On this site you’ll find information about:
Papers and notes [PDF version]
Provocations and work-in-progress [PDF version]
Pictorials [PDF version]
Demonstrations [PDF version]
Workshops [PDF version]
Doctoral consortium [PDF version]
Papers and notes [PDF version]
January 19, 2014, 11:59 pm PT: Submission deadline
February 28, 2014: Review deadline
March 17, 2014: Author notification
April 13, 2014, 5:00 pm PT: Camera ready deadline for accepted papers
Call for Papers
The ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) is the premier, international arena where designers, artists, psychologists, user experience researchers, systems engineers and many more come together to debate and shape the future of interactive systems research, design, and practice.
Full and short papers published at DIS are ACM archival publications and represent a significant contribution to the field of interactive systems design, research, and practice. DIS is a prestigious conference which makes competition between submissions high, so submit your best work to this category.
DIS 2014 is an interdisciplinary conference, encompassing all issues related to the design and deployment of interactive systems. We reflect this broad engagement with the field by encouraging submissions that consider the following, from a broad range of researchers and practitioners within the field of interactive systems design research and practice:
* Design Theory, Methods, and Critical Perspectives: Methods, tools, and techniques for engaging people; researching, designing, and co-designing interactive systems; the use of critical and cultural theory to understand, critique, and reflect on design products and contexts as well as design practices.
* Experience: Places, temporality, people, communities, events, phenomena, aesthetics, user experience, usability, engagement, empowerment, well-being, designing things that matter, diversity, participation, materiality, making
* Application Domains: Health, ICT4D, children-computer interaction, sustainability, games/entertainment computing, digital arts, new media
* Technological Innovation (systems, tools, and/or artifact designs) : Sensors and actuators, mobile devices, novel artifact design, hybrid materials and surfaces, bio-electric systems, multi touch and touchless interaction, social media, personal, community, and public displays
Preparing and Submitting Your Paper
1. Formatting and Length: All submissions should be formatted using the SIGCHI Conference Publications Format (http://www.sigchi.org/publications/chipubform). Please use the “SIGCHI Papers” template in either Word or LaTeX format. Full papers should be no longer than 10 pages, while short papers should be no longer than 4 pages. This includes all figures, tables, appendices, and an abstract of less than 150 words. Submissions that are over the required length will be rejected.
All papers must present original, unpublished research. Papers are not allowed to be under concurrent reviewer to other conferences, journals, or venues.
When considering to write a full or short paper, please think about the contribution that your work presents to the field. Full papers should present substantial contributions that are commensurate with a full ten pages. Short papers are not considered to be work-in-progress and, similarly, should present a substantial contribution to the field. However, their contribution is more commensurate with presentation in four pages as opposed to ten.
2. Anonymity: Both full and short papers should be anonymised for blind peer review. Authors are expected to remote author and institutional identity from the title and header of the paper, as well as any information embedded within the submission file. Suppression of identity in the body of the paper is left up to the discretion of authors. However, reviewers must be able to compare your current submission to other related work in the area. In many situations, this is the authors’ own work found in other papers. We ask that if you are citing your own work, that you refer to it in the third person as opposed to removing it completely because of blind review. For example, rather than stating, “This study builds on our prior work [removed for anonymity],” please refer to it in the third person, such as, “This study builds on prior work by <authors, where you list your names> .”
3. Submission: You must submit your paper to the PCS submission (http://precisionconference.com/~sigchi) system before the submission deadline. Authors are able to submit their papers as many times as they like before the deadline. No extensions will be granted after the deadline.
As part of the submission process, authors must submit an abstract, keywords, and meta-data related to the submission’s contents. Authors will also be asked to select a ranked list of between one and three themes that fit their paper. Themes include the following:
- Design Theory, Methods, and Critical Perspectives
- Application Domains
- Technological Innovation
Details for each theme are listed above in the “Call for Papers.” Theme selection will be used to assign your paper to one of the reviewing subcommittees, described below.
Full and short papers follow a rigorous blind review process. This process is managed by the program chairs, subcommittee chairs (SCs) for each theme, along with associate chairs (ACs). Confidentiality of submissions is maintained throughout the review process.
1. After the submission deadline, each paper will be assigned to a subcommittee based on the themes selected during the submission process, and at the discretion of the program chairs.
2. SCs will then assign each paper to a primary AC (1AC) as well as a secondary AC (2AC). Each AC will find one external reviewer for each of their assigned papers. Thus, each paper will be assigned two ACs (one 1 AC and one 2AC) along with two external reviewers. As part of this process, we strive to find ACs and reviewers who are truly experts in the topic area of each submission.
3. During the review period, external reviewers will write a detailed review of their assigned papers and assess the contribution of the research to the field. Secondary ACs (2AC) will also write a detailed review of their assigned papers. Thus, each submitted paper will receive three detailed reviews in total.
4. After the reviews have been written, the primary AC (1AC) for a paper will write a meta review of the paper that summarizes the reviews from the two external reviewers and the paper’s secondary AC. The primary AC (1AC) will then present a recommendation for the paper’s acceptance or rejection to the subcommittee chair responsible for the paper.
5. SCs will review the scores and meta reviews for each of their assigned papers and make preliminary decisions, at the recommendation of the ACs.
6. SCs will meet at an in-person program committee meeting with the program chairs to discuss the final acceptance of papers for inclusion in the DIS program.
Upon Acceptance of Your Paper or Note
Authors will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection of their paper on or before the notification deadline of March 17, 2014. Meta reviews will describe any further changes that the authors are expected to make to the paper prior its publication. These should be made as part of a “camera ready submission” into PCS by the deadline of April 13, 2014. Final changes will be checked by members of the program committee prior to making a final acceptance of the paper. If authors are unable to meet the requirements for changes, the program chairs will be notified and may decide to reject the paper.
Submssions will not be published without a signed form assigning copyright or licence to the ACM, or by paying an upfront fee to ACM for Open Access. Obtaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author, not the ACM or the DIS conference.
All published papers will appear online in the prestigious ACM Digital Library and be distributed to conference attendees as part of the conference proceedings.
At the conference, authors of accepted papers must be in attendance to present their papers and answer questions from the audience. Papers whose authors are not at the conference to present their paper may be removed from the ACM Digital Library and the conference proceedings.
Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University, USA
Carman Neustaedter, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Eric Paulos, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Provocations and work-in-progress [PDF version]
The DIS 2014 Provocations and Works-in-Progress (PWiP) is a format that allows authors to propose novel, in-progress and thought provoking research. The PWiP format is intended to facilitate discussion between authors and conference attendees. We welcome all submissions related to the design of interactive systems as well as the conference theme of “Crafting Design”. We particularly welcome design/research contributions that value:
- Novelty over evidence (You don’t need a user study!)
- Provocation over generalization (You don’t need to make everyone happy!)
- Design making over design guidelines (Why not show us, rather than tell?)
While PWiP submissions need not have reached the level of completion of Full Paper submissions, they should demonstrate a contribution in terms of research and/or design knowledge.
What to submit
1 – A paper not exceeding 4 pages in the extended abstract format. Link:http://www.sigchi.org/publications/chipubform/sigchi-extended-abstracts-word-template-short/view
2 – A one sentence question summarizing your research that will prompt attendees to engage in discussion around your submission.
3 – Presentation artifact(s). Accepted PWiPs will be required to present a poster (any A0 size printed visual element) and/or video (3 minute limit) as means of presenting your work and engaging conference attendees. PWiP submissions must include a draft of either a poster or video or both. Presenters will also have an opportunity to present physical artifacts (e.g., 3D prototypes); submit images of any physical artifacts you would like to present during the PWiP session.
