Doctoral Colloquium

IEEE VisWeek 2012 will host a Doctoral Colloquium to support the next generation of visualization researchers. Ph.D. students at any stage of their research are invited to apply to participate in the colloquium. Students who will be completing their proposal defense near the time of the colloquium are particularly encouraged to apply. The colloquium will be run as a single day invitation-only event at the beginning of IEEE VisWeek. It will incorporate contributions from the visualization, information visualization, and visual analytics student communities.

The colloquium will allow students to discuss their research directions in a supportive atmosphere with a panel of distinguished leaders and with their peers. Students can expect helpful feedback and fresh perspectives on their research topics and possible career paths, and will have the opportunity to interact closely with expert researchers in their field. The colloquium will support community-building by connecting beginning and advanced researchers.

All Ph.D. students are welcome to apply, regardless of whether they are presenting research work at the main conference. Only selected applicants will be allowed to participate in the colloquium. Students selected to participate in the colloquium will be expected to attend the full day of events. Colloquium participation will offer students insight and support for the framing of their research and will help them create important relationships.

All research topics suitable for the IEEE SciVis, IEEE InfoVis, and IEEE VAST main programs are also appropriate for the Doctoral Colloquium. Lists of these topics of interest are available at:


The colloquium will likely consist of 4 sessions of student presentations including in-depth discussion with the expert panelists and the audience. A lunch is also planned that will give student participants the opportunity to interact one-on-one with panelists.


Application Submissions due: June 27, 2012
Posters Submissions due: June 27, 2012
Notifications of Acceptance: TBA
Doctoral Colloquium: October 14, 2012 (first Sunday of VisWeek)


Applicants to the Doctoral Colloquium should submit:

  • A four-page summary of their thesis research, including the problem being addressed, methodology and plan of research, and a description of the progress to date.  Please distinguish between work that has been accomplished and that which remains to be completed. 
  • An email from the student's advisor recommending the student for participation in the colloquium, emailed directly to doctoral_coll@visweek.org.
  • (Optional) A draft poster if PDF format (see below.)

Student submissions should be sent via email to doctoral_coll@visweek.org. Formatting guidelines and LaTeX/Word templates can be found at http://www.cs.sfu.ca/~vis/Tasks/camera.html.

Student submissions will be peer-reviewed and selections will be made on the basis of their contribution to the colloquium's goals, strength of research direction, and the advisor's assessment. Accepted submissions will be printed for colloquium participants.


Accepted participants of the Doctoral Colloquium will also be allowed to present their work as a poster that will be displayed together with the regular poster program.  Please consider including a draft poster with your DC submission.  Participants may be asked to refine their posters and summaries based upon reviewer feedback.

The posters themselves have no predefined formatting, but dimensions may not exceed A0 paper size (841mm x 1189mm / 33.1" x 46.8"). Participants are responsible for bringing a hardcopy poster for display during VisWeek.  They should be available at the poster to discuss their work during the scheduled evening poster session(s).

The poster session chairs will have a final say in accepting all poster submissions, even for DC participants.


Inquiries may be directed to doctoral_coll@visweek.org.


Niklas Elmqvist, Purdue University
Christopher G. Healey, North Carolina State University
Leland Wilkinson, Systat Software