ACM UMAP 2023 is the premier international conference on systems that adapt to users and user models for adaptation. The UMAP 2023 Doctoral Consortium (DC) will take place as part of the 31st International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization. The DC provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of distinguished researchers and industry practitioners from the field.

Doctoral students are invited to apply to present their research to experienced scholars who will provide constructive feedback and advice. Students should consider participating in the DC if they are at least one year away from completing their dissertation at the time of the event, but after having settled on a research
area or dissertation topic.

This forum will provide Ph.D. students with an opportunity to: 

  – Present and discuss their research ideas to experienced scholars in a supportive, formative, and yet critical environment;
  – Explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of distinguished researchers from the field who will provide constructive feedback and advice;
  – Explore career pathways available after completing their Ph.D. degree, and finally
  – Network and build collaborations with other members of the community.

Students are asked to submit a brief proposal outlining their doctoral research (see detailed requirements below), which will be evaluated by the consortium
committee. Good quality applications will be selected for presentation at a DC Session as part of the conference. 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


• Paper Submission: March 31, 2023;
• Notification to authors: April 28, 2023;
• Camera-ready submission: May 2, 2023;
• Conference: June 26–29, 2023;
• DC day: June TBD, 2023;

Note: The submissions deadlines are at 11:59 pm AoE time (Anywhere on Earth)



    Candidates must submit their DC proposals by the submission deadline. Consult the ACM UMAP 2023 general call for papers concerning the key topics of this call.  Each proposal should be a single PDF, with four required components:  a six-page description of your Ph.D., a recommendation letter and a two-page curriculum vitae. If you are unable to obtain a letter of recommendation from your dissertation advisor, please include a short explanation.

    1. Letter of Recommendation (from primary dissertation advisor):
    • Describe your interaction with the student and your assessment of the quality of their work. Explain how the UMAP 2023 doctoral consortium would benefit this student at this point in their doctoral program, as well as the contributions you expect the student to make to the
    • The DC targets students who have a clear idea of their research plans and have started their research but have not yet executed a majority of their research Please explain the structure of your student’s program and their expected level of progress by July 2023.
    • Recall that students who are unable to obtain a letter of recommenda- tion from their dissertation advisor (or the equivalent) should instead include a short explanation and a description of where the student is in their doctoral progress and the anticipated
    1. Six-page research description (excluding references) excluding references: Using a single-column manuscript according to the new workflow for ACM as discussed below and include the following:
    • Your name, Advisor(s) name(s), and the university where you are conducting your doctoral work;
    • Current year of study and projected completion date (plus information about the regulations of your Ph.D. program regarding length, any part-time study, );
    • Context and motivation for your research;
    • Key related work that frames your research;
    • Specific research objectives, goals, or questions;
    • Research approach, methods, and rationale;
    • Results and contributions to date;
    • Expected next steps;
    • Dissertation status and long-term
    1. Curriculum Vitae (maximum two pages): a concise summary of your current curriculum vitae, including research publications. Clearly separate published papers from those under review or in

    Please ensure that your submission is complete and conforms to the format and content guidelines above. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will be desk-rejected.

    ACM Policy:

    1. “By submitting your article to an ACM Publication, you are hereby acknowledging that you and your co-authors are subject to allACM Publications Policies, including ACM’s new Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects. Alleged violations of this policy or any ACM Publications Policy will be investigated by ACM and may result in a full retraction of your paper, in addition to other potential penalties, as per ACM Publications Policy.”
    2. “Please ensure that you and your co-authorsobtain an ORCID ID, so you can complete the publishing process for your accepted paper. ACM has been involved in ORCID from the start and we have recently made acommitment to collect ORCID IDs from all of our published authors. The collection process has started and will roll out as a requirement throughout 2022. We are committed to improve author discoverability, ensure proper attribution and contribute to ongoing community efforts around name normalization; your ORCID ID will help in these efforts.” 



    DC proposals should be submitted via the EasyChair submission system by selecting the “UMAP 2023 Doctoral Consortium” track.

    Proposals will be reviewed single-blind and do not need to be anonymized before submission. Submissions should be a single pdf document consisting of an expected benefits statement (1 page), a recommendation letter, the proposal (up to 6 pages long excluding references) in the new ACM single-column style, and a two-page curriculum vitae.

    Proposals must be formatted according to the new workflow for ACM publications.

    The templates and instructions are available here: ations/taps/word-template-workflow.

    Students should submit their proposals as single-column. The templates are available here (we strongly recommend the usage of LaTeX for the camera-ready papers to minimize the extent of reformatting):

    Note: Accepted proposals will require a further revision in order to meet the requirements and page limits of the camera-ready format required by ACM. Instructions for the preparation of the camera-ready versions of the papers will be provided after acceptance.



    The accepted ACM UMAP 2023 DC proposals will be included in the Conference Proceedings, which will be published by ACM and will be available via the ACM Digital Library. The doctoral student must register for the conference and participate in the DC for the paper to be included in the proceedings.


    ACM UMAP has a history of supporting students who want to attend the conference. Students of accepted DC proposals will have higher priority for UMAP grant applications.



    • Antonija Mitrovic, Canterbury University, New Zealand
    • Michel Desmarais, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
    • Martijn Willemsen, Eindhoven University of Technology and JADS, Netherlands
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