Important Dates

  • Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for submissions (extended to Monday, 3 September 2018, 5:00 p.m. PDT)
  • Monday, 17 September 2018: Author Notifications
  • Monday, 24 September 2018: Final Manuscript Submission

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The ISS Doctoral Symposium (ISS DS) is a forum in which Ph.D. students can meet and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced researchers in an informal and interactive setting.

Students should submit a paper that describes: the problem that the thesis aims to address; the broad approach and how it builds upon and goes beyond key relevant previous work; the work completed and the plan for the full dissertation work; and open questions/issues for discussion and/or what you want to get out of participation in the symposium. Completed work may be presented as an overview or highlighting a particularly important part in depth.

Doctoral Symposium papers will be published in the ISS conference companion distributed at the conference.

Each submission will be reviewed by both DS chairs to assess its suitability for the DS, as well as additional expert reviewers when necessary. This will be based on whether the work is sufficiently mature to present but still early enough for the student to benefit from the feedback and experience.

Accepted authors will present their work to the DS chairs and expert reviewers and participate in an intensive workshop around ISS research. They will have free registration. The Doctoral Symposium will take place at the conference venue on Sunday, November 25, 2018 (for accepted authors and invited experts only!).


Every submission should include both an extended abstract (no more than six pages in ACM landscape format) and a draft poster design. You may also submit a video and you are encouraged to do so if this clarifies the work, as is often the case in ISS interfaces. The extended abstract should be in the 2014 SIGCHI extended abstract format. (Note that this format utilizes the "Lastname, F.M." author-name reference style, not the more recent "Firstname M. Lastname" convention.) You can download Word and LaTeX templates from the sigchi website.

Submissions must include a draft poster design, also in PDF format. This does not need to be a complete final version, but should give a sense of what is to be presented and allow for constructive feedback on the design and content. The doctoral symposium posters are intended for display along with the other posters at the conference, and so should follow the same guidelines as described here: ISS 2018 Posters. Posters will be shown during the main ISS poster session, and will not be used during the doctoral symposium itself.

Submissions (both abstract and poster) should not be anonymised for review.

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

Koji Yatani, University of Tokyo
Parinya Punpongsanon, Osaka University

The panel will provide advice about completing a doctorate degree, and about the job search which follows, both in academia and in industry.