ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

ACM UIST 2013 – Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

26th ACM Symposium on
User Interface Software and Technology
(UIST 2013)

October 8