Call for doctoral consortium papers

Detailed schedule available here

About the doctoral consortium

The UMAP 2014 Conference, following a tradition started in 1994, will include a Doctoral Consortium Session, which provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of a panel of distinguished research faculty. Doctoral students are invited to apply to present their research to scholars and researchers in the field who will provide constructive comments about their work.

The doctoral consortium is implemented as a student mentoring program that introduces students to senior researchers in the relevant fields.

Students are expected to document in a brief submission their doctoral research (see below described submission information for further details), which will be evaluated by the consortium committee. Good quality applications will be selected to be presented at a dedicated workshop as part of the conference. Promising, but less well-developed applications will be selected for presentation at a poster session. Each student with an accepted application will be assigned a mentor who will provide feedback on the student's work and will discuss the doctoral research with the student and the audience at the consortium.


Topics include (but are not limited to) the following areas:

  • User modelling, adaptation and personalization in the social era 
  • User modelling, adaptation and personalization in the era of big data 
  • User modelling, adaptation and personalization in the era of pervasive computing
  • Infrastructures, architectures, and methodologies 
  • Human factors and Models  
  • Personal and Societal issues 

 The detailed overview of the topics can be found here.

Submission information

To apply for the UMAP 2014 doctoral consortium, students are asked to submit an abstract of their doctoral research that describes:

  • the problem being addressed
  • the motivation for addressing the problem
  • the main contributions that the dissertation aims to achieve
  • the progress made to date (including a clear description of the proposed approach) and the plan of further research
  • related work

Students should also include the stage they are in the PhD program, and a brief description of their background in order to enable the committee to adapt its assistance to each student. Papers must be submitted via the DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM EASYCHAIR INSTANCE. Submissions should be pdf documents formatted according to the Springer LNCS style specified in the UMAP 2014 Call for Papers: Style files, templates, and details about the format can be found at Springer LNCS site. The length of the abstract is limited to 6 pages.


Accepted abstracts will be included in the Conference Proceedings, which will be published as a book by Springer.

Financial support

Funding for selected students with accepted contributions may be available to cover some travel and accommodation expenses. More details will be provided on the conference web site as soon as funds will be available.

Important dates

Paper submission: 7th March 2014

Notification to authors: 28th March 2014

Camera ready submission: 14th April 2014

Doctoral consortium chairs:

Francesco Ricci, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

David N. Chin, University of Hawaii, USA

Complete list of doctoral consortium PC members can be found here