Doctoral Symposium
Call for Submissions

The 2020 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 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 Submissions will open on January 24th 2020.

Important Dates

(Time Zone AoE/Anywhere on Earth)

Submission deadline March 13, 2020
Decisions announced March 31, 2020
Camera ready abstracts due April 2, 2020
ETRA Doctoral Symposium June 2, 2020
Accepted abstracts will be available in the ACM digital library as part of the ETRA 2020 adjunct proceedings.

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

Bonita Sharif

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

Michael Dodd

Psychology, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA