Doctoral Consortium

The AIIDE 2012 Doctoral Consortium (DC) provides an opportunity for a group of Ph.D. students to discuss and explore their research interests and career objectives with a panel of established researchers in the AIIDE related fields. The consortium is intended primarily for Ph.D. students who have settled on their thesis direction and intend to pursue a career in research or development of AI for Digital Media. Ideal candidates would have passed or be close to passing their thesis proposal. Candidates at earlier or later stages will also be considered, if their proposals clearly address how their participation will benefit them and what they would contribute to the program.

Selected students will be paired with a mentor, a senior member of the AIIDE community, who will advise them on their research trajectory, writing, and presentation. Selected students will present their research as an oral presentation and/or poster presentation. Time will be reserved for students to meet with their mentors, and additional social arrangements will be arranged to encourage further conversations with mentors and fellow students. In addition, the DC may include a panel discussion on how to build a successful career and other related activities, such as lab visits. Accepted research summaries will be published in the form of an AAAI technical report.

Important Dates:

  • June 15: Application Submission Deadline
  • July 16: Acceptance notification
  • July 31: Camera-Ready Copy Due
  • October 8-12, 2012: AIIDE-2012 Conference and Doctoral Consortium

Applicants to the DC must submit the following material through the AIIDE Easychair submission site linked below.

Submission website


  1. Research Summary (max 4 pages in AAAI format). Outline the problem(s) being addressed, the proposed research plan, and a description of progress. This short paper should include references, as needed.
  2. Curriculum Vita (max 2 pages). List the applicant's most relevant background, experience (research, education, employment), publication references (if any), and expected graduation date.
  3. Expectations (max 1 page) State what the applicant hopes to accomplish from the Doctoral Consortium.
  4. Letter of Recommendation (max 1 page) from the applicant’s dissertation adviser.

Review Process
All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts within the applicant’s topic area. Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria: clarity and completeness of submission packet, stage of research, evidence of research progress (such as published papers and/or technical reports), assessment of contribution to and benefit from participating in the DC, and strength of adviser's recommendation.

For more information please visit the AIIDE conference website.

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Jichen Zhu
Drexel University

Arnav Jhala
University of California, Santa Cruz