All submissions should be non-anonymized and submitted via the DIS 2014 PCS system.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 – Submissions deadline
Thursday April 10th, 2014 – Author notification
Sunday April 20, 2014 – Camera ready deadline
Audrey Desjardins, Simon Fraser University
James Pierce, Carnegie Mellon University
Pictorials [PDF version]
As design perspectives have increasingly become integrated in HCI practice and research, new opportunities are needed to communicate design practices, processes, products and artifacts to the HCI community (e.g., Bowers 2012, Blevis et al. 2012, Blevis 2011, Gaver 2011, Jarvis et al. 2012). At DIS 2014 we introduce a new format that tries to fulfill the practice-oriented nature of design – Pictorials.
Through DIS Pictorials, design practitioners in academia, industry, non-profits, or collectives are encouraged to express and unpack their design practices and projects in rich, heavily visual ways. This format will help foster discussions among authors, conference attendees and the wider community through the sharing of methods, insights and lessons learned from engaging in the design of interactive systems and artifacts.
What to submit?
We welcome submissions related to the design of interactive systems as well as the conference theme of Crafting Design. In particular, we encourage submissions to consider the conference sub-themes of Re-emergence of hand skills, DIY technology, Materiality and computing, and the (technologically) self-constructed self. In this broad context, submissions may cover diverse topics such as:
- design decisions affecting the material or interactive elements of prototypes
- methodological approaches to crafting design
- successful attempts, failed attempts, challenges and lessons learned
- deployments of interactive design artifacts
- experiences in practice-based research
- others insights, practices or processes often unmentioned in important phases of design research and practice
We encourage authors to be creative with their submissions and to compose highly visual submissions, which could consist of but are not limited to: design sketches, annotated images, illustrations and diagrams, field notes or sketches, or collages of images.
Pictorials should be submitted in the DIS 2014 Extended Abstract Format and not exceed 10 pages. The first page of the submission should include the submission’s title, author(s) and their affiliation(s) (leave blank for blind review), and a written abstract of no more than 100 words succinctly describing the background and context of the pictorial as well as its contribution to the DIS community. Further written parts known from other conference formats such as Introduction, Conclusion, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References are optional. The main part of the submission should be an annotated visual composition and we encourage submissions to use the Extended Abstract format creatively (see the DIS pictorials example template).
All submissions should be anonymous and submitted via the DIS 2014 PCS system.
Review and Selection
Blind-review submissions are juried by the DIS Pictorials program committee, recruited from academia and industry by the chairs of the format. Accepted DIS Pictorials will be distributed by the conference and in the ACM Digital Library where they will remain accessible to researchers and practitioners worldwide.
Authors will be expected to attend the conference and will be assigned a time and location to present accepted submission to conference attendees. DIS Pictorials submission will be presented by the author[s] within the regular conference program through engaging PechaKucha sessions.
March 20, 2014: Submission deadline
April 10, 2014: Author notification
April 20, 2014: Camera ready deadline
Sabrina Hauser (Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC, Canada)
Will Odom (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
Nadine Jarvis/David Cameron (Goldsmiths, University of London)
John Bowers. The logic of annotated portfolios: communicating the value of ‘research through design’. In Proc. DIS ’12. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 68-77.
Eli Blevis, Elizabeth Churchill, William Odom, James Pierce, David Roedl, & Ron Wakkary. Visual thinking & digital imagery. In Proc. CHI EA ’12. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2715-2718.
Eli Blevis. Digital imagery as meaning and form in HCI and design: an introduction to the Visual Thinking Backpage Gallery. interactions 18, 5 (September 2011), 60-65.
William Gaver. Making spaces: how design workbooks work. In Proc. CHI ’11. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1551-1560.
Nadine Jarvis, David Cameron, and Andy Boucher. Attention to detail: annotations of a design process. In Proc. NordiCHI ’12. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 11-20.
