Doctoral Colloquium

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: July 11th extended to July 17, 2017
  • Decision notification: July 31, 2017
  • Camera-ready versions due: August 11, 2017
  • Conference: September 24-27, 2017

Quick Facts

  • When: Sunday, September 24, 2017, prior to the start of the main conference program but the same day as workshops and tutorials. Only those invited to present or review presentations are permitted to attend the doctoral colloquium to encourage interaction and comply with room occupancy constraints.
  • Goals:
    1. To improve research in the field of automotive user interfaces by providing PhD students with feedback on proposed dissertations.
    2. To provide opportunities for PhD students to network with peers & facilitate professional development by sharing research interests.
  • Submission template: ACM SIGCHI format (LaTeX and Word templates)
  • Submission content and format
    • 5 pages including figures, references, and 150 word abstract
    • 1-page biographical sketch, including a paragraph stating what you hope to learn from participating in the DC
  • Submit via precision conference submission system

What is the Doctoral Colloquium?

The DC brings together PhD students working on topics related to the 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 their proposal (the choice of topic, how it is to be examined, 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. This year, we will make the 2017 DC a richer experience by (1) connecting PhD students before the conference, (2) using technology during the DC to document suggestions/comments from reviewers, and (3) organizing on-site networking events. The DC will take place on Sunday, September 24, 2017, prior to the start of the main conference program.

The topics of the AutomotiveUI’17 doctoral colloquium are identical with the main conference:

1) Devices & Interfaces for Vehicle Operation
2) Automation & Instrumentation (Automated Driving, Assistive Technology)
3) Evaluation & Benchmarking (Simulation, FOT, Naturalistic Studies)
4) Driver Performance & Behavior (Emotions, Intention, Distraction,…)

Eligibility, Submission, and Selection

The AutomotiveUI 2017 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.

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 100 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.

Please submit your research proposal and biographical sketch vis the conference submissions system (Precision conference submission system). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us any time at doctoral2017(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) Submissions will be reviewed by the international doctoral colloquium program committee.

Travel Grants

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.


  • Andreas Riener, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Germany
  • Wendy Ju, Stanford University, USA

External Reviewers

  • Gary Burnett, University of Nottingham,UK
  • Dale Richards, Coventry University, UK
  • Paul Green, University of Michigan, USA
  • John Krumm, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Linda Boyle, University of Washington, USA
  • Martin Baumann, Ulm University, Germany
  • Andreas Riener, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Germany


  • Gary Burnett, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Paul Green, University of Michigan, USA
  • Martin Baumann, Ulm University, Germany
  • Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon, Michigan Tech, USA
  • Joseph L. Gabbard, Virginia Tech, USA