ACSOS 2023
Mon 25 - Fri 29 September 2023 Toronto, Canada

Call for Contributions

This is the first edition of ACSOS to be held in person, rather than virtually. As such, the Doctoral Symposium provides an opportunity for PhD students to present their research and ideas, and network with the ACSOS community, consisting of a diverse audience of both leading experts and early career researchers in the field. The Doctoral Symposium not only offers early career researchers a chance to gain experience in presenting to an international audience, but to receive invaluable feedback about their work from members of the ACSOS community.

PhD students are invited to submit a two-page abstract, with another page for references, using the format in the submission section below. The abstract should describe the key motivation of their research, the major contribution (either actual or expected, depending on the research stage), the research methodology, and the current status of the work. Authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to present their work both at the Doctoral Symposium and in brief at the main conference itself, offering a very wide audience for their research. PhD students are also invited to produce a poster to summarise their current work, for presentation at the Doctoral Symposium.

Students at any stage of their PhD are welcome to submit. Reviews, feedback, and expectations will be adapted appropriately to the relative stage of each submission.

Mentoring Program

As in prior years, the Doctoral Symposium will employ a mentoring program in which every author of an accepted paper will be paired with an experienced mentor from the community. Mentors will help introduce the student to the community, offer extended discussion of their research objectives and career opportunities, and will host their student throughout the event to help gain the best experience from an international conference. Additionally, the Doctoral Symposium will incorporate activities to give participants the chance to interact with different members of the community at different stages of their career in academia but also industry.

Symposium Organisers

Nelly Bencomo, Durham University, UK -

Tania Lorido Botran, Roblox -

Chloe Barnes, Aston University, UK -

Review Committee

  • Nicolas Cardozo Alvarez, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Ivana Dusparic, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Lukas Esterle, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Roberto Rodrigues Filho University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Brazil
  • Sahar Kokaly, General Motors, Canada
  • Christian Krupitzer, Hohenheim University, Germany
  • Hausi Muller, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Phyllis R. Nelson, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, US
  • Ladan Tahvildari, University of Waterloo, Canada

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline:	June 2nd, 2023 
Notification to Authors:	July 12th, 2023 
Camera Ready Deadline:		August 5th, 2023 
ACSOS conference:		September 25th - 29th, 2023

All times in Anywhere on Earth (AoE) timezone.

Submission Instructions

Submissions should use the IEEE Computer Society Press format ( and should be a maximum of 2 pages long, with an extra page permitted for references.

All submissions are required to be formatted according to the standard IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide. Papers are submitted electronically in PDF format through the ACSOS 2023 conference management system via EasyChair: (select “Doctoral Symposium”).

Because the Doctoral Symposium focuses on the work of a specific PhD student, please note that only single-author submissions are permitted, with the name of the PhD supervisor(s) included below that of the author.

All submissions should have the following specific structure:

Motivation and challenges: explain why this research is important, and identify the key research question(s) and challenges that have yet to be addressed by the community - including limitations of current approaches.

Contribution and objectives: present the main contribution of the research in a way that a non-expert could clearly understand, then present the detailed objectives of your research, highlighting why your work is novel in comparison to existing research.

Methodology and preliminary results: present the methodology of your approach, discussing why it is suitable to your contribution, and also present any preliminary results if you have them, including a statement about the current status of your work.

Future work and research plan: summarise your intended future work and provide a schedule of milestones with a discussion of their feasibility.

Authors of accepted submissions will prepare a final (camera-ready) version of their abstract, taking into account reviewers’ feedback. Doctoral Symposium papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore as part of the ACSOS proceedings and will be made available in the IEEE Digital Library.