* Extended Abstract: A four-page description of your PhD research
plan and progress in the ACM SIG proceedings format
(http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). 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.
* 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.
* CV: A two-page curriculum vitae of the student.
All materials should be prepared in PDF format and submitted in the
“Doctoral Consortium” track.
–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.
Students who are in the process of forming their PhD research plan or
are developing the research they have planned but are not too close to
completing their degrees would most benefit from participating in the
consortium. 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.
–Economic Support–
We expect to be providing most student attendees with economic support
that will cover the majority of the costs of traveling to and 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(http://icmi.acm.org/2014/).
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.
For more information and updates on the ICMI 2014 Doctoral Consortium,
visit the Doctoral Consortium page of the main conference website
For further questions, contact the Doctoral Consortium Co-chairs:
Marco Cristani, Justine Cassell: icmi-dc@acm.org
ICMI 2014 Web Site http://icmi.acm.org/2014/

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