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ACM UMAP 2024 - Call for Doctoral Consortium Papers


ACM UMAP 2024: The 32nd ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization

Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

July 1-4, 2024


The 32nd International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization (ACM UMAP 2024) is the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual users or groups of users, and that collect, represent, and model user information. The ACM UMAP 2024 Doctoral Consortium (DC) will take place as part of the conference. The DC provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of distinguished researchers and industry practitioners from the field.

Doctoral students are invited to apply for presenting their research to experienced scholars who will provide constructive feedback and advice. Students should consider participating in the DC if they are at least one year away from completing their dissertation at the time of the event, but after having settled on a research area or dissertation topic.

This forum will provide doctoral students with an opportunity to: 

  • Present and discuss their research ideas to experienced scholars in a supportive, formative, and yet critical environment.
  • Explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of distinguished researchers from the field who will provide constructive feedback and advice.
  • Explore career pathways available after completing their doctoral degree.
  • Network and build collaborations with other members of the community.

Students are asked to submit a brief proposal outlining their doctoral research (see detailed requirements below), which will be evaluated by the doctoral consortium committee. Good quality applications will be selected for presentation at a DC session as part of the conference. Each student with an accepted submission will be assigned a mentor who will provide feedback on the student’s work. A mentoring session will take place during the conference, and the DC students are expected to attend.


** Important Dates ** 

Paper Submission: March 28, 2024

Notification: April 26, 2024

Camera-ready Submission (TAPS system): May 9, 2024

Conference: July 1 – 4, 2024

DC Day: July TBD, 2024 (it will happen in one of the conference days)


Note: The submissions deadlines are at 11:59 pm AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time.


** Submission **

All submissions must be written in English. Submissions should be a single PDF document consisting of: (i) the recommendation letter, (ii) the research description, and (iii) the curriculum vitae. This PDF document should be submitted electronically through the EasyChair submission system, https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=umap24, by selecting the “UMAP24 Doctoral Consortium Papers” track.


** Length and Formatting ** 

Format and Content Guidelines. Consult the ACM UMAP 2024 general call for full and short papers concerning the key topics of this call as well. Each proposal should be a single PDF document, with three required components: (i) a recommendation letter, (ii) a description of your doctoral path, (iii) and a curriculum vitae. If you are unable to obtain a letter of recommendation from your dissertation advisor, please include a short explanation. Specifically, for each component, please consider the following instructions:

  1. Letter of Recommendation (from your primary dissertation advisor, in any format):
    1. Describe your interaction with the student and your assessment of the quality of their work. Explain how the ACM UMAP 2024 doctoral consortium would benefit this student at this point in their doctoral program, as well as the contributions you expect the student to make to the group.
    1. The DC targets students who have a clear idea of their research plans and have started their research but have not yet executed a majority of their research. Please explain the structure of your student’s program and their expected level of progress by July 2024.
    1. Recall that students who are unable to obtain a letter of recommendation from their dissertation advisor (or the equivalent) should instead include a short explanation and a description of where the student is in their doctoral progress and the anticipated timeline.
  1. Research description (6 pages at most plus additional pages for references; figures, tables, proofs, appendixes, acknowledgments, and any other content count toward the page limit): using a single-column manuscript formatted according to the guidelines discussed below, please include the following:
    1. Your name, advisor(s) name(s), and the university where you are conducting your doctoral work.
    1. Current year of study and projected completion date (plus information about the regulations of your doctoral program regarding length, any part-time study, etc.).
    1. Context and motivation for your research.
    1. Key related work that frames your research.
    1. Specific research objectives, goals, or questions.
    1. Research approach, methods, and rationale.
    1. Results and contributions to date.
    1. Expected next steps.
    1. Dissertation status and long-term goals.
  1. Curriculum vitae (2 pages at most, in any format): a concise summary of your current curriculum vitae, including research publications. Clearly separate published papers from those under review or in press.


Please ensure that your submission is complete and conforms to the format and content guidelines above. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will be desk-rejected.

*Single-Blind Policy*. Proposals will be reviewed single-blind and, therefore, do not need to be anonymized before submission.

*Template for the Research Description*. Following the ACM Publication Workflow, the research description component should be arranged based on the new ACM single-column format. Instructions for students are given below:

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*Accessibility*. DC students are strongly encouraged to provide “alt text” (alternative text) for floats (images, tables, etc.) in their content so that readers with disabilities can be given descriptive information for these floats that are important to the work. The descriptive text will be displayed in place of a float if the float cannot be loaded. This benefits the author and it broadens the reader base for the author’s work. Moreover, the alt text provides in-depth float descriptions to search engine crawlers, which helps to properly index these floats. Additionally, authors should follow the ACM Accessibility Recommendations for Publishing in Color and SIG ACCESS guidelines on describing figures.

*Submission Policy*. Please consider the following ACM’s publication policies:

  1. “By submitting your article to an ACM Publication, you are hereby acknowledging that you and your co-authors are subject to all ACM Publications Policies, including ACM’s new Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects. Alleged violations of this policy or any ACM Publications Policy will be investigated by ACM and may result in a full retraction of your paper, in addition to other potential penalties, as per ACM Publications Policy.”
  2. “Please ensure that you and your co-authors obtain an ORCID ID, so you can complete the publishing process for your accepted paper. ACM has been involved in ORCID from the start and we have recently made a commitment to collect ORCID IDs from all of our published authors. We are committed to improve author discoverability, ensure proper attribution and contribute to ongoing community efforts around name normalization; your ORCID ID will help in these efforts.”

*Camera-ready Information*. Accepted proposals (i.e., the research description component) will require a further revision in order to meet the requirements and the page limits of the camera-ready format required by ACM. Instructions for the preparation of the camera-ready versions of the papers will be provided after acceptance. We strongly recommend the usage of LaTeX/Overleaf for the camera-ready papers to minimize the extent of reformatting. Users of the Word template must use either the version for Microsoft Word for Windows, Macintosh Office 2011, or Macintosh Office 2016 (other formats such as Open Office, etc., are not admitted) for the camera-ready submission to avoid incompatibility issues.


** Registration and Presentation Policy **

Each accepted proposal in the doctoral consortium track must be accompanied by a distinct full author registration, completed by the doctoral student by the early registration date cut-off. Each accepted proposal must be presented in person in the doctoral consortium session to be included in the conference proceedings, published by ACM and available via the ACM Digital Library. The official publication date is when the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks before the first day of UMAP 2024. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.


** Financial Support **

ACM UMAP has a long history of supporting students who want to attend the conference. Doctoral students of the accepted DC proposals will have higher priority for the ACM UMAP grant applications. Please periodically consult the page that summarizes grants and support opportunities, available at https://www.um.org/umap2024/grants-and-support/.


** Doctoral Consortium Chairs **

  • Martijn C. Willemsen, Eindhoven University of Technology & JADS, The Netherlands
  • Styliani Kleanthous, CYENS CoE and Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Rodrygo Santos, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Contact information: umap2024-dc at um.org




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