2nd World Conference on eXplainable Artificial Intelligence

Call for Doctoral proposals

The conference provides an opportunity for doctoral scholars to explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of distinguished researchers and industry practitioners from the field. Doctoral scholars should consider participating in the Doctoral Consortium (DC) at the beginning of their scientific journey. This forum will provide PhD scholars with an opportunity to: 

Present and discuss their research ideas to experienced scholars in a supportive, formative, and yet critical environment
Explore and develop their research interests under the guidance of distinguished researchers from the field who will provide constructive feedback and advice
Network and build collaborations with other members of the community
Explore career pathways available after completing their PhD degree

PhD scholars are asked to submit a brief proposal outlining their doctoral research, which the consortium committee will evaluate. Good quality applications will be selected for presentation at a Doctoral Consortium (DC) session as part of the conference. Each scholar with an accepted submission will be assigned a mentor who will provide feedback on their work and discuss the doctoral research with the student and the audience at the consortium.

All files below can be submitted in easy-chair here. Select the track type (Doctoral consortium @ xAI-2024).

Each proposal should be a single PDF with four required components:

1Seven-page research description (excluding references) plus one extra pages for references (7+1 pages) containing:
– name, surname, institution and email of the PhD scholar;
– A section on context and motivation for your research;
– A section containing key related work that frames your research;
– A section containing the specific research question/s, hypothesis and objectives;
– A section with the description of the research approach, methods, and rationale for testing the research hypothesis;
– A section with the preliminary results and contributions to date;
– A section with the expected next research steps and expected final contribution to knowledge.

The above sections can include diagrams, charts, pictures and formulas.
2Benefits and contribution statement (1 page):
– Your name, Advisor(s) name(s), and the university where you are conducting your doctoral work;
– Current year of study and projected completion date (plus information about the regulations of your PhD program regarding length, any part-time study, etc.);
– Describe what you hope to gain by participating in the DC and how your participation will benefit other students and faculty.
3Letter of Recommendation (from primary PhD dissertation advisor) (1 page):
Describe your interaction with the student and your assessment of the quality of their work. Please explain how the conference doctoral consortium would benefit this student at this point in their doctoral program, as well as the contributions you expect the student to make. Please explain the structure of your student’s program and their expected level of progress so far. Recall that students who cannot obtain a letter of recommendation from their dissertation advisor (or the equivalent) should instead include a short explanation and a description of where the student is in their doctoral progress and the anticipated timeline.
4Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages):
A concise summary of your current curriculum vitae, including research publications, clearly separating those published from those under review or in press.

1 must be written using the CEUR-WS.org style (overleaf template here). All submissions and reviews will be handled electronically.

2, 3, and 4 can be submitted as separate PDF files. Please ensure your submission is complete and conforms to the format and content guidelines above. Because the DC Committee expects to receive many applications, submissions not meeting these requirements will be desk-rejected.

A PhD scholar with an accepted doctoral proposal must register for the conference to participate in the Doctoral Consortium at the conference and pay the DC-related fees.

Doctoral proposal publication

All the doctoral proposals accepted in the Doctoral Consortium “shall be submitted to CEUR-WS.org for online publication” in a dedicated free, open-access volume in CEUR Workshop Proceedings. Since CEUR partners with Scopus, these proposals will also be indexed in it.

Note that “shall be submitted to CEUR-WS.org for online publication” means we do not have control over the decision taken by the CEUR-WS committee to approve them, as reported in the publishing guidelines by CEUR-WS.org. However, since the conference organisation is strictly adhering to these guidelines, we can be rather sure that our request shall be accepted by CEUR-WS.

*All dates are Anywhere on Earth time (AoE)

Articles (main track & special tracks)

Authors/title registration deadline on submission platform (easy-chair)*:March, 1st, March, 8th, 2024
Article upload deadline on submission platform (easy-chair)*:March, 5, March 15th, 2024
Notification of acceptance*:April, 5, 2024
Registration (payment) and camera-ready* (upload to easy-chair):April, 10, April 15th, 2024
Article presentation instructions notificationJune, 2024
Accepted article presentation (at xAI-2024)17-19 July, 2024
Publication (Springer CCIS series)September/October, 2024
*full, short and special track articles

Late-breaking work & demos

Late-breaking work & demo author/title/abstract registration on submission platform (easy-chair):April, 12th, 20th 2024
Late-breaking work & demo article upload deadline on submission platform (easy-chair):April, 16th, 20th 2024
Notification of acceptance:April, 30th, 5th of May, 2024
Registration (payment) & Late-breaking work & demo camera-ready (upload to easy-chair):May 5th 15th, 2024
Late-breaking work & demo presentation instructions notificationJune, 2024
Late-breaking work & demo presentations (at xAI-2024)17-19 July, 2024
Publication (planned with CEUR-WS.org*)September/October, 2024
*Proceedings shall be submitted to CEUR-WS.org for online publication

Doctoral consortium (DC) proposals

DC Proposal author/title registration deadline on submission platform (easy-chair):April, 12th, 16th 2024
DC Proposal uploads deadline on the submission platform (easy-chair):April, 16th, 26th 2024
Notification of acceptance:May, 3rd, 2024
Registration (payment) May, 7th, 2024
DC presentation and meeting instructions notificationJune, 2024
Doctoral consortium meeting (at xAI-2024)17-19 July, 2024
Publication (planned with CEUR-WS.org*)September/October, 2024
*Proceedings shall be submitted to CEUR-WS.org for online publication

Special track proposals

Proposal submission (contact):10 January, 17th of January, 2024


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