Call for Doctoral Symposium

Call for Doctoral Symposium


The program of ACM Multimedia 2020 Doctoral Symposium can be found here.


ACM Multimedia is the premier international conference in the area of multimedia within the field of computer science. Multimedia research focuses on technologies that enable the use and exchange of content integrating the multiple perspectives of different digital modalities, including images, text, video, audio, speech, music, and sensor data.

The ACM Multimedia 2020 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 (up to 4 pages for technical contents and 1 page for references) related to their ongoing research. A program committee will review the submissions, deciding upon the acceptance or rejection of the papers. Accepted papers will be discussed in an oral or poster session.

The best submission will be recognized at the symposium/conference.

Description of the Event

The Doctoral Symposium will take place during the main conference. For each accepted oral paper, its author will present a summary of his/her dissertation research to a panel of experts (specifically 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 enable interaction 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 are about at the middle of their PhD work. Students who have just started their doctoral program are advised to consult with their local advisor/supervisor before submitting a paper. Students who are approaching the end of their PhD should rather strive for submitting a paper at the main conference or at a workshop. The Doctoral Symposium should not be used for placing just another publication.

Submission Guidelines

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

1 - Extended 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:

  • Motivation, problem description
  • Background and related work
  • Novelty and significance relative to the state of the art
  • Approach and proposed experiments (where appropriate)
  • Results obtained and work in progress
  • Discussion of legal, ethical and privacy implications of the work
  • Discussion of the measures taken to ensure reproducibility of the work
  • Keywords and key references of the presented work

Submitted papers (.pdf format) must use the ACM Article Template. Please remember to add Concepts and Keywords.

2 - Recommendation letter

A letter of recommendation from the student’s PhD advisor, verifying:

  • The student status of the applicant
  • Date of advancement to PhD candidacy
  • The expected date of thesis/dissertation defense or graduation

3 - Personal document
  • A short CV, including the list of all publications.
  • A short (~200 words) statement from the student on why she/he is interested in participating in the Doctoral Symposium. At the end of the statement, the student should state suggestions of multimedia experts that she/he would be interested in discussing her/his work with. (There is no guarantee that these experts are available, but we will try to take each student’s “wish list” into account.)

All three documents must be written in English.

Review Process and Publication

The review process is single-blinded. 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.

Important note for the authors: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: June 22, 2020


For any questions regarding submissions, please email the Doctoral Symposium Chair (

  • Yao Liu, Binghamton University
  • Teresa Chambel, University of Lisbon