SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). The ACM SIGIR 2019 Doctoral Consortium will provide doctoral students with a unique opportunity to have substantive interaction with other researchers regarding their proposed dissertation research.

The objectives of the Doctoral Consortium are:

  • To provide a forum where doctoral students can present and discuss their research with experienced IR researchers: the members of the Doctoral Consortium Program Committee.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to establish a supportive community, including other doctoral students at a similar stage of their dissertation research.

The Consortium will take place the day before the main conference (July 21, 2019), with the format including: student presentations with plenary discussions, individual meetings with experienced researchers, interactive networking sessions over lunch, and breaks with a special emphasis on gaining insights regarding career paths after the PhD.

Prospective attendees should have written, or be close to completing, a thesis proposal (or equivalent). It is desirable that students not be so close to completing their PhD that the event would have little impact on their work, or so early that a topic has not been chosen. Before submitting, students should discuss this criterion with their advisor or supervisor.

To apply for a place at the Doctoral Consortium, candidates should submit a paper up to 5+1 pages in length - see submission guidelines below. Over the years, the Consortium has become increasingly selective. Candidates for the Consortium will be selected based on the potential of their research for future impact on the field of information retrieval and the likely benefit to the student of participation in the Consortium.This selection will be based in part on a written submission, solely authored by the student, following the guidelines below.

For each selected student, a one page extended abstract will be published in the SIGIR 2019 Conference Proceedings. Extended abstracts will be invited after selection, and should not be submitted with the proposal.

Doctoral students who submit to the Consortium are permitted to have previously published on their research, and are encouraged to submit full, short, or demo papers to SIGIR 2019 and associated workshops.

Priority is given to students chosen to attend the Consortium when travel grants are determined for the conference, and generally grants will be awarded to chosen students. Application details for travel grants will be available on the SIGIR 2019 website (You must apply for the grant to be considered). In addition, students accepted to the consortium will be eligible to receive a free workshop registration to attend a workshop of their choosing.

Submission Guidelines

The submitted paper, solely authored by the student, will be the basis for detailed discussions at the Consortium. To get the most out of the discussion, it should include:

  • Motivation for the proposed research.
  • Background and related work (including key references).
  • Description of proposed research, including main research questions.
  • Research methodology and proposed experiments (where appropriate).
  • Specific research issues for discussion at the Doctoral Consortium.

In addition, a one page appendix to the paper (placed after the references) should include the following:

  • A detailed statement by the student explaining why they want to participate in the SIGIR 2019 Doctoral Consortium at this point in their doctoral studies, and how they hope it will contribute to the development of their work and potential future career.
  • A statement by the student’s advisor/supervisor saying how the student would benefit by attending the Consortium. Advisors should also specifically state whether the student has written, or is close to completing, a thesis proposal (or equivalent), and when they expect the student would defend their dissertation if they progress at a typical rate.

Format Requirements

  • Submissions must be written in English and submitted in the 2017 ACM Master Article Template (for LaTeX, use the “sigconf” option).

  • The paper should be no more than 5 pages in length including all figures and references, but excluding the one page appendix. The first page must contain the title of the paper, full author name, affiliation and contact details, an abstract of up to 250 words, ACM Computing Classification System (CCS) categories, and up to 3 keywords describing the topic areas. Information about categories and keywords can be found in ACM Web pages on the computing classification system and in the LaTeX and Word templates.

  • Doctoral Consortium papers will not be published in the SIGIR Conference Proceedings; only one-page extended abstracts, invited from selected students will be published.

  • Doctoral Consortium submissions must be in PDF format and submitted via Easychair SIGIR 2019 doctoral consortium site.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that their submissions use no unusual format features and are printable on a standard printer. Submissions will be reviewed by the members of the Doctoral Consortium Program Committee.

Important dates

Doctoral consortium papers due Sun, Feb 24, 2019
Doctoral consortium papers notification Sun, Apr 14, 2019
ACM SIGIR 2019 Doctoral Consortium Sun, Jul 21, 2019

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

University of Waterloo