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Doctoral Consortium

Jack Carroll
Penn State University, USA

Important Dates:
13 January 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST: Submissions due.
Week of 6 February 2006: Acceptance notification.

Additional information:
Message from Jack, Doctoral Consortium Chair
The CHI 2006 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished research faculty. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field.
About the Doctoral Consortium
The Consortium has the following objectives:
  • Provide a supportive setting for feedback on students' current research and guidance on future research directions.
  • Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from faculty and students outside their own institution.
  • Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research.
  • Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events.
The Consortium will be held on 22 April (Saturday) and 23 April (Sunday) 2006. About 15 doctoral students and four faculty will be invited to participate. Student participants will have their abstracts published in the CHI2006 Extended Abstracts and a poster of their work exhibited at the main conference.

All participants are expected to attend all of both days of the consortium, including a group dinner on the first day. Each student participant will create a poster presentation of their dissertation work, which will be exhibited during the CHI 2006 conference.

Applying to the Doctoral Consortium
Submissions are invited from current graduate students pursuing a PhD project who would benefit from detailed workshop discussions of their doctoral research by a panel of established researchers. Applicants who are selected will receive complimentary conference registration, and reimbursement of travel, accommodation and subsistence (i.e., food) expenses of no more than $1200.

Submission materials consist of:
  • an extended abstract (see below),
  • a one-page biographical sketch,
  • a one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation (see below),
  • a letter of recommendation from the student's primary dissertation advisor (this can be sent separately, if desired), and
  • an estimate of expenses.
All materials should be sent to chi2006-doc@acm.org (as a single PDF file) by 13 January 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST. Your file should be named lastname_dc.pdf, where lastname is your family name. The file must be no larger than 5 Mbytes in size.

Extended Abstract
Prepare a four-page extended abstract of your thesis work in the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format, including: title, author information, abstract, keywords, thesis research summary, and references. This extended abstract, if accepted for the Doctoral Consortium, will be published in the CHI 2006 Extended Abstracts. Thus it will be widely available to conference delegates and those with access to ACM publications. Because of the late deadline, it will be published in the version you submit in your application. The extended abstract should clearly specify:
  • the problem(s) that the research is addressing; the research question(s) you are trying to answer.
  • the expected contribution(s) of the research to the HCI field.
  • the proposed solution(s), including a brief description of the methodology adopted (for example, with the scheme Method-Results-Discussion for experimental studies), of the current status, and of a tentative plan for future work.
Statement of expected benefits of participation
Prepare one paragraph explaining what specific guidance or other help you expect to gain from participating in the consortium. For example, are you looking for specific guidance on methods and approaches, help in thinking through design issues, a forum to discuss empirical phenomena, etc.

Review Criteria
Doctoral Consortium submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Originality of the work with respect to current concepts and techniques.
  • Importance of the work with respect to fundamental issues and themes in HCI.
  • Rigor and validity of claims, argumentation, methodology, results, and interpretations.
  • Clarity and persuasiveness of expression.
Participants in the consortium will be selected by the Doctoral Consortium Committee. The review process will retain the anonymity of reviewers.

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, 22 April 2006. Submissions should contain no information or materials that are proprietary at publication time.

At the Conference
Please see Standard Technical Support for information about the kind of technical and A/V support that will be provided by the conference.

Springer Doctoral Consortium Award
An award will be presented for the best Doctoral Consortium contribution. Springer is pleased to offer this award by providing stationery and a suite of HCI books for a value of $500 USD.

Doctoral Consortium Submission Checklist
Well in advance of the deadline (13 January 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST):
  • Create your submission materials:
    • Write an extended abstract according to the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format. The abstract must print to no more than 4 pages.
    • Write a one-page biographical sketch,
    • Write a one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation,
    • Obtain a letter of recommendation from your primary dissertation advisor, and
    • Create an estimate of expenses.
  • Package the materials above into a single PDF file. Name it according to the following convention: lastname_dc.pdf. You may submit the letter of recommendation as a separate file, sent directly by your advisor.
  • Test that your PDF prints correctly and that is it no larger than 5 Mbytes.
  • Send your submission to chi2006-doc@acm.org no later than 13 January 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST.