Doctoral Colloquium

Quick Facts

When: The doctoral colloquium (DC) will be held as a virtual meeting on September 23, 2020 (Wednesday), 8:30 AM-1:30 PM EDT. Only those invited to present or review presentations are permitted to attend the doctoral colloquium to encourage interaction and comply with confidentiality constraints.

Wendy Ju
Chris Monk
Martin Baumann
Paul Green



Submission deadline: July 3, 2020
Decision notification: July 24, 2020

Doctoral colloquium:
Sept 23, 2020 (Wednesday)
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT

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 page: Precision Conference Submission system

Submission template: Authors are invited to submit papers formatted with the most recent ACM SIGCHI format template (Word, LaTeX), but we kindly ask authors to submit their proposals in two-column format (to improve readability for the reviewers). If you have already prepared your paper in single-column format, then this is absolutely fine for the review stage. Please note that in the call for position papers all information regarding pagination correspond to the 2-column format.

 LaTeX: Please use the latest version of the Master Article Template - LaTeX (1.71; published April 30, 2020) to create your article submission. You can use the following LaTeX commands to switch between single- and double-column format:

(mandatory for camera ready version)

Word: Write your paper using the ACM Master Article Template - Microsoft Word. Please choose the correct template version based on your platform: [MAC 2011, MAC 2016, or Windows]. If you have already prepared your submission in the Submission Template (Review Submission Format), you can simply copy & paste all content to the Master Article Format. Next, select the entire text including abstract and references and choose the option Layout -> Columns -> Two.

More details regarding the new ACM workflow for publications can be found here:

Chairs:  Andreas Riener and Birsen Donmez

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. In 2020, we will also try to make the DC a rich experience for participants by (1) connecting PhD students before the conference, and (2) using technology during the DC to document suggestions/comments from reviewers (video recording of sessions, documentation in Google Docs, etc.).

The topics of the AutoUI 2020 doctoral colloquium are identical with the main conference, which can be found at the conference website.  

Andreas Riener and Birsen Donmez

Further details


The AutoUI 2020 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.