UIST 2012 - Call For Participation
24th UIST @ Monterey, CA

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All deadlines are 5pm PDT (Pacific Time) unless specified otherwise!

UIST 2012 Submission Deadlines

Notable changes from last year's Call for Participation are highlighted in yellow.

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, single track, and comfortable surroundings make this symposium an ideal opportunity to exchange research results and implementation experiences.

Accepted papers will be published in the UIST 2012 Conference Proceedings and the UIST 2012 Video Proceedings, and will be included in the ACM Digital Library. The primary author of each accepted paper will receive an Author Kit with detailed instructions on how to submit a final, publication-ready version of the paper. Accepted demos and posters will be made available to the conference attendees digitally.

We recommend that prospective authors consult the UIST 2012 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.

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 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 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).



Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2012

Papers 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 uses an anonymous submission process (similar to CHI) for paper submissions. Please consult the UIST 2012 Author's Guide for information on paper format and UIST's policies on previous and simultaneous publications. Note that paper submissions are anonymous! Authors must remove author names and affiliations from the masthead. We also strongly encourage them to refer to their own previous work in third person. See the anonymization policy for more information.

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, mobile interaction, ubiquitous computing (including wearables), social software, and computer-supported collaborative work.
  • Innovative user interfaces for difficult interaction contexts or challenging applications. Examples include managing large, complex information sets, usable privacy and security, multi-user interaction, crowdsourcing, or techniques that span devices distributed in time and space.
  • Breakthrough user experiences leveraging techniques such as machine learning, computer vision, computer graphics, speech processing, networking, or human perception and cognition.
  • Innovative software architectures, design tools, toolkits, programming systems and development environments that support the development and use of the above technologies in user interfaces.

Authors of all accepted papers will also be invited to participate in the demo session.

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

Paper length: There is no arbitrary minimum or maximum length imposed on papers. Rather, reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Papers should be succinct, but thorough in presenting the work. Typical research papers will be 10 pages long but papers can be shorter if the contribution is smaller. While we will review papers longer than 10 pages, the contributions must warrant the extra length. Shorter, more focused papers (called Tech Notes in years prior to 2011) are encouraged, and will be reviewed like any other paper. Papers whose length is incommensurate with their contribution will be rejected.

Videos: The submission of supplementary videos is highly encouraged. Especially in cases of interactive systems, videos provide a crucial role in convincing the reviewers that the system presented works and works well. 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.

Reviewing and rebuttal process: Rigorous reviewing is a UIST hallmark: each paper will be fully reviewed by a primary reviewer (from the papers committee) and 3 external reviewers (experts in the area that are not on the committee). On May 25, authors will be notified of their reviews. If reviews fall below the auto-rejection threshold the paper will be rejected at this stage. Otherwise, the authors will have the opportunity to submit a rebuttal if their paper is above the rejection threshold. Furthermore, a secondary reviewer (from the papers committee) will be asked to write a review prior to the committee meeting taking into account the rebuttal.

Relevant dates:

April 13, 2012: Papers due by 17:00 PDT.

May 25, 2012: Auto-rejected papers will get notified.

May 25-June 1, 2012: Authors will have the opportunity to provide a rebuttal to reviewer comments.

June 11, 2012: 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, 2012: Authors submit revised conditionally accepted papers to committee for final review.

July 3, 2012: Final camera ready papers due.

Program Chairs:
Hrvoje Benko, Microsoft Research, USA
Celine Latulipe, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA



Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2012

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.

A poster submission should be in the form of a two-page paper in UIST format (doc, pdf), describing the research problem, contribution, and value to UIST attendees. Note that poster submissions, unlike paper submissions, are 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.

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

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

Accepted poster abstracts will be published together with demonstration and doctoral symposium abstracts in digital form and distributed to conference attendees. Posters and videos may also be published at the authors' discretion. Poster abstracts and previews should be submitted electronically to Precision Conference.

Posters will be displayed during conference break periods and during an evening demo reception on Oct 8th. We expect to be able to accommodate posters of up to 30 inches by 40 inches (either vertical or horizontal), so we suggest using that size or smaller for your prototype.

