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International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI)

Deadline : 11 juin 2018


International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) *

Boulder, Colorado, October 16-20th, 2018

*Call for Doctoral Consortium Contributions*

*Due June 11th, Decisions July 3rd, Camera Ready July 31st.*

Submission and general info :


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 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. The Consortium will be held on October 16,
2018. We expect to provide economic support to most attendees that will
cover part of their costs (travel, registration, meals etc.).

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.

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

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

We hope to provide most student attendees with partial financial support
to cover the costs of 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 of the main conference website.


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.


- Submission format : Four-page extended abstract using the ACM format (

- Submission system : To be updated.

- 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

- Doctoral Consortium Co-chairs : Roland Goecke (U Canberra) and Yelin
Kim (SUNY Albany)


Submission deadline : June 11th 2018

Notifications : July 3rd 2018

Camera-ready deadline : July 31st 2018

Doctoral Consortium Date : October 16th 2018

Questions ?

For more information and updates on the ICMI 2018 Doctoral Consortium,
visit the Doctoral Consortium page of the main conference website

For further questions, contact the Doctoral Consortium co-chairs :

- Roland Goecke (U Canberra)

- Yelin Kim (SUNY Albany)

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