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*** ICMI 2020 Doctoral Consortium - 1st Call for Contributions ***
The goal of the 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

= 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 the
lunch. We specifically aim to create an informal setting where students
feel supported in their professional development.

= Agenda =

   - 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
   - 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.

= Attendance =
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.

= Process =
● 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: Juliet Haarman (University of Twente)
Emily Mower Provost (University of Michigan) and Catharine Oertel (TU

= Important Dates =
*Submission deadline: July 5, 2020 (23:59PM, PST)*
Notifications: August 10, 2020
Camera-ready: September 2nd, 2020
Doctoral Consortium date: October 25, 2020

= Questions? =
For more information and updates on the ICMI 2020 Doctoral Consortium,
visit the Doctoral Consortium page of the main conference website (
For further questions, contact the Doctoral Consortium co-chairs:

   - Emily Mower Provost ([log in to unmask])
   - Catharine Oertel ([log in to unmask])
   - Juliet Haarman ([log in to unmask])

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