Please, take note of the following:

  • Doctoral Consortium will be held online.
  • The Proceedings of the Conference will be published by ACM and available in the ACM Digital Library, as planned.
  • The authors will be required to record their presentation, which will be available in the ACM Digital Library as well (instructions will be sent to authors through EasyChair).
  • The virtual conference will allow for live sessions, discussion and social interaction. We are working on that.
  • Registration fees are being reworked in order to encourage the widest participation and just cover the publishing of the proceeding and the conference management.


ACM UMAP 2020, the premier international conference on systems that adapt to users and user models for adaptation, includes a Doctoral Consortium (DC) Session. The DC provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of distinguished researchers from the field. Doctoral students are invited to apply to present their research to experienced scholars who will provide constructive feedback and advice.

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 for presentation 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 feedback on the student’s work and will discuss the doctoral research with the student and the audience at the consortium.


Important Dates

  • Paper Submission: March 30, 2020 deadline extended April 9, 2020
  • Notification to authors: April 22, 2020
  • Camera ready submission: May 3, 2020
  • ACM UMAP 2020 DC Session: TBD, 2020

Note: The submissions times are 11:59 PM AoE time (Anywhere on Earth)

How to Submit to the Doctoral Consortium

To apply for the ACM UMAP 2020 doctoral consortium, students should submit a paper presenting their doctoral research organized under the following headings:

  • Research Problem. The problem being addressed and a motivation outlining the relevance of the problem;
  • Related Work. Work already performed by other researchers related to this problem. This should situate your work, showing your knowledge of the relevant previous work and how your work will make a new contribution;
  • Research Questions and Proposed Approach. The main questions the PhD project aims to answer, contributions it aims to achieve, and the thesis methodology;
  • Progress to Date and Future Work. The progress made to date (including a clear description of the approach, methodology and preliminary results) as well as the plan for further research.

Topics include (but are not limited to) the ACM UMAP 2020 key areas.

Each DC submission should cover: identification of related (state of the art) work, indication of the potential innovation, application or advancement of the state-of-the-art that the work intends to achieve. In addition, as appropriate for the PhD project, each submission may cover: indication of data to be used for experimentation, indication of implementation approach, indication of evaluation criteria and experimental design.

Each DC paper submission should be accompanied by a cover page that states: the paper title, name of the PhD candidate, the name 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. The DC will be most useful to students who have completed enough of their thesis work to have a solid foundation with a clear topic and literature review but the student should be early enough in their studies to still benefit from guidance and advice.

Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair submission system by selecting the “UMAP 2020 Doctoral Consortium” track.


Papers will be reviewed single-blind and do not need to be anonymized before submission.

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:

Please note that ACM changed its templates at the start of 2017, so please ensure that you use the new template and do not reuse an old template.

ACM UMAP Proceedings

The accepted ACM UMAP 2020 Doctoral Consortium papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings, which will be published by ACM and that will be available via the ACM Digital Library. The main author (doctoral student) must register for the conference and present the paper for the paper to be included in the proceedings.

Financial Support

ACM UMAP has a history of supporting students to attend. Authors of submissions to the DC will have higher priority for UMAP grant applications.

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

  • Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Judith Masthoff, Utrecht University, the Netherlands  and University of Aberdeen, UK

email: umap2020-dc AT