DESIRE’11 Doctoral Consortium (Oct 2011, Eindhoven)

Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Date: 18 Oct 2011
Submission deadline: 1 August 2011

The DESIRE 2011 Doctoral Consortium will precede the 2nd Creativity and Innovation in Design Conference and it will take place in Eindhoven, the Netherland on the 18th of October 2011. The Doctoral Consortium will provide a supportive atmosphere where PhD students can present their research-in-progress for an open discussion, under the guidance of an interdisciplinary panel of experienced researchers. The colloquium offers students the valuable opportunity to receive feedback and perspectives from recognized experts in the field, and to engage with fellow researchers. The strongest candidates will be far enough into their PhD to have a concrete proposal, and have initially outlined the salient issues and proposed research methodology. Preference will be given to applicants who have ample time before thesis submission to incorporate feedback received at the colloquium.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 1 August 2011
Acceptance notification: 1 September 2011
Camera-ready deadline: 15 September 2011
Doctoral colloquium: 18 October 2011

DC Chair

Corina Sas, Lancaster University

Panelists (to be confirmed)

Creativity research: Linda Candy, University of Technology, Sydney
Social science/field and experimental studies: Corina Sas, Lancaster University
Computer science: Panos Markopoulos, Eindhoven University of Technology


The DC will be a seminar-style event taking place the day before the DESIRE main sessions. Time will be allotted to each student not only for their research presentation, but also for careful, in-depth consideration and constructive discussion amongst the panellists and DC participants. In order to provide such individual attention, the number of accepted DC participants will be limited to ten.


Topic scope is the same as those listed in the DESIRE conference call for papers. The submissions for the doctoral consortium should consist of the following:

Research summary. A two page research summary describing the work in progress, and including a 100 word abstract. Things to consider for inclusion in the research description are: motivation that drives the dissertation research, the original idea or thesis statement; the problem domain and the specific problem addressed; a brief overview of related work; the methodological approach and its rationale; results to date and their validity; dissertation status and plan for completion, current and expected contributions.

Appendix 1. A 30 word (2-3 line) summary of the topic and contributions to it.

Appendix 2. Student biographical sketch, including the names and affiliations of the research advisor(s), the date that the student began their PhD programme, and the expected date of dissertation submission.

Appendix 3. A concise CV (1-2 pages).

All of the above should be submitted via EasyChair, at, in a single PDF
format following the template available at Research summaries will be reviewed by the chair and panel members.

DURING AND AFTER THE DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM If accepted, an applicant may be expected to make clarifications and improvements to their research summary by the camera-ready deadline. Please note that the camera-ready version will be due by 15 September 2011 and will not include the Appendices. Accepted participants will be expected to contribute to the discussion by giving and receiving thoughtful commentary with an eye towards shaping the field and upcoming participants in the field.

Accepted Doctoral Consortium abstracts will available in the ACM Digital Library.

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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