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Call for Participation


Papers | Posters | Demos | Doctoral Symposium | UIST Visions | Student Volunteers | Student Innovation Contest |

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.

Update (posted March 18, 2020):
Further Paper Deadline Extension / Removing the Rebuttal Phase:

As the measures to help contain the spread of the covid-19 pandemic increasingly disrupt the course of research activities worldwide, the UIST 2020 Program Chairs together with the General Chairs and Steering Committee have decided to further extend the UIST 2020 submission deadline. We hope this will allow authors to navigate this complex situation with more serenity. The new deadline for the abstracts is April 20, 2020, 5PM PDT, and the new deadline for the papers is May 6, 2020, 5PM PDT.

These changes are made possible by removing the rebuttal phase for this year. We understand that this may end up frustrating for some. However, on balance we hope that the extra time for completing research is the most useful to you in these circumstances.

We are aware that these are uncertain times; however, this new deadline is definitive. An extension to May 6 is the latest we can possibly accommodate without impacting the quality of the review process, or the cycle of other subsequent conferences.

We also acknowledge that many authors are concerned with the impossibility of conducting in-person user studies. We want to stress that user studies are not the only possible means of assessing a research contribution. We encourage authors to consider the many other ways that contributions can be validated, and we will stress in the reviewing guidelines that, for many of the submitted works, user studies might not necessarily be the most appropriate, nor indispensable method to demonstrate validity or provide valuable insights.

We appreciate your understanding and support during these unusual times. If you have any questions, please email the paper chairs: program2020@uist.org


Submission Deadlines

Papers
Abstract Deadline: April 20, 2020, 5PM PDT
Paper Deadline: May 6, 2020, 5PM PDT
Posters July 8 July 22, 2020, 5PM PDT
Demos July 8 July 22, 2020, 5PM PDT
Doctoral Symposium July 8, 2020, 5PM PDT
UIST Visions To be announced.
Student Volunteers August 10, 2020, 5PM PDT
Student Innovation Contest July 8 August 2, 2020, 5PM PDT


Papers

Papers are the main medium for conveying new research results at UIST and must describe original, unpublished work.




Abstract Deadline (Paper title, abstract, author list) April 20, 2020, 5PM PDT
Paper Deadline (Paper PDF and Video) May 6, 2020, 5PM PDT
Conditional acceptance notification

 June 20, 2020



Reviews sent to authors

 June 24, 2020



Camera-ready versions due

 July 10, 2020


, 5pm PDT
Final acceptance decision

 July 21, 2020



Video preview due July 31, 2020, 5pm PDT
Revised Papers from Prior Submission: To ensure consistency of the review process, starting this year, we encourage authors of previously rejected papers to upload the prior version of the paper and the corresponding reviews from the last round of submission as part of the UIST 2020 paper submission process.


Submission Information
Submission Platform
  • All materials must be submitted electronically to PCS 2.0 http://new.precisionconference.com/~sigchi by the abstract and paper deadline
  • In PCS 2.0, first click “Submissions” at the top of the page, from the dropdown menus for society, conference, and track select “SIGCHI”, “UIST 2020” and “UIST 2020 Papers”, respectively, and press “Go”.
Submission Format and Length
Accompanying Video
  • optional, but highly encouraged
  • resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080), encoded as MP4 using the H.264 codec
  • no more than five minutes long
Maximum File Size
  • maximum total size for all files < 100 MB
Anonymity
  • anonymous, i.e. authors must remove their names and affiliations throughout all submission materials (paper, videos, supplementary material) [anonymity policy]
Selection process
  • referred, i.e. the program committee and a set of external reviewers will review submitted papers
Publication
  • archival, i.e. accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library and distributed in digital form to conference attendees
Presentation Format
  • talk at the conference by one or more authors of the paper
  • 20 minute talk (15 min + 5 min Q&A)
Demo
  • authors of accepted papers will be invited to participate in the UIST demo session [see below]
Before Submitting, Read General Guidelines

Below we highlight some of the most important points, but please ensure you have reviewed the UIST paper submission and review process [review process guide] as well as a guide to a successful UIST paper submission [general guidelines].

