The Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) 2019 Doctoral Consortium occurs July 2, 2019, the day before the start of the main conference. We invite Ph.D. students working in the area of intelligent virtual agents to present their research to peers and a panel of distinguished researchers, who will provide students with valuable feedback, additional ideas, fresh perspectives, and suggestions regarding parallel ongoing work. We will also attempt to pair each attendee with an expert mentor to provide individualized feedback and guidance. The Doctoral Consortium will also introduce the students to a network that can be very helpful with their career once they graduate. We particularly encourage applications from Ph.D. candidates who have made some progress on a clear topic and research approach, but are not too far advanced to benefit from feedback and guidance.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 1 April 2019 Extended to 8 April 2019
  • Notification: 24 April 2019
  • Camera Ready: 5 May 2019
  • Doctoral Consortium: Tuesday, 2 July 2019



Doctoral Consortium submissions will be published in the ACM IVA proceedings.

Preparing and Submitting your Doctoral Consortium Proposal

A Doctoral Consortium proposal consists of the following, all submitted by 8 April, 2019 submitted through the IVA submission site (Please select the Doctoral Consortium track.)

  1. A four-page extended abstract of the student’s thesis work (in the IVA submission format)
  2. A short (2-page) resume (Curriculum Vitae) of the student.
  3. A recommendation letter from the student’s advisor/supervisor.

Submissions should not be anonymous. However, confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review process.

Doctoral Consortium Selection Process

Based on student applications, the organizing committee will select a group of students that will be invited to participate. Selection criteria include the quality of your proposal and where you are within your doctoral education program. Candidates who have a clearly developed idea, who are formally considered by their institution to be working on their dissertation, and who still have time to be influenced by participation in the Consortium will receive the strongest consideration.

At the Consortium

Attendees will present their work in a 15 minute oral presentation. Time will be allocated for discussion, questions, and feedback from participating researchers and other students.

Tentative Schedule

09:00 Introductions, & coffee. Elements of a great thesis proposal.
09:30-11:30 15 min student presentations with Q&A and feedback.
11:30-noon Meet with mentors
Noon Finish
(IVA/CASA Banquet)

IVA 2019 Conference Website