Doctoral Consortium

The UMAP 2012 Conference, following a tradition started in 1994, will include a Doctoral Consortium Session. Students will benefit in several ways by participating in the consortium; primarily by presenting work to a knowledgeable audience, but also by meeting established researchers and other graduate students working in the field.

Doctoral students are invited to apply to present their research to scholars and researchers in the field who will provide constructive comments about their work. Students are expected to document in a brief submission the thesis topic, the approach to be taken and the amount of work that has already been completed. Good quality applications will be chosen by the consortium committee to present their work in a short (15-20 minute) presentation, which may include a demonstration if appropriate.

Each student will be assigned a mentor who will provide feedback on the student’s work, and collate feedback from other Program Committee members. Students whose submissions are selected for presentation will be asked to submit a short list of questions to the committee to help identify areas where the students feel that the Committee can be of assistance. After the presentation, these and other questions can be discussed with the audience of the Consortium.

The Doctoral Consortium will be conducted in one or two separate sessions, totaling about 3-4 hours in length. A limited number of fellowships will be available to enable students with accepted contributions to participate in the meeting. Consult the Student Support section.

Accepted papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings, which will be published as a book by Springer. In addition, the Proceedings will be made available on the World Wide Web.

Suggested Topics

Just as the research in User Modeling spans different areas, graduate research may cover a wide range of topics, but should contribute to some aspect of user modeling and user-adapted interaction. These include (but are not limited to) the topic areas listed:

Purposes of UMAP
User Characteristics for UMAP
Application domains for UMAP
Environments for UMAP
Computational methods for UMAP
Architectures for UMAP
Methods for design and evaluation of UMAP
Usability issues for UMAP  

How to Submit

Students are asked to submit via the conference web site an abstract of maximum 4 pages (including references and pictures) describing their doctoral research. Submissions should be in the Springer LNCS format specified in the main conference UMAP2012 Call for Papers. Only pdf documents will be accepted. The document should comprise keywords identifying the thesis main topic areas, a statement regarding the main contributions that the thesis aims to achieve, a description of the approach, and information regarding the amount of work that has already been completed so far, and the timing for this work. Students should also include the stage they are in the PhD programme, and a brief description of their background in order to enable the committee to adapt its assistance to each student.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: March 26, 2012

Notification date: April 16, 2012


For more information, please contact the DC chairs:

Lora Aroyo, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Robin Cohen, University of Waterloo, Canada ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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