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UIST '99

The 12th Annual ACM Symposium
on User Interface Software and Technology

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

November 7-10, 1999
Asheville, NC-Grove Park Inn


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[CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION] | [THE SETTING] | [DEADLINES]

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


The Conference

UIST99 is the premier forum for innovations in developing human-computer interfaces. The symposium brings together researchers and practitioners from a diverse set of areas including user interfaces, CSCW, VR, multimedia and the web. Participants are typically interested 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.


The Setting

The conference will be held in Asheville, NC at the beautiful, four star Grove Park Inn. The Inn and Asheville are both nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Asheville has something for everyone:


Common Deadline: Friday May 7, 1999

Approximate Acceptance Notification: July 12, 1999

No fax or email submissions accepted


Conference Chair Program Chair Panels Chair
Brad Vander Zanden Joe Marks Joe Konstan
Computer Science Department
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
USA
MERL
A Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory
201 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
USA
(617) 621-7534
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota
4-192 EE/CS Building
200 Union Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
USA
bvz@cs.utk.edu
marks@merl.com
konstan@cs.umn.edu

TechNotes Chair Demos Chair
Blair MacIntyre Kathy Ryall
Graphics, Visualization, and Usability Center
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0280
USA
(404) 894-5224
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22901
USA
blair@cc.gatech.edu
ryall@cs.virginia.edu


Papers

Full-length papers (10 pages or 5000 words) are the main medium for conveying new research results at the UIST symposium. Submissions are sought that describe original, unpublished work on user-interface devices, techniques, or metaphors. Appropriate topics include but are not limited to:

Rigorous reviewing is a UIST hallmark: each paper will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee, and three external reviewers. Authors of accepted papers will also be invited to participate in the demo session.

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 further details on submissions.

Paper submissions must be received by Joe Marks, the Program Chair, no later than Friday, May 7, 1999.


Tech Notes

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 further details on submissions.

TechNote submissions must be received by Blair MacIntyre, the TechNotes Chair, no later than Friday May 7, 1999.


Panels

Panel proposals should show how the combination of topic, panelists, and organization will educate, engage, and energize attendees. Successful panels must include substantial attendee participation.

Panels that address controversial issues, new technologies, and applications, or rapidly developing or late-breaking areas with results that are still too immature for papers are particularly encouraged. Panel organizers are also encouraged to include panelists with perspectives that are new to the UIST community.

Prospective panel organizers are invited to contact the panels chair to discuss panel ideas; the chair will work with organizers who would like assistance in identifying panelists or in developing a proposal.

Prospective submitters should be sure to view the panel submission checklist for additional information and submission guidelines. For more information, please contact Joe Konstan, the Panels Chair.

Panel submissions must be received by Joe Konstan, the Panels Chair, no later than Friday, May 7, 1999.


Demos

UIST'99 will host peer-reviewed demonstrations showing early implementations of novel, interesting, and important interface concepts and HCI systems. The demos will be given in parallel in an informal setting. Demos should be brief so that they can be shown repeatedly during the demonstration session. Demos with which people can interact are especially encouraged. Authors of accepted papers and TechNotes will also be invited to participate in the demo session.

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:

  • A two-page summary in ACM conference format of research contributions illustrated in the demo. This summary will be published in the proceedings.
  • A detailed description of hardware and software requirements. Please state whether you can supply these yourself. UIST will attempt to provide necessary equipment, but those submitting demos may be requested to provide their own equipment.
  • An informal videotape of the demo (in NTSC VHS format), or a demo storyboard with at least six screen dumps (not more than six pages, including pictures). Preference will be given to submissions that include a videotape.

Demo submissions must be received by Kathy Ryall, Demos Chair, no later than Friday May 7, 1999. Please see General Information for further details on submissions.


General Information

Accepted papers will be published in the UIST 99 Conference Proceedings and the UIST 99 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 99 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/uist99/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/uist99/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.


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