Doctoral Consortium

The OzCHI Doctoral Consortium offers PhD students the opportunity to present their research plans, and discuss them with peers and senior researchers in a supportive and constructive environment. The consortium in 2017 is a full-day event held on the 28th November, 2017. PhD candidates wishing to attend the consortium should submit a research proposal that provides a concrete outline of the research, is based on established literature, describes a clear method of inquiry, and presents early data if available. Positions at the consortium will be offered based on a review of the submitted proposals. There is no fee to attend the consortium, however you must register for at least one day of the OzCHI conference. As we consider this a very important event, each year we invite and support one or two of our keynote speakers to act as responders.

Important Dates

Note: the deadline has been extended to Oct 20 to give the student authors of accepted short papers an opportunity to apply for the Doctoral Consortium. However, given the short timeframe from the deadline to the conference, applications will be considered as soon as they are received.

  • 18 Aug: Doctoral Consortium submissions
  • 06 Oct: Doctoral Consortium notifications
  • 11 Oct Extended Deadline: Doctoral Consortium submissions
  • 13 Oct Extended Deadline: Doctoral Consortium notifications

Submission Format

Submissions must include a research proposal of no more than 4 pages, using the OzCHI proceedings template. This template is in Word format, but initial submissions should be in PDF format.

LaTeX users: there is no template for LaTeX. LaTeX users are responsible for formatting their PDF document following the OzCHI Word template. Unfortunately we are unable to provide support for this.

With the final submission authors will be required to upload both the Word and PDF files. Submissions must adhere to the following structure:

  • Working Title
  • Abstract
  • Context/Background: What is the research about? What is its scope? Why is it important?
  • Prior Work: What do the experts in this field say about your area of research? What similar work has been conducted?
  • Gap and Research Question: What is the gap in prior work that needs addressing? What research question will your project answer?
  • Research Method: How do you propose to answer your question? Justify your method. How long will each stage take? (include timeline with dates)
  • Current Situation: How far have you progressed? (include summary of data/results if appropriate) What are your key concerns and obstacles at the moment?
  • Bio: Provided a brief biography, including names and affiliation of supervisors, PhD start date and date of expected completion.

Submission System

Submissions should be in PDF format (see submission template below) and emailed directly to the doctoral consortium chairs at

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Jaz Choi, Queensland University of Technology

Ben Matthews, University of Queensland

Email queries can be sent to