Doctoral Symposium Call for PhD Students


The 2020 ACM Conference on Health, Inference, and Learning (CHIL) is excited to announce our inaugural Doctoral Symposium. This event, targeted towards late-stage PhD students or recently graduated postdoctoral researchers working in machine learning for health or biomedicine, offers attendees an unparalleled opportunity for feedback, engagement with a community of peers and experienced researchers, stimulating discussion, and the possibility for new collaborations. The Doctoral Symposium will be held April 2, 2020, and consist of

  • Presentations by attending students on their thesis work
  • Engaging discussions with other attendees and experienced researchers
  • Individual meetings with researchers throughout the overall conference
  • Peer feedback

Application Instructions


  1. A current PhD student expected to graduate within 2 years or a current postdoctoral researcher who graduated no more than 1 year ago.
  2. Primary thesis research area within the machine learning and health-related fields

Application Components

The application should consist of a single PDF file containing, in order:

  1. A CV, including a list of selected publications, if applicable
  2. A one-page thesis summary, describing the overall goal, progress to date, and future plans.
  3. A one-page personal statement, outlining why you want to attend the Symposium and what you would add to the event in discussions, presentations, etc. Please be specific, outlining research problems you hope to discuss at the event, the kinds of experts you’d most hope to interact with and what kinds of questions you’d ask them, how you’d benefit from and drive positive interactions with other attendees, etc.
  4. A brief statement from your PhD advisor indicating that they support your attending the event.

You may use whatever format you wish, provided the thesis summary and personal statement are readable, with reasonable font sizes and margins.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be judged holistically according to clarity, completeness, evidence of significant research background and progress on ongoing future directions, our evaluation of how impactful attending the event will be on your future research directions as well as how impactful your attendance will be on other attendees.

Submit Your Application

To submit an application, fill out this form: by 11:59 p.m. February 23, 2020, AoE.


  • Submission Deadline: February 23, 2020
  • Notification Date: March 1, 2020
  • Symposium Date: April 2, 2020

Contact and organization

Please contact with “Doctoral Symposium” in the subject line for any questions.

  • Leo Anthony Celi of MIT
  • Matthew McDermott of MIT