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Bilge Mutlu <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 11 Jun 2012 23:03:38 +0300
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*Final Call for Participation: ICMI 2012 Doctoral Consortium*
14th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction
Oct 22-26, Santa Monica, CA

  *Submission deadline: *June 15th, 2012
  *Notifications:* July 15st, 2012
  *Camera-ready deadline: *August 20th, 2012
  *Consortium Date: *October 22th, 2012
 * Submission format:* Four-page, ACM SIG proceedings format ( Not anonymous.
 * Submission system:*
  *Selection process:* Curated
  *Presentation format: *Talk on consortium day and participation in the
conference poster session
  *Proceedings: *Included in conference proceedings and ACM Digital Library

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 October 22,
2012. We expect to provide travel support to most attendees that will cover
the majority of their travel costs.

*Who should apply?*
While we encourage applications from students at any stage of doctoral
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 apply.

*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 ( 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
  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
  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.
  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 through the
ICMI submission system ( in the "
Doctoral Consortium" track. In addition to these materials, the submission
form will require to provide a "Participation Statement" (maximum 500
words). In this statement, the student should describe how they expect to
benefit from participating to the ICMI Doctoral Consortium, on what aspects
of the research plan the students would like feedback, and how the
student's PhD research fits within the ICMI community.

*Review Process*
The Doctoral Consortium will follow a curated 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.

*Travel Support*
We expect to be providing most student attendees with travel 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 (

*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 2012 Doctoral Consortium,
visit the Doctoral Consortium webpage ( For further questions,
contact the Doctoral Consortium co-chairs:
  Carlos Busso, University of Texas at Dallas ([log in to unmask])
  Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin-Madison ([log in to unmask])

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