Quick Facts
  • Submission: 3 Oct 2007 (5:00pm PDT)
  • Notification: 28 Nov 2007
  • Camera Ready: 11 Jan 2008
  • Submission Format: Single unanonymized document containing a four page extended abstract in Extended Abstract format, CV, and one-paragraph statement of benefits. Also a letter of recommendation should be submitted separately. Your advisor should e-mail the recommendation directly to the chairs at chi2008-doc@acm.org.
  • At the Conference: Accepted submissions will be presented both at the Doctoral Consortium, which is a venue open only to participants, and as a poster at the conference.
  • Archives: Extended abstracts; DVD and ACM Digital Library
Message from the Doctoral Consortium Chairs

The CHI 2008 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for Doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished research faculty. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field. The strongest candidates will be those who have a clear idea and an area, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes.

Joseph A. Konstan, University of Minnesota
Alistair Sutcliffe, University of Manchester
Contact us: chi2008-doc@acm.org

What is the Doctoral Consortium?

The Consortium has the following objectives:

  • Provide a supportive setting for feedback on students' current research and guidance on future research directions
  • Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from faculty and students outside their own institution
  • Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research
  • Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events

The Consortium will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 5th and 6th 2008. About 15 doctoral students will be invited to participate. Applicants who are selected will receive complimentary conference registration, and a limited, partial reimbursement of travel, accommodation, and subsistence (i.e., food) expenses.

Preparing and Submitting your Doctoral Consortium Proposal

Current graduate students pursuing a PhD project who would benefit from detailed workshop discussions of their doctoral research should submit a single PDF file consisting of:

  1. A 4-page extended abstract of your thesis work in the Extended Abstract format. Clearly specifying:
    • Originality of the work with respect to current concepts and techniques
    • Importance of the work with respect to fundamental issues and themes in HCI
    • Results to date and their validity
    • Contribution of the work (expected and/or achieved) to HCI
  2. Your CV
  3. A one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation

Your file should submitted by 3 Oct 2007, (5:00 PM PST) to the PCS submission system. The file must be no larger than 4 Mb in size.

Submit Letter of Recommendation from Student's Dissertation Advisor
The recommendation letter should be submitted separately. Your advisor should e-mail the recommendation directly to the chairs at chi2008-doc@acm.org.

Doctoral Consortium Review Process

In addition to quality of content, factors such as position within the doctoral process and institutional representation, may be taken in account if the number of applicants is particularly large. Candidates who have a developed idea but who still have time to be influenced will receive the strongest consideration. Participants in the Consortium will be selected by the Doctoral Consortium Committee.

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference.

Upon Acceptance of your Doctoral Consortium Proposal

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on 28 Nov 2007, or shortly after.

Authors of accepted submissions will receive instructions on how to submit publication-ready copy, and will receive information about attending the Doctoral symposium, about how to register for the conference at our cost, and about travel arrangements and reimbursement details. All such benefits are contingent on attending the two-day Doctoral Consortium.

Please note that submissions will not be published without a signed form releasing publishing copyright to the ACM. Attaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author, not the ACM or the CHI conference.

At the Conference

All participants are expected to attend all of both days of the Consortium, including a group dinner on the first day. Each student will present their work to the group with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating faculty and other students. Although many fine pieces of work have to be rejected due to lack of space, being accepted into the Consortium is an honour, and involves a commitment to giving and receiving thoughtful commentary with an eye towards shaping the field and upcoming participants in the field.

Students will also present a poster of their work at the main conference.

Poster board panels are 250 cm tall by 100 cm wide (98" high by 39" wide). Posters will *have* to be printed portrait style and will be hung with molding clay.

After the Conference

Accepted Doctoral Consortium abstracts will be distributed in the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts DVD. They will also be placed in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.