Doctoral Colloquium

Quick Facts

When: The doctoral colloquium (DC) will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020, the day before 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 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.

Submission deadline: July 3, 2020
Decision notification: August, 2020
Doctoral colloquium: September 19, 2020

All deadlines are AoE (anywhere on earth) 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 page: Precision Conference Submission system

Submission template: Submissions should use the new single-column ACM SIGCHI template. See below for further information.

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. Also in 2020, we will continue to 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 19, prior to the start of the main conference program.

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 consist of two documents: (1) Extended abstract and (2) a 1-page biographical sketch, including a paragraph stating what you hope to learn from participating in the DC

Extended Abstract:

  1. The length of the extended abstract must not exceed 4,000 words, including all main body text. Figures and tables each count as 250 words. For example, a paper with 2 figures (2 x 250 = 500) should not exceed 3,500 words (i.e., 4,000 minus 500). The abstract should be 150 words or less. References do not count towards the word limit.
  2. Please use the single-column ACM SIGCHI template.
    • Word: Write your extended abstract using the Submission Template (Review Submission Format). Follow the embedded instructions to apply the paragraph styles to your various text elements. The text is in single-column format at this stage and no additional formatting is required at this point. A video demonstration of the new template can be found here:
    • LaTeX: Please use the latest version of the Master Article Template - LaTeX (1.65; published October 21, 2019) to create your article submission. With the “sample-sigchi.tex” template, use the “manuscript” call to create a single column format, i.e., setting \documentclass[manuscript]{acmart}. Please review the LaTeX documentation and ACM’s LaTeX best practices guide should you have any questions.

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.

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.