Call for Participation: WACV 2020 Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium provides a unique opportunity for students, who are close to finishing or who have recently finished their doctorate degree, to interact with experienced researchers in computer vision. A senior member of the community will be assigned as a mentor for each student based on the student’s preference or similarity of research interests. All students and mentors will attend a Doctoral Consortium meeting/luncheon, giving the students an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with their mentor. In addition, each student will present a poster, either describing their thesis research or a single recent paper, to the other participants and their mentors.

Application Process

Applicants must be close to graduating (e.g., within two years of defending their dissertation) or recently graduated (e.g., defended within the last six months). Priority will be given to applicants with well-formed thesis plans that are earlier in their studies. Students that meet the eligibility requirements should submit an application via CMT at Please follow the instructions and submit the following as a single pdf file.

Your CV.
A two-page research statement summarizing your research and progress to date.
A signed letter from your PhD advisor that confirms your actual/estimated graduation date.
Three specific questions you have for your mentor.
A brief description of any special circumstances regarding availability or lack of availability of travel funding from your institution.
(optional) A list of individuals you would like to have as a mentor (ideally these will be individuals that are already attending WACV).
Please ensure that all pieces of information are included in the application. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Important Dates
Application deadline: February 7th, 2020 (11:59 PM, Pacific Time)
Decisions announced: February 10th, 2020
Doctoral Consortium event: noon-2pm, Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
Event Details
The Doctoral Consortium will consist of a lunch (provided) and a poster session in which each PhD student presents a poster that summarizes the main contributions of their thesis. Each student will be paired with a mentor, who will be a senior researcher so that they can have a deep discussion of their research and career plans/goals.

Poster Format
Please refer to the general WACV 2020 guidelines; the Doctoral Consortium will use the same format. During the actual event, please use any available poster board in the designated Doctoral Consortium room. No poster numbers will be assigned.

Travel Awards

Selected participants will receive travel reimbursements for part of their expenses (maximum $500 + conference registration of $450 – $660). The awards will be in the form of a reimbursement check that they will receive after the conference and after submitting forms/receipts.

Participants must provide itemized receipts that show exactly what was paid for. Allowable expenses include:

airfare (Note: Save your boarding passes and include them.)
ground transportation (Note: If you want to drive your own car, you will be reimbursed for mileage at the federal rate; for cabs, you need to get a receipt.)
conference registration and extra page fees
hotel or AirBnB (Note: Don’t use AirBnB if you can’t get a formal receipt. Room service cannot be reimbursed.)
meals not provided by the conference (Note: Dish names should be included. Alcohol cannot be reimbursed.)
Additional Information

Please email Qi Zhao ([email protected]) if you have any questions about the process.