Doctoral Consortium

Call for Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium provides doctoral students with a setting where they can informally discuss their work, collecting valuable expert opinions and sharing new ideas, methods and applications with other students and senior HCI researchers. It is an excellent opportunity for PhD students to present and discuss their work, and get independent feedback to shape their research planning or to polish their analysis. The event has a strong social/networking side, and can be a very helpful and supportive process for students to meet and discuss common concerns. These sessions have a long history of vibrant discussion and are always well attended. 

Scope and Topics:

The Doctoral Consortium aims to offer a supportive learning opportunity for doctoral students undertaking research on HCI-related problems to discuss their work in progress and to receive feedback and guidance. These are closed sessions, open only to the participants, and provide a secure, non-judgemental and nurturing opportunity for open discussions about progress, problems and future planning. Three discussants, composed of members of the doctoral consortium committee and one of the accepted doctoral candidates will be appointed to each paper. Comments from the panel will be followed by a plenary discussion of the paper.
The PhD research presented should be that is at a stage where feedback from the international HCI community might be of value. It is recommended that they should have at least a year of work remaining to complete their PhD thesis to make effective use of panel feedback, although we welcome applications from students at any stage of their PhD.
Relevant topics eligible for extended abstract submissions are the same as that of the BCS HCI 2013 conference and include, but are not limited to:

* The Internet of things
* Persuasive Technology
* Mobile Interactions
* User Experience
* Touchable interactions
* Affective Computing/Interactions
* Usability Engineering
* Accessibility
* Child Computer Interaction
* Interaction Design
* Recommender Systems
* Annotation
* Brain Computer Interfaces
* Technology and Culture
* E-Government

Author Guidelines:

Each extended abstract should not exceed 4 pages in length research of progress to date, and should include the following (where relevant):

- Working PhD title

- State how many months they are into the PhD programme

- Introduce the research area, identify the problems in it, and its significance or relevance to HCI

- Formulate the research questions, objectives and expected contributions

- Briefly outline the current knowledge of the problem domain and the state of existing solutions

- Explain the research methodology and methods

- Introduce the proposed solution of the problem

- Expected or preliminary summary of results/analysis

- Indicate any outstanding issues or areas that the student would like to focus the discussion on

- Brief list of references

Submissions must be single-author, written in English and should follow the camera-ready template ( 

For further questions please contact the conference chairs.

Submissions must be unpublished and must not be under review for any other conference, workshop or journal. Submissions will not be anonymous.
A camera ready pdf of the paper and the copyright form should be submitted through Easychair (

By submitting a paper, the doctoral student implicitly agrees that in case of acceptance he/she will register to the conference and present the paper. Places will be offered following an academic review of submitted proposals. 

Important dates:

Doctoral Consortium submission deadline: Friday 14th June 2013
Acceptance notification: Friday 26th July 2013
DC event will take place: 10th September 2013

Doctoral Consortium Chairs:

Please send any questions to the BCS HCI 2013 workshop chairs:

Dr Mark Perry  <> (pandi | Brunel University, UK)
Dr Willem-Paul Brinkman <> (TU Delft, The Netherlands)