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March 18th - 22nd

2018 IEEE VR logo

March 18th - 22nd

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the German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies: VDE
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In Cooperation with
the German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies: VDE

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IEEE Computer Society

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National Science Foundation



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Computer Network Information Center
Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Magic Leap

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Call for Doctoral Consortium

IEEE VR 2018: the 25th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces

March 18-22, 2018, Reutlingen, Germany


Continuing the tradition started at the 2015 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, we are holding a Doctoral Consortium (DC) event associated with IEEE VR 2018.

The purpose of the DC is to provide a unique, interactive, supportive, and prestigious mentoring opportunity for select Ph.D. students at any level. This opportunity can make 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, 2018, which will focus on presentations and discussions, followed by poster presentations and networking opportunities on March 19th, 2018. 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 authors retain permission for future publication in other venues.

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 VR2018 conference), Lodging, and Travel funds. Funding is being worked out so we do not have more details as of yet. Students awarded this financial support will be deemed eligible based on the submitted application, funding constraints, and financial need.

Eligibility and Topics

Students may be at any stage in their Ph.D. studies. The DC welcomes applicants from a broad range of disciplines including VR, AR, 3D user interfaces, human-computer interaction, wearable computing, social informatics, information technology, cognitive science, and related fields.

Position Paper Content

Applicants should submit a 1-2 page position paper detailing the 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 Ph.D. 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 /2018/contribute/formatting.html. References should be included but are not counted towards the two-page maximum.

Ph.D. students, which have only recently started their studies, should focus their discussion on research interests, research questions, and any 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 is 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 is not limited to focused research interests, proposed work they would include in a research statement, etc.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline:
    • December 15th, 2017 23:59 AoE
  • Notification of acceptance:
    • January 8th, 2018 23:59 AoE
  • Camera-Ready:
    • February 2nd, 2018 23:59 AoE
  • ​Date of the event:
    • ​IEEE Virtual Reality 2018 - March 18-22, 2018


Please complete the following Doctoral Consortium Online Application form https://goo.gl/forms/Rdz0it6ADCNQAJru2
Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered

Review Process

All submissions to the DC will undergo a thorough reviewing process with the goal to providing constructive feedback. The best suited submissions will be selected for presentation both at the DC and at the poster session. Submissions will be chosen with an emphasis on diversity of topics, participants, approaches, and institutions. Please contact the program chairs if any assistance is needed in preparing an application.

Best Presentation Award

The best presentation at the DC will be honored with the prestigious DC Award. The award will be handed over during the IEEE VR 2018 Award Ceremony on March 22nd, 2018.


For more information, please contact the DC Program Chairs:

  • Aleshia Hayes, Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, USA
  • Gerd Bruder, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Pete Willemsen, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA
  • Tonja Machulla, University of Stuttgart, Germany

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

doctoralconsortium2018 [at] ieeevr.org