  • Original Contributions & Novelty Over Prior Work: If you have previously published a related paper, are unsure if your contribution is large enough to warrant a full paper, or if your work builds on top of your own prior poster or demo, please read the guidelines on novelty over existing work [novelty guidelines].
  • Citing Your Own Prior Work: UIST has strict guidelines on how to refer to your own prior work, including your own prior papers, posters, and demos at UIST and other venues [prior work guidelines].
  • Concurrent Submission: UIST does not allow any concurrent submissions to other conferences or journals during the entire review process [concurrent submission policy].

Program Chairs

Questions? Contact: program2020@uist.org

Fanny Chevalier
Fanny Chevalier
University of Toronto
Stefanie Mueller
Stefanie Mueller
MIT


Posters

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

Submission Deadline July 8 July 22, 2020, 5pm PDT
Acceptance notification July 29 August 5, 2020
Camera-ready versions due August 12 August 19, 2020, 5pm PDT
Video preview due (optional) August 19 September 2, 2020, 5pm PDT
Submission Information
Submission Platform
  • All submission materials must be submitted electronically to PCS 2.0 http://new.precisionconference.com/~sigchi before the submission deadline
  • In PCS 2.0, first click “Submissions” at the top of the page, from the dropdown menus for society, conference, and track select “SIGCHI”, “UIST 2020” and “UIST 2020 Posters", respectively, and press “Go”.
Submission Format and Length     Poster abstract
    Accompanying Poster
  • full size poster design in pdf
  • less than 30 X 40 inches (76 X 101 cm)
  • either portrait or landscape
Accompanying Video
  • optional, but highly encouraged
  • resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080), encoded as MP4 using the H.264 codec
  • no more than five minutes long
Maximum File Size
  • maximum total size for all files < 50 MB
Anonymity
  • not anonymous, include author names and institutions on extended abstract, poster, and the optional video
Selection process
  • juried by the UIST poster chairs
  • less rigorous than paper review and does not include an author’s response or conditional acceptance, i.e. authors may expect to only receive light feedback
  • juried content is generally not required to make the same level of lasting and significant contribution as refereed content
Publication
  • non-archival, ideas described in UIST posters can be resubmitted as an extended full paper in subsequent years

  • poster abstracts (2 pager) will be included in the ACM digital library as adjunct proceedings and distributed in digital form to conference attendees, the poster design will not be included in the ACM digital library
Presentation Format
  • a poster session lasting 1-2 hours on the first or second day of the conference
  • at least one author is requested to stand by their poster during the poster session to speak with conference attendees
Concurrent UIST Demo Submission
  • the same work cannot be submitted to both the UIST demo and poster tracks double submissions will only be considered as a demo submission and will be rejected from the poster track
Novelty of Work
  • resubmission of posters previously shown at other venues is allowed
  • please state previous poster venues and differences to previous posters in the appropriate box in PCS

The UIST Poster Example Gallery has ideas and guidelines for poster designs (coming soon).
In addition to the information provided here, you can find more information about the UIST poster submission and review process (coming soon) as well as a guide to a successful UIST paper submission here (coming soon).

Poster Chairs

Questions? Contact: posters2020@uist.org

Adam Fourney
Adam Fourney
Microsoft Research


Demos

Demonstrations show early implementations of novel and compelling interaction concepts, techniques, devices and systems. Demonstrations should be brief, and robust enough to be shown repeatedly. We particularly encourage highly interactive demos— 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.

New for UIST 2020: This year, we are excited to deliver an innovative online format for UIST 2020 Demos! The virtual format gives a broader audience the opportunity to explore the latest innovations in interactive technologies. For authors, the submission process is largely unchanged, and all demo submissions still go through the same rigorous curation process. Demo chairs will announce recommendations for presentation formats and logistics shortly. For questions please email the Demo chairs: demos@uist.org.

