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Submission Deadlines

Papers
Abstract: Wed. March 31, 2021 5pm PT
Full Submission: Wed. April 7, 2021 5pm PT
Videos: Mon. April 12, 2021 5pm PT
Posters Wed. July 14, 2021 5pm PT
Demos Wed. July 14, 2021 5pm PT
Doctoral Symposium Wed. June 30, 2021 5pm PT
UIST Visions Sun. August 22, 2021 5pm PT
Student Volunteers Mon. August 9, 2021
Student Innovation Contest
Application Deadline: Mon. August 2, 2021
Acceptance notification: Mon. August 9, 2021
Submission of project video: Thu. October 7, 2021
Lightning Talk
Abstract: Thu. September 16, 2021
Video: Thu. September 23, 2021
Social Meetups Fri. October 1, 2021

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.

Click here to access the UIST 2021 Author Guide

Changes This Year

Accepted Paper Publication Timeline

In previous years, papers would become available publicly on the ACM DL up to a week in advance of the conference. This year, pre-print papers will become available to conference registrants much earlier, as soon as August 11, 2021. This is just one week after the camera-ready deadline, and approximately two months earlier than past years.

Authors who have internal approvals or intellectual property deadlines related to the publication date of their papers should take note of and prepare for this much earlier deadline.

Details of how papers will be released will be forthcoming before the paper submission deadline. Access will be restricted to only those registered for the conference.

Paper Rebuttals

In previous years, it has become a tradition to set a cut-off score for the rebuttal opportunity and reject low-scoring papers after the initial reviews. For those authors who entered the rebuttal stage, this usually one-week long stage was often reported as particularly stressful to coordinate especially around weekends.

For UIST 2021, we are implementing the following changes as part of the review process. First, we are removing the rebuttal cut-off to enable more controversial papers to participate in the full review process. Associate Chairs should gauge from the reviews and internal discussion whether a rebuttal is encouraged and state so in their meta reviews. Second, we are implementing a two-week rebuttal period from Wednesday, May 26 to Wednesday, June 9, 2021. This extended period is intended for authors to coordinate remotely and enable all authors including those who submitted to UIST for the first time to fully engage with the reviews and the rebuttal opportunity.

Members of the program committee managing a paper are asked to request a third Associate Chair for papers that remain undecided after the rebuttal and initial follow-up reviewer discussion. A rebuttal response by Associate Chairs and external reviewers will be enforced by the Papers co-chairs as much as possible.

System Contributions

UIST invites many types of HCI research contributions, including those that pertain to interactive systems. Evaluating systems contributions can be hard, and there are unconscious biases that we must actively address as we review.

For example, a system built on well-known techniques can holistically accomplish novel functionality. In these types of situations, reviewers will need to judge the novelty of the bricolage and the significance of its contribution without penalizing the work for leveraging existing solutions.

Similarly, given the diversity of systems contributions, authors and reviewers should carefully consider whether an empirical evaluation is required or even appropriate. Papers that do not include such an evaluation should not be penalized unless the quality of the research or scholarship is materially diminished, a consideration that is especially important in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To more fairly and consistently evaluate systems HCI work, this year we will elicit more structured feedback from reviewers based on guidelines proposed by many researchers in the systems HCI community. We will publish more details on this soon.

Accessible Submissions

Accessibility is a key concern for the UIST 2021 Program Chairs: We ask authors to try to be as inclusive as possible and will allow 3 more days after the paper submission deadline (3-day grace period) to provide alt-text for all figures and tables, and upload your optional video and make it accessible including video subtitles. The video has traditionally been due the same day as paper submissions and this has always been stressful. Allowing additional time for your paper and video submissions to be accessible will overall help increase the quality of the conference. These additional materials are due on Monday, April 12, 2021, and will enable the UIST 2021 Accessibility Chairs and volunteers to assist with creating accessible submissions.

Papers

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

Abstracts due (title, abstract, author list) Wednesday March 31, 2021 5pm PT
Papers due (paper PDF) Wednesday April 7, 2021 5pm PT
Alt-text and videos (with subtitles) due Monday, April 12, 5pm PT
Initial reviews sent to authors
Two-week rebuttal period starts
(all papers have a rebuttal opportunity, no cut-off)
Wednesday May 26, 2021 5pm PT
Rebuttals due Wednesday June 9, 2021 5pm PT
Decisions sent to authors
(conditional acceptance or rejection)
Friday June 25, 2021 5pm PT
Final reviews sent to authors Wednesday June 30, 2021 5pm PT
Camera-ready versions due Wednesday July 28, 2021 5pm PT
Final acceptance decision Wednesday August 4, 2021 5pm PT
Video preview due TBD
Revised Papers from Prior Submission: To ensure consistency of the review process, 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 2021 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 2021” and “UIST 2021 Papers”, respectively, and press “Go”.
Submission Format and Length
  • We will adopt the ACM TAPS Workflow: https://www.acm.org/publications/taps/word-template-workflow
  • Submissions should be made using the single-column format in PDF: Word Submission Template (example PDF), or sample-manuscript.tex using \documentclass[manuscript,review,anonymous]{acmart} for the LaTeX template (example PDF). The reason we require single-column submission is to reduce unconscious bias in the review process towards Word and LaTeX authors.
  • UIST papers are of variable length. Paper length must be based on the weight of the contribution. A new idea presented in a compact format is more likely to be accepted than the same idea in a long format, and shorter more focused papers are encouraged. For authors familiar with the two-column UIST format to estimate the length of their paper using the single-column template used as part of the TAPS workflow, please consider a manuscript of ~7,500-10,000 words to be roughly 10 pages in two-column format.
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
  • Size: < 150 MB
  • Subtitles are required (3-day grace period) using a separate .srt or .sbv file
Maximum File Size
  • Maximum total size for all files < 300 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
  • Expected to be 10 minute slots, including pre-recorded talk and live Q&A. Details to be updated by April 7
Video Preview
  • Video previews are mandatory (due at the camera-ready deadline)
  • Recommended resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080) or 4k (3840 x 2160 px), encoded as MP4 using the H.264 codec
  • Length: 30 seconds
  • Size: < 100 MB
  • Subtitles are required using a separate .srt or .sbv file
Demo
  • Authors of accepted papers will be invited to participate in the UIST demo session

Program Chairs

Questions? Contact: program2021@uist.org

Program Technology Chair



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 work that is already presented in other venues but to share more with the UIST community.

Posters are non-archival, will be more lightly reviewed (curated) than papers.

Submission deadline July 14, 2021, 5pm PDT
Acceptance notification August 4, 2021
Camera-ready versions due August 18, 2021, 5pm PDT
Video preview due (optional) September 25, 2021, 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 2021” and “UIST 2021 Posters", respectively, and press “Go”.
Submission Format and Length     Poster abstract
    Accompanying Poster
  • Full size poster design in PDF to be displayed on the web
  • Recommended physical size is less than 30 X 40 inches (76 X 101 cm)
  • Either portrait or landscape
Accompanying Video
  • Optional, but highly encouraged
  • Videos will be displayed through appropriate web access (details coming soon, example gallery view from UIST’20: https://uist.acm.org/uist2020/gallery.html?filter=titles)
  • 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 via a dedicated Discord channel for live discussions with visitors
  • Authors will receive non-binding recommendations and access to the platform for technical setup about 2 weeks before the conference
  • UIST’21 website will provide a permanent place to display the preview (via the gallery: title, poster, DOI, preview videos if any)
  • 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).

Poster Chairs

Questions? Contact: posters2021@uist.org



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.

Virtual format: Based on last year’s success, we are excited to deliver the innovative online format for UIST Demos again! The virtual format gives a broader audience the opportunity to explore the latest innovations in interactive technologies. For authors, the submission process is unchanged, and all demo submissions go through a rigorous curation process. Demo chairs will announce recommendations for presentation formats and logistics and provide early access for technical setup before the online conference. For questions please email the Demo chairs: demos2021@uist.org.

