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) 2019 Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference (ACII 2019), 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 2019 DC.

Partial funding to support attendance will be applied for by the Chairs and may be available. Though funding is not guaranteed, in previous ACII conferences, we have been quite successful in supporting students’ costs of attendance.

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 solution(s),
    • 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 http://acii-conf.org/2019/). 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 2019 Doctoral Consortium cohort.

Attendance

All authors of accepted submissions are expected to register, attend, and present at the Doctoral Consortium and at the associated poster session. They will also have to identify a mentor and schedule a meeting with the mentor during the conference. Information about this process will be provided in due course.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: May 11, 2019
  • Acceptance notifications: June 14, 2019
  • Camera-ready deadline: July 12, 2019

Doctoral Consortium Contacts

For further questions, please contact the Doctoral Consortium co-chairs: Oya Celiktutan and Gualtiero Volpe.