Submission Deadline July 8 July 22, 2020, 5pm PDT
Acceptance notification July 29 August 5, 2020
Camera-ready versions due August 12 August 19, 2020, 5pm PDT
Video preview due August 19 September 2, 2020, 5pm PDT
Submission Information
Submission Platform
  • All submission materials must be submitted electronically to PCS 2.0 http://new.precisionconference.com/~sigchi before the submission deadline
  • In PCS 2.0, first click “Submissions” at the top of the page, from the dropdown menus for society, conference, and track select “SIGCHI”, “UIST 2020” and “UIST 2020 Demos", respectively, and press “Go”.
Submission Format and Length Demo abstract
Demo Video
  • this video should be a standalone demonstration of the work
  • it shows the working demo in appropriate detail
  • it will be published ahead of time (~2 weeks before the conference) on the conference website
  • length recommendation: 5 min
Preview Video
  • video previews are mandatory
  • recommended resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080)
  • length: 30 seconds
Anonymity
  • demo submissions are not anonymous. Author names and institutions will be visible to the reviewing committee throughout the submission process.
Selection process
  • demos are juried by the UIST demo chairs, and there is no rebuttal phase
  • due to the nature of the juried process, authors will not receive review feedback and will only be informed about the decision
Publication
  • non-archival, ideas presented as a UIST demo can be resubmitted as an extended full paper in subsequent years
  • demo abstracts (2 pager) will be included in the ACM digital library as adjunct proceedings and distributed in digital form to conference attendees
Presentation Format
  • an interactive online demo session with a live audience
  • at least one author is requested to present their demo during demo sessions and to speak with conference attendees
  • more details will be announced soon
Concurrent UIST Poster Submission
  • the same work cannot be submitted to both the UIST demo and poster tracks
  • double submissions will only be considered as a demo submission and will be rejected from the poster track
Novelty
  • resubmission of demo previously shown at other venues is allowed
  • please mention if your work has been demonstrated at other venues in your PCS submission
Demos of Accepted UIST 2020 Papers
  • authors of accepted full papers will need to submit an entry into the demos track. they have two choices:

    (1) regular demo submission: authors are welcome to submit a demo abstract (2 pager), which will result in the abstract being included in the ACM digital library adjunct proceedings. This is sometimes relevant to reflect differences between paper and demo, e.g., changes in the list or order of authors.

    (2) fast track: paper authors can indicate in their submission that the demo accompanies a paper. they are only required to submit a video preview and other relevant metadata (e.g., title and abstract).

Demo Chairs

Questions? Contact: demos2020@uist.org

Gierad Laput
Gierad Laput
Apple
Alexandra Ion
Alexandra Ion
ETH Zürich


Doctoral Symposium

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. This year, the Doctoral Symposium will be held as a virtual symposium. We will spread out the symposium over two days: instead of one long session, we plan to have multiple shorter sessions on Monday and Tuesday. There will be some shared social activity with the panelists which will be organized closer to the actual date. The UIST Doctoral Symposium is a by invitation only event.

As with previous years, participants will have the opportunity to interact with distinguished panelists from the UIST community. Confirmed panelists include:

Submission Deadline July 8, 2020, 5pm PDT
Acceptance notification July 29, 2020
Camera-ready versions due August 12, 2020, 5pm PDT
Doctoral symposium date October 19-20, 2020
Submission Information
Eligibility
  • current Ph.D. student studying within the full range of disciplines and approaches that contribute to the UIST community
  • single-author
Submission Platform
  • All submission materials must be submitted electronically to PCS 2.0 http://new.precisionconference.com/~sigchi before the submission deadline
  • In PCS 2.0, first click “Submissions” at the top of the page, from the dropdown menus for society, conference, and track select “SIGCHI”, “UIST 2020” and “UIST 2020 Doctoral Symposium", respectively, and press “Go”.
Submission Format and Length
Accompanying Video
  • optional, but highly encouraged
  • resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080), encoded as MP4 using the H.264 codec
  • no more than five minutes long
Maximum File Size
  • maximum total size for all files < 50 MB
Anonymity
  • not anonymous, include the single author's name and institution(s) on the submission
Selection process
  • juried by the UIST doctoral symposium chairs and invited panelists
  • maximum eight students will be selected
  • criteria: anticipated contributions to the breadth and depth of the intellectual discussions of the symposium
  • preference will be given to applicants beyond the proposal stage and well into their dissertation research
  • does not include an author’s response or conditional acceptance, i.e. authors will only receive feedback along with the final decision
Publication
  • non-archival, ideas presented as the UIST Doctoral Symposium can be resubmitted
  • doctoral symposium abstracts (4 pager) will be included in the ACM digital library as adjunct proceedings and distributed in digital form to conference attendees
Presentation Format
  • talk at the Doctoral Symposium event, followed by extensive discussion with the panel and the other student participants
  • the student author is requested to attend
  • the exact times of sessions will be announced after the acceptance notification date
Novelty of Work
  • the doctoral symposium abstract should describe ongoing work and might summarize the student's full dissertation work, or highlight a particular part in depth.
Posters for Accepted Submissions
  • Each student is encouraged to present a poster describing his or her work to the full conference
  • Posters will be presented within the UIST poster session

