Appropriate Topics

Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Enabling software and/or hardware technologies that open novel opportunities for interaction.
  • Designs that demonstrate compelling new interactive experiences.
  • Methods, architectures, and infrastructures for interactive systems.

In recent years, successful UIST submissions have focused on domains including: input and output devices, augmented/virtual reality, programming tools, mobile interaction, haptic and tactile interfaces, human-robot interaction, AI and HCI, fabrication, design and prototyping tools, creativity tools, ubiquitous computing, accessibility, visualization, information management, wearable computing, social computing, toolkits, education, crowdsourcing, and computer-supported cooperative work. We look forward to relevant submissions in novel domains as well.

Authors of all accepted papers will also be invited and encouraged to participate in the demo session. All papers should be submitted electronically to: To create a new submission in PCS 2.0, first click “Submissions” at the top of the page. You will be presented with 3 dropdown menus for the submission society, conference, and track. Select “SIGCHI”, “UIST 2019” and “UIST 2019 Papers” respectively, and hit "Go".

Important Dates

  • Paper deadline

    April 5, 2019, 5pm PDT

    Demos deadline

    July 10, 2019, 5pm PDT


  • Submission deadline

    April 5, 2019, 5pm PDT

  • Reviews sent to authors

    May 31, 2019

  • Rebuttals due

    June 7, 2019, 5pm PDT

  • Conditional acceptance notification

    June 21, 2019

  • Final reviews sent to authors

    June 26, 2019

  • Camera-ready versions due

    July 15, 2019

  • Final acceptance decision

    July 22, 2019

  • Video preview due

    July 29, 2019

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 Submissions are sought that describe original, unpublished work on user interface interaction techniques, systems, tools, services, devices or applications. Please consult the UIST 2019 Author's Guide for information on submission format and policies for previous and simultaneous publications. Note that paper submissions must be anonymous! Authors must remove their names and affiliations from the masterhead and refer to their own previous work in third person when possible. See the anonymization policy in the Author’s Guide for more information.

Paper Length and Presentation Time

Papers can be of any page length, though should be commensurate with the size of the contribution. A typical UIST contribution is ten pages plus references. A new idea presented in a compact format is more likely to be accepted than the same idea in a long format. Long papers need to include very strong contributions to warrant acceptance. Shorter, focused papers are an appropriate submission length for UIST and encouraged. References do not count towards the page length. In rare cases, authors may be requested to shorten papers as a result of the review process, for example by removing sections that detracts from a paper’s main contribution. All papers will have the same presentation time at the conference and there will be no distinction made between papers based on length in the program, proceedings or digital library. Exact talk duration will be determined when the program is finalized.

Supporting Video Figure

With the paper submission, authors are also strongly encouraged to submit a supporting video for upto three minutes. This video could help reviewers better understand the look and feel of your research. To prepare your video figure, please see the video guide page.

Submission Requirements

When you submit your work, you will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions of the SIGCHI Submitter Agreement. Late author changes require approval from Program Chairs and may be declined or require paper withdrawal because of reviewing conflicts.

Reviewing and Rebuttal Process

Rigorous reviewing is a hallmark of UIST. Each paper will be reviewed by 3 external reviewers (experts in the area who are not on the Program Committee). Additionally, every paper will receive a review from a member of the Program Committee. On May 31st, 2019, authors will be notified of their initial reviews. If reviews fall below a threshold, the paper will be rejected at this stage; otherwise, the authors will have the opportunity to submit a rebuttal due on June 7, 2019. On June 21, 2019, authors will be notified if their papers have been conditionally accepted or rejected.

Conditional Acceptance

All acceptances will be conditional pending changes that the Program Committee may suggest or require for the final camera-ready paper. This means that a paper will not be accepted to UIST until authors revise and submit the final camera-ready paper for approval by the Program Committee. Any lengthening of the paper for the camera-ready version must be approved by the primary program committee member in charge of the paper (1AC).

Video Previews (After Acceptance)

Video previews (only required for accepted papers) are 30-second clips that describe and showcase a publication before, during, and after the conference. They often attract substantial media attention. Video previews are mandatory accompanying material for Papers, and optional for Posters and Demos. See the video previews page for details. Video previews will be released no sooner than two weeks before the start of the conference. The deadline for video previews is TBA.


