Call for Papers For Doctoral Symposium


The ACM Multimedia 2013 Doctoral Symposium will provide PhD students working in all areas of multimedia with a unique opportunity to interact with renowned and experienced researchers in the field, and discuss with them about their ongoing research. The Doctoral Symposium also aims at establishing a supportive worldwide community of doctoral students working on multimedia, and promoting social and intellectual interactions among students and researchers from academia, industry and government. The mechanism is simple: PhD students are invited to send a short paper related to their ongoing research. A program committee will review the submissions, deciding the rejection or acceptance of the papers. In the latter case, the papers will be discussed in an oral or poster session.

Description of the Event

The Doctoral Symposium will take place during the main conference.
Each accepted Poster paper will be presented in parallel with the poster session of the main conference..
For each accepted oral paper, its author will present a summary of their dissertation research to a panel of experts (expressly chosen by the Doctoral Symposium co-chairs to match at best the topics related to the accepted submissions). After that, the panelists will interact with the author and the audience, providing constructive advice and suggestions.
All accepted PhD students will have chance to present their work at the conference Poster Session, to interact with a broader audience of the main conference.


Prospective student attendees should already have a clear research direction, and possibly have published some results. Preference will be given to students who have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy.

Submission Guidelines

Each doctoral student who wants to submit a paper for the Doctoral Symposium should prepare:

  1. Abstract: A 3-4 page abstract summarizing her/his dissertation research, singly authored by herself/himself.  The use of figures, diagrams or illustrations is encouraged. The abstract should include:
        o   Motivation, problem description
        o   State of the art
        o   Novelty and significance relative to the state of the art
        o   Approach and proposed experiments (where appropriate)
        o   Results obtained and work in progress
        o   Keywords and key references of the presented work.
    The submission must comply with the two-column ACM proceedings format.
  2. Recommendation Letter: A letter of recommendation from the student’s Ph.D. advisor, verifying
        o   the student status of the applicant,
        o   date of advance to Ph.D. candidacy,
        o   the expected date of thesis defense or graduation.
  3. Curriculum vitae: A short CV, including the list of all publications.

All the three documents must be written in English, and submitted through the online website:

Review Process and Publication

The review process is single-blind. All the accepted abstracts will be published in the ACM Multimedia Conference Proceedings. Doctoral students who submit to the Doctoral Symposium are encouraged to also submit a paper on their research to the main conference. However, acceptance for participation in the Symposium will be based solely on the abstract written for the event. All abstracts will be reviewed with respect to overall quality of presentation, potential for future impact of the research on the field, and expected benefit to the other doctoral students attending the Doctoral Symposium.
The best Doctoral Symposium paper will be selected and the award will be presented during the main conference.


Please note that the student registration is sufficient to cover a doctoral symposium accepted article.

Program Committee List

  • Federico Fontana (University of Udine, IT)
  • Antonio Camurri (Casa Paganini, Infomus, IT)
  • David R. Millen (IBM Center for Social Software, Cambridge, USA)
  • Alexander Eichhorn (Simula Research Laboratory, NO)
  • Benoit Huet (EURECOM, FR)
  • Klara Nahrstedt (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Thomas Haenselmann (University of Mannheim, DE)
  • Valerie G. Brunet (The French Mapping Agency (IGN), FR)
  • Gerald Friedland (International Computer Science Institute /University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Ichiro Ide (Nagoya University, JP)
  • Isao Echizen (National Institute of Informatics, JP)
  • Surendar Chandra (FXPAL Inc., USA)
  • Vincent Oria (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Christian Jacquemin( LIMSI, CNRS, FR)
  • Elaine Chew (Queen Mary University, UK)
  • Arnold Smeulders (University of Amsterdam, NL)
  • Caifeng Shan (Philips research, NL)
  • Shin’ichi Satoh (National Institute of Informatics,JP)
  • Maria Luisa Sapino (Universita’ di Torino,IT)

Important Dates

Doctoral Symposium submissions due: April 5, 2013
Notification of acceptance: May 8, 2013
Camera-ready submission: August 1, 2013


For any questions regarding tutorials please email the Doctoral Symposium Chairs:

Hayley Hung (Technical University of Delft, The Nederlands) hayleyhung -at-
Marco Cristani (Università degli Studi di Verona, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia , Italy) marco.cristani -at-


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