Doctoral Symposium Chairs

Questions? Contact: doctoralsymposium2020@uist.org

Juergen Steimle
Jürgen Steimle
Saarland University
Wendy Ju
Wendy Ju
Cornell Tech


UIST Visions

Back for its third year, UIST Visions is a venue for forward thinking ideas to inspire the community. The goal is not to report research but to project and propose new research directions. We want to project the UIST community as thought leaders in HCI Technology. A maximum of 3 speakers will be invited and the review will be based on how interesting and provocative the ideas are. Appropriate issues might be: future trends, foundational technologies that we need to make progress, significant compelling problems that the community might address, something that is missing, or an alternative perspective on what we do.

Submission Deadline tbd
Acceptance notification tbd
Slide submission tbd
Submission Information
Eligibility
  • single author
  • submitters must have published at least 5 papers at a SIGCHI venue.
Submission Platform
  • All submission materials must be submitted electronically to PCS 2.0 http://new.precisionconference.com/~sigchi before the submission deadline
  • In PCS 2.0, first click “Submissions” at the top of the page, from the dropdown menus for society, conference, and track select “SIGCHI”, “UIST 2020” and “UIST 2020 Visions", respectively, and press “Go”.
Submission Format and Length
Accompanying Video
  • none
Maximum File Size
  • maximum total size for all files < 50 MB
Anonymity
  • not anonymous, include the author's name and institution(s) on the 1 page submission
Selection process
  • curated by the UIST vision chair
  • less rigorous than paper review and does not include an author’s response or conditional acceptance, i.e. authors will not receive any formal feedback other than the selection decision
Publication
  • non-archival, ideas presented as a UIST vision can be resubmitted as a full paper in subsequent years
  • vision abstracts (1 pager) will be included in the ACM digital library as adjunct proceedings and distributed in digital form to conference attendees, the slides will not be included in the ACM digital library
Presentation Format
  • talk at the conference
  • 15 minute presentation + 15 minute Q&A
  • accepted speakers will be required to sign the approval form to record and publish the talk
  • slides will be reviewed ahead of the conference to ensure a great, engaging presentation

Visions Chair

Questions? Contact: vision2020@uist.org

Ken Perlin
Ken Perlin
NYU


Student Volunteers

Application due July 15, 2020 August 10, 2020 5pm PDT
Acceptance notification August 5, 2020 August 31, 2020
Application Instructions

Sign-ups will be done through the new CHI SV portal listed below (note that this is different from the old page, so please make sure you follow the correct URL). Since UIST is now a virtual conference, we are aiming to recruit SVs with video conferencing experience from a mix of timezones. Please indicate your experiences and timezone in the pre-lottery survey.

New SV portal: https://new.chisv.org/conference/uist2020

Benefits and Duties

The SV experience at a virtual conference will be much different than SV experience at past iterations of UIST. Nevertheless, we believe the heart of being a student volunteer is allowing students to make connections within the larger UIST community, both with each other and more senior researchers. In addition to free conference registration, we are organizing a series of new "rockstar" Q&A sessions with senior researchers. Being an SV will still give you a chance to attend the premier forum for innovations in human-computer interfaces and network with the leaders in the field!

If you are a UIST Student Volunteer, you get:

  • Free conference registration
  • Exclusive SV “rockstar” Q&A sessions with senior faculty and researchers
  • Building a tight SV community
  • The chance to closely work together with both presenters and the conference organizing committee, a good gateway to more involved organizing tasks
Logistics

To take advantage of the online format, this year we will accept more SVs than we have in the past, with each SV having fewer tasks. Our goal is to make sure SVs can attend the sessions that they are interested in. (For reference, in 2019 we had around 25 SVs who worked 14 hours each.) Thus we encourage everyone interested in making an impact in the UIST community to apply.

SVs will do a mix of tasks before the conference (e.g., setting up online infrastructure to run sessions) as well as during (e.g., moderating paper or demo sessions using video conferencing tools). Before conference tasks may start up in September, not just a few days before the conference. Please indicate your availability to do pre-conference tasks on the lottery questionnaire and we will try to accommodate everyone's preferences as best as possible.