All paper submissions must be made in the SIGCHI papers format. This is the same format that UIST has used in past years, not the more recent experiment from CHI 2019. Note that this format utilizes the newer “Firstname M. Lastname” convention.


Authors are requested to make the pdf of their papers accessible at submission time and will be required to make their pdf accessible after acceptance. In addition, this year we will require camera-ready submissions to include alternative text (alt-text) for all figures in a form field in Percision Conference. This will help UIST committee members to verify and correct inaccessible submissions. We highly reccomend that authors draft their alt-text before submitting their paper. It may take you about an hour to make your file accessible, so be sure to leave time before the submission deadline to do so. Please refer to the instructions on Creating an Accessible ACM Conference Paper for information on how to accomplish this. For authors writing about disability/ accessibility issues, the ASSETS writing guide may also be helpful.

A note for authors who use LaTex: PDFs created with LaTex are very difficult to make accessible, unless you edit the output directly in Adobe Acrobat. Note that making an accessible PDF is not well-supported by any standard LaTex editors that we are aware of. If you use LaTex, you will need to manually edit your PDF using Adobe Acrobat to make it accessible.

Public Dissemination Date

The title and abstract of all accepted papers are typically announced shortly after the final camera-ready paper deadline on July 29, 2019. Note, however, that this is not the official publication date. The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to one month prior to the first day of the conference. Therefore, the official publication date, also known as the official public dissemination date, may be as early as September 2019.

Support for Student Presentations: The SIGCHI Student Travel Grant (SSTG) program is intended to enable students who lack other funding opportunities to attend SIGCHI-sponsored or co-sponsored conferences. This travel grant is intended to support students whose intention is to present at a SIGCHI-sponsored conference, not just attend. More details are available.

Program Committee Chairs

Questions? Contact:

Michael Bernstein
Stanford University
Katharina Reinecke
University of Washington


  • Submission deadline

    July 10, 2019, 5pm PDT

  • Acceptance notification

    August 2, 2019

  • Camera-ready versions due

    August 9, 2019

  • Video preview due (required)

    August 23, 2019

Demonstrations show early implementations of novel and compelling interaction concepts, techniques, devices and systems. They can also serve to showcase commercial products not previously described in the research literature. Demonstrations should be brief, and robust enough to be shown repeatedly. We particularly encourage highly interactive demos with strong participant engagement— from novel web systems and prototype devices, to new materials, physical outputs, and large interactive installations. Demos are one of the highlights of the UIST conference, showcased at a special evening reception.

Accepted demonstration abstracts will be published together with posters and doctoral symposium abstracts, and are made available digitally to conference attendees. We also extend invitations to authors of accepted UIST papers to present their work at the demo reception.

A demo submission should follow the official SIGCHI conference publication paper format (use the Word Template or Latex Template), and should be no more than two pages in length, not including references. Note that demo submissions, unlike paper submissions, are not anonymous.

All papers should be submitted electronically to: New Precision Conference. References do not count towards the page length.

Accepted UIST Papers

Authors of accepted UIST papers who wish to present demos have two choices:
  1. Authors can do a full demo submission including the two page write up. The abstract will be published together with posters and doctoral symposium abstracts and made available digitally to conference attendees.
  2. Authors can decide to only submit the (mock-up) photo of the demonstration as described above (fully envisioned setup and labeled). As a result, no extended abstract will be included in the proceedings.

Selection Process

The selection process for UIST demos is curated, that is, selected by an esteemed committee, but not sent out to external reviewers. The curated demo content will be selected from demonstration submissions, accepted papers, as well as projects invited by the demo chairs. Authors will not receive formal feedback on their submission other than the selection decision.

Submission Details

The demo submission should include 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 organizers get a good understanding of your setup. This will also allow the organizers to better 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.

Video Previews (After Acceptance)

Video previews (only required for accepted papers) are 30-second clips that describe and showcase a publication before, during, and after the conference. Video previews are mandatory accompanying material for Papers, and optional for Posters and Demos. See the video previews page for details. Video previews are 30-second clips that describe and showcase a publication before, during, and after the conference. They often attract substantial media attention. Video previews will be released no sooner than two weeks before the start of the conference. The deadline for video previews is TBA.

Demo Chairs

Questions? Contact:

Gierad Laput
Stefanie Mueller