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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.

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 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) 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
  • Subtitles are required (3-day grace period)
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
  • Expected to be 10 minute slots, including pre-recorded talk and live Q&A. Details to be updated by April 7
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
  • 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



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