The second annual ACM FAT* Conference 2019 invites PhD students to apply for the first ACM FAT* Doctoral Consortium. The ACM FAT* 2019 Doctoral Consortium will provide PhD students with a unique opportunity to have substantive interaction with experienced researchers regarding their proposed dissertation research and career objectives.

The consortium has the following objectives:

  1. to provide a setting for feedback on the research of participating PhD students;
  2. to provide PhD students with a an opportunity to establish a supportive community, including other PhD students working in related areas or at a similar stage of their dissertation research; and
  3. to support a new generation of researchers by offering advice about career paths.

The Doctoral Consortium will be held on Jan 29, 2019, 9-12am. The format will include presentations by all participating PhD students, with plenary discussions, individual meetings with experienced researchers, discussions over breaks, peer-feedback, and panel discussions.

Students will be selected who have settled on their thesis direction and who have made contributions in this direction, but still have significant research to complete. Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria: clarity and completeness of submission package, stage of research, evidence of research progress (such as published papers and/or technical reports), assessment of contribution to and likely benefit from participating in the DC, and advisor’s input.


Submissions have three parts: a one page thesis summary, a two page CV, a one page personal statement, all in a single PDF:

  • The one page thesis summary describes your progress to date and anticipated progress.
  • The two-page CV provides contact information and describes your background and relevant experience (research, education, employment); it also include a list of your publications and other output resulting from your research. Also include any pending submissions.
  • The one-page personal statement in which you state what you hope to gain from participating in the DC and what you think you can contribute. Please include specific research issues for discussion at the DC and address such questions as: If you could talk with one expert outside your area, which area would that be? What questions would you ask them? What are you looking for in terms of interaction with other students?

Formatting and submission instructions

  • Submissions to the DC should be a single PDF file that contains the above three components. You are free to use whatever formatting you prefer, as long as the summary and statement are in 11pt font with 1’’ margins.
  • Please email your submissions to with the subject line "ACM FAT* 2019 DC Application"

Important dates

Deadline: Dec 7, 2018

Notifications: Dec 12, 2018.


  1. Maarten de Rijke
  2. Sureh Venkatasubramanian