Doctoral Consortium (DC)

The DC provides an opportunity for Starting Researchers to discuss their research interests and career objectives with established researchers in AI, to do networking with other participants, and to receive mentoring about career planning and career options.

It includes two main sessions:
  • Training (Morning of August 29). The focus will be in training transversal and communication skills. Participants will learn how to present their work in oral presentations with emphasis in the practical case of a scientific elevator pitch for both academy and industry.
This session will be chaired by Martin Holm Mortensen, Senior Project Manager at FundingBox Research; Master of Science in European & International Politics from The University of Edinburgh and Ba. in Public Administration from Roskilde University. 20 years of experience in startup management as a founder, c-level manager and on the Board of startups like ComputerPeople (Nordics), CapaSystems (USA + Denmark), CopenhagenDowntown (Denmark) and (UK + Bangladesh). During the last 7 years Martin has changed focus towards helping startups with commercialization, sales and investments externally as a Project Manager, Consultant and Investment Manager in some of Europa’s best accelerators and growth projects like the Fundingbox lead EU program “IMPACT Growth”, the Nordic accelerator “Accelerace Management” and the UK accelerator “NBG” in Nottingham
  • Elevator Pitch for Starting AI Researchers – EP4SR contest (Afternoon of August 30). This session is addressed to DC participants without a PhD yet. The EP4SR session is aimed at dissemination of the ongoing research developed by Starting Researchers. In practice, this is a contest where participants are expected to present and leverage their work to the AI community (i.e., their peers and senior AI researchers) and to receive feedback from elder researchers as well as guidance on future research directions. The EP4SR participants must describe the key points of their work in a short time, through informal short face-to-face networking presentations that may be supported by a poster or few slides in electronic format, and use a language style not only oriented to specialists in their respective topics, but for non-specialized attendants. Thus, the improvement of communicative and dissemination skills is also one of the main objectives of this contest. The contest winner will be awarded.
It is worth noting that afternoon of August 29 and morning of August 30, DC participants are free either to work on their presentations for the EP4SR contest or to attend ECAI tutorials or other MC4SR event. In particular, DC participants are encouraged to attend STAIRS. In addition, DC participants are invited to take part or at least to attend presentations of finalists in the 3MT contest (Wednesday 2). In addition, there will be Lunch with a Fellow (Monday 31 and Wednesday 2). Of course, DC participants are encouraged to apply for being involved in these lunch events. Moreover, there will be a Job Fair (Tuesday 1) in which DC participants are encouraged to take part too.
Detailed Call For Participation is available here.