U I S T '9 8

Call for Participation

11th annual symposium on
User Interface Software and Technology

Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA
November 1-4, 1998

Common Deadline: Friday May 1, 1998

Sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH and SIGCHI
and in cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT

[PAPERS] | [TECHNOTES] | [PANELS] | [DEMOS] | [COMMITTEES]

UIST '98 is the premier forum for innovations in developing human-computer interfaces. The symposium brings together user-interface researchers and practitioners with an interest in techniques, tools, and technology for constructing high-quality, innovative user interfaces. The intimate size, single track, and comfortable surroundings make this symposium an ideal opportunity to exchange research results and implementation experiences. Papers, TechNotes, Panels, and Demos are sought on a wide range of user-interface topics.

PAPERS

Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality papers about original research to enhance user-interface functionality or to improve the user-interface development process. Appropriate topics include but are not limited to:

Paper submissions should be at most 5000 words or 10 ACM conference pages in length, and any accompanying videotape should be at most 8 minutes long. The title page should include an abstract (fewer than 200 words) and keywords. The submission should consist of 6 copies of a paper, 6 copies of an NTSC VHS videotape (if there is one), and a cover letter indicating the primary author's name, affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please see GENERAL INFORMATION for futher details on submissions.

Paper submissions must be received by Rob Jacob, the Program Chair, no later than Friday May 1, 1998. Fax or email submissions will not be accepted. Authors will be notified of acceptance around July 10, 1998.

TECHNOTES

Technique Notes ("TechNotes") offer an opportunity to disseminate important new interaction and visualization techniques that can be described in two pages. Although shorter in length, UIST TechNotes are held to the same quality standards as full length papers. Accepted TechNotes will be published in the proceedings and presented at the conference. Typically, a TechNote is a succinct description, possibly including screen dumps and accompanying video, of a novel user interface technique with suffucient detail to assist an expert reader in replicating the technique. TechNotes should not include exhaustive implementation details or summaries of user studies. Although similar to full papers, TechNotes are specifically geared to describing new techniques employed in user interfaces. For those familiar with the ACM Transactions on Graphics, a TechNote can be thought of as a conference version of an "Interaction Technique Notebook" article.

A TechNote submission should be no more than 2 ACM conference pages in length, and any accompanying videotape should be at most 5 minutes long. The title page should contain an abstract and keywords, and the submission should include 6 copies of the TechNote, and optionally 6 copies of a supporting video. A cover letter, to be included as well, should indicate the primary author's name, affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address. Please see GENERAL INFORMATION for futher details on submissions.

TechNote submissions must be received by Joe Marks, the TechNotes Chair, no later than Friday May 1, 1998. Fax or e-mail submissions will not be accepted. Authors will be notified of acceptance around July 10, 1998.

PANELS

Panels offer an opportunity to exchange ideas in an atmosphere that reflects the workshop origins of the symposium. Appropriate topics are the same as for submitted papers, but panel sessions offer greater flexibility in presentation format and content, so feel free to suggest something unconventional.

Panel selection will be based on the importance, originality, focus, and timeliness of the topic, as well as the potential for informative, lively, or controversial discussion. Panels should have no more than five members, including the chair, and should last from one to one-and-one-half hours. Panels will be most effective if the panelists represent different backgrounds, and present different sides of the issues. No more than half of the total time will be allowed for position statements by panelists.

A panel submission should be no more than six ACM conference pages long. It should include:

Please also attach a cover letter including the panel title, length of time desired, panelists' names and affiliations, and the panel organizer's name, affiliation, address, e-mail address, and phone number. Please see GENERAL INFORMATION for futher details on submissions.

Panel submissions must be received by Ben Bederson, the Panels Chair, no later than Friday May 1, 1998. Fax or email submissions will not be accepted. Authors will be notified of acceptance around July 10, 1998.

DEMOS

UIST '98 will host peer-reviewed demonstrations showing early implementations of novel interface concepts and HCI systems. The demos will be given in parallel in an informal setting at the conference hotel. Unlike previous years, the demo area will be available for multiple days during the conference, in addition to a formal demo session in the program. This extended schedule will allow attendees much more time to explore the demos and discuss them with the presenters. Therefore, presenters will be encouraged to have their demos available during as many of the breaks as possible. Demos should be brief so that they can be shown repeatedly during the demonstration sessions. Hands-on, self-guided demos are also encouraged.

