IJCAI-ECAI 2018 – Doctoral Consortium



Friday July 13, 2018 – Room K15

8.30 – 8.50 Welcome and overview of the day
8.50 – 10.00 Student presentations (7)
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break
10.30 – 12:00 Student presentations (9)
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch and posters (in the room)
13:30 – 14:30 Conference invited talk: Joyce Chai “Language to Action: Towards Interactive Task Learning with Physical Agents”
14.30 – 15:30 Conference invited talk: Josh Tenenbaum “Building Machines that Learn and Think Like People”
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16:00 – 16:30 Sheila McIlraith – career talk
16.30 – 17:30 Career panel
17.30 – 18.00 Summing up the Day and Q/A


Call for Applications

Students are invited to apply for admission to the doctoral consortium to be held at the IJCAI conference, July 13-19 2018, Stockholm, Sweden.

The doctoral consortium provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to discuss their research interests and career objectives with established researchers in AI, network with other participants, and receive mentoring about career planning and career options. The doctoral consortium will expose students to different areas of research within AI and help build professional connections within the international community of AI researchers.



  • Deadline for applications: March 26, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: April 23, 2018
  • Doctoral consortium: July 13, 2018

Applicants should submit (as a single pdf file) the following:

  1. A two-page extended abstract that summarizes the research problem being investigated, the specific contributions made, and directions for the remaining work. The extended abstract has to be formatted using the IJCAI 2-column format, and is strictly limited to 2 pages, including references. Submissions are not double blind, which means the author name and affiliation should be included. When writing remember that the audience is knowledgeable about AI, but not necessarily in the narrow topic of your thesis. Be sure to introduce the content at a level that the general IJCAI audience can understand it, but also include enough low-level details for the experts to understand your unique contributions.Accepted extended abstracts will be published in the IJCAI Proceedings and be presented briefly at the doctoral consortium.
  2. A curriculum vitae (2 pages) with background (name, university), education (degree sought, year/status in degree, previous degrees), employment, and relevant experience in research (publications, presentations, conferences attended, etc).
  3. A personal statement (1-2 pages) with answers to the following questions:
    1. Have you attended the IJCAI DC previously? If not, have you attended other DC? Please say which one(s) and what was most useful to you.
    2. Have you submitted an article to the main IJCAI 2018 conference and/or an IJCAI 2018 workshop?
    3. When do you expect to graduate?
    4. What type of job do you desire after graduation (research, teaching, development, etc)?
  4. The name of the thesis advisor and information, including title, department, affiliation and email address. A request for a letter of support will be emailed to your thesis advisor.

Submissions to: http://ijcai-dc.confmaster.net
For additional information visit http://ijcai-18.org/.

A limited number of travel grants will be available. Details will be posted later.

Maria Gini, University of Minnesota, USA
Judy Goldsmith, University of Kentucky, USA
Doctoral Consortium co-chairs