What is a Doctoral Consortium?

The Doctoral Consortium provides PhD students working on their dissertation research with an opportunity to share and develop their research ideas, to explore issues related to academic and research careers in the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) field, and to build relationships with other HCI PhD students globally. The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis and research plans by providing feedback and general advice on utilizing the research environment in a constructive and universal atmosphere. However, the consortium is not intended for those who are finished or nearly finished with their dissertation.

Carried out in a workshop format, the doctoral consortium will take place in a single full day and will be facilitated by HCI experts. They will review all the submissions and comment on the content of the proposal as well as on the presentation. Candidates are given 20 minutes to present their research highlighting their research main theme, what they have achieved so far and how they plan to continue their work. Another 20 minutes is reserved for discussion and feedback from the HCI experts and other participants.

Call for Proposals and Topics

Students interested to participate in the Doctoral Consortium should submit a full length proposal (see details below) describing their Human Computer Interaction (HCI) topic related research. Submissions relating to any aspect of HCI's development and evaluation are welcomed, including technical advances, usage and impact studies, user experience, design and usability, social and collaborative technologies, and human-centered computing. In addition, work submitted to Doctoral Consortium must be at least 9 months towards the student's commencement of their studies


To apply as the Doctoral Consortium participant, please provide a full length of your doctoral work to The proposal should be at least four (4) to a maximum of six (6) pages excluding references.

The proposal should outline:

  1. Working title
  2. Abstract
  3. Context/Background - What is the research about? What is the scope? Why is it important?
  4. Clearly formulate the research questions/objectives.
  5. Identify the significant problems in the field of research.
  6. Summarize the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of the art for solutions.
  7. Clearly present any preliminary research plans and ideas, and the results achieved so far.
  8. Sketch the research methodology that is to be applied.
  9. Describe the expected contributions of the applicant to the research area.


For technical research, describe how the research is innovative, novel or extends existing approaches to the problem.

Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, suitability, and clarity. It should also be done electronically in PDF format.

Candidates should also provide a Biosketch together with their proposal submission. Biosketch requires a brief biography, including names and affiliation of supervisors, PhD start date and date of expected completion.

Submission Deadline: 5 July 2018
Notification to Authors: 20 July 2018

Doctoral Consortium Fee:

Local participant: RM 150 | International participant: USD 50

Feel free to contact Rogayah Abdul Majid
at for further details.