Call for Doctoral Consortium Papers

The AIED Doctoral Consortium is an interactive event to support doctoral students working in domains relevant to the interdisciplinary research areas of AIED. In the Doctoral Consortium, the students will share and discuss their research ideas and plans with more experienced colleagues, i.e., mentors, who will provide feedback on various aspects of the student's work including the theoretical framing and the methodological approaches. Doctoral Consortium participants will also have the opportunity to informally introduce themselves to the larger AIED community.

We invite all doctoral students for submissions. However, the candidates selected will be those who are at a stage in their research for which feedback from the AIED community will be of most value. That is, the students who have a clear topic and research approach, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along in their work that they can no longer benefit from feedback received during the conference. It is possible to participate in the Doctoral Consortium if the candidate is in a doctoral program, and also if the individual has graduated within the year. Paper submissions must be primarily authored by the students with advisors and collaborators listed as co-authors. The topics of interest are related to the main conference topics.

Though the main objective of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide an opportunity for feedback on students’ current research, we also seek to continue to build interdisciplinary research ideas, theoretical frameworks, and methodological approaches because these intersections are critical to AIED as an area of scholarship. We recognize that a supportive and trans-disciplinary research community can only be possible with opportunities for healthy dialogic exchange between members of the AIED community. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the Doctoral Consortium fosters such collaborative interactions among the participants of the conference in order to enhance the experience of all participants and build capacity in the field.

Format and Content

Accepted candidates will participate in 1-on-1 talks with senior researchers and other students (virtual or hybrid) during the conference in which they will present their work and receive feedback on their research.

In addition, prior to the conference, each student with an accepted paper will be assigned a mentor with specialized background on the student’s research topic or methodological approach so that more detailed and specific feedback can be provided to each student. As part of the application, students will list names of potential mentors in the AIED community they want to meet, and we will do our best to connect each student with those individuals.

The submission has two equally important parts:

  1. A 6-page paper to be published in the conference proceedings. Important: If you wish to also submit your paper, or a close version, to the main conference (full or short paper track) and it is accepted under one of those tracks, then you will instead be invited to provide a one page abstract for the camera ready copy of the Doctoral Consortium proceedings. That way your paper will not be published twice yet your participation in the DC will be recorded in the proceedings.
  2. A presentation letter with additional information about the student and the research carried out to date.

The paper should follow the format template linked below and describe, in a logical and coherent manner, the aims and objectives of the proposed research by clearly illustrating the following:

  1. The problem(s) addressed and the fit with the state of the art, including any previous work the student has done.
  2. The theoretical framing and proposed solution(s), as well as the methodology adopted to achieve it. Include the progress made to date on the work.
  3. The expected contribution(s) and impact of the research to the AIED community being mindful of both the Learning Sciences and Computer Science.

The presentation letter should include all of the following information:

  1. Paper Title
  2. Name of the student and supervisor(s)
  3. Student’s title and university affiliation
  4. Short description of the study where the research is carried out.
  5. A paragraph describing the student’s contribution to the work, the stage of the studies, with a brief description of the student’s background.
  6. The type of feedback sought by the student from the Doctoral Consortium.
  7. List of other contributions submitted to the AIED 2023 conference, including the list order of authors, and status of the submission.
  8. Three names of AIED researcher-mentors the student would like to meet and why.
  9. U.S. Citizenship and/or Green Card Status for funding consideration by the NSF.
  10. Link to your research webpage and/or CV.

Submission Instructions

  • The papers can be co-authored by the student and supervisor(s), but the student should be the first author.
  • Papers should be 6 pages long, including references using the format used for the conference, i.e. Springer’s authors’ guidelines should be followed and an appropriate template, either for LaTeX or for Word, should be used for the preparation of the papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers.
  • Both files should be binded in a single PDF and uploaded to EasyChair.

Doctoral Consortium Submissions should be made via EasyChair:

Important Dates

Doctoral Consortium papers are due on Feb. 6, 2023. For more information, please check the conference’s dates page.

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

If you have any further question, please, contact the doctoral consortium chairs: