CfP: 42nd German Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Doctoral Consortium

The 42nd edition of the German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI 2019), organized in cooperation with the AI Chapter of the German Society for Informatics (GI-FBKI), will take place from September 23 – 26, 2019 in Kassel, Germany. As in previous years, also in 2019 the conference organizes a doctoral consortium where young researchers have the opportunity to present their ideas and receive feedback at an early stage of their PhD research.

The doctoral consortium provides an opportunity for PhD students to discuss their research interests and career objectives with established researchers in AI and network with other participants. The doctoral consortium will expose students to different areas of research within AI and help build professional connections within the international community of AI researchers.

The technical program of presentations, workshops, and tutorials is complemented by a doctoral consortium that invites PhD students at a stage in which critique can still be integrated and from any subject area within AI. Each presented topic will be mentored by a senior researcher. This provides the opportunity for a private discussion of the PhD topic. The goals of the doctoral consortium are:

– to provide PhD students with the opportunity to present their ongoing research and receive feedback from established researchers;
– to promote networking among PhD students and AI researchers in general, both on a national and an international level;
– to support students with advice on academic, research, and industrial careers.

Doctoral Consortium Format

The doctoral consortium consists of a poster session where the participants will have the chance to present their research. The poster session will be preceded by a poster madness session where each participant will have three minutes to present the core idea of their research topic. The doctoral consortium will conclude with a discussion session where PhD students and experienced researchers can interact and discuss relevant problems and solution ideas.

Doctoral students may also participate in a mentoring program that will connect students with experienced researchers in their field. The organizers will try to schedule personal meetings between mentors and students. Students can indicate their interest in this program when submitting their contribution, or directly by contacting the organizers. The schedule of the meetings will be announced ahead of the event.


To apply for the KI 2019 doctoral consortium, please submit the following documents (in a single pdf file) to the EasyChair submission system (

– An abstract of your thesis, formatted according to the KI guidelines (LNCS/LNAI), that describes the problem being addressed, the motivation for addressing the problem, related work, the proposed approach, and planned or already executed evaluation. Target length of the abstract is 3-5 pages, including references.
– A short CV that covers background (name, university, supervisor), education (degree sought, year/status in a degree, previous degrees), employment, and experience in research (publications, presentations, conferences attended) of max. 2 pages.
– Please indicate in your application if you want to participate in the mentoring program.
– Optionally, you can suggest potential mentors who could give you advice on technical aspects of your work and on your career.


Submission: June 30th, 2019 (extended)
Notification: August 5th, 2019
Mentoring event: Sep 23th, 2019

The extended abstract could be structured in the following way:

Research Question
Related Work
(Planned) Evaluation

Abstract submissions should be in English and must have a single author who is pursuing the proposed PhD.

Program Committee

  • Christoph Benzmüller (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Jose Hernandez-Orallo (Technical University of Valencia)
  • Thomas Kirste(University of Rostock)
  • Frank Krüger (University of Rostock)
  • Xavier Parent(University of Luxembourg)
  • Flora Salim(RMIT University)
  • Alexander Steen(University of Luxembourg)
  • Heiner Stuckenschmidt(University of Mannheim)
  • Emma Tonkin(University of Bristol)
  • Dagmar Waltemath(University of Greifswald)
  • Kristina Yordanova(University of Rostock)


Heiner Stuckenschmidt, University of Mannheim (PC co-chair)
Christoph Benzmüller, FU Berlin (PC co-chair)
Alexander Steen, University of Luxembourg (Workshop/Tutorial Chair)
Kristina Yordanova, University of Rostock (Doctoral Consortium)


Should you have any questions regarding the doctoral consortium at KI 2019, please do not hesitate to contact Kristina Yordanova at

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