Call for Papers CHI2013 Interactivity
Research and Art and Design Explorations
Submission: 9 January 2013 (5:00pm PDT)
Notification: 10 February 2013
Publication-Ready due: 17 February 2013
Two categories within Interactivity:
Un-anonymized extended abstracts of up to 4 pages in Extended Abstract Format describing the work (& for Explorations: the exhibit / installation / performance)
A supplement (PDF) describing what attendees will experience as well as technical and space requirements (mandatory for Explorations).
Message from the Interactivity Chairs
Interactivity is your chance to fully engage CHI attendees at a personal level by letting them see, touch, squeeze, hear or even smell your interactive visions for the future. Interactivity promotes and provokes discussion of the role of technology, and invites contributions from industry, research, the arts and design.
Interactivity-Research is the high-visibility, high-impact forum of the Technical Program which allows you to present your hands-on demonstration in two sessions. This track is for the year’s most exciting research prototypes and demos. If you have a working prototype, device, or system we want to know about it. Getting people hands-on with your interface is often the best way to communicate what you have created.
Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller, Exertion Games Lab, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Steve Benford, University of Nottingham, UK
Interactivity-Explorations is about cultural applications and explorations of future technologies. If your work asks questions and inspires reflection on the role of technology in people’s lives, their dreams and imaginations we want to hear from you. We are looking for artworks, design experiences as well as inspirational technologies that the audience can engage with intellectually and imaginatively. The Explorations track moves beyond proof of concept prototypes to cultural applications and explorations. We invite submissions from artists, researchers, designers and industry: come share your vision of the future with the delegates at CHI.
Danielle Wilde, 2013-2014 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow, Australia
Atau Tanaka, Goldsmiths College, UK
Get more attention, more time at the conference
We understand that interactivity authors often contribute more effort than any other contributors to CHI. To recognize this, we invite you to exhibit your work on Monday and Tuesday, giving you the ability to enjoy the conference at its fullest Wednesday and Thursday. You can also opt-in to exhibit your work to the general public on Wed from 2-6pm.
• Simplified submission for “paper” and “note” authors: The interactivity deadline is several weeks after the paper/notes acceptance notifications. We encourage authors of accepted papers and notes to submit their work also to the appropriate Interactivity track of their choice. To simplify things, submit your accepted note/paper ID (as per your acceptance email) instead of the extended abstract. If you prefer to submit an Extended Abstract (and consequently have it published in the Digital Library) as a stand-alone submission, you can of course also do that.
• Funding: If your project requires you to ship a large amount of material, talk to us: we can fund travel & shipping expenses for selected projects.
• If you want to exhibit your work during the entire conference, there is also the option to do so in a separate publicly accessible area.
Previously published work will be accepted into the Interactivity track, on condition that the publication and presentation history is clearly outlined in the submission. The Interactivity-research track, in particular, encourages submissions that complement a paper or note submission, to allow attendees a direct experience of work that they will hear about in the technical presentations. The submission should have the following distinct components.
Part 1: Extended Abstract
The extended abstract is an unanonymized 4-page short paper in the Extended Abstract Format (i.e. includes author information). It should be self-contained and clearly describe the novelty and distinguishing ideas of your project, even for readers who were not able to view related demonstration at the conference or associated videos. Your abstract should include:
• A description of the system, installation, exhibit or performance, and the problem it addresses. Where relevant, discuss the broader context and questions that your work promotes reflection upon.
• A description of the audience the work intends to serve
• A description of the relevance of the work to the immediate CHI conference community, as well as to the broader CHI community, emphasizing its novelty, uniqueness, and rationale.
Part 2: Video
A video is by far the best way to communicate interactive projects to the reviewers and provides an archive of the work. You must submit a video in addition to your written documentation (Exception: If your submission accompanies an accepted paper or note, the video is optional but strongly encouraged. You may use your video preview that you need to prepare for your publication-ready submission.). The video must be no longer than 5 minutes and all uploaded content (PDF(s) + image + video) must be less than 100 MB. Please make sure that your video is playable on standard PC and Macintosh computers. We recommend that you encode your video as an MP4 using the H.264 codec. Most video editing software provides an exporting option to MP4/H.264, for example iMovie, Adobe Premiere, and Final Cut Pro. If you prefer to use free software, x264 can encode any video into H.264. What also often works is uploading the video to YouTube and downloading the encoded result. Submitted videos will be used for review purposes. The videos may also be displayed at the Interactivity site and possibly on web sites previewing CHI content (as an example see CHI 2010 Madness videos on youtube).
Part 3: Still Image
You will also need to upload a still image of at least 1500×1200 px that represents your work. The image is required for publications and conference publicity.
Part 4: Supplement
In most cases, extended abstract and video will allow reviewers to imagine what CHI attendees will experience at the presentation booth. For Interactivity Research you may optionally clarify this by adding a supplement that gives a brief walkthrough of attendees’ experience in the form of a short textual description, a storyboard sketch, screenshots, illustrations and photos. This supplement is mandatory for Interactivity Exploration and must include technical set-up and space requirements in addition to the above. Supplement materials are for the purpose of review and planning only and will not be published. The supplement should be no longer than 4 pages. Like all other materials, the supplement must be submitted through the PCS submission system and the total of PDF(s), still, video, and supplement cannot exceed 100 MB.
The CHI 2013 Interactivity forum contains Juried and Curated content which may be invited, or selected from submissions. The selection process includes reviews by independent reviewers from the relevant communities, followed by jury selection of projects based on reviews, feasibility, available space at the conference and other relevant information. Our intention is to ensure that the Interactivity track represents the range of projects being undertaken across CHI communities and these projects can be presented appropriately at the conference.
At the Conference
If accepted, you will be assigned a booth or exhibition space in the interactivity area or at other locations in the conference venue. Support for building on-site and moving in/out of large/heavy exhibits is only provided before the conference start and after the conference. Smaller exhibits may be set up and dismantled for the required exhibition time only. Please indicate in the demonstration supplement whether this is feasible – it would allow us to ‘reuse’ the floor-space for another exhibit on other days.
We have also compiled an FAQ for exhibiting at CHI interactivity (follow the link to the call for projects)
At CHI Interactivity you will be allocated a space for your work, but you are responsible for bringing and setting up most of the equipment that is required for presenting your work. We can possibly help with projectors, plasma displays, etc. but please be aware that they are putting a strain onto the CHI budget, so please request them only if absolutely necessary. See the submission page for details.
Note that although student volunteers will be present in the Interactivity space at all times, CHI will not be able to provide anyone to run your demonstration.
Publication on conference DVD and ACM Digital Library
Accepted Interactivity extended abstracts and videos will be distributed in the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts DVD and placed in the ACM Digital Library.