Doctoral Consortium


The ACII 2011 Doctoral Consortium (DC) serves as forum for PhD students to share ideas about the theories behind affective computing, its development, and its application.  The goal of this Special Session of the Conference is to compare approaches, discuss future research problems, and receive feedback from the international community. Papers of the Doctoral Consortium will be published in the Conference Proceedings.
Papers are due June 1, 2011

Aims of the Doctoral Consortium

  • to provide PhD students with a friendly and lively atmosphere for presenting their research ideas, exchanging experiences with peers, and receiving constructive feedback on their work from the international research community;
  • to help students and doctoral candidates to formulate research questions and organize their research;
  • to help to forge new relationships and collaborations within the International ACII community in order to promote collaborative research
  • to support a new generation of researchers with information and advice on academic, research, industrial, and non-traditional career paths.

Submission Instructions

Submissions should describe PhD research that is at a stage where feedback from the international community might be of value. Thus, it is expected that students who will submit papers should be close to making a PhD research proposal, or have made it already but have at least a year of work remaining to complete their PhD thesis.

Submissions must not exceed eight pages (including references). Please see this link for templates. Paper topics should be related to the conference topics, which can be accessed here. Please submit your paper using the Easy Chair system accessible here. Be sure to indicate that your are submitting to the Doctoral Consortium.

Submissions should be well organized and structured in a way that demonstrates the links between the concepts presented. The submissions should clearly specify:
  • the problem(s) that the proposed research is addressing and how this fits into the bigger picture
  • the aims and objectives of the research
  • the methodology to achieve the objectives and the proposed solution(s), including a brief description of work done so far and a tentative plan for future work
  • the main contribution(s) of the research to the development of Affective Computing

Important Dates

  • Doctoral Consortium Proposal Submission: June 1, 2011
  • Doctoral Consortium Notification: July 11, 2011
  • Camera-Ready Version Submissions: July 21, 2011

The Fiorella de Rosis Award

There will be an award for the best paper by a PhD student. It is named after Prof Fiorella de Rosis, who co-chaired the first ACII Doctoral Consortium.

The Fiorella de Rosis award is given by the HUMAINE Association to commemorate one of the outstanding figures in the field of emotion and computing, and a founder member of the Association. Her research made the fundamental point that emotion needs to be integrated into logical models of argument. She was also one of the fields idealists, always ready to speak out when she felt that others were settling for the least awkward rather than the best. She combined intellect and conviction with genuine warmth, and her death in 2008 was deeply felt throughout the community.

One of her constant concerns was to ensure that young researchers were encouraged. She assembled an excellent young team in Bari, and she was also co-chair of the first ACII Doctoral Consortium (at Lisbon in 2007). For that reason, the HUMAINE Association felt it was right to commemorate her by an award for the best paper at the ACII Doctoral Consortium.

Organizing Committee

  • Jean-Claude Martin, LIMSI-CNRS, France []
  • Kostas Karpouzis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece []
  • Roddy Cowie, Queen's University, UK []

Programme Committee

To be announced


If you have any questions regarding submissions, please email the three co-chairs above.