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20th UIST @ Newport, RI

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UIST 2007 Submission Deadlines have now past.
Please see our Conference Program!


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 2007 Conference Proceedings and the UIST 2007 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 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 2007 Author's Guide. This document contains information on the reviewing process and a description of what constitutes an excellent UIST contributionincluding the page format for all submissions. Note that submissions are not anonymous.

This year, we are accepting only electronic submissions. To submit electronically, see the UIST Electronic Submission site ( http://www.precisionconference.com/~sigchi).

Videos of implementations should be submitted through the UIST Electronic Submission Site. Although papers and 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.

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, March 30, 2007

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 devices, techniques, applications, or metaphors. Please consult the UIST 2007 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:

  • Novel enabling technologies such as innovative input devices, displays, new interaction techniques, or new media that extend the boundaries of traditional interaction, such as perceptual user interfaces, augmented reality, ubiquitous computing, 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 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, 2007: Authors will have the opportunity to provide a rebuttal to reviewer comments

June 11, 2007: 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 22, 2007: Authors submit revised conditionally accepted papers to committee for final review

July 13, 2007: Final camera ready papers due

Program Chair:
Ravin Balakrishnan (ravin[at]dgp.toronto.edu), University of Toronto


 

Tech Notes

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2007

Tech notes provide a forum for disseminating new interaction techniques. UIST tech notes 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. Please consult the UIST 2007 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 novel 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, 2007: Authors will have the opportunity to provide a rebuttal to reviewer comments

June 11, 2007: 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 tech note. This means that your tech note will not be formally accepted to UIST until you revise it and submit a final draft for approval by the program committee.

June 22, 2007: Authors submit revised conditionally accepted tech notes to committee for final review

July 13, 2007: Final camera ready papers due

Program Chair:
Ravin Balakrishnan (ravin[at]dgp.toronto.edu), University of Toronto
 

Posters

Deadline: Monday, June 25, 2007 July 2, 2007

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.

Poster submissions should be in the form of a two-page paper in UIST format, describing the research problem, contribution, and value to UIST attendees (PDF format). In addition to the two-page paper, poster submissions require submitting the poster itself (PDF format). Authors may include a video (optional). Video files should be at most three minutes long and 30MB in size. See the video guide and the general information above for details. Before designing the poster, we recommend checking out the UIST 2005 Poster Example Gallery.

Accepted poster abstracts will be published together with demos in both a booklet and a DVD distributed to the conference attendees. Posters and the optional video may also be published in the DVD, at the authors' discretion. Poster abstracts and previews should be submitted electronically to http://www.precisionconference.com/~sigchi.

Posters will be displayed on corkboards during conference break periods. 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. (Many authors have found it easiest to create a slide in PowerPoint and have a copy shop print it at 400% magnification.) In addition, poster authors are expected to give a 60-second presentation of their work at the conference (1-minute madness). Authors will be notified of poster results on or before July 30 August 3. Final versions will be due August 21, 2007.

Posters chairs:
Joe Tullio (jtullio[at]acm.org), Motorola Labs
Steve Voida (svoida[at]cc.gatech.edu), Georgia Tech


 

Demonstrations

Deadline: Monday, June 25, 2007 July 2, 2007

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 demos will be published, together with posters, in a booklet distributed to UIST attendees. UIST will showcase accepted demos at a demo reception on Monday evening, October 8. We will also invite authors of accepted papers and TechNotes to present their work at the demo reception.

A demo submission consists of an extended abstract that should be no more than two ACM conference pages in length. Any accompanying video should be at most three minutes long and 30MB in size. See the video guide and the general information above for details. Both the demo abstract and the optional digital video should be submitted electronically to http://www.precisionconference.com/~sigchi. Authors who need to submit a physical videotape should contact Andy Wilson directly. Authors will be notified of demo results on or before July 30 August 3. Final versions will be due August 21, 2007.

Demos chairs:
Andy Wilson (awilson[at]microsoft.com), Microsoft Research, USA
Daniel Wigdor (dwigdor[at]dgp.toronto.edu), University of Toronto
 


 

Doctoral Symposium

Deadline: Monday, June 25, 2007 July 2, 2007

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). 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 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 is encouraged to 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, October 6th, continue all day Sunday, October 7, and conclude with poster presentations at the UIST opening reception Sunday evening. Doctoral Symposium papers will be published in the UIST conference companion distributed at the conference. 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 http://www.precisionconference.com/~sigchi.Authors will be notified of DS results on or before July 30 August 3.

