Call for Doctoral Consortium

The 1st annual ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2016) is a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval. CHIIR focuses on elements such as human involvement in search activities, and information seeking and use in context.

The CHIIR Doctoral Consortium, held in conjunction with the main conference, provides an opportunity for doctoral students to present and discuss their research with senior researchers and other doctoral students in a seminar format. The Doctoral Consortium focuses on 1) advising students regarding current critical issues in their research, and 2) making students aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their research as viewed from different perspectives. The Doctoral Consortium is targeted to students in year 2-3 of a 4-5 year PhD program, i.e. students should have about 2 years remaining in their PhD program.  At minimum, students ought to have formulated their research problem, theoretical framework and suggested methods, and at maximum, students will have just submitted some of the early PhD work for publication.

The Doctoral Consortium will take place on March 13, 2016.


  • Nicholas Belkin
  • Katriina Byström
  • Susan Dumais
  • Luanne Freund
  • Jaap Kamps
  • Noriko Kando
  • Paul Kantor
  • Gary Marchionini
  • Ian Ruthven
  • Jaime Teevan
  • Paul Thomas
  • Pertti Vakkari


Participation to the Doctoral Consortium is included in the conference registration fee.


Students participating in the Doctoral Consortium may apply for a limited number of travel grants. Information on how to apply for travel grants will made available to DC student participants.


  • September 15, 2015: Deadline for research proposals
  • November 13, 2015: Notification of acceptance


All topics within the main CHIIR submission call are acceptable as topics for the Doctoral Consortium.


Proposals must be written in English and formatted using the ACM Conference style (for LaTeX or Word). Submissions should be made in PDF. The final version of accepted proposals will be included in the CHIIR proceedings. The proposal must be no longer than 3 pages and contain the following contents:

  • Title of research proposal, Name of student, Stage of degree (e.g., 2nd year PhD), Affiliation, Name of supervisor(s)
  • Abstract
  • Motivation
  • Research questions
  • (Planned or ongoing) Methodology
  • Progress made so far
  • Future plan
  • References


The DC uses easychair for submissions:

Credit, certificate and grants

It is recommended that students participating in the Doctoral Consortium will be awarded 2 credits, ECTS or equivalent, by their home department. Students will be presented with a certificate upon completed participation in the Doctoral Consortium.


If you have any enquiries regarding the Doctoral Consortium, please contact the chairs Pia Borlund and Mark Smucker.