Doctoral Colloquium

Quick Facts

When: The doctoral colloquium (DC) will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2023, 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 5, 2023
Decision notification: July 26, 2023
Camera-ready version: TBA
Doctoral colloquium: September 17, 2023

All deadlines are AoE on the date shown.

Goals (for participants)

  • To improve research in the field of automotive user interfaces UI 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:

  • 6 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: 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 Primary Article Template - LaTeX (1.83; published February 19, 2022) to create your article submission. It is also available as a template on Overleaf. 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 Submission Template. 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: . 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:

Submission page: Precision Conference Submission system

Chairs:  Regina Bernhaupt, Linda Boyle, Bruce Walker


The DC aims to bring 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 participant 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 (choice of topic, how it is investigated, etc.). Students are expected to attend all other presentations in their session, take notes for their peers, and provide those notes to other students in their session.

In 2023, 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 meeting to document
suggestions/comments from reviewers (e.g., video recording of sessions, documentation in Google Docs, etc.).

***Students selected for the DC will be first priority for student volunteer opportunities. Student volunteer positions typically cover some conference fees (including registration).

The topics of the AutomotiveUI'23 doctoral colloquium are identical with the main conference, see for details.


Regina Bernhaupt, Linda Boyle, Bruce Walker

Further details


The AutomotiveUI'23 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 6 pages (including figures/tables and the 150-word abstract) but excluding literature reference using the publication format of the main conference (single-column ACM SIGCHI format).

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 via the PCS conference management system (

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us any time at <>. All submissions will be reviewed by the international doctoral colloquium program committee.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Regina Bernhaupt, Linda Boyle, Bruce Walker