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Interact 2005
Communicating Naturally through Computers

Tenth IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

12-16 September 2005, Rome, Italy

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Important Dates

John Karat
IBM TJ Watson
Research Center

Matthias Rautherberg
Technical University of

Submission to be received:

Acceptance sent to authors:

Final version to be received:

The INTERACT 2005 Doctoral Consortium is a forum for Ph.D. students to publicly discuss their research goals, methods, and results at an early stage in their research. The Doctoral Consortium aims to provide useful guidance for completion of the dissertation research and initiation of a research career.

The Doctoral Consortium will be held on 12-13 September 2005.

The Doctoral Consortium and INTERACT 2005 provide an opportunity for student participants to interact with other students at a similar stage in their careers, established researchers, and the broader HCI community. Students should consider participating in the Doctoral Consortium latest six months before completion of their dissertations, but after having settled on a research area or dissertation topic. Students selected to attend the Doctoral Consortium, typically those at a sufficient mature stage of their research, will be asked to present a talk about their work to get feedback for future directions.

Each prospective PhD student participant will submit a package of materials for consideration by the Doctoral Consortium Committee.

The Doctoral Consortium Committee will select participants using the following criteria:

- The potential quality of the research and its relevance to HCI in a broad sense.

- Quality of the research abstract.

- Stage of the research (students will be selected across a range of research stages).

- Diversity of background, research topic, and approach.

To apply as a student participant in the Doctoral Consortium, you should prepare a submission package consisting of the two parts listed below. The first part must be submitted electronically through the INTERACT CRS system and the second must be submitted via email directly to one of the chairs (see contact below).

Part 1: Research Abstract

The research description should be at a maximum 6 pages long, and must include:

- Your name.

- The title of your work.

- Name and electronic mail address of dissertation advisor

- The research area or sub-area of your work (10 words or less).

- Universal resource locator (URL), if available Related submissions (e.g., if you are also submitting a technical paper to INTERACT 2005)

- Brief description of research topic (25 words or less)

- The technical problem to be solved. The importance of the problem should be justified.

- Justification that prior research has not solved the problem.

- The research hypothesis (claim).

- Sketch of the proposed solution.

- The expected contributions of your dissertation research. Progress in solving the stated problem should be the major contribution, but there may be others.

- The methods you are using or will use to carry out your research. It is important to describe a plan for evaluating your work and presenting credible evidence of your results to the research community.

Students at relatively early stages of their research will have some difficulty addressing some of these areas. Nonetheless, each prospective student participant should address them as well as possible. The research description should be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Formatting of the research description should follow the INTERACT format guidelines for regular papers.

Part 2: Letter of Recommendation

Ask your dissertation advisor for a letter of recommendation. This letter should include your name and a candid assessment of the current status of your dissertation research and an expected date for dissertation submission. The letter should be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), and sent to one of the consortium chairs (see below).

Ground Rules

- All submitted materials must be in English.

- All materials must be submitted electronically in the formats specified above.

- Submissions should contain no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.

- Permissions to use video, audio or pictures of identifiable people must be obtained in advance of the Symposium.

The submission should be submitted through INTERACT 2005 CRS system.

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by e-mail.

Initial versions of research description (max 6 pages) will be distributed to all participants.

Participants selected to present a talk about their work have to prepare a 2-page description of their research to be published in the INTERACT adjunct proceeding. This 2-page description will be required to conform to the LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) format (templates can be found at Springer-Verlag LNCS Authors’ Instructions page).

The volume editors are Paolo Buono, MariaFrancesca Costabile, Fabio Paternò, Carmen Santoro.

Remember to send the signed copyright form of adjunct proceeding by fax (+39 050 3138091) for the attention of Silvia Berti.

Selected participants who present their work at the Doctoral Consortium will be offered support in the form of waived conference fee.

  • John Karat
    tel: +1 914 784 7832
  • Matthias Rauterberg
    tel: +31 653 832 72



Last update 3 June 2005