Call for Participation » Doctoral Colloquium

VisWeek 2008 will host a Doctoral Colloquium to support the next generation of visualization researchers. Ph.D. students at any stage of their research are invited to apply to participate in the colloquium. Students who will be completing their proposal defense near the time of the colloquium are particularly encouraged to apply. The colloquium will be run as a single day invitation-only event prior to the main conference. It will incorporate contributions from the 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.

All Ph.D. students are welcome to apply, regardless of whether they are presenting research work at the main conference. Only selected applicants will be allowed to participate in the colloquium. Students selected to participate in the colloquium will be expected to attend the full day of events.

Colloquium participation will offer students insight and support for the framing of their research and will help them create important relationships. Financial support may be available to participants to assist in traveling to the conference. 

Research topics for the IEEE Vis, IEEE InfoVis, and IEEE VAST main programs are appropriate for the Doctoral Colloquium. Lists of these topics of interest are available at:

» Format

The colloquium will likely consist of 4 sessions: three sessions of student presentations, plus a panel session on a topic of interest to the students. A lunch is also planned that will give student participants the opportunity to interact one-on-one with panelists.

» Important Dates
Applications due     July 1, 2008
Poster submissions     July 1, 2008
Notification of acceptance     TBA
Final papers due     August 1, 2008
Doctoral Colloquium held     October 18, 2008 (Saturday preceding IEEE VisWeek 2008)

» Application Process

Applicants to the Doctoral Colloquium should submit:

  1. A two-page summary of their thesis research, including the problem being addressed, methodology and plan of research, and a description of the progress to date. Please distinguish between work that has been accomplished and that which remains to be completed.
  2. An email from the student's advisor recommending the student for participation in the colloquium, including an assessment of the student's research, its current status, and the expected date of thesis submission.

Student submissions and advisor's letters should be emailed to

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. Successful applicants will also be invited to display a poster during the main conference and share their two-page summary as part of the poster proceedings.

» Poster Presentations

Participants of the Doctoral Colloquium will have an opportunity to submit a poster to one of the regular poster sessions. These poster submissions will receive special consideration. The participant can choose whether to submit their poster to Vis, InfoVis or VAST.

Deadline for poster submission: July 1, 2008 Submission instructions: see Vis/InfoVis/VAST poster submission.

Please note that the poster submission deadline (July 1) is before the final paper submission deadline (August 1). Your poster will only be considered if your paper was accepted for the Doctoral Colloquium. On your poster submission, please indicate that you are a participant of the Doctoral Colloquium.

Further Information

Inquiries may be directed to

» Organizers

Melanie Tory, University of Victoria
Daniel Weiskopf, Universität Stuttgart
Penny Rheingans, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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