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Work-In-Progress: CHI 2009 Call for Participation

Quick Facts

  • Submission: 7 January 2009
  • Notification: 30 January 2009
  • Camera Ready: 4 February 2009
  • Submission Format: Camera-ready unanonymized 6 page extended abstract in Extended Abstracts format and draft version of the poster that you would present at the conference (PDF format, reduced to one standard page in size). Optional video submission of less than five minutes in length and 30 MB in size.
  • At the Conference: Accepted Work-in-Progress Posters will be presented at the Conference Reception. Posters should be slightly smaller than 4 feet by 4 feet.
  • Archives: Extended abstracts; DVD and ACM Digital Library

Message from the Work-in-Progress Chairs

The Work-in-Progress Posters offer a great venue to show exciting new work that is in an early stage and can benefit from discussion with colleagues. We encourage practitioners and researchers to submit their work-in-progress to present their valuable ideas, get feedback on their work and stimulate discussions and collaborations among colleagues. Accepted submissions will be available to the CHI community as a 6 page paper in the electronic Conference Extended Abstracts Proceedings and as a poster presentation.

Regan Mandryk and Carl Gutwin, University of Saskatchewan

Contact us: wip@chi2009.org

What is a Work-in-Progress Submission?

Work-in-Progress submissions provide an opportunity for both practitioners and researchers to present a concise report of new findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work relevant to the HCI community. The difference from other venues (e.g., papers, notes) is that the work submitted to the Work-in-Progress venue belongs to a work stream that may not necessarily have been completed. That said, appropriate submissions should make some contribution to the body of HCI knowledge. Like Interactive Posters of the past, the focus of Work-in-Progress is on the discussion between the author and attendees that will be engendered by the visual presentation of the work.

This submission category aims to attract attention from a broad range of disciplines covering a spectrum of topics and methodologies. We encourage submissions from all of CHI's communities: design, education, engineering, management, research, and usability. Topics related to the conference main theme are especially encouraged: digital life in a new world.

Examples of appropriate submissions

Submissions to this track can include, but are not limited to, the following types of work:

  • Evaluation of systems, techniques and other phenomenon relevant to HCI - this can include either experimental or other types of evaluation.
  • Reflections from Practice - lessons learned, broad conclusions, or principles derived from practice, backed by thought-provoking and well-substantiated analyses.
  • Design Briefings - accounts of the design (rationale, process, outcomes and/or evaluation) of an innovative application, user interface, or system.
  • Methodologies and Tools - new methods, processes, techniques, and tools for use in interactive system design, development and deployment.

Publication Status

The Work-in-Progress venue is not an archival publication that constrains future submissions. Your Work-in-Progress Poster is not considered to be a prior publication of the work and may be reused for later publications if appropriate.

Preparing and Submitting your Work-in-Progress Submission

Work-in-Progress submissions consist of a camera ready 6 page unanonymized paper in the Extended Abstracts format. The final submitted PDF must be smaller than 4Mb in size. This document must be submitted as via the PCS submission system by 7 January 2009 (5:00PM PST). In addition, you must submit a draft version of the poster that you would present at the conference (PDF format, reduced to one standard page in size).Posters will be presented on boards that are 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall, with two posters per board. Thus, your entire poster should be designed to be slightly smaller than 4 feet by 4 feet.

The six-page submission should include:

  • a concise description of the idea
  • if appropriate, the completed analytical exploration or experimental assessment of your work
  • potential implications of the work to the field of HCI
  • recommendations for further investigation and incorporation into practice

If your submission includes statistical analysis, then we recommend that you refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in case of questions or doubts about how to accurately report the results of your work. Full literature searches are not expected, although relevant citations should be included. Summaries of completed work or reduced versions of longer papers are unsuitable Work-in-Progress submissions.

The paper, as submitted for review, will be regarded as the final publication-ready version of your submission. Therefore, the paper submission must be clearly written, carefully proofread, and correctly formatted.

Prepare Video Figure (Optional)

Your Paper may be accompanied by a short digital video figure or interactive illustration that is up to five minutes in length and no more than 30 MB final data size. Please see the guide to successful video submissions for production hints. Since not everyone who reads the Paper may view the video figure, your Paper must stand on its own without the figure, and will be reviewed as such.

Work-in-Progress Review Process

Review Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed based on the originality of the work, the quality of the written presentation and its contribution to the field of HCI. The submission's suitability for presentation as a poster will be considered as well.

Stage of Development

The submitted work should go beyond the mere presentation of a good idea to explore in future work. It should include a completed portion of a larger project, such as a literature review, initial data collection (pilot data), or even a proof of concept implementation.

Confidentiality of Submissions

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference.

Upon Acceptance of your Work-in-Progress Submission

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on February 6, 2009. If a submission is accepted, the contact person will receive instructions for submitting their final camera paper for inclusion in the Extended Abstracts.

Authors will be expected to present a poster at the CHI 2009 conference. Posters can have a maximum size of 4 feet wide by 4 feet tall.

Work-in-Progress at the Conference

Work-in-Progress Posters will be presented during the conference. You will be assigned a time and place, and you will be required to set up beforehand and stand with your poster during your assigned time.

Work-in-Progress after the Conference

Accepted Work-in-Progress submissions will be distributed in the electronic CHI Extended Abstracts. They will be placed in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.