Doctoral Colloquium

Quick Facts

When: This year, the doctoral colloquium (DC) will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 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

Submission deadline: July 8th, 2019
Decision notification:  July 29, 2019
Camera-ready version: August 12, 2019
Doctoral colloquium: September 21, 2019 (prior to main conference)

All deadlines are AoE on the date shown.


  • 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 content and format:

  • 4 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 template: Submissions should observe the regular paper template. Templates for submission (Word and LaTeX) can be found here:

Submission via: AutoUI 2019 conference management system

Chairs:  Andreas Riener, Susanne Boll


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 dedicated time slot, split into a presentation part and a feedback part with 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 2019, 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 (tentative). The DC will take place on Saturday, September 21, prior to the start of the main conference program.

The topics of the AutomotiveUI’19 doctoral colloquium are identical with the main conference, which can be found at the conference website submission topics of AutomotiveUI ’19.

Andreas Riener, Susanne Boll

Further details


The AutomotiveUI’19 doctoral colloquium welcomes contributions from doctoral students currently registered in a PhD program. Ideal candidates should have worked on their dissertation for at least 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 4 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. 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.

Panelists and Reviewers


  • Paul Green, University of Michigan
  • Lewis Chuang, LMU Munich 
  • Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon, Virginia Tech 
  • Shadan Sadeghian Borojeni, University of Siegen
  • Joanne Harbluk, Transport Canada
  • Gary Burnett, University of Nottingham 
  • Stephen Brewster, Glasgow University