The CIS Doctoral Colloquium is an annual one-day research conference for graduate researchers in the School of Computing and Information Systems.
This event is an opportunity for CIS graduate researchers to present their research in a supportive environment and receive feedback from a wide audience of peers and industry representatives.
We are asking our presenters to focus on the real-world impacts and applications of their work. We want you to be able to reach a wider audience that is beyond your peers in your field of research.
Sponsors - 2022 Colloquium
Prof. Eduard Hovy
Professor Eduard Hovy is a Research Professor at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a highly respected researcher in the field of Natural Language Processing having contributed to the area over multiple decades. He received M.S. (December 1982) and Ph.D. (May 1987) degrees in Computer Science from Yale University and has been awarded honorary doctorates from the National University of Distance Education (UNED) in Madrid in 2013 and the University of Antwerp in 2015. He is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, as well as one of the original 17 fellows of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Prof. Hovy joins us here in Melbourne as the Executive Director of Melbourne Connect.
His research focuses on various topics, including aspects of the computational semantics of human language (such as text analysis, event detection and coreference, text summarisation and generation, question answering, discourse processing, ontologies, text mining, text annotation, and machine translation evaluation), aspects of social media (such as event detection and tracking, sentiment and opinion analysis, and author profile creation), analysis of the semantics of non-textual information such as tables, and aspects of digital government.
Timothy Kariotis is Assistant Director for Usability in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, PhD Candidate in Digital Health at the School of Computing and Information System, and Lecturer in Digital Government at Melbourne School of Government.
Tim's research spans the design of digital mental health technologies, information experience design, A.I. ethics, regulatory design, data science applied to industrial relations, sustainable healthcare and disability informatics. With a background in community development and public health, Tim brings a systems perspective to all this research and work. He leads high-performing teams across various projects in government and academia.
Tim co-leads the Fair Day's Work Project at Melbourne School of Government. He leads a team of academics from law, economics, design data science, and social science, exploring the use of data science methods to prevent wage theft. Tim is also a part of a small group of academics across law, medicine, public health and engineering exploring the use of digital technologies and data to decarbonise the Australian healthcare system.
Tim's PhD explores the information experiences of people with complex mental health issues in their journeys through the mental health system. Tim is working with these experiences to develop a framework to inform the design of electronic health records that enhance service users' experiences in the mental health system.
Want to share your research to the community?
The CIS Doctoral Colloquium is looking for you.
The CIS Doctoral Colloquium is an exciting opportunity for PhD students to share their research with the University community and the general public. It's also an opportunity to meet with industry representatives and network with your peers.
Submissions are now open for the 2022 Doctoral Colloquium
See the list of important dates for the 2022 Doctoral Colloquium at the bottom of this page.
Submissions for abstracts will close at midnight on Thursday September 1st. Note that at this stage we only require you to submit an abstract, you can add the remaining documents by the 26th of September.
If you have any questions about the colloquium or the submission process please email:
How to participate
Once the applications are opened, you will be asked to submit all the required information on EasyChair. As you move on with your application, you will receive further information.
Choose your preferred submission track
Choose between the three available tracks:
- Research paper: You will submit a short paper (1-2 pages) in the lead-up to the event and present your research on stage (7-10min) followed up by a Q&A on the day. More information about this track.
- Three Minute Research presentation: You will have to present your research in three (3) minutes to a non-specialist audience, followed up by a Q&A on the day. More information about this track.
- Research poster (& Demo): You will present and discuss your academic work during a poster session on the day. Demonstrations are also encouraged when possible, please contact us for any material enquiries. More information about this track.
Submit your abstract
- If you chose the Research paper track or the Poster (& Demo) track; submit a 400 words (or less) abstract.
- For all other tracks; submit a 200 words (or less) abstract.
All abstract submissions should contain a title, keywords and the list of your supervisors. Check the deadlines below on this page or from our communication emails.
Submit your documents
Once we receive your abstract, submit the additional information (depending on your track):
- Research paper: submit a 1-2 page long paper summary and your slides. You can find templates on this page or on our EasyChair conference page.
- Three Minute Research presentation: submit your slides. If you'd like some feedback and rehearse, you can present to us before the event!
- Research poster (& Demo): submit an A1 poster. Email us with additional requests if you plan to showcase a demo on the day.
Find resources such as templates for the different tracks and examples from previous colloquiums on our dedicated resource page.
- Be a current graduate researcher at the University of Melbourne.
- Belong to the School of Computing and Information Systems.
- Provide required documents on time.
Domestic and international; part-time and full-time students are eligible. There is no capacity limits and no selection criteria. We welcome research at all levels of progress and completion.
