Doctoral Consortium

The aim of the IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG’17) Doctoral Consortium is to provide a forum for PhD students to discuss their research and career
objectives with the international research community. FG’17 Doctoral Consortium aims to provide a networking environment that will enable the doctoral students to establish new contacts and
collaborations with other researchers and to equip the new generation of bright researchers with career options in academia and industry.

The Doctoral Consortium will be a half-day event, starting with a catered lunch combined with an informal introduction by senior researchers and followed by discussions with attendees. Attendance will be by invitation only. During oral sessions, the accepted student participants will present their research and will receive feedback from the invited committee. The students will also present their work during a poster session in the main conference, to receive feedback from the rest of the community.

Eligible students are invited to apply for the Doctoral Consortium. Successful applicants are expected to actively participate in the whole program, whereas their co-authors are expected to attend the Doctoral Consortium and the main conference poster session. DC papers will be published online on the FG’17 website.


We encourage submissions from PhD students who are already working on their dissertations with some results already published or close to publication. We encourage diversity and equality, both in terms of research topics as well as participating institutions and individuals. We do not expect more than two students to be invited from each institution to represent a diverse sample. Women are especially encouraged to apply. It is not necessary to have a paper appearing in FG’17 in order to apply to participate.


To apply for the Doctoral Consortium, please submit:

  • A research statement to summarize the research topic, the working plan, and the progress to date (max 2 pages).
  • A CV (max 1 page).
  • An extended abstract (max 4 pages) following the FG’17 paper format. It should describe the research vision of the applicant, a brief summary of the work till date and a discussion of future plans and challenges. The work should still be in progress.
  • A supporting letter from the thesis advisor that endorses the student’s application to this Doctoral Consortium and briefly describes the progress or status of the student’s thesis work.

All materials should be prepared in PDF format and submitted through the FG submission system ( in the “Doctoral Consortium” track. Accepted papers will be published on the FG’17 website.

Review and Selection Process

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by TPC members. Paper topics should be related to the conference topics. Submissions will be evaluated on:

  • Quality of the submission.
  • Expected benefits for the student’s research.
  • Student’s contribution to the diversity of topics, backgrounds, methodology, etc.

Accepted papers will be included in conference proceedings.

Financial Support

Only students selected for participation in the Doctoral Consortium are considered for financial support for travel, lodging and registration expenses. The number and size of the offers of financial support are contingent upon available funds.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: February 15, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: February 24, 2017
  • Camera-ready deadline: March 3, 2017
  • Doctoral consortium date: TBA, 2017

More information

For more information and updates on the IEEE FG’17 Doctoral Consortium, visit the Doctoral Consortium page ( of the main conference website: For further questions, contact the Doctoral Consortium Chairs Anna Esposito ( and Ronald Poppe (

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