Forms of Participation
UIST 2003 welcomes a variety of submissions, including Papers, TechNotes, Posters, and Demonstrations. In addition, we will hold an interaction contest and UIST’s first doctoral symposium. A brief Call For Participation flyer in PDF format is also available.

Key due dates: Papers & Technotes
Interaction Contest
March 31, 2003
June 20, 2003

Papers (already closed)

Full-length papers (up to 10 pages) 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 Submissions are sought that describe original, unpublished work on user interface devices, techniques or metaphors.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:

  • Novel, enabling technologies such as augmented reality, perceptual user interfaces, tactile user interfaces, multimedia interfaces, CSCW interfaces and unconventional input devices;
  • Innovative interfaces for difficult or challenging applications, such as the management of large, complex information sets;
  • Innovative software architectures and development environments that support the development and use of the above technologies and interfaces.

The submission of supplementary videos is encouraged. However, videos should be no more than five minutes in length. 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.

Accepted papers will be published together with accepted technotes in the UIST 2003 Proceedings, which are part of the CHI Letters series, and in the ACM Digital Library.

All papers shall be submitted electronically. see General Information below for information on the author guide, guidelines for submitting supplementary videos, and links to the electronic submission site.  Authors will be notified of paper results on or before June 11.

Program co-Chairs:  Gregory Abowd and Blair MacIntyre, Georgia Tech. 

TechNotes (already closed)

TechNotes provide a forum for disseminating new interaction techniques. UIST TechNotes are rigorously peer-reviewed, shorter, and more focused submissions that bring new techniques to the research and practice community. The combination of text, pictures, videos, and live presentation help these techniques get rapid feedback and early adoption.

Typically, a TechNote is a succinct description, possibly including screen dumps and accompanying video, of a novel user interface technique with sufficient detail to assist an expert reader in replicating the technique. TechNotes generally should not include exhaustive implementation details or summaries of user studies.

A TechNote submission should be no more than four ACM conference pages in length, and any accompanying videotape or digital video file should be at most three minutes long. TechNotes undergo the same rigorous review process as regular papers.

Accepted TechNotes will be published together with accepted papers in the UIST 2003 Proceedings, which are part of the CHI Letters series, and in the ACM Digital Library.

All TechNotes shall be submitted electronically.  See General Information below for information on the author guide, guidelines for submitting supplementary videos, and links to the electronic submission site.  Authors will be notified of TechNote results on or before June 11.

Program co-Chairs:  Gregory Abowd and Blair MacIntyre, Georgia Tech.   

Posters (already closed)

Posters provide an interactive forum in which authors can present work to conference attendees during a special poster session. Posters provide an opportunity to describe new work or work that is still in progress, and will be more lightly reviewed than papers or TechNotes. 

Poster submissions should be in the form of a two-page paper in ACM format, describing the contents of the poster and its value to UIST attendees.  New this year, poster submissions also require submitting a preview version of the poster itself (PDF format).

Accepted poster abstracts will be published together with demos in both a booklet and a DVD distributed to the conference attendees. Full posters may also be published in the DVD, at the authors' discretion.

Poster abstracts should be submitted through the UIST Electronic Submission site (which will generate a submission number).  Be sure to select "Poster" as the submission category!  Due to site limitations, poster preview PDF files should be submitted by ftp to: and left with a file name of the form lname-#### where lname is the last name of the contact author and #### is the submission number.  Please limit preview files to 15MB (if necessary, include lower-resolution images).  The goal is to understand what you will communicate, not to pre-judge your graphic design ability.

Note: While poster abstracts must be submitted before the submission site closes (by Sunday, June 22, at midnight PDT), we will be accepting the actual poster previews through Wednesday, June 25 at 10am PDT. For those unfamiliar with anonymous FTP, your command sequence should be:

  • ftp
  • login as "anonymous" (no quotes) with your e-mail address as the password
  • cd incoming/baudisch
  • bin
  • put filename

Posters will be displayed on corkboards during several conference break periods.  We expect to be able to accommodate posters of up to 3 feet by 4 feet (either vertical or horizontal) -- we suggest using that size or smaller for your prototype.  (Many authors have found it easiest to create a slide in Powerpoint and have a copy shop print it at 400% magnification.  There are copy shops in Vancouver that can produce the print for you if you'd prefer to avoid taking/shipping the poster.)  

For some design ideas, see our poster chairs' reactions to some posters at CHI.  