Submission deadline July 14, 2021, 5pm PDT
Acceptance notification August 4, 2021
Camera-ready versions due August 18, 2021, 5pm PDT
Video preview due August 25, 2021, 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 2021” and “UIST 2021 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: up to 5 min
Preview Video
  • Video previews are mandatory (due at the camera-ready deadline)
  • 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
  • Authors of will receive non-binding recommendations and access to the platform for technical setup about 2 weeks before the conference
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 2021 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: demos2021@uist.org



Doctoral Symposium

The UIST Doctoral Symposium provides a unique opportunity for Ph.D. students to interact with established academic and industry researchers in the UIST community. Students can receive both feedback on technical aspects of their research as well as mentoring about different career options. The range of topics appropriate for the Doctoral Symposium is the same as the topics covered in the UIST Technical Papers program. Participants will be selected based on their anticipated contributions to the breadth and depth of the intellectual discussions at the symposium. 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.

Submission deadline June 30, 2021, 5pm PDT
Acceptance notification July 21, 2021
Camera-ready versions due August 4, 2021, 5pm PDT
Doctoral Symposium date October 9-10, 2021
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 2021” and “UIST 2021 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 8 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: doctoralsymposium2021@uist.org



UIST Visions

Back for its fourth year, UIST Visions is a venue for forward thinking ideas to inspire the community. The goal is not to report research but to propose new research directions. We want to project the UIST community as thought leaders in HCI technology. A maximum of 2 speakers will be invited and the review will be based on how interesting and provocative the ideas are. The author should aim to start a meaningful and well-informed discussion about future directions for computer-human interfaces. Appropriate issues might be: future trends, foundational technologies that we need to make progress on, significant, compelling problems that the community might address, something that is missing, or an alternative perspective on what we do.

Submission deadline August 22, 2021, 5PM PDT
Acceptance notification TBD
Slide submission TBD
Submission Information
Eligibility
  • 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 2021” and “UIST 2021 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
  • Up to two speakers will be selected
Publication
  • Non-archival, ideas presented as a UIST vision can be resubmitted as a full paper in subsequent years
  • Vision abstracts (the 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 pre-recorded presentation + 15 minute Q&A
  • Two 30-minute live text-chat sessions scheduled during the conference
  • 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: vision2021@uist.org



Lightning Talk

Starting this year, UIST will provide first-time UISTers, young researchers and professionals the opportunity to show a 60 seconds lightning talk at the beginning of the paper sessions. As part of the main program of UIST, the lightning talks will get a strong visibility and are a great opportunity to get to know more people at UIST. The lightning talks should briefly introduce the attendee, their research interest and may be potentially an opportunity to look for internship positions, finding a PhD advisor or simply getting to know more people at UIST.

The target user group includes but is not limited to:

  • Undergrad students
  • PhD Students
  • Research Interns
  • Industry researchers
  • Postdocs

We will assign the lightning talk to a set of paper sessions (approx. 2-3, different time zones) that fit to the submitter's research interest (e.g. a student interested in VR/AR will be assigned to a VR/AR related session). Students should be present in the corresponding session on Discord if other attendees want to get in contact. Only UIST attendees are eligible to submit a lightning talk video.

Additionally, we will make all videos available on the UIST website including contact information.

Abstract deadline September 16, 2021
Video deadline September 23, 2021
Submission Information
Abstract Submission
  • Attendees should submit an abstract (<500 words) that includes:
    • a short bio
    • their research interest
    • their motivation to present a lightning talk (e.g. networking or job search)
    • contact information
    • a link to their website (if available)
    The abstract should be sent as a .pdf to events2021@uist.org
Video Submission
  • We will provide an upload link with the acceptance mail after the abstract submission.
    Video Format:
    • Resolution of 1920x1080, encoded as .mp4 using the H.264 codec
    • No more than 60 seconds long
    • Subtitles are required
    • File size no more than 25MB
Video Content
  • The video content is up to the attendee. Below are a few recommendations:
    • We recommend starting and ending the video with a title slide that includes the name, current affiliation/course of study, and contact information (e.g., the email address and the URL of the personal website).
    • An overview of the past research projects
    • Exciting hobbies
    • A lightning talk is also a great opportunity to search for a PhD advisor, an internship position in academia or the industry, or to find other people with a similar research interest.

Social Event Chairs

Questions? Contact: events2021@uist.org



Social Meetups

Research communities coming together are the core of innovation and collaboration, and a fundamental element of a successful conference. This year's UIST will provide an opportunity for members of the research community to socialize in a casual digital atmosphere in the form of “Social Meetups” to discuss their topics of interest.

We invite attendees to organize such meetups centered on research topics like fabrication, virtual reality, or general themes like diversity in academia.

What we need from you:

  • Abstract of the topic
  • A few lines how we should advertise your event (on the Website/Social Media)
  • How many people do you expect?
  • Which are your preferred time zones?
  • Your contact details

We can provide you with following infrastructure (if you need it):

  • A space in the official UIST calendar
  • Advertisement of the event on the website and UIST social media channel
  • A social platform for the gathering (Ohyay, Discord, Zoom)

Submission deadline October 1, 2021
Submission form https://forms.gle/KrrhQaUerqFtKtNy8

Social Event Chairs

Questions? Contact: events2021@uist.org



Student Volunteers

Lottery Application due August 9, 2021
Acceptance notification August 30, 2021
Application Instructions

Sign-ups will be done through the new CHI SV portal listed below. We are aiming to recruit SVs with Discord and video conferencing experience from a mix of timezones to support global participation -- UIST 2021 will largely use the same technologies as UIST 2020. Please indicate your experiences and timezone in the pre-lottery survey.

New SV portal: https://new.chisv.org/conference/uist2021

Benefits and Duties

The SV experience at a virtual conference will be much different than SV experience at in-person 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, SVs will get free gifts (e.g., T-shirt, wellness box) as well as the chance to attend a series of “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
  • Free gifts shipped to you
  • 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, similar to UIST 2020, we plan on accepting more SVs with fewer, time-zone specific tasks per person. Our goal is to make sure SVs can attend the sessions that they are interested in. (In 2020 we had around 40 SVs who worked 6 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 demo sessions on Discord). 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: sv2021@uist.org



Student Innovation Contest

Application Deadline August 2, 2021
Acceptance Notification August 9, 2021
Submission of project video October 7, 2021
Presentation of final demo At the online UIST conference, Oct. 11-13, 2021

Apply here: SIC registration page

In the UIST Student Innovation Contest (aka the "SIC"), we explore how novel input, interaction, actuation, and output technologies can augment interactive experiences! This year, in partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment toio team, we are seeking students who will push the boundaries of input and output techniques with the toio™ micro robot platform with absolute position tracking. Join the UIST SIC and turn your ideas into reality! Meet amazing people! Win fabulous prizes! Deadline to apply is the 2nd of August, and you can apply here: https://forms.gle/PMjZUquniPjtTrx36

The UIST SIC is your opportunity to shine and impress the world with your creative ideas! Participants will demo their work during the online conference program, 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.

We will give away the hardware to all selected teams! This is made possible through our generous sponsor Sony Interactive Entertainment! Thank you!

Toio Hardware Platform

This year’s hardware consists of:

  • Four toio™ Core Cubes
  • Two sets of chargers and controllers
  • Two fixed-size tracking mats (56cm x 56cm)
  • 12 flexible development mats (A3 size)

Each team receives 4 x toio robots, whose size is approximately 3.2cm x 3.2cm x 2.5cm. Each robot has two individually controllable motors + wheels. It can travel on a table with a relatively fast speed (max: 35cm/sec for traveling, 1500deg/sec for rotation). The top of the robot has a LEGO®-compatible connector, so that the user can also easily attach the LEGO® block on top of it.

toio robots can communicate with a computer or mobile phone through Bluetooth® (Low Energy). There is an official Node.js/JavaScript API available for the programmable robot control. Through this API, the user can control: the speed of individual motors, position of each robot, color of the LED, sound, etc. There are also several other API built by toio developer community (including third-party), such as Scratch-like Visual Programming, P5.js API which can directly control the toio from Chrome Web Browser without Node.js, or Python API, and Unity SDK and its simulator.

To track the accurate mm-level absolute position of the toiio robots, it leverages the built-in camera embedded in the robot and pattern-printed mats (imagine Anoto marker technology, but not the same). Therefore, the user can accurately control each of toio robots on the provided pattern-printed mats. We provide two different types of mats: 1) the large-size cardboard tracking mats with the size of 56cm x 56cm, and 2) the flexible A3 papers with the printed patterns. By utilizing these mats, the user can flexibly reconfigure (or even cut!) the mats to cover the large area with various configurations. Of course, the robot can also move without the mats, but in this case, the accurate tracking capability is not available.

