Doctoral Consortium

We are pleased to announce the 2023 W4A Google Doctoral Consortium. PhD students will be invited to participate in a special session with industry and research experts and get constructive feedback on their dissertation research.Google Logo

  • Awardees will receive up to between $1000 and $1500 USD (depending on the number of accepted contributions) for conference registration and other related expenses.
  • While Doctoral students with disabilities are encouraged to apply for both the Google Doctoral Consortium and the IBM PsD Students Award, the two awards cannot be combined.
  • Accepted DC submissions will be published in the Web4All 2023 proceedings as jury-reviewed extended abstracts.


This award is open to any Doctoral candidate at a University or other Higher Education institution, AND who is carrying out research that is directly relevant to the accessibility and usability of the Web, Mobiles, and Wearables. While early-stage doctoral students are prioritized, Masters students doing exceptional accessibility research and planning to go for a PhD in this area will be considered. We particularly encourage applicants from under-represented parts of the world.


  • Klaus Miesenberger, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Christopher Lee, The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, USA


  • Sambhavi Chandrashekear, D2L, York University, Canada
  • Sarah Swierenga, Michigan State University, United States
  • Yeliz Yesilada, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus


The doctoral consortium session will be conducted in Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capitol District, 301 West 17th Street Austin, Texas, 78701, USA, Room: Muse 1.

Saturday April 29th 2023

  • 14:00-14.15 Introduction
  • 14:15-15.00 Alexander Hambley: The OPTIMAL-EM Framework, The University of Manchester, UK
  • 15.00-15:45 Xiang Deng: A More AccessibleWeb with Natural Language Interface, The Ohio State University Columbus, USA
  • 15.45-16.00 Coffee Break
  • 16.00-16.45 Gabriele Galimberti: On the independent and sustainable mobility of people with visual impairments, Universit√† degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
  • 16.45-17.30 Silvia Dini: Translating color – Sonification as method of Sensory Substitution within the Museum, Universit√† degli studi di Parma, Italy
  • 17.30-18.00 Final discussion and get-together
  • 19:30¬†DC Dinner

Submission requirements

Your application should contain the following:

  • Abstract: A two-page extended abstract. It may include limited references. For template and accessibility information, please refer to the Submissions page.
  • A PDF letter of support from your research supervisor, confirming your position and research area (to ensure that applications are from bonafide researchers) and stating how the participation to this DC will be beneficial for the student.
  • A PDF file with the Doctoral Consortium Application Form, including personal details.

All the files should be submitted via e-mail to

You will receive an acknowledgment email on successful receipt of your application. Accepted papers will be included in the W4A 2022 proceedings published at the ACM DL.

Evaluation criteria

Submissions will be carefully reviewed by a panel of judges. Submissions will be evaluated on the following quality factors:

  • Compliance with submission requirements and eligibility criteria.
  • Relevance of research to the W4A conference topics.
  • Awareness of the field and the state of technology.
  • Originality and potential impact of your research.

For the sake of openness, the judges will assess the submission using this review form.


If you have any questions relating to the submission process or the event itself, please email