Posters chairs: Patrick Baudisch, Microsoft Research, and Eric Lecolinet, ENST.

Interaction Contest (cancelled) 

UIST will hold its third annual user interface design contest on Sunday, November 2.  In this year's contest, Contestants will design and implement an interface to a real-time soccer game application prior to the symposium, then use their interfaces to play the game in a tournament for prizes worth a minimum $1000. The final contest will be held during Sunday night's opening reception. Audience members are invited to compete as well. Get the details here!

Entries are due by September 19, 2003. (This is a deadline for reserving a spot in the contest -- you can continue to work on your interface right up to the last minute!)

Interaction contest chairs: Kathy Ryall, MERL, and David McGee, Pacific Northwest Lab.


Doctoral Symposium(already closed)

The UIST Doctoral Symposium is a forum in which Ph.D. students can meet and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced UIST researchers in an informal and interactive setting. We welcome applications from current Ph.D. students studying within the full range of disciplines and approaches that contribute to the UIST community. We will give preference to applicants beyond the proposal stage and well into their dissertation research. Each applicant should provide a short written paper (no more than four pages in normal UIST format) along with a sketch of a poster describing their ongoing work. These materials should describe ongoing work and might summarize the student's full dissertation work, or highlight a particular part in more depth.

The Doctoral Symposium committee will select approximately 8 participants who will be expected to give a short presentation of their work which will be followed by an extensive discussion. In addition each student will present a poster describing their work to the full conference. Participants will be selected based on their anticipated contribution to the breadth and depth of the intellectual discussions of the Symposium.

The symposium will start with an informal dinner Saturday evening, November 1st, continue all day Sunday, and conclude with poster presentations at the Conference opening reception Sunday evening. Doctoral Symposium papers will be published in the UIST conference proceedings companion distributed at the conference. A travel stipend and free registration to the UIST conference will be provided to each participant.

Papers and poster sketches are due at 5pm your local time on June 20th. Papers and poster sketches will be submitted electronically at the UIST 2003 Electronic Submission Site. Notification of acceptance will occur by July 14th and final versions of papers will be due July 28th.

The Doctoral Symposium Committee consists of:

Scott Hudson, Carnegie Mellon (chair)
James Foley, Georgia Tech
Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research
Please direct any questions to the Chair Scott Hudson

Demonstrations(already closed)

Peer-reviewed demonstrations show early implementations of novel, interesting, and important interaction concepts or interface systems. They can also serve to showcase commercial products not previously described in the research literature. UIST demos will be presented in parallel, and jointly with demos from the ICMI-PUI conference, at a demo reception Tuesday evening, November 4.

Demonstrations should be brief, so that they can be shown repeatedly during the demonstration session. Demos with which attendees can interact are especially encouraged. Authors of accepted papers and TechNotes will also be invited to participate in the demo session. Accepted demos will be published together with posters in a booklet distributed to the attendees of both conferences.

A Demo submission should be no more than two ACM conference pages in length, and accompanying videotape or digital video file should be at most four minutes long.

Both the demo abstract and the video file should be submitted through the UIST 2003 Electronic Submission Site.  Authors who need to sumbit a physical videotape should contact Ed Chi directly.   

Demos chairs:

Kellogg Booth, University of British Columbia
Ed Chi, PARC

General Information

The UIST 2003 Electronic Submission Site is now open!  

Accepted papers and TechNotes will be published in the UIST 2003 Conference Proceedings and the UIST 2003 DVD Proceedings. The primary author of each accepted paper or TechNote will receive an Author Kit with detailed instructions on how to submit a final, publication-ready version of the paper or TechNote.  Accepted demos and posters will be published in a separate booklet that will be made available to the conference attendees and in the DVD proceedings.

We recommend that prospective authors consult the UIST 2003 Author's 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 all submissions.

This year, we are accepting only electronic submissions (if this creates a hardship, please contact the program chairs).  To submit electronically, see the UIST Electronic Submission site. For details on the submission process, please consult the Author's Guide.

Videos of implementations are encouraged. Authors are encouraged to submit a URL for a digital video in lieu of a videotape (see the UIST Electronic Submission site for details). Authors of accepted papers and TechNotes will be invited to submit a video presentation for the DVD proceedings.

Although papers must stand on their own, submitted videos will be sent to reviewers as supporting material. We refer authors preparing a videotape or video file for UIST to the UIST 2003 Video Guide. This guide describes how to produce an ideal video 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 video presentation.

Call for Participation
Venue - Vancouver, B.C.