Doctoral Colloquium Call for Participation

Call For Papers

The joint UbiComp / ISWC doctoral colloquium is a unique opportunity for PhD students to present their key concepts and ideas to a premier scientific audience and to receive high-quality feedback from excellent external reviewers, a global scientific audience, and some of the best of their peers. The doctoral colloquium offers PhD students the valuable opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion on their work and gain exposure to a variety of perspectives that can help to strengthen and shape their work as they progress towards their degrees. Lively discussions, insights and novel ideas, and new opportunities for cooperation between research groups are also likely outcomes from participation.

PhD students/candidates are invited to present, discuss and defend their work-in-progress or preliminary results in the ubiquitous computing or wearable computing fields at the doctoral colloquium. PhD students and candidates at all stages in the process are invited to submit a thesis position paper, but preference is given to students who are still 1-2 years away from completing their PhDs. Preference will be given to applicants who are at a stage where a substantial portion of the research has been completed but are still far enough away from completion that feedback received can still influence the remaining research. Participants will be expected to give short, informal presentations of their work during the colloquium, to be followed by a discussion.


Student submissions must be 4-6 pages long and are required to follow the same template as Ubicomp full papers:

The submission should clearly describe the following aspects:

  • Problem domain and the specific problem(s) addressed
  • Overview of related work in the area of the PhD work
  • Methodological approach chosen
  • Original key idea and corresponding hypothesis of the thesis
  • Research carried out so far and planned ahead
  • Evaluation methods and steps {carried out | planned}
  • Contribution {made | expected} in the field of ubiquitous computing

Please observe the following additional guidelines:

  • Omit the abstract mentioned in the template, but provide CCS keywords (see the template for explanation); you may provide additional keywords if you wish to do so
  • We suggest to use the seven aspects listed above as chapter headings; if you think you have to divert from this skeleton, make sure that the seven aspects come out clearly in your submission
  • Please also submit an additional page with a short biographical sketch, including the names and affiliations of your research advisor(s), the date when you began your PhD, and the expected date of completion.
  • Use graphics and add references wisely

Submissions can be made at

Accepted papers will be published in the UbiComp/ISWC 2017 adjunct proceedings, available through the ACM Digital Library.

Important Dates

  • June 9, 2017, 17:00 PDT: Submission deadline
  • July 30, 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • July 14, 2017: Camera Ready version due

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs

David Dearman, Google, USA
Anind K. Dey, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Monica Tentori, CICESE, Mexico

Doctoral Colloquium Panel

In order to ensure high quality feedback and lively discussions for every presentation, we will convene a panel of globally renowned experts with a strong background in PhD supervision. The panel composition will be announced in due time.