Doctoral Symposium Call for Submissions

The 2018 ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications will offer a Doctoral Symposium, where doctoral students get an opportunity to meet other students and experienced researchers to get feedback on their research in a friendly environment. We invite abstracts from doctoral students who have a defined topic in the area of eye tracking research and applications, and whose work is still in a phase where it can be influenced by the feedback received in the symposium. Outstanding abstracts from students who have not yet been accepted into a doctoral program will also be considered. Participants will be selected based on a 2-page extended abstract describing the thesis work and its current status. The abstract will be included in the conference proceedings and published at ACM.


The objective of the doctoral symposium is to provide feedback on the student's’ work and facilitate the exchange of ideas between other researchers and students working on related topics. The main symposium also offers an excellent opportunity to network with researchers with similar interests.


Participants will be selected based on a 2-page extended abstract describing the thesis work and its current status. The abstracts will go through a review process. The goal of the review process is to ensure that students have a defined topic and are still early enough in their studies to benefit from the feedback and guidance received during the symposium.The 2-page abstract should describe:

  • Research objectives
  • Hypothesis and problem statement
  • Approach and method
  • Preliminary results
  • Plans for future work

The role of eye tracking should be clear from the abstract.

Formatting instructions can be found at:

In addition, the submission should include:

  • A concise CV (max. 3 pages)
  • A brief statement indicating how the student expects to benefit from involvement in the ETRA Doctoral Symposium (max. 1 page)
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s research advisor. The letter should indicate how long the student has been enrolled in the doctoral program and discuss the status of the student’s work (max. 1 page). Abstracts and accompanying documents should be sent by email to Please use the subject line “ETRA 2018 Doctoral Symposium Submission”

Important Dates (Time Zone: AoE)

Doctoral Symposium Important Dates
April 2, 2018 Submission deadline
April 10, 2018 Decisions announced
April 16, 2018 Camera ready abstracts due
April 23, 2018 Final notifications to authors
June 14, 2018 ETRA Doctoral Symposium

Accepted abstracts will be available in the ACM digital library as part of the ETRA 2018 proceedings.

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

For more information please contact:
Reynold Bailey (, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Hana Vrzakova (, University of Eastern Finland, FI
Marcus Nyström (, Lund University, Sweden