To assist the students to develop their applications, we SIC chairs, as well as the toio developers from Sony Interactive Entertainment, will provide technical support if they have any questions.

UIST 2021 SIC Challenge: Small Robots for Big Impact

Your goal is to design and implement a new interactive tangible system using the toio platform we will provide to you and combining it with any other prototyping materials you have available. To successfully address this challenge, you need to figure out what task(s) you want your system to support, and what interaction(s) you want your system to enable. Your system should motivate the use case and articulate a clear set of assumptions on how it will be beneficial for users. Finally, your system does not have to be limited to one user— ideas that involve well executed, multi-user, simultaneous interactions are often crowd favourites at UIST! You will submit a video of your project demo by October 7th, and demonstrate your idea live at the UIST online event in October.

Application Areas and Design Space

You can build and design your system in a multitude of configurations, which affords the exploration of numerous design primitives. The main constraints are that you make use of the toio robotic platform and provide a way for users to meaningfully interact with the system. With these constraints in mind, you can tackle one or more application areas. Here, we list some of the example application areas and corresponding existing works for inspiration:

  • Make invisible data graspable (e.g., [Zooids])
  • Augment existing physical objects (e.g., [HERMITS])
  • Education tools (e.g., [Cellulo])
  • Accessibility assistant (e.g., [RoboGraphics])
  • Haptic interfaces (e.g., [SwarmHaptics])
  • Gestural human-robot interactions (e.g., [SwarmControl])
  • Tangible programming (e.g., [toio Tangible Programming])
  • Physical affordances (e.g., [ShapeBots], [UbiSwarm])
  • Information display (e.g., [Pixelbots])
  • Interactions with materials or environments (e.g., [Gesundroid], [PICO], [MoleBot])
  • Wearable robots (e.g., [Rovables])
  • Mobile robots as digital fabrication tools (e.g., [Fiberbots])
  • Self-assembly or construction (e.g., [Kilobots], [Termite])
  • Human augmentation
  • Arts and creativity assistant
  • Remote collaboration and communication
  • Teleoperation
  • Physical simulation for self-driving cars
  • and many more

Note that these are just examples of areas and scenarios where your system can have a positive impact on society. Feel free to explore more.

Logistics

IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID’19, which enforces the team members remotely work together, we only accept a pair of students as a team. We ship the box to one of the team members

One of the students of each team will receive two toio sets of development kits (each kit includes 2 robots, 1 charger, 2 hand-held controllers, 1 fixed-size mat, 6 flexible mats). You will have access to example code to help you get started with the hardware. Teams are encouraged to open source their efforts, and even build on each other’s work. To get you moving fast, we will also provide, on top of all the hardware, a list of tutorials and mentoring sessions to ensure you have everything you need to make your vision a reality!

Registration

To participate, follow the instructions on this form: https://forms.gle/PMjZUquniPjtTrx36 The submission deadline is August 2nd, 2021 AoE (Anywhere on Earth).

To complete your submission, you’ll need:

  • A description of your idea, in about 100-words.
  • Supporting document with sketches or images to illustrate your idea (ACM SIGCHI Template with 2-Column Paper Format---the same as the full paper publication, 2-page max without references)
  • Link to additional supporting materials (video, sketches, images, etc.)
  • Complete other items in the registration page (contact info, etc.)
  • Decisions will be emailed to each team by August 9th, 2019.

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 12 teams, judged based on usefulness, creativity, complexity, feasibility, and time/resource constraints.
  • Maximum team size is 2, and 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 at the online event, 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!)

Awards

Innovation comes in many forms. At UIST, we provide Student Innovation Contest awards for the following categories: Jury Award and People's Choice (Attendee Votes). All teams get to keep the hardware kits. Winners will win prizes and a UIST SIC certificate. Note that we reserve the right to change the awards structure during the contest.

SIC Chairs

Questions? Contact the SIC Chairs! sic2021@uist.org

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