Demonstrations [PDF version]
About Demos at DIS 2014
The Demos Track at DIS 2014 invites artworks, interface or system demonstrations, novel gadgets, techno-craft, and other interactive experiences that creatively explore the conference themes. Demos should critically or creatively explore themes including the reemergence of craft in the design of interactive systems, the role of craft in democratizing design, historical reflection on the craft of design, craft as self exploration or documentation, hand skills, and the role of the maker in interactive technology designs. Demo installations should be inventive and thought provoking, exhibit high quality craftsmanship, and engage the audience to experience and reflect on technology, craft and design. The demos track welcomes work from a wide range of practitioners in areas such as HCI, design, digital media, art, or research, including submissions from students and independent practitioners.
Submissions will be judged by experienced researchers and designers according to the following criteria:
- Concept: Conceptual quality of the work. The demo must show evidence of or provoke critical or creative reflection on conference themes.
- Technological: The demo must involve well realized interactive computational technology in some aspect of its form or function, and can be in the form of an installation, object, computing artifact, or art piece that can be suitably exhibited at the DIS 2014 conference.
- Interactivity: The demo must give conference attendees a chance to interact in ways that challenge the audience to engage conceptually, emotionally, and/or physically.
- Craftsmanship: The demo must have an aesthetic element in terms of craftsmanship and communicate its message effectively through form and function.
- Creative: The demo must be inventive and creative in its concept, social or personal commentary, and/or technical, architectural or physical form.
DIS Demos can include, but are not limited to:
- Digital or interactive media systems, installations or experiences;
- Technology advances involving gadgets, sensors, or novel displays;
- “How to” demonstrations of novel ways of using rapid prototyping, extreme hacking, or new research methods;
- Art installations involving tactile, sonic, kinetic, and visually rich expositions;
- Inventions in robotics, sensing, toys, games and entertainment;
- Materially or textile enriched performative or experiential interactivity;
- Architectural prototypes experiences and installations.
Submissions must be anonymous. The two elements to the submissions are:
- a 4-page written description explaining the concept, references, rationale behind the project, and requirements (in terms of space, electrical, lighting, etc.) in ACM SIGCHI extended abstracts landscape format (i.e. the template below). This document must not exceed 10 MB in size.
- a video or other digital format explicating the concept, showing the look and feel of the work, and highlighting its interactive elements. If submitting video, the video must be no more than 5 minutes in length.
At the Conference
Demos will be presented during several sessions throughout the conference in dedicated spaces. It will be possible to exhibit a poster next to the demonstration. The written description of accepted submissions will be made available on the ACM digital library. There will be no opportunity to modify submitted material after acceptance.
For more information, please send email to the Demos Chairs:
Alissa Antle and Steven Dow – email@example.com
Submission deadline: March 20th, 4:59 pm PST 2014
Acceptance notification: April 10, 2014
Final version due: April 20, 2014
Workshops [PDF version]
Deadlines and Important Dates for Workshop Organizers
- January 12, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline
- Feb 2, 2014: Workshop Proposer Notification
- Feb. 7, 2014: Revised 150 word workshop abstract for website
- March 2, 2014: Workshop Participant Submission Deadline
- March 31st, 2014: Workshop Participant Author Notification
- April 20, 2014: Camera Ready Deadline
- June 21/22, 2014: One and two-day workshops at DIS 2014
Workshop proposal submission:
Workshops at DIS provide space to engage and interrogate areas of research and practice with design-oriented, interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners. Workshops may focus on any aspect of the design of interactive systems—whether theory or practice, established concerns or novel approaches, the construction or deconstruction of meaning, form and material—that is likely to attract a cohort of interested participants.
The goal of a workshop is to share interests, foster collaborations and develop ideas. Workshops should be designed to encourage participants to engage with each other, provide constructive feedback and envision possibilities within the area of interest. In addition to traditional workshops, we strongly encourage those that enact novel methodologies, incorporate and interrogate both makers and hackers and that push the boundaries of interaction design and theorizing.
DIS Workshops are held at the start of the conference (June 21st and 22nd) and can be one or two days in length. Workshops should attract between 10-25 participants. Please plan for 6-hour working days with morning, lunch and afternoon breaks for relaxed socializing. First time proposers may find it helpful to look at workshop abstracts from the last DIS conference: http://www.dis2012.org/workshops.php.
Preparing and Submitting a Workshop Proposal (Overview)
Workshop proposals should be formatted using the CHI extended abstracts template (see http://chi2013.acm.org/authors/format/ for downloads in different formats) and should contain:
- Abstract describing the aims and objectives of the workshop (maximum of 300 words)
- Description of the workshop that includes (maximum 4 pages in extended abstract format)
- Description of workshop theme
- Overview of the workshop (planned activities and duration)
- Benefits and significance of running a workshop on the proposed theme
- Short biographies of the workshop organizers
- Draft call-for-participation (including information about how participants should submit applications to you. Precision Conference is not available for this purpose.)
- Recruitment strategy and selection process
Workshop proposals should be submitted to Precision Conference (http://precisionconference.com/~sigchi).
Please note organizers should plan to bring their own equipment (e.g., laptops, connectors, art/craft supplies). We encourage workshop organizers to create web-based resources for their workshops so that advertising, submission and organization can be handled online.
Questions concerning workshop proposals should be directed to the DIS 2014 Workshop Co-Chairs via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details by Date
January 12, 2014: Workshop proposals should be submitted to Precision Conference (http://precisionconference.com/~sigchi) in CHI Extended Abstract format (see http://chi2013.acm.org/authors/format/ for downloads in different formats). Submissions will be acknowledged via email.
February 2, 2014: You will be notified by email if your workshop has been accepted. Start advertising it to potential participants!
February 7, 2014: Accepted workshops will need to provide an abstract of the workshop for publication on the conference web site. Abstracts should contain the workshop title, names and affiliations of organizers, 150-word abstract, workshop web site, and position paper submission details and any additional participation requirements.
March 2, 2014: You should have all the applications for workshop participation in hand.
March 31, 2014: You should let applicants know whether they are accepted or not.
April 20, 2014: The final workshop description to be published in the ACM Digital Library must be submitted, formatted in the CHI Extended Abstract Format (see http://chi2013.acm.org/authors/format/ for downloads in different formats)
Deborah Tatar, Virginia Tech
Lisa P. Nathan, University of British Columbia
Doctoral consortium [PDF version]
Submissions are invited for participation in the DIS 2014 Doctoral Consortium.
The DIS 2014 Doctoral Consortium will bring together about 15 PhD students for two days of presentations, design critique, and discussions. The consortium is designed to provide an opportunity for interaction design doctoral students to share, explore and develop their research with their peers, supported by a panel of senior international design researchers.
We invite applications from students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work. The strongest candidates will be those who have a defined their topic area, and have made some progress, but who are still at the stage in their research where changes and improvements can be made.
Appropriate topics include all areas of interaction and/or experience design research with a strong design perspective, including design theory and methodology, empirical studies, and design work; research connecting directly to the conference theme of “Crafting Design” are welcome but are not required. Students whose projects involve design work can also expect critiques of their design artifacts, so they should bring them to the Doctoral Consortium if possible, and if not, then at least they should bring videos, photos, etc.
All successful applicants will receive free registration for DIS 2014.
PhD students wishing to participate should submit a single PDF file including:
1 - A 2 page abstract in DIS 2012 format, (including pictures or drawings), submitted through the pcs system.
2 - A one page CV including a short motivation about why you want to participate and what you expect from the consortium.
3 - A brief statement of support from your thesis supervisor.
Sunday, January 12, 2014: Submission deadline
Monday, March 17, 2014: Author notification
Camera ready deadline (Sheridan) Sunday April 20th, 2014