Doctoral Consortium

Info at a Glance

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  • Submission deadline: 2024-07-09
  • Notification: 2024-07-16
  • Publication-ready deadline: 2024-07-23

Objectives of the Doctoral Consortium 

The main purpose of the MuC Doctoral Consortium (DC) is to provide a supportive and constructive environment where participants can have in-depth discussions about their research and build a network of mentors and peers. We invite presentations of ongoing doctoral projects to discuss the identified research gap, the clarity of the research questions, the appropriateness of the proposed methodology, and the intended contributions of the doctoral project. In addition to providing feedback, we encourage exchange among doctoral students and opportunities to engage with senior HCI mentors. 

To create a supportive and safe environment, the Doctoral Consortium (DC) will be conducted as a closed event, exclusively accessible to the selected participants and invited attendees. If you are currently engaged in dissertation research within the scope of the Mensch und Computer conference, we invite you to participate. 

The specific organization of the DC will be determined based on the participants selected. All DC participants will receive detailed instructions about the presentation format and the organization of the day upon acceptance..

The primary objectives of the DC are:

  • to provide doctoral students with valuable feedback, suggestions, and guidance from a panel of experts and fellow researchers. This feedback can help to refine research ideas, improve methodologies, and enhance the overall quality of the research.
  • to offer an opportunity for students to network and build connections with other researchers in their field. It encourages collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the exchange of ideas among participants, fostering a sense of community and academic support.
  • to enable students to gain experience in communicating their research effectively. It helps them develop essential skills such as presenting to an audience, defending their ideas, and responding to questions and critiques, and 
  • to engage with the full MuC conference by participating in many of the events and opportunities that MuC offers, and by enjoying interactions with other MuC attendees.

Submitting Your Doctoral Consortium Proposal

Submission Details

Submission Format

Submission Rules

  • Submissions are NOT allowed to be anonymous. Thus, please indicate your full name and affiliation on the submitted PDF.
  • All submissions must have a clear connection to the MuC conference.
  • Submissions must be single-author submissions.
  • Advisors should not be listed on the submission but, of course, they can support the submission process.
  • The submitting student must be enrolled in a university or college at the time of the initial submission deadline, not necessarily at the time of the conference.  

Doctoral Consortium Proposal

Each proposal should consist of two parts. The first part is the four-page description of your Ph.D. in the ACM Manuscript template. The second part should contain (1) a feedback inquiry description, (2) proof of Ph.D. student status, and (3) a two-page curriculum vitae.

Four-page research description (excluding references): Use the ACM Master Article Submission Templates (single column) template and include the following:

  • Your name, and the university where you are conducting your doctoral research.
  • The background and motivation for your research, including the main related work that informs your research; explain how your work differs from related work specific research objectives or questions research approach, methods, and rationale
  • Preliminary results, if available 
  • Expected next steps
  • Open questions and challenges that you face in your research that should be discussed in the DC

Note that, upon acceptance, the research description will be published in the GI Library as part of the MuC Proceedings.

Additional information:

  • Feedback inquiry description (max 500 words), including
    • Outline what kind of feedback your are looking for. 
    • Describe the current status of your Dissertation status.
    • Outline your greneal future long-term goals.
  • Ph.D. student status proof
    • This can be either by your school or your advisor.
  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum two pages), including
    • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of your advisor(s).
    • Current year of study and projected completion date (plus information about the regulations of your PhD program regarding length, any part-time study, etc.)
    • Have you ever attended another doctoral consortium? If so, please name it, link to the conference homepage.  
    • Provide your research publications; please 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. Because the Doctoral Consortium chairs expect to receive many applications, submissions that do not meet these requirements will be desk rejected.

Accessibility 

Authors are expected to follow SIGCHI’s Guide to an Accessible Submission. If you have any questions or concerns about creating accessible submissions, please contact the DEI & Accessibility Chairs via accessibility@mensch-und-computer.de  early in the writing process (the closer to the deadline, the less time the team will have to respond to individual requests). 

Inclusivity

Submissions should be prepared with an active consideration towards the respectful use of language, particularly towards marginalized groups, particularly around gender and disability.

Selection Process

Doctoral Consortium are selected using a review process. Doctoral Consortium are a juried track and the Doctoral Consortium Chairs will select Doctoral Consortiums at their discretion. Acceptance decisions will be based on assessing how compelling the Doctoral Consortium will likely be for conference attendees. No reviews or rating scores will be included in the acceptance/rejection notice. 

Upon Acceptance of your Doctoral Consortium

The author of a conditionally accepted submission has to follow the instructions on preparing and submitting a final version by the Publication-Ready Deadline. If the authors cannot meet these requirements by the Publication-Ready Deadline, the venue chairs will be notified and may be required to remove your contribution from the program. The publication-ready version has to follow the ACM template. Should you need technical assistance, please direct your technical query to publications@mensch-und-computer.de.

At the Conference

Doctoral Consortium will be held in person on Sunday the 1st of September 2024.  

After the Conference

Accepted Doctoral Consortium proposals will be published in the Mensch Und Computer Extended Abstracts Proceedings. They will be placed in the GI library, where they will remain accessible worldwide.