[Infovis] Call for Participation IEEE VIS 2014 Doctoral Colloquium

Christopher Collins Christopher.Collins at uoit.ca
Mon Mar 3 18:48:25 CET 2014

***Call for Participation IEEE VIS 2014 Doctoral Colloquium***

We solicit submissions to the doctoral colloquium (DC) for IEEE VIS

2014. The DC is a single-day invitation-only event taking place the

day before IEEE VIS where Ph.D. students in any visualization

field---preferably those at the proposal defense stage or

equivalent---present their proposed dissertation work and receive

feedback from leading senior visualization researchers. We invite

contributions from the scientific visualization, information

visualization, and visual analytics student communities.

The colloquium will allow students to discuss their research

directions in a supportive atmosphere with a panel of distinguished

leaders and with their peers. Students can expect helpful feedback

and fresh perspectives on their research topics and possible career

paths, and will have the opportunity to interact closely with expert

researchers in their field. The colloquium will support

community-building by connecting beginning and advanced researchers.

The DC is open to Ph.D. students in all stages of their studies,

regardless of whether they are presenting research work at the main

conference or not. Only selected applicants will be allowed to

participate in the colloquium, and will be expected to attend the

full day of events. Preference will be given to students who have

formulated a dissertation topic but are still a year or more away

from graduating. In North American terms, this corresponds to

students that will or have recently defended their thesis proposal.

Students who are in the process of formulating their research topic

are particularly encouraged to apply, as this is the time where

external feedback can have most impact. It is our experience that

students who participate in the DC too early in their studies will

not be able to get focused and useful feedback, whereas

participating too late means that any significant feedback received

will not be possible to incorporate in the student's dissertation

due to time constraints.

All research topics suitable for the IEEE SciVis, IEEE InfoVis, and

IEEE VAST main programs as well as associated workshops and symposia

are appropriate for the Doctoral Colloquium.


The colloquium will likely consist of both parallel sessions of

student presentations as well as common discussions with the expert

panelists. A lunch is also planned that will give student

participants the opportunity to interact more informally with



Contingent upon pending requests for external sponsorship of the VIS DC, we might be able to partially fund the travel, conference registration, and lodging for some accepted DC student participants.


The deadline for DC submissions is May 10, 2014.

Applicants to the Doctoral Colloquium should submit:

* A four-page summary of their thesis research, including the

problem being addressed, methodology and plan of research, a

description of the progress to date, and the type of input expected from DC panelists. Please distinguish between work that has been accomplished and that which remains to be completed. The writing should be in a proposal format to facilitate feedback from the panelists as to validity of your problem and the efficacy of your approach.

* An email from the student's advisor supporting the student's

attendance at the colloquium and confirming that the student is in

a good position to benefit from participating. Note that this

should NOT be a letter of recommendation; a brief statement of

support is sufficient. The e-mail should be sent directly to

doctoral_coll at ieeevis.org<mailto:doctoral_coll at ieeevis.org>.

* (Optional) A draft poster in PDF format (see below.)

Student submissions should be emailed to

doctoral_coll at ieeevis.org<mailto:doctoral_coll at ieeevis.org>. Formatting guidelines and LaTeX/Word

templates can be found at http://www.cs.sfu.ca/~vis/Tasks/camera.html.

Student submissions will be peer-reviewed and selections will be

made on the basis of their contribution to the colloquium's goals,

strength of research direction, and the advisor's assessment.

Accepted submissions will be printed for colloquium participants.

**Poster Presentations**

Accepted participants of the Doctoral Colloquium will also be

allowed to present their work as a poster that will be displayed

together with the regular poster program. Please consider including

a draft poster with your DC submission. Participants may be asked

to refine their posters and summaries based upon reviewer feedback.

The poster session chairs will have a final say in accepting all

poster submissions, even for DC participants. Also note that DC

posters will NOT appear in the official IEEE VIS poster proceedings

The posters themselves have no predefined formatting, but dimensions

may not exceed A0 paper size (841mm x 1189mm / 33.1" x 46.8").

Participants are responsible for bringing a hardcopy poster for

display during VisWeek. They should be available at the poster to

discuss their work during the scheduled evening poster session(s).

**Doctoral Colloquium Chairs**

Jian Chen, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Christopher Collins, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Margit Pohl, TU / Wien

Contact VIS DC co-chairs: doctoral_coll at ieeevis.org<mailto:doctoral_coll at ieeevis.org>

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