Demo submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their innovation, relevance, scientific contribution, and potential logistic constraints. Commercial products are eligible, but sales and marketing activities are not appropriate. The submission should consist of a cover letter indicating the primary author's name, affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address, and three copies of the following:

Demo submissions must be received by Blair MacIntyre, Demos Chair, no later than Friday May 1, 1998. If you are interested in electronic submissions, please contact the Demos Chair. Authors will be notified of acceptance around July 10, 1998. Please see GENERAL INFORMATION for futher details on submissions.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Accepted papers will be published in the UIST 98 Conference Proceedings and the UIST 98 Electronic Publication. The primary author of each accepted paper will receive an Author Kit with detailed instructions on how to submit both the camera-ready copy version and the electronic copy of the paper.

We recommend that prospective authors consult the UIST '98 Authors Guide. This document contains information on the reviewing process and a description of what constitutes an excellent UIST paper. The Author's Guide also describes the page format for paper submissions. This guide can be found at http://www.acm.org/uist/guide.html.

Videotapes of implementations are encouraged. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit a videotape for a video compendium that will be sold at the conference. Although papers must stand on their own, submitted videotapes will be sent to reviewers as supporting material. We refer those people preparing a videotape for UIST to a modified version of the CHI '96 video guide (http://www.acm.org/uist/videos-guide.html). This guide describes how to produce an ideal videotape for UIST. Please do not be intimidated by the guide. Videos are viewed only as supporting material, and authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to prepare a more polished videotape.


Conference Committee

Conference Chair
  Elizabeth Mynatt
  Xerox PARC
  3333 Coyote Hill Road
  Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA
  +1 (650) 812-4945 (phone)
  +1 (650) 812-4471 (fax)
  mynatt@parc.xerox.com

Program Chair
  Robert J.K. Jacob
  Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  Tufts University
  161 College Avenue
  Medford, Mass. 02155 USA
  +1 (617) 627-3217 (phone)
  +1 (617) 627-3220 (fax)
  jacob@eecs.tufts.edu

TechNotes Chair
  Joe Marks
  MERL
  A Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory
  201 Broadway
  Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
  +1 (617) 621-7534 (phone)
  +1 (617) 621-7550 (fax)
  marks@merl.com

Panels Chair
  Ben Bederson
  Computer Science Department
  University of Maryland, College Park
  A.V. Williams Building
  College Park, MD 20742 USA
  +1 (301) 405-2764
  bederson@cs.umd.edu

Demos Chair
  Blair MacIntyre
  Columbia University
  Computer Science Department
   US Post: 1214 Amsterdam Ave, MS 0401
   Fedex/UPS: 500 W 120th St, Room 450
  New York, NY, 10027 USA
  +1 (212) 939-7087 (phone)
  +1 (212) 666-0140 (fax)
  bm@cs.columbia.edu

Treasurer, Bob Braudes, Comverse Network Systems
Publicity Chair, Ari Rapkin, ILM
Registration Chair, Ken Fishkin, Xerox PARC
Student Volunteers, Richard Davis, UC Berkeley
Proceedings Chairs
  Paper, Bill Schilit, FX Palo Alto Laboratory
  Video, Steve Cousins, Xerox PARC
  Web, Andreas Girgensohn, FX Palo Alto Laboratory
ACM Liason, David Riederman, SIGCHI

UIST '98 Program Committee
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Ben Bederson, University of Maryland
Matt Conway, Microsoft Coroporation
Keith Edwards, Xerox PARC
Debby Hindus, Interval Research
Scott Hudson, Carnegie-Mellon University
Hiroshi Ishii, M.I.T. Media Laboratory
James Landay, University of California, Berkeley
Jock Mackinlay, Xerox PARC
Dan Olsen, Carnegie-Mellon University
Alex Pentland, M.I.T. Media Laboratory
Nicole Yankelovich, Sun Microsystems Laboratories
Brad Vander Zanden, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

TechNotes Committee
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Susanne Jul, University of Michigan
David Kurlander, Microsoft Research
Kathy Ryall, University of Virginia

Panels Committee
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Gregory Abowd, Georgia Institute of Technology
Axel Kramer, Fragment Art & Research
Ramano Rao, Inxight Software Inc.

Demo Committee
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Lauren Bricker, Univeristy of Washington
Matt Conway, Microsoft Research


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