Doctoral Consortium

The IVA Doctoral Consortium is a venue for early-career researchers to meet and discuss their research with other rising stars and experienced mentors in their field. The DC will be open to Ph.D. students with research relevant to the field and will be judged on a 2 page abstract of their doctoral research. Accepted authors will attend a short workshop prior to the conference with other accepted authors, where they will present and discuss their work to their peers, participate in talks by leaders in the field, and meet colleagues and mentors that will become future collaborators and friends. The IVA Doctoral Consortium aims to be highly selective and will choose applicants based on their research ability, potential, and engagement with the community. Topics are open to any IVA research (see the conference overview for a topic list).

Detailed Program

9:00Welcome by the Organizers
Myrthe Tielman (Delft University of Technology)
10:00Student Presentations 1: Verbal Interactions with Virtual Agents
Verbal Interactions with Embodied Conversational Agents
Jonathan Ehret
Characterizing Spoken Dialog to Improve the Language Capabilities of Conversational Agents
Guido M. Lnders
10:30Coffee Break
11:00Roundtable Discussion
11:30Student Presentations 2: Applications of Virtual Agents in health care & beyond
Virtual Patients to Train Communication Skills of Healthcare Providers
Mohammed Al Owayyed
Persuasive virtual agents for peer pressure simulations in Immersive Virtual Reality – Designing for trainings in people with mild to borderline intellectual disability and alcohol use disorder.
Simon Langener
Understanding rural adolescent attitudes towards virtual humans for mental well-being promotion
Rashi Ghosh
I can motivate you to change your eating habits!
Younsi Nezih
12:30Lunch Break
Tiago Ribeiro (Soul Machines)
14:15Student Presentations 3: Non-Verbal behaviors of Virtual Agents
People, Agents, and Avatars: nonverbal behaviours in immersive social interactions
Georgiana Cristina Dobre
Adaptive Gesture Generation for Goal-directed Interaction Support
Hendric Voß
Improving Agents’ Communication Capabilities Using Legibility in Multi-Agent Interactions
Miguel Faria
15:00Roundtable Discussion
15:30Coffee Break
16:00Student Presentations 3: Diversity, Ethics & Perception
Designing Diverse Digital Agents for  Human-AI Interactions
Amama Mahmood
Taking Emotional Expressions and Trust into Account
Evania Lina Fasya
How Do We Perceive High-quality Photorealistic Virtual Agents?
Julija Vaitonytė
19:00Social Dinner (optional)

Who can submit

Any student enrolled in a doctoral program whose research is of interest to the IVA community can apply.

What to submit

A two-page extended abstract in which the applicant ties together their past, current, and/or proposed work, within the context of the overarching research question(s) addressed by their work. This may be followed by up to one page of references. This page of references is not counted as part of the page limit. All extended abstracts must be submitted in PDF format and conform to the general ACM SIG format. Templates are available at this link (  – sigconf.tex or interim_layout.docx). In addition, ACM has partnered with Overleaf, where you can start writing in the format directly.

The extended abstract should cover the key research questions of their dissertation with their motivation, and a brief overview of the most important related work. The abstract should highlight the core approach of the student’s thesis, a high-level overview of any results to date, as well as expected outcomes and impact.

Applicants should also submit a 2-page research-oriented CV.

Where to submit

To submit please use the same submission website used for the IVA conference and select the “Doctoral Consortium” track (the track will be made available closer to the submission due date).

How it will be judged

Submissions to the IVA DC will be judged on the quality of the submission, potential research impact of the dissertation, a judgment on the potential benefits of the student’s participation in the consortium, and diversity consideration. Each application will be reviewed by at least two experts in IVA-related research.

Publication and Attendance

Successful applicants will be expected to attend the workshop, present and participate in the workshop, as well as present in the poster session of the main conference.

Important dates

  • Submission due date: July 11th, 2022
  • Notification date: August 10th, 2022
  • Camera Ready date: August 21st, 2022
  • Doctoral Consortium date: September 6th, 2022