Call for Doctoral Consortium

The EICS’2021 Doctoral Consortium (DC) is intended to bring together PhD students working on foundations, techniques, tools and studies in the Human-Computer Interaction Engineering field. DC provides an opportunity for doctoral students to present their research goals as well as intermediate results, and to discuss them with leading experts in the field as well as with peers.

Students can be in intermediate or advanced stages of their research, but should not have completed their work yet, and should thus still be able to take into account feedback from the DC

The goals of the Doctoral Consortium are to provide PhD students with the opportunity to:

  • Receive constructive feedback and advice on their research,
  • Meet experts with different backgrounds working on topics related to the Human Computer Interaction Engineering field,
  • Interact with other PhD students and exchange ideas and suggestions among participants,
  • Discuss concerns about research, supervision, job market, and other career-related issues,
  • Present their work as a poster at the EICS’2021 conference.

A submission consists of a short paper (max 4 pages standard ACM SIGCHI format (2020), references excluded), a free-form CV of the PhD candidate and a draft poster. Submissions must be submitted using the PCS system by the deadline (see the firm deadline below). Papers suitable for (virtual or presence) demonstration at the conference should also submit a supplementary video of the system in action. The submission should not be anonymous and must:

  • identify a significant problem in the field of research,
  • clearly formulate the research question,
  • outline the current status of the problem domain and related solutions (main related works),
  • present clearly (preliminary) ideas, the proposed approach and the results achieved so far,
  • describe the research methodology that is applied or planned,
  • make explicit the current status of the doctoral work (e.g. when research started, how long to reach the end, papers already accepted),
  • outline the expected contributions to the problem domain and highlight their uniqueness.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the Doctoral Consortium Program Committee. The main evaluation criteria are: relevance, originality, significance, technical soundness, accuracy, and clarity.

Submissions must be made through the PCS system by the deadline (see the Important dates section below).

In addition to the DC chairs, additional leading experts will be invited to the DC to discuss the participants' research.

DC participants will have their registration fee waived. The SIGCHI Student Travel Grant (SSTG) program also be of interest to help covering traveling expenses. For more information about this grant and for applying online, please visit:

Submission Information

Submissions can be done through

Correct Templates

We ask authors to submit using the TAPS process and the single column template that is provided here (Section 2).
Please, don't use the old double-column format but the new one-column format.

Important Dates

  • March 12th, 2021 - Submission deadline
  • April 16th, 2021 - Notifications of reviews
  • April 30th, 2021 - Camera ready

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

  • Regina Bernhaupt - TU/e
  • Kaisa Väänänen - Tampere University


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