Student Volunteers Chairs

Questions? Contact: sv2020@uist.org

M. Doga Dogan
M. Doga Dogan
MIT


Student Innovation Contest

Deadline to apply July 8 August 2, 2020, 5pm PDT
Decisions Announced July 22 August 7, 2020, 5pm PDT

Update on July 7: The student innovation contest will still take place this year! Please stay tuned for the updated call for proposals, which should be posted in the next week.

The UIST SIC is your opportunity to shine and impress the world with your creative ideas! Each team will receive a hardware kit generously provided by our contest’s sponsor. Participants will have approximately three months to implement their innovative concept based on the sponsored hardware. Teams will demo their work during the reception at the conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and contest winners will be announced during the conference. A jury composed of senior UIST community members will select one team to receive the SIC jury award. On top of that, conference attendees will get a chance to vote for their favorite teams in the People's Choice category. All categories receive prizes!

The final hardware kit and contest modality will be updated soon!

Registration

The submission deadline is August 2, 2020 5pm PDT.

To complete your submission, you’ll need:

  • A description of your idea, in about 100-words
  • Supporting document (SIGCHI extended abstract format, 2-page max)
  • Link to supporting materials (images, video, etc.)
  • Complete other items in the registration page (contact info, etc.)

Decisions will be emailed to each team by August 7, 2020, 5pm PDT

For accepted teams, one of your team members MUST register for the UIST conference and pay the registration fee. If you’ve been accepted as a student volunteer, you can let us know as well.

Once we've confirmed your UIST conference registration, we will ship your hardware!

Contest Rules, Details, and Suggestions

  • Pre-Selection Criteria: organizers will select up to 20 teams, judged based on usefulness, creativity, complexity, feasibility, and time/resource constraints.
  • Team Size: minimum team size is 2, the maximum is 5.
  • Team Composition: you can’t be part of multiple teams!
  • Eligibility: you MUST be a student to participate in this contest. Students of all levels (high school, bachelor's, master's, PhD) are encouraged to participate.
  • Registration Requirement: If your team is accepted, at least one of your team members MUST register for the conference (or be accepted as a student volunteer). This is for three reasons: 1) you have to demo your idea, 2) you have to claim your prizes, and 3) UIST is an awesome conference!
  • Demo Ideas: during the contest voting period, teams will be allowed to demo one idea. Different demos of the same idea are permitted.
  • Demo Code: We encourage you to open-source your code. The organizers will create a github organization where all teams will be able to post their code (don’t worry, we will not judge you on your code!).
  • Demo Safety: Safety is our utmost priority. Make sure your demos follow reasonable safety guidelines (i.e., don’t light anything on fire!)
  • Privacy: Please do not record or publish materials (photo, video, on-body sensor data...) captured at the contest (e.g., participants using your hardware) without explicit consent approval from your institution’s research ethics board.
  • Extra Equipment: teams must bring supporting computers and hardware to run their demos, including the hardware shipped by the contest organizers. No extra equipment will be handed out at UIST.
  • Power Supply: a US power strip will be provided for each team at their demo table. However, we recommend that you bring your own regional power strip with the appropriate adapter for connecting your hardware if needed.
  • WiFi: Develop your project with the assumption that you will not have internet access at the venue. I.e., if your project absolutely need internet, make sure to bring your own router, switch, etc. and be prepared to create an access point using a mobile device.
  • Bluetooth: If you decide to use Bluetooth, please test it beforehand (some bluetooth firmware are easily stressed when 300 attendees are around your demo with BT enabled devices). Make sure you have a (wired) plan B.

Awards

Innovation comes in many forms. At UIST, we provide Student Innovation Contest awards for the following categories:

  • Jury Award
  • People's Choice (Attendee Votes)

Winners will win cash prizes and a UIST SIC certificate. Note that we reserve the right to change the awards structure during the contest.

Funding Opportunities

The Student Innovation Contest’s purpose is to provide students from all backgrounds with a dynamic and interdisciplinary atmosphere that allows them to explore HCI research and build a network of peers. Since it is fundamental to our development as a research community, UIST 2020 aims at increasing its diversity and inclusion efforts and broadening participation among underrepresented minorities.

We are currently trying to secure grants to fund the travel costs of as many teams as possible! Stay tuned for announcements.

SIC Chairs

Questions? Contact the SIC Chairs! sic2020@uist.org

Pascal Fortin
Pascal Fortin
McGill University
Koji Yatani
Koji Yatani
University of Tokyo
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