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Papers | Posters | Doctoral Symposium |

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.

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.

Submission Deadlines

Papers
Abstract: Wednesday March 31, 2021 5pm PT
Full Submission: Wednesday April 7, 2021 5pm PT
Posters Wednesday July 14, 2021 5pm PT
Demos Wednesday July 14, 2021 5pm PT
Doctoral Symposium Wednesday June 30, 2021 5pm PT
UIST Visions TBD
Student Volunteers TBD
Student Innovation Contest TBD

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 and video) Wednesday April 7, 2021 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, 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 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
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
  • Subtitles are strongly recommended
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
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: 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 21, 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



Doctoral Symposium

The UIST Doctoral Consortium 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 Consortium 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 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: doctoralsymposium2021@uist.org



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