Authors will be notified of poster results on or before Monday, July 27, 2012. Final versions will be due Monday, August 12, 2012.

Relevant dates:

June 29, 2012: Submissions due by 17:00 PDT.

July 27, 2012: Notification of acceptance decisions.

August 12, 2012: Camera ready versions due.

Posters chairs:
Mira Dontcheva, Adobe, USA
Amy Karlson, Microsoft Research, USA


Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2012

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 abstracts will be published together with posters and doctoral symposium abstracts and made available digitally to conference attendees. UIST will showcase accepted demos at an evening demo reception on October 8th.We will also invite authors of accepted papers to present their work at the demo reception.

A demo submission consists of an extended abstract in UIST format (doc, pdf) that should be no more than two pages in length. Note that demo submission, unlike paper submission, is not anonymous. New this year: the demo submission includes a (mock-up) photo of the demonstration showing the envisioned setup (demo hardware components, tables, chairs, lights and other equipment), as well as the demonstrators alongside conference attendees interacting with the demo. Please label and annotate all parts of the image(s) so that reviewers and organizers get a good understanding of your setup. Conference organizers will also better be able to consider your requirements when organizing the demonstration space at the conference. Submitting an accompanying video is optional, but highly encouraged. Any submitted video should be no longer than three minutes and at most 50MB in size.

Demos are non-archival: UIST demos are non-archival and UIST allows resubmission of demos previously shown at other venues. Authors should state previous demo venues in the appropriate box in the upload form and point out differences to previous demos.

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 will be notified of demo results on or before Monday, July 27, 2012. Final versions will be due Monday, August 12, 2012.

Relevant dates:

June 29, 2012: Submissions due by 17:00 PDT.

July 27, 2012: Notification of acceptance decisions.

August 12, 2012: Camera ready versions due.

Demos chairs:
Christian Holz, Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
Scott Saponas, Microsoft Research, USA

Doctoral Symposium

Deadline: Friday, June 29

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 format (doc, pdf), as described in the authors' guide). Note that doctoral symposium submission, unlike paper 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 the demo reception on October 8th.

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 6th, continue all day Sunday, October 7th, and conclude with poster presentations at the UIST demo reception. Doctoral Symposium abstracts will be published together with poster and demonstration abstracts and made available digitally to conference attendees. Posters may also be published at the participant's discretion. A travel stipend, free accommodation, 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 of doctoral symposium results on or before Monday, July 27, 2012.

Relevant dates:

June 29, 2012: Submissions due by 17:00 PDT.

July 27, 2012: Notification of acceptance decisions.

August 12, 2012: Camera ready versions due.

Doctoral Symposium Chair:
Steven Feiner, Columbia University, USA

Student Volunteers

Application Deadline: Friday, July 1

The UIST 2012 Student Volunteer chairs are:

Chinmay Kulkarni, Stanford University, USA


  • Application deadline: July 1, 2012
  • Results notification: July 15, 2012

Application Instructions

To apply to be a student volunteer, please sign up at the UIST SV portal.


If you have any questions/problems, please contact the chairs at sv@uist.org.

Benefits and Duties

If you are a UIST Student Volunteer, you get free conference registration -- a chance to attend the premier forum for innovations in developing human-computer interfaces. You also get a free T-shirt.

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

Update: UIST SV T-shirt Contest

We've only selected 13 of the 14 volunteer slots -- we are holding a t-shirt design contest for the final one. If you win, you get a guaranteed SV spot, as well as 3 hours of work credit so you have more free time at the conference.

Here are the details: The t-shirt fabric must be a noticeable color (e.g., not white or gray), the design must be clearly visible from across the room, and you can choose to use either two colors on a one-sided shirt or one color on a two-sided shirt. Please convert the text to paths/curves/outlines (or embed the fonts), do not use color halftones, use a minimum line width of 1.5pt (or 2pt for reverse print), and font sizes larger than 15pt. Submit your design to sv@uist.org by Aug 12 with both a PDF and a source (AI or EPS, vector) format. The SV chairs will do the judging.