Doctoral Colloquium

Quick Facts

When: This year, the doctoral colloquium (DC) will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 - prior to the start of the main conference. This way, it will be possible for selected DC participants to also attend workshops, tutorials and to enjoy all of the main conference. Depending on the number of accepted applications, the DC will run in one session (afternoon) or two sessions (morning, afternoon). Only those invited to present or review presentations are permitted to attend the doctoral colloquium to encourage interaction and comply with room occupancy constraints.

Important Dates

All deadlines are AoE (anywhere on earth) on the date shown.

  • Submission deadline: July 11, 2018
  • Decision notification: August 3, 2018
  • Camera-ready version: August 17, 2018
  • Doctoral colloquium: September 22, 2018 (prior to main conference)


  • To improve research in the field of automotive user interfaces by providing PhD students with feedback
    on proposed dissertations.
  • To provide opportunities for PhD students to network with peers & facilitate professional development
    by sharing research interests.

Submission template: ACM SIGCHI format

Submission content and format:

  • 5 pages including figures, references, and a 150-word abstract
  • 1-page biographical sketch, including a paragraph stating what you hope to learn from participating in the DC

Submission via: Precision Conference Submission System

Chairs:  Andreas Riener, Linda Boyle

What is the Doctoral Colloquium?

The DC brings together PhD students working on topics related to automotive user interfaces and interactive vehicular applications, providing them with an opportunity to present and discuss their research with their peers and senior faculty.

Each student will be allocated a 45-minute time slot, with 15 minutes for a presentation and 30 minutes for oral feedback by at least three senior faculty or researchers. The presentation will be intimate to encourage interaction, with only the session organizer, reviewers, and other student DC presenters in attendance. Reviewer feedback will cover all aspects of the proposal (the choice of topic, how it is to be investigated, etc.). Students are expected to attend all presentations in their session, take notes for their peers, and provide those notes to other students in their session. Also in 2018, we will make the DC a richer experience by (1) connecting PhD students before the conference, (2) using technology during the DC to document suggestions/comments from reviewers (e.g. video recording, Google Docs), and (3) organizing on-site networking events. The DC will take place on Saturday, September 22, prior to the start of the main conference program.

The topics of the AutomotiveUI’18 doctoral colloquium are identical with the main conference, which can be found at submission topics of AutomotiveUI ’18.

Andreas Riener, Linda Boyle

Further details


The AutomotiveUI’18 doctoral colloquium welcomes contributions from doctoral students currently registered in a PhD program. Ideal candidates should have worked on their dissertation for some months; they should have chosen a research topic and possibly have also made progress in identifying the relevant theories and their research plan.

A number of seats at the DC are reserved for recurring students. They are welcome to submit PhD progress proposals in which they should draw a clear picture on how previous DCs' have helped to reshape their PhD work.

Selection of participants will be based on the quality of the submission and its relevance to the conference topics, as well as the likelihood of DC benefit to the participant.

Submissions must be single-author, but the name of the supervisor must be mentioned in the submission. The conversation language of the colloquium is English and all submissions must be also in English. To apply to the DC, describe your proposed dissertation topic in up to 5 pages (including figures, references, and a 150-word abstract) using the publication format of the main conference.

The research proposal should:

  • give a crisp introduction to the field/problem domain,
  • present key related work (current status of the problem domain and related solutions, applicable norms/standards),
  • clearly formulate the research questions/approaches [Hint: Presenting those questions as who, what, when, where, and why questions is often helpful.],
  • point out significance and innovation (expected contributions),
  • describe the research method that is planned or has been applied,
  • outline your contribution to the problem domain and highlight the uniqueness of your approach,
  • pose questions and issues (that you would like to discuss at the DC)

In addition, submit a one-page biographical sketch (CV), including a paragraph stating what you hope to get out of participating in the DC (free format).

Please submit your research proposal and biographical sketch via the conference management  system (Precision conference submission system). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us any time at Submissions will be reviewed by the international doctoral colloquium program committee.



We are seeking to provide travel grants to allow more students to take part in the DC. However, at this early time we cannot guarantee we will finally be able to provide funding. Updates will be provided on the AutomotiveUI website.


Panelists and Reviewers


  • Andreas Riener, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Germany (chair)
  • Linda Boyle, University of Washington, USA (chair)
  • Joe Gabbard, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Lewis Chuang, LMU Munich, Germany
  • Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Paul Green, UMTRI, USA
  • Wendy Ju, Cornell Tech, USA


External Reviewers

Marc Kurz University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
John Krumm Microsoft Research AI, USA
Jacques Terken University of Eindhoven, Netherlands
Alexander Meschtscherjakov University of Salzburg, Austria
Ronald Schroeter CARRS-Q, QUT, Australia
Wendy Ju Cornell Tech, NY, USA
Paul Green University of Michigin, MI, USA
Bastian Pfleging LMU Munich, Germany
Missy Smith Oakland University, USA
Martin Baumann Ulm University, Germany
Gary Burnett University of Nottingham, UK
Monica Perusquia Hernandez University of Tsukuba, Japan
Brady Redfearn Brigham Young University, UT, USA
Philipp Wintersberger Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Germany
Sugeerth Murugesan Adobe Research, CA, USA