Doctoral Consortium

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The UMAP 2013 Conference, following a tradition started in 1994, will include a Doctoral Consortium Session, which provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of a panel of distinguished research faculty. Doctoral students are invited to apply to present their research to scholars and researchers in the field who will provide constructive comments about their work. The doctoral consortium is implemented as a student mentoring program that introduces students to senior researchers in the relevant fields.

Students are expected to document in a brief submission their doctoral research (see SUBMISSION INFORMATION for further details), which will be evaluated by the consortium committee. Good quality applications will be selected to be presented in a short (15-20 minute) presentation at the conference. Each student with an accepted application 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 consortium.


Topics include (but are not limited to) the areas listed on the UMAP 2013 website:

  • Purposes of UMAP
  • User Characteristics for UMAP
  • Application domains for UMAP
  • Environments for UMAP
  • Computational methods for UMAP
  • Architectures for UMAP
  • Methods for design and evaluation of UMAP
  • Usability issues for UMAP


Funding for selected students with accepted contributions are be available to cover some travel and accommodation expenses. More details about the application procedure will be provided on the Student Support page as soon as possible.


To apply for the UMAP 2013 doctoral consortium, students are asked to submit via the conference web site an abstract of their doctoral research that describes:

  • the problem being addressed
  • the motivation for addressing the problem
  • the main contributions that the thesis aims to achieve
  • the progress made to date (including a clear description of the proposed approach) and the plan of further research
  • related work

Students should also include the stage they are in the PhD programme, and a brief description of their background in order to enable the committee to adapt its assistance to each student.

Papers must be submitted via the


Submissions should be pdf documents formatted according to the Springer LNCS style specified in the UMAP 2013 Call for Papers. Style files, templates, and details about the format can be found at  the Springer web site. The length of the abstract is limited to 4 pages.


Accepted papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings, which will be published as a book by Springer.


  • Submission deadline: March 8, 2013
  • Acceptance notifications: March 28, 2013
  • Camera-ready version: April 5, 2013 (sharp!)


  • Liliana Ardissono, Italy
  • Linas Baltrunas, Spain
  • Maria Bielikova, Slovakia
  • Federica Cena, Italy
  • Li Chen, Hong Kong
  • Paolo Cremonesi, Italy
  • Berardina De Carolis, Italy
  • Vania Dimitrova, UK
  • Fabio Gasparetti, Italy
  • Cristina Gena, Italy
  • Tsvi Kuflik, Israel
  • Kathy McCoy, USA
  • Francesco Ricci, Italy
  • Melike Sah, Ireland
  • Marko Tkalcic, Slovenia
  • Jie Zhang, Singapore
  • Ingrid Zukerman, Australia


  • Maria Bielikova
  • Peter Brusilovsky
  • Ivan Cantador
  • Li Chen
  • Fabio Gasparetti
  • Eelco Herder
  • Pasquale Lops
  • Olga C. Santos
  • Nava Tintarev
  • Marko Tkalcic
  • Julita Vassileva
  • Ingrid Zukerman
For more information, please contact the DC chairs: