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Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII) 2021
Second Call for Doctoral Consortium Participation
28 Sep - 1 Oct 2021, Virtual

*Call for Doctoral Consortium Participation*
Affective Computing aims at the study and development of systems and
devices that use emotion, in particular in human computer and human robot
interaction. It is an interdisciplinary field spanning computer science,
psychology, and cognitive science. At the biennial gathering of the
Association for the Advancement Of Affective Computing’s (AAAC) Affective
Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference (ACII 2021), the
Doctoral Consortium
(DC) will serve as a forum for PhD students to share ideas about their
research, developments, and applications in the area of affective
computing. 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 to apply for participation in
the ACII 2021 DC.

*Who should apply?*
Students from any PhD granting institution whose research falls within the
area of affective computing are encouraged to apply. Whereas we encourage
applications from students at any stage of doctoral training, the DC 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 an area related to affective computing are invited to
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:
      - The key research questions and motivation of the research,
      - Background and related work that informs the research,
      - A statement of hypotheses or a description of the scope of the
      technical problem,
      - The methodology to achieve the objectives and the proposed
      - A description of the work done so far and a tentative plan for
      future work,
      - A statement of research contributions to date (if any) and expected
      contributions of the PhD work to affective computing,
      - 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 note from their PhD advisor confirming student status and
   endorsement of the submission. The note should clearly indicate the
   student’s progress in the PhD program (e.g., qualifiers passed;
   pre-proposal stage, and so on). The advisor can simply email the note to
   the DC chairs (see below for contact information).

*Submission topics, instructions, and proceedings*
Paper topics should be related to the conference topics, which are given in
the general call for papers (see The
Proceedings of the Doctoral Consortium will be published as part of the
main Conference Proceedings. Papers should be submitted through the
conference submission system.

*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 the ACII 2021 Doctoral Consortium cohort.

All authors of accepted submissions are expected to register, attend the
virtual conference and present their work at the Doctoral Consortium. They
will also have to identify a mentor (from a list provided by the chairs)
and schedule an one-to-one online meeting with the mentor during the
conference. Information about this process will be provided in due course.

*Important Dates*

   - *Submission deadline: May 25, 2021*
   - Acceptance notifications: June 30, 2021
   - Camera-ready deadline: July 26, 2021

*Doctoral Consortium Contacts*
For questions and comments, please contact the Doctoral Consortium
Grace Ngai ([log in to unmask]) and Tanaya Guha (
[log in to unmask]).

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