Doctoral Consortium

Up to 4 pages in ACM Primary Article Template, single-column manuscript style

Important dates (all times are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth or AoE)

July 20, 2022:        Doctoral Consortium submission deadline

Due to technical issues with PCS, the submission deadline is extended to July 21, 2022 (AOE)

The CHI PLAY 2022 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in games/play and HCI in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of distinguished researchers. We invite PhD students who feel they will benefit from feedback from experts in the field on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity. Participants will share their work with other doctoral students as well as senior researchers in the field. Participants will present their work to the entire conference during a special conference session. The Doctoral Consortium accepts students from any stage in their candidature, but will prioritize candidates who have a clear topic and research approach and have made some progress, but are not so far along that they can no longer make changes. In addition to stating how you will benefit from participation, both you and your advisor should be clear on what you can contribute to the Doctoral Consortium. 

Doctoral Consortium papers and videos are archived in the ACM Digital Library in the CHI PLAY 2022 Extended Abstracts.


Current graduate students pursuing a PhD project who would benefit from workshop discussions of their doctoral research should submit a document and a video as described below.  


The document should consist of a single PDF file that includes the following elements and is formatted appropriately. Submissions are up to 4 pages in the new ACM Primary Article Templates. Detailed instructions on formatting and submission can be found at Extended Abstract Submission Guidelines. Please submit a single file that includes the following:

  • Extended Abstract. A max. 4-page research description (excluding references) covering central aspects of your PhD work, which speaks to the following key points:
    • Title
    • Abstract (150 words max)
    • Introduction: detailing the motivation that drives your dissertation research
    • Related work: Background of key works that helped you answer your research question(s) (at least partially), but also explain why your work is still needed
    • Research gap: What is the research gap that your research aims to fill?
    • Research question(s)/objective(s)/goal(s) or hypothesis (keep it short, more is not necessarily better)
    • Method: Your research approach and methods, including relevant rationale
    • Results: to date and their validity
    • Discussion: What do the results mean (in relation to prior theory/data)?
    • Limitations: What are the limitations of your work?
    • Future Work: What should other PhD candidates research to continue your work?
    • Conclusion
    • References (these do not count towards the page limit)
  • Appendix 1. A one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation for both yourself and the other consortium participants (i.e., what will you contribute as well as gain) (max. 1 page).
  • Appendix 2. A letter of nomination from your primary PhD advisor (max. 1 page).
  • Appendix 3. Academic Webpage: Please submit the URL for your academic/professional webpage. (Consider this the first piece of doctoral symposium advice – having an academic webpage is valuable for your career!) Our career advice to you is that a professional webpage should include your name, contact information, a current version of your CV, and most importantly a list of your publications with links to download them. Even better would be to also include a brief academic bio/statement of research interests, and descriptions of projects (including images and videos). Submitting your webpage URL is not required, but is strongly recommended, as it can be a valuable tool to help DC committee members get deeper insight into your academic background.


The submission video should cover your PhD research as in the extended abstract described above. Since this is a visual medium, excellent submissions will find ways of showing important points rather than simply explaining them verbally.

Excellent guidance on how to present your PhD research in 3 minutes can be found here:

However, unlike the three minute thesis rules, for the DC you can use more than one slide, animations, sound, videos, etc.

The only rule is that the video must be no longer than 3 minutes. Please make sure that your video is playable on standard PC and Macintosh computers. We recommend that you encode your video as an MP4 using the H.264 codec.


The proposals will be evaluated by the DC chairs.

Review and acceptance decisions will balance several factors. These will depend on the quality of the proposal, and where you are within your PhD program. The group will be selected to exhibit a diversity of backgrounds and topics. Therefore, we are unlikely to accept more than two students from the same institution. To attend a second CHI PLAY DC, participants should make it clear how the second DC would benefit them in a different way.

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference.


Authors of accepted submissions will receive instructions on how to submit a publication-ready copy, information about attending the Doctoral Consortium events before and during the conference, and about preparing the final version of their video. Authors will retain copyright to their submission. Obtaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author, not the ACM or the CHI PLAY conference.


The DC will be *online only* and aimed at maximizing the amount of feedback that students will receive on their work.

Session 1: Students peer review in small groups

Shortly after the notifications are sent out, students will be assigned in groups with other students of similar topics. Students will be asked to get together in their group to watch the videos submitted. Students will record critical, specific, and actionable feedback for each submission. Students may schedule this meeting at their convenience.

Session 2: Online DC Session

Students will present their video and engage in Q&A in an online session with the DC cohort and DC chairs. Information on format and timing etc. will be sent after acceptance.

Questions? Please contact the DC Chairs at

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