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8th IEEE International Conference on
Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction
September 3-6 2019, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Call for Doctoral Consortium Participation
Affective Computing aims at the study and development of systems and devices
that use emotion and their multimodal expressions, in particular in human
computer and human robot interaction. It is an interdisciplinary field
spanning computer science, psychology, and cognitive science. At the
biennial gathering of the Association for the Advancement Of Affective
Computing's (AAAC) 2019 Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction
Conference (ACII 2019), the Doctoral Consortium (DC) will serve as a forum
for PhD students to share ideas about their research, developments, and
applications in the area of affective computing. The goal is to provide PhD
students with an opportunity to present their work to a group of mentors and
peers from an international community, to receive feedback on their doctoral
research plan and progress, and to build a cohort of young researchers
interested in affective computing. We invite students from all PhD granting
institutions who are in the process of forming or carrying out a plan for
their PhD research in the area of affective computing to apply for
participation in the ACII 2019 DC.

Partial funding to support attendance will be applied by the Chairs and may
be available. Though funding is not guaranteed, in previous ACII
conferences, we have been quite successful in supporting students' costs of

Who should apply?
Students from any PhD granting institution whose research falls within the
area of affective computing are encouraged to apply. Whereas we encourage
applications from students at any stage of doctoral training, the DC will
most benefit students who are in the process of forming or developing their
doctoralresearch. These students will have passed their qualifiers or have
completed the majority of their coursework, will be planning or developing
their dissertation research proposal, and will not be very close to
completing their dissertation research.

Submissions guidelines
PhD students in an area related to affective computing are invited to submit
the following materials:
1.    Extended Abstract (4 pages + 1 page for references): A description of
the PhD research plan and progress. The submissions should not be anonymous.
In particular, it should cover:
o   The key research questions and motivation of the research,
o   Background and related work that informs the research,
o   A statement of hypotheses or a description of the scope of the technical
o   The methodology to achieve the objectives and the proposed solution(s),
o   A description of the work done so far and a tentative plan for future
o   A statement of research contributions to date (if any) and expected
contributions of the PhD work to affective computing,
o   Reference list.
2.    CV: A curriculum vitae of the student.
3.    Authorship and Statement from Advisor: Students are expected to be the
sole authors on their submission. The application needs to be accompanied by
a note from their PhD advisor confirming student status and endorsement of
the submission. The note should clearly indicate the student's progress in
the PhD program (e.g., qualifiers passed; pre-proposal stage, and so on).
The advisor can simply email the note to the DC chairs (see below for
contact information).

Submission topics, instructions, and proceedings
Paper topics should be related to the conference topics, which are given in
the general call for papers (see http://acii-conf.org/2019/). The
Proceedings of the Doctoral Consortium will be published as part of the main
Conference Proceedings. Papers should be submitted through the conference
submission system.

Review process
The Doctoral Consortium submissions will be evaluated on a number of factors
including: (1) the quality of the submission, (2) the expected benefits of
the DC towards the student's PhD research, and (3) the student's
contribution to the diversity of topics, backgrounds, and institutions, in
order of importance. More particularly, the quality of the submission will
be evaluated based on the potential contributions of the research to the
field of affective computing and its impact on the field and beyond.
Finally, we hope to achieve a diversity of research topics, disciplinary
backgrounds, methodological approaches, and home institutions in the ACII
2019 Doctoral Consortium cohort.

All authors of accepted submissions are expected to register, attend, and
present at the Doctoral Consortium and at the associated poster session.
They will also have to identify a mentor and schedule a meeting with the
mentor during the conference. Information about this process will be
provided in due course.

Important Dates
o   Submission deadline: May 11, 2019
o   Acceptance notifications: June 14, 2019
o   Camera-ready deadline: July 12, 2019

Doctoral Consortium Contacts
For further questions, please contact the Doctoral Consortium co-chairs: Oya
Celiktutan <oya.celiktu...@kcl.ac.uk <mailto:oya.celiktu...@kcl.ac.uk> >,
Theodora Chaspari <chasp...@tamu.edu <mailto:chasp...@tamu.edu> > and
Gualtiero Volpe <gualtiero.vo...@unige.it <mailto:gualtiero.vo...@unige.it>


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