Doctoral Symposium Chair:
Beth Mynatt (mynatt[at]cc.gatech.edu), Georgia Tech




 

Proceedings Cover Contest

Submission Deadline: Friday, July 13, 2007

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of UIST, we will hold a contest to design an image for the cover of the conference proceedings. This image will be used not only on the cover, but also on the conference DVD, program, web site and possibly other promotional materials. The winning cover image will be chosen by a group of past and present conference committee members, with preference given to images that reflect the topic of the conference and/or its history. The winning cover artist will be acknowledged in the conference opening presentation, on the web site, in the conference program and the proceedings.

To aid in the creation of a design that reflects the history of UIST, we will make available to entrants a repository of all papers presented at the conference and images of all previous proceedings covers. To obtain access to this information, please send e-mail to uist2007-cover-contest@acm.org**.

To be considered, the cover image must include the following elements:

  • The short and full names of the conference: "UIST 2007" and "Proceedings of the 20th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology"
  • The date of the conference: October 7-10, 2007
  • The location of the conference: Newport, Rhode Island
  • Logos for ACM Press, SIGCHI, and SIGGRAPH (will be provided)
The image will be printed on the cover in full color with one solid background color. The image should be designed to fit on a US standard 8.5x11 inch page with minimum 0.5 inch margins. Submitted images may be of low resolution, however the artist must be able to provide a high resolution image (between 300 and 600 dpi) promptly upon request. The winner will also be required to sign a copyright form allowing the ACM to publish their image as part of the UIST proceedings.

Entries should be submitted to http://www.precisionconference.com/~sigchi/ by 11:59pm on July 13, 2007. All images submitted before the deadline meeting the above requirements will be considered.

The winner will be announced July 27. A high resolution image and a signed copyright form will be required from the winning artist by August 6.

If you have any questions, please send e-mail to uist2007-cover-contest[at]acm.org.

** For copyright reasons, entrants wishing to use the repository of conference materials must sign an agreement saying that they will not distribute those materials further or use them for any reason other than creating a cover design.




 

20th Anniversary Video Collection

We are attempting to collect high-quality versions of videos published at previous UIST conferences. In particular, we are interested in obtaining high-quality digital versions of videos originally published on video cassette (2000 and earlier). Our hope is that these videos can be added to the ACM digital library and be included in preparations for the UIST 20th anniversary.

If you fall into any of the following categories, we would like to hear from you at uist20-video-collection[at]acm.org:

  • If you have published a video at UIST that was distributed on videotape and have a digital copy of the video (preferably of higher quality than the published video), please contact us. If you have the video online already and would like your video to be included in the collection, please send us a link to the video.
  • We are also aware that some videos from previous UIST conferences have been digitized from the original videotapes. If you have a collection of digitized videos, we would also like to hear from you.
  • If you have published a video at UIST that was distributed on DVD (UIST 2001 and later) and would like to submit a higher quality version, please contact us. Note that you do not need to contact us if you were happy with the digital version originally published on the conference DVD.

Thank you very much for assisting us in this effort!


 

Student Volunteers

Application Deadline: Friday, July 13, 2007

The UIST 2007 Student Volunteer chairs are Kate Everitt (everitt[at]cs.washington.edu) and Mike Wu (mchi[at]dgp.toronto.edu).

Timetable

  • Applications now open.
  • Application deadline: Friday, July 13, 2007.
  • Results notification: Friday, July 20, 2007.

Application Instructions

To apply to be a student volunteer, please email the information below (with subject "UIST SV") to Mike Wu (mchi[at]dgp.toronto.edu)

Name:
Email:
City, Country:
University:
Degree Program:
Year in program:
Advisor:
Number of previous UISTs attended:
Have you been a UIST student volunteer before (when):
Have you been a student volunteer for other conferences which ones):
Language(s) spoken:

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...

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 should try to arrive at least a couple hours before the start of the conference 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 after UIST (or occasionally during UIST). 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.