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Doctoral Consortium

The INTERACT 2015 Doctoral Consortium is a forum for PhD students to discuss their research goals, methods, and results at an early stage in their research. The Doctoral Consortium aims to provide useful guidance for completion of the dissertation research and the initiation of a research career in a friendly and constructive atmosphere.

The Doctoral Consortium will be held on 15 September 2015. The Consortium will be a closed event, open only to the selected participants and other invited attendees foremost the panelist Philippe Palanque from the University of Toulouse, France, and Gerrit van der Veer from the Dalian Maritime University, China.

The Doctoral Consortium and INTERACT 2015 provides an opportunity for student participants to interact with other students, established researchers, and the broader HCI community. PhD students who are currently working in an HCI related field are eligible to apply. Doctoral Consortium candidates should have chosen a research focus and also have selected theoretical and methodological approaches and begun to conduct their research. To benefit from the Consortium students should have at least 6-12 months of work remaining before the expected completion of their theses. The number of participants in the Consortium will be limited. Selection for the Consortium will be based on the quality of the submission, its relevance to HCI, the relevance of the student’s contribution to the Consortium, and the potential benefit of the Consortium to the student’s research. Students selected to attend the Doctoral Consortium will be asked to present their work to get feedback for future directions. Consortium attendees are free to submit a paper or contribution to any of the other tracks at INTERACT 2015 on content similar to that in the proposal for the Doctoral Consortium.

Co-Chairs Geraldine Fitzpatrick (AT)
Panayiotis Zaphiris (CY)
Panelist Philippe Palanque (FR)
Gerrit van der Veer (CN)
Submission 27 Mar. 2015
Notification 8 May 2015
Camera-Ready 29 May 2015
No. of pages 4
Proceedings University of Bamberg Press
Anonymous No

Each prospective PhD student participant must submit a package of materials, consisting of two parts for consideration by the Doctoral Consortium Committee, no later than 27 March 2015 via e-mail (

Part 1 Extended Research Abstract
The research description should be in PDF format, up to four pages long, formatted according to the conference papers format, and must include:

Part 2: Letter of Recommendation
The letter of recommendation should come from the student’s PhD advisor/supervisor, or head of school, or equivalent, supporting the student’s nomination for the Consortium. This letter should include the student’s name, a short assessment of the current status of the PhD research, an expected date for dissertation submission, an assessment of what the student would bring to the Consortium, and how the student would benefit from attendance. The letter should be in PDF format, and must be e-mailed to the Doctoral Consortium co-chairs (

The accepted four-page research abstracts will be published in the official adjunct conference proceedings at the University of Bamberg Press.

Students whose proposals are accepted for presentation at the Doctoral Consortium will be offered support in the form of waived conference fees, but will have to fund their own travel and accommodation expenses.