Call for Doctoral Consortium

Doctoral Consortium Chair: Kang Zhao, University of Iowa, USA (


We cordially invite doctoral students to submit extended abstracts to the Doctoral Consortium (DC) of the IEEE Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI 2016).

The doctoral consortium offers a supportive learning opportunity for doctoral students who pursue research on health informatics problems. Participants will discuss their work in progress and receive feedback and guidance from the ICHI Doctoral Consortium mentors. To ensure that all participants have the opportunity to present their work, all doctoral students whose extended abstract is accepted will be scheduled for a rapid-fire talk where each participant has 5 minutes, with auto-advancing slides, to present a synopsis of their work. These rapid overviews will be followed by a poster session where participants and mentors can discuss research in greater details. Selected participants may also be invited to give a longer oral presentation. The consortium will close with a panel or round-table discussion on topics relevant to doctoral students (e.g., dissertation proposal, dissertation execution, job search, and grant seeking).

All topics described in the Call for Papers are eligible for extended abstract submissions.

The DC highly encourages students from under-represented groups to participate, such as female students and ethnically minority students.


IEEE ICHI 2016 expects to support a limited number of graduate students to participate in the Conference. Details of the award and instructions on how to apply for it will be available later.


To be considered for the Doctoral Consortium, students are requested to submit the following items using the EasyChair submission site for the conference:

  • A 1-page cover letter justifying what the students hope to gain by attending the DC; and,
  • A 1-page abstract of a research project (ongoing or planned) in the IEEE format.

Please follow the instructions in the EasyChair submission page, to submit your abstracts.

All aspects of the submission and notification process will be handled electronically. Submissions must adhere to the following formatting instructions:

  • Submissions must adhere to the IEEE Proceedings Format available for LaTex and Word. Changing the template’s font size, margins, inter-column spacing, or line spacing is prohibited. Each extended abstract must be submitted as a single PDF file, formatted for 8.5″ x 11″ paper.
  • Submissions should not list keywords, general terms, and categories and subject descriptions. In addition, submissions should not have the copyright notice located at the bottom of the left column of the first page of the IEEE Proceedings template.

All extended abstract submissions for the doctoral consortium will be formally reviewed by the ICHI Program Committee to ensure every accepted submission is appropriate for ICHI.

Submission site:

The conference organizers will work on ensuring that the doctoral consortium is well-attended and has a vibrant discussion environment.


  • Doctoral consortium submission deadline: July 8, 2016, 11:59 pm (CST)
  • Notification of acceptance: July 18, 2016
  • Camera-ready copy due: July 29, 2016
  • Doctoral Consortium event date: October 4-7, 2016 (the exact date of presentations TBA)

Your participation is essential to making this conference a success and we are looking forward to it! If you are a faculty and interested in serving as a mentor, please email us at the addresses listed below.

Your participation is essential to making this conference a success and we are looking forward to it!

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