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IEEE Virtual Reality 2017 Call for Doctoral Consortium

IEEE VR 2017: the 24th IEEE Virtual Reality Conference

March 18-22, 2017, Los Angeles, California


Continuing the tradition started at the 2015 IEEE VR Conference, we are holding a Doctoral Consortium (DC) event associated with IEEE Virtual Reality 2017. The purpose of the DC is to provide a unique, interactive, supportive, and prestigious mentoring opportunity for select graduate students in VR at any level. This opportunity can makes a significant difference by offering a valuable opportunity to get the independent perspectives of senior individuals with a collective breadth and depth of knowledge.

Doctoral Consortium Overview

The DC is a concentrated full-day event that will be held on March 18th, 2017 which will focus on presentations and discussions, followed by poster presentations and networking opportunities on March 19th, 2017. Accepted students will be expected to give in-depth presentations of their position paper and receive constructive critiques from mentors. Information on format and length of presentations will be provided at a later time to accepted students. Accepted students will be expected to create a poster about their work, to allow attendees to quickly familiarize themselves with each other’s work, and to be shown during the conference poster session. Accepted students will also be expected to finalize the position paper, which should be revised based on feedback from the reviewers, into a two-page extended abstract (references included) to be included in the online IEEE VR program.

The main event is the full-day private workshop where each student presents their research interests/plans/results to a panel of senior VR researchers and receive specific constructive feedback.

DC Fellowships

Students are encouraged to seek funding from their institutions to participate in the DC. Students who are selected will be eligible to apply for funding through IEEE VR for complimentary full-conference registration (entire VR2017 conference), Lodging, and Travel funds. Funding is being worked out so we do not have more details as if yet. Students awarded this financial support will be deemed eligible based on the submitted application, funding constraints, and financial need.


The DC welcomes applicants from a broad range of disciplines including VR, AR, wearable computing, HCI, social informatics, information technology, cognitive science, and related fields.


Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium are required submit a 1-2 page position paper, a curriculum vitae, and complete the following Doctoral Consortium Online Application form https://goo.gl/forms/1BTosDln0lcBVX5r2


Accepted students may be at any stage in their Ph.D. studies, however the submitted DC paper should reflect progress that has been made so far towards a Ph.D. dissertation. The length of the position paper should reflect the progress that has been made. The DC position paper must clearly motivate, discuss, and summarize the proposed PhD research, describe how the research fits into and advances research in VR and/or related fields, and report on the work done so far. The maximum length is two pages and formatting guidelines are described at http://ieeevr.org/2017/contribute/formatting.html. References should be included but are not counted towards the two-page maximum.

Examples of DC position paper content

Newer Ph.D. students should discuss more about their research interests, research questions, and potential ideas that they have for narrowing down their dissertation topic. More advanced Ph.D. students should discuss their dissertation topic in more depth which may include but not limited to: data collected, results, shortfalls, proposed next steps, etc. Ph.D. students closer to graduation should discuss their dissertation topic in depth and proposed research for their career which may include but not limited to focused research interests, proposed work they would include in a research statement, etc.


All papers submitted to the DC will undergo a thorough reviewing process with a view to providing constructive feedback. The best submissions will be selected for presentation both at the DC and poster session. The students will have a chance to meet and discuss their work with each other and with a group of senior researchers and practitioners called mentors. Please contact the program chairs if any assistance is needed in preparing an application.


  • Submission Deadline:
    • December 12th, 2017 11:59 EST Friday
  • Notification of acceptance:
    • January 6th, 2017 11:59 EST Monday
  • Camera-Ready:
    • February 3rd, 2017 11:59 EST Friday
  • ​Date of the event:
    • ​IEEE Virtual Reality 2017 - March 18-22, 2017

All submissions will be acknowledged by email; submissions received after this date will not be considered. Participants will be chosen with an emphasis on diversity of topics, participants, approaches, and institutions.


For more information, please contact the Program Chairs:

  • Aleshia Hayes, Department of Computer Science, Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Toni Pence, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Gurjot Singh, Fairleigh University

Materials and questions should be e-mailed to the DC co-chairs