ACM ISS 2023
Sun 5 - Wed 8 November 2023

Call for Contributions

The ACM ISS Doctoral Symposium (DS) provides Ph.D. students with the opportunity to meet and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced researchers in an informal and interactive setting. Participants will present their dissertation research in a supportive environment and to receive constructive expert and peer feedback on their research topics and possible career paths in both academia and industry. The Symposium aims to support community building by connecting beginning and established researchers. The ideal time to apply to participate in the DS is when some progress has been made in Ph.D. research and a path to completion is planned but could benefit from outside opinions and refinement. This includes mid-stage Ph.D. students who are planning the next steps in their research, as well as late-stage Ph.D. students who are looking for feedback on their job talk. We encourage Ph.D. students in all stages to apply independently of their progress.

All research topics suitable for the ACM ISS Conference and associated workshops are appropriate for the DS. The DS chairs aim to achieve diversity among the student participants, including diversity across research groups and geographical areas. Refer to previous years’ proceedings for examples:

All Ph.D. students are welcome to apply regardless of whether they are presenting at the main conference or not. Each submission will be reviewed by the DS chairs to assess its suitability for the DS, as well as additional expert reviewers when necessary. Authors of accepted submissions will present their work in a dedicated session and registration will be free for PhD students who do not present any other papers during the conference.


Every submission should include: * an extended abstract (single column) - no more than six pages (incl. references) in pdf format according to ACM Master Article Submission Template.

PhD Students should submit an extended abstract that describes:

  • the problem that the thesis aims to address;
  • the broad approach and how it builds upon and goes beyond key relevant previous work;
  • the work completed and the plan for the full dissertation work;
  • open questions/issues for discussion and/or what you want to get out of participating in the symposium.

Completed work may be presented as an overview or highlighting a particularly important part in depth.

Submissions should not be anonymized for review.

Please submit your Doctoral Symposium proposal using the ISS Precision Conference submission system by the deadline on August 15, 2023.

We encourage authors of papers in all tracks submitted to ISS 2023 to apply to the DS.


The ISS DS will be held as two separate tracks: in-person and virtual.

  • The in-person DS will happen Sunday, November 5th.
  • The virtual DS will be held remotely in the days leading up to the conference.

Both tracks will have multiple expert panelists from Industry and Academia, and students will present and discuss their work with them.

Students have to decide when submitting their application whether they would like to attend the in-person or virtual DS. It is not possible to switch between the two tracks at a later date.


To be announced


If you have any questions, please reach out to the DS chairs David Lindlbauer and Jan Gugenheimer at