There will be both top and honorary prizes awarded to selected presentations, posters and papers.
Note: If you won a prize in a previous colloquium, you will only be eligible to win again this year if you present a new piece of research.
*Please note these are the revised proposed dates for the 2022 colloquium, they may be subject to change if necessary.
- Monday 11 July 2022
First call for papers
- Monday 1 August 2022
Second call for papers
- Thursday 1 September 2022
- Monday 5 September 2022
Notification of Acceptance
- Monday 26 September 2022
Paper, Poster and slides submission deadline
- Saturday 1 October 2022
- Thursday 13 October 2022
Want to attend the CIS Doctoral Colloquium?
Register for the event and find information about the venue here.
Get to know our graduate researchers from the school of Computing and Information Systems. The Colloquium is free to attend and will showcase a range of presentations and times for interaction.
Registrations are now open for the 2022 Doctoral Colloquium
Date & Time
Thursday, 13 October, 2022
8:30am - 6pm
Melbourne ConnectThe Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
700 Swanston Street, Carlton
The 8th CIS Doctoral Colloquium (CIS-DC 2022) will be held at Melbourne's newest innovation precinct: Melbourne Connect, on Thursday 13th of October 2022. The buildings accommodate more than 500 academic staff and post graduate students, researchers, businesses, and start-ups collaborating all together.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I’m not sure where to submit my work?
I’m a UniMelb undergrad or master's student, can I submit?
Sorry, only Graduate Researchers (PhD and Masters by research) are eligible to submit to the CIS-DC. Not a GR? You are most welcome to attend the conference on the day.
Where can I find resources to help me prepare for my submission?
You can find additional resources (including previous posters and proceedings) on the submission guidelines page.
Does it matter what point I am at in my PhD candidature?
No, all graduate researchers (PhD’s and Masters by research students) are welcome to participate. Even if you have just started, we want to hear what you are excited about at the start of your research journey!
I’m currently based offshore or interstate, am I able to participate?
We would love for you to participate. If you can't attend the conference in person, the best option would be to submit a pre-recorded presentation for the 3 minute research track.
Will the conference be streamed?
We are unable to offer a sufficient online or hybrid version of the event. We will be sharing as much content as we can on the day through the social media channels.
I worry about participating to large conferences (COVID). What measures are in place?
We are following the Universities Covid Safe protocol. Covid contingencies are in place and we will communicate any changes as soon as we can.
Thomas (Tom) Harris
Tom has been at the University of Melbourne since 2015, completing his Bachelor of Science in 2017 and Master of Computer Science in 2021. His research focuses on the factors affecting infectious disease spread in human populations and how we can use agent-based modelling to understand processes related to disease transmission.
Outside of study, he loves hiking and cycling.
Responsible for overall management of the conference and Committee. Responsible for co-ordination of applications for funding and sponsorship. Responsibility for hosting industry guests at the DC.
Susan (Susie) Sheldrick
Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
Susan is a Graduate Researcher at the University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems. Her research centres on the impact of AI in information systems in regional and remote communities. As a part of the Center for AI and Digital Ethics she also teaches AI, Ethics and Law, and the Ethics of AI. Prior to academia, Susan worked in the local AI industry promoting the local ecosystem and responsible usage of technology.
Vincent Barbosa Vaz
Website & Registration Coordinator
Vincent is a PhD candidate in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. His main research interests lie in machine learning and optimisation. His project area explores the interplay between these two fields and how they can be more tightly integrated. Vincent is affiliated to the new ARC Training Centre OPTIMA with the industry partner South East Water. The focus of his applied work is on adapting such a framework to the water sector to make more informed decisions.
Outside of study, he can be found at art venues or consuming ice cream (on cold days too).
Xiang (Stella) Peng
Stella Peng is a PhD candidate in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, where she also received her master’s degree in 2020. Her research interests include IT/IS, sustainability, innovation and supply chain management. Now, Stella is exploring IT-enabled sustainability-oriented innovations in her PhD.
Stella loves to spend her spare time with her cat Nikko and always has tons of cat hairs on her clothes. So please take care if you are allergic to cat hair when physically approaching Stella :-)
Chenyang (Peter) Wang
Program & Publications Chair
Handles the Call for Papers. Review of all papers to be shared by all Committee members. Assists in the scheduling of sessions and rooms. Prepares posters and slides for the sessions.
Research Project Officer
Laura is a research project officer in the School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS) at the University of Melbourne.
Interested in sponsoring our next Colloquium? If you are interested in hearing more about how your organisation can be a part of our event, contact us by email at: CIS-DC@unimelb.edu.au
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