Call for Participation » Doctoral Colloquium

IEEE VisWeek 2009 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.

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:


The colloquium will likely consist of 4 sessions of student presentations including in-depth discussion with the expert panelists and the audience. 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, 2009
Poster submissions     July 1, 2009 (tentative)
Notification of acceptance     TBA
Doctoral Colloquium held     October 10, 2009 (Saturday before the start of IEEE VisWeek 2009)

Application Process

Applicants to the Doctoral Colloquium should submit:

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. 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. The advisor's letter is not handled through this submission system but should be emailed directly to PhdColloquium@vgtc.org.

Student submissions should be uploaded to SRM. Formatting guidelines and LaTeX/Word templates can be found here.

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.

Poster Presentations

Participants of the Doctoral Colloquium will have an opportunity to submit a poster to one of the regular poster sessions. Two-page poster submissions can be uploaded to SRM under the Poster Submission (Optional) section of your SRM submission page. Please use the same LaTeX or Word templates as for your Submission, which can be found here.

Further Information

Inquiries may be directed to PhdColloquium@vgtc.org.


Brian Fisher, Simon Fraser University
Georges Grinstein, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Melanie Tory, University of Victoria
Daniel Weiskopf, Universität Stuttgart

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