AAMAS 2009 will include a doctoral mentoring program, intended for PhD students in advanced stages of their research. This program will provide an opportunity for students to interact closely with established researchers in their fields, to receive feedback on their work and to get advice on managing their careers.

Specifically, the goals of the program are:
  1. To match each student with an established researcher in the community (who will act as a mentor). The mentor will interact closely with the student, will provide feedback on research, help form new contacts, etc.
  2. To allow students an opportunity to present their work to a friendly audience of other students as well as mentors.
  3. To provide students with contacts and professional networking opportunities.
  4. The doctoral mentoring program will consist of opportunities for interactions between mentors and their mentorees prior to the conference, as well as a one day doctoral symposium.

Submission Requirements

We encourage submissions from PhD students at advanced stages of their research within the Autonomous Agents and Multi Agent Systems field. Based on the submissions, the organizing committee will select a group of students that will be invited to participate in the program. Participants will be expected to take active part in all doctoral mentoring program activities.

Each submission should include a set of documents from the students, and a recommendation letter from the advisor. The submission package should include:
  1. A two-page extended abstract of the student's thesis (in the AAMAS submission format)
  2. A personal research statement (one page)
  3. A short (2-page) resume (CV)
  4. A recommendation letter from the advisor.
Submissions of the first three items should be sent in electronic form (PDF), to the doctoral mentoring chair (Stacy Marsella,, by January 31, 2009.

In addition, the dissertation advisor should send the last item (a letter of recommendation) by e-mail to The letter should address the expected benefit of attending (to the student), the significance of the research, and the expected date for thesis submission. This letter can be sent in either plain text or PDF format. The student's name must be clearly pointed out in the letter.

Important Dates

Submission package due: January 31, 2009
Acceptance notifications: February 28, 2009
Camera-ready copy due: March 12, 2009
Doctoral Mentoring Symposium: May 10, 2009

The one-day symposium will be held on the first day of the conference. Doctoral Mentoring Chair
Stacy Marsella, University of Southern California (USA)