The UMAP 2016 Conference, following a tradition started in 1994, will include a Doctoral Consortium (DC) 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 feedback and advice.

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 Doctoral Consortium Session 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 submission will be assigned a mentor who will provide a feedback on the student's work and will discuss the doctoral research with the student and the audience at the consortium.

How to submit to the Doctorla Consortium

To apply for the UMAP 2016 doctoral consortium, students are asked to submit a paper pesenting their doctoral research that describes:

  1. The problem being addressed
  2. The motivation for addressing the problem including related work
  3. The main contributions that the PhD project aims to achieve
  4. The progress made to date (including a clear description of the proposed approach and preliminary results) and the plan of further research

Topics include (but are not limited to) the UMAP 2016 key areas.

Each DC submission is encouraged to consider the following: identification of related (state of the art) work, indication of potential innovation, application or contribution for which the work is aimed. In addition, as appropriate for the PhD project, the submissions can consider: indication of data to be used for experimentation, indication of implementation approach, indication of evaluation criteria and experimental design.

Each submission should contain a cover page including the paper title, name of the PhD candidate, the mane of his/her supervisor(s) and University, a paragraph describing the stage they are in the PhD programme, together with a brief description of their background. This will enable the committee to adapt its assistance to each student.

Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair Doctoral Consortium submission system (which is different from the EasyChair system for the main proceedings).

Submissions should be pdf documents consisting of 1 cover page and the paper (up to 4 pages long), formatted using the ACM SIG proceedings template.

Hypertext 2016 and UMAP 2016 Joint Doctoral Consortium Session

To facilitate cross-fertilization of research ideas and encourage cross-disciplinary connections, the two collocated conferences UMAP2016 and Hypertext 2016 will have a joint Doctoral Consortium session. The participants will present their work with substantial time allowed for feedback and discussion. 

UMAP Proceedings

The accepted UMAP2016 Doctoral Consortium papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings, which will be published by ACM and will be available via the ACM Digital Library. The main author (doctoral student) must register for the conference by May 1, 2016 for the paper to be included in the proceedings.

Financial support

UMAP 2016 student support may be available to cover some travel and accommodation expenses. Preference will be given to students presenting at the conference, including the UMAP 2016 Doctoral Consortium. More details will be provided on the UMAP 2016 web site as soon as funds will be available.

Important dates

  • Paper submission: 25th March 2016 NEW! April 1, 2016
  • Notification to authors: 15th April 2016 NEW! April 22, 2016
  • Camera ready submission: 1st May 2016
  • UMAP 2016 DC Session: 13th July 2016

The submissions times are 11:59 pm Hawaii time.

Doctoral consortium chairs

Vania Dimitrova, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Maria Bielikova, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia

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13-16 July 2016 - Halifax, Canada

Collocated with Hypertext 2016


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Important Dates

12 July 2016: Regular registration cutoff at 00:00 Atlantic time 
12 July onwards -On-site registration only

13-16 July 2016: UMAP 2016 Conference


15 January 2016: Workshop Proposals
23 / 28 February 2016: Abstracts for Full and Short Papers (mandatory)
1 / 6 March 2016: Full and Short Papers due
25 March / 1 April 2016: Doctoral consortium papers
15 April 2016:Notification for full and short papers
22 April 2016: Notification for DC papers
1 May 2016: Author's Registration Deadline for Full, Short, Extended Abstracts, DC Papers (main proceedings)
1  9 May 2016: Camera-Ready Deadline for Full, Short, Extended Abstracts & DC papers (main proceedings)
7 May 2016: Posters, Demos, Late-Breaking Results papers due
16 May 2016 (extended!): Workshop papers due 
1 June 2016: Notification of Workshop Papers, Posters & Demos, Late-Breaking Results papers
7 June 2016: Camera-ready for Workshop papers, Posters & Demos, Late-Breaking Results papers (extended proceedings)
                     + Early registration and author registration deadline for extended proceedings
13 June 2016: Student funding application deadline;
                      + Cut-off date for booking student residence accommodations and the Lord Nelson Hotel (June 14)


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