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General Information

UIST (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology) is the premier forum for innovations in the software and technology of human-computer interfaces. Sponsored by ACM's special interest groups on computer-human interaction (SIGCHI) and computer graphics (SIGGRAPH), UIST brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse areas that include traditional graphical & web user interfaces, tangible & ubiquitous computing, virtual & augmented reality, multimedia, new input & output devices, and CSCW. The intimate size, the single track, and comfortable surroundings make this symposium an ideal opportunity to exchange research results and implementation experiences.

Accepted papers and tech notes will be published in the UIST 2010 Conference Proceedings and the UIST 2010 DVD Proceedings, and will be included in the ACM Digital Library. 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 tech note. 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 2010 Author's Guide. This document contains information on the reviewing process and a description of what constitutes an excellent UIST contribution, including the page format for all submissions. Note that submissions are anonymous!

We only accept electronic submissions. To submit, see the UIST Electronic Submission site (http://www.precisionconference.com/~sigchi).

Videos accompanying submissions should be submitted through the UIST Electronic Submission Site. Although papers tech notes must stand on their own, submitted videos will be sent to reviewers as supporting material. We refer authors preparing a video for UIST to the Video Guide. Please do not be intimidated by the guide. Videos are viewed only as supporting material, and authors of accepted papers and tech notes will have the opportunity to prepare a more polished final video presentation for inclusion in the DVD proceedings and as supplemental material in the ACM Digital Library.

When submitting your video for review, please encode your video in a format that works across as many platforms as possible without the installation of additional codecs (i.e., it is best if your video will play on vanilla versions of Windows Media Player and/or Quicktime player). Please note that the total aggregate size for a submission cannot exceed 50 MBytes (including all documents and additional material).

Papers

Deadline: FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010 (17:00 PDT)

Full-length papers (up to 10 pages) are the main medium for conveying new research results at UIST. Submissions are sought that describe original, unpublished work on user interface interaction techniques, services, devices, applications, or metaphors. UIST'10 will adopt an anonymous submission process (similar to CHI) for paper submissions. Please consult the UIST 2010 Author's Guide for information on paper format and UIST's policies on previous and simultaneous publications.

Appropriate topics include but are not limited to:

  • Significantly novel enabling technologies such as innovative input devices, displays, new interaction techniques, or new media that extend the boundaries of traditional interaction, such as natural user interfaces and interactions, augmented reality, ubiquitous computing(including wearables), and computer-supported collaborative work;
  • Innovative user interfaces for difficult interaction contexts or challenging applications, such as the management of large, complex information sets, multi-user interaction, or techniques that span devices distributed in time and space;
  • Novel application of techniques from disciplines such as machine learning, computer vision, computer graphics, speech processing, networking, or human perception and cognition, that contribute to breakthrough user interaction techniques;
  • Innovative software architectures, toolkits, and development environments that support the development and use of the above technologies in user interfaces.


The submission of supplementary videos is encouraged. However, videos should be no more than five minutes in length and 50MB in size. See the video guide and the general information above for details. 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.

All papers should be submitted electronically to http://www.precisionconference.com/~sigchi.

Relevant dates:

May 21-25, 2010: Authors will have the opportunity to provide a rebuttal to reviewer comments. June 09, 2010: Authors will be notified of the committee's decision. All acceptances will be conditional pending changes that the papers committee may suggest or require for the final camera-ready draft of the paper. This means that your paper will not be formally accepted to UIST until you revise it and submit a final draft for approval by the program committee. June 25, 2010: Authors submit revised conditionally accepted papers to committee for final review. July 9, 2010: Final camera ready papers due.

Program Chairs:
Mary Czerwinski and Rob Miller (papers[at]uist.org), Microsoft Research and MIT


Tech Notes

Deadline: FRIDAY, April 2, 2010 (17:00 PDT)

Tech notes provide a forum for disseminating new interaction techniques. UIST tech notes are rigorously peer-reviewed, shorter, and more focused submissions that bring significantly novel 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. UIST'10 will adopt an anonymous submission process(similar to CHI) for tech notes submissions. Please consult the UIST 2010 Author's Guide for information on paper format and UIST's policies on previous and simultaneous publications.

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

A tech note submission should be no more than four ACM conference pages in length, and any accompanying digital video file should be at most 50MB in size. See the video guide and the general information above for details. Tech notes undergo the same rigorous review process as regular papers.

All tech notes should be submitted electronically to http://www.precisionconference.com/~sigchi.

Relevant dates:

May 21-25, 2010: Authors will have the opportunity to provide a rebuttal to reviewer comments.
June 09, 2010: Authors will be notified of the committee's decision. All acceptances will be conditional pending changes that the papers committee may suggest or require for the final camera-ready draft of the paper. This means that your paper will not be formally accepted to UIST until you revise it and submit a final draft for approval by the program committee.
June 25, 2010: Authors submit revised conditionally accepted papers to committee for final review.
July 9, 2010: Final camera ready papers due.

Program Chairs:
Mary Czerwinski and Rob Miller (papers[at]uist.org), Microsoft Research and MIT


Posters

Deadline: WEDNESDAY, June 30th, 2010 (17:00 PDT)

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

A poster submission should be in the form of a two-page paper in UIST abstract format (doc, pdf), describing the research problem, contribution, and value to UIST attendees. Note that poster submission, unlike paper and tech note submission, is not anonymous. In addition to the two-page paper, poster submissions require submitting a sketch of the poster itself. Both the paper and poster should be submitted as PDF files. Authors may also include a video (optional). Video files should be at most three minutes long and 50MB in size.

Before designing your poster, we also recommend checking out the UIST 2005 Poster Example Gallery.

Posters will be displayed during conference break periods and during an evening posters-and-demos reception on [TBD]. We expect to be able to accommodate posters of up to 3 feet by 4 feet (either vertical or horizontal), so we suggest using that size or smaller for your prototype. In addition, poster authors are expected to give a 40-second presentation of their work at the conference as part of the “UIST madness” session.

Authors will be notified of poster results on or before Friday, July 23th, 2010. Final versions will be due Friday, August 13th, 2010.

Poster Chairs:
Stephen Voida (svoida[at]uci.edu), University of California, Irvine, USA
Shamsi Iqbal (shamsi[at]Microsoft.com), Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA.


Demonstrations

Deadline: WEDNESDAY, June 30th, 2010 (17:00 PDT)

Peer-reviewed demonstrations show early implementations of novel, interesting, and important interaction concepts or user interface systems. They can also serve to showcase commercial products not previously described in the research literature. Demonstrations should be brief, so that they can be shown repeatedly. We particularly encourage demos with which attendees can interact.

Accepted demonstration abstract will be published together with posters and doctoral symposium abstracts in both a booklet and a DVD distributed to conference attendees. UIST will showcase accepted demos at an evening demo reception on [TBD]. In addition, demo presenters are expected to give a 40-second summary of their work at the conference as part of the “UIST madness” session. We will also invite authors of accepted papers and tech notes to present their work at the demo reception.

A demo submission consists of an extended abstract in UIST abstract format (doc, pdf) that should be no more than two pages in length. Note that demo submission, unlike paper and tech note submission, is not anonymous. Submitting an accompanying video is optional, but highly encouraged. Any submitted video should be at most three minutes long and 50MB in size.

See the video guide and the general submission information for more details about preparing your submission.

Both the demo abstract and the optional digital video should be submitted electronically to Precision Conference.

Authors who need to submit a physical videotape should contact the Demos chairs directly. Authors will be notified of demo results on or before Friday, July 23th, 2010. Final versions will be due Friday, August 13th, 2010.

Demos Chairs:
Otmar Hilliges (otmarh[at]microsoft.com), Microsoft
Pierre Dragicevic (dragice[at]lri.fr), INRIA, France



Doctoral Symposium

Deadline: WEDNESDAY, June 30th, 2010 (17:00 PDT)

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 UIST abstract format (doc, pdf), as described in the authors' guide). Note that doctoral symposium submission, unlike paper and tech note submission, is not anonymous.

This paper should describe ongoing work and might summarize the student's full dissertation work, or highlight a particular part in depth.

The Doctoral Symposium committee will select approximately eight students to participate. Each student will be expected to give a short presentation of their work, which will be followed by extensive discussion with the panel and the other student participants. In addition, each student is encouraged to present a poster describing his or her work to the full conference; posters will be on display during conference breaks and at an evening reception during the conference. Doctoral symposium participants are also invited to provide a 40-second overview of their work to all UIST attendees as part of the “UIST madness” session.

Participants will be selected based on their anticipated contributions to the breadth and depth of the intellectual discussions of the symposium.

The symposium will start with an informal dinner Saturday evening, October 2nd, continue all day Sunday, October 3rd, and conclude with poster presentations at the UIST demo/poster reception. Doctoral Symposium abstracts will be published together with poster and demonstration abstracts in both a booklet and a DVD distributed to conference attendees. Posters may also be published on the DVD, at the participant's discretion. We anticipate that a travel stipend and free registration to the UIST conference will be provided to each participant.

Doctoral Symposium papers and poster sketches should be submitted electronically to Precision Conference.

Authors will be notified whether their submission has been accepted on or before Friday, July 23th, 2010. Final versions will be due Friday, August 13th, 2010.

Doctoral Symposium Chair:
Steven Feiner (feiner[at]cs.columbia.edu), Columbia University, USA



Student Volunteers

Deadline: Thursday, July 1st, 2010 (17:00 PDT)

Contact:

If you have questions, please contact Michael and Lisa at sv[at]uist.org.

Timetable

Application deadline: July 1, 2010
Results notification: July 15, 2010

Application Instructions

To apply to be a student volunteer, please sign up at the UIST SV portal. If you have any questions/problems, please send email to the Student Volunteer chairs.

Benefits and Duties

If you are a UIST Student Volunteer, you get...

  • Free conference registration
  • Three nights of free hotel lodging
  • Free T-shirt
  • A chance to attend the premier forum for innovations in human-computer interfaces


Student volunteers will be required to help set up and perform needed work during the conference. Duties include: bag stuffing, registration desk, AV assistance, poster and demo setup, badge checking, break monitoring, etc. Volunteers will also need to be available during the conference if tasks come up. Because UIST is single track, SVs usually get to attend most of the sessions, even when working. There will be approximately 15 scheduled hours per SV.

Arriving and Leaving

SVs need to be available to help throughout the conference. You will need to arrive by a couple hours before the welcome reception on Sunday and should not leave the hotel until sessions end on Wednesday. Also, we strongly encourage you to put off leaving until as late as you possibly can, because it's traditional to have a small party for student volunteers on Wednesday evening. The time and place for this party will be announced when we know all the student volunteers' travel plans.

Work Schedules

To give you an idea of what to expect, you can see the UIST 2006 Student Volunteer Schedule.
If you have any questions/problems, please send email to the Student Volunteer chairs.

Student Volunteer Chairs:

Michael Bernstein (msbernst[at]mit.edu), MIT CSAIL, USA

Lisa G. Cowan (lgcowan[at]cs.ucsd.edu), University of California San Diego, USA