Doctoral Symposium
Call for Submissions

The 2021 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 collegial 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 at 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 an extended abstract (3 pages + 1 additional page for references) describing the thesis work, its current status, and future work. The abstract will be included in the ETRA adjunct conference proceedings and published at ACM.

The conference will be held virtually in 2021. We will provide more details about how the doctoral symposium track will be organized in the coming months. The doctoral symposium will be held one day before the main ETRA conference. This will give doctoral symposium attendees a chance to meet researchers early on uninterrupted before the main conference begins.


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 an extended abstract (3 pages + 1 additional page for references) describing the thesis work, the impact of the work, its current status, and future work. The abstracts will go through a one-cycle 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 abstract (3 pages + 1 additional page for references) should describe:
  • Research Objectives
  • Problem Statement and Hypotheses
  • Approach and Methods
  • Preliminary Results
  • Broader Impact
  • Plans for future work
The role of eye tracking should be clear from the abstract. Please note that the extended abstract should have an abstract section on the top just like any other ETRA submission.
Please use the appropriate template, available for both LaTeX and Word (Overleaf Project, Word Template, LaTex Template (v1.65)).

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 submitted via Precision Conference System to the Doctoral Symposium track at

Important Dates

(Time Zone AoE/Anywhere on Earth)

Submission deadline March 5, 2021
Decisions announced March 19, 2021
Camera ready abstracts due March 30, 2021
ETRA Doctoral Symposium May 24, 2021
Accepted abstracts will be available in the ACM digital library as part of the ETRA 2021 adjunct proceedings.

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs
For more information please contact:

Bonita Sharif

Computer Science and Engineering, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA

Michael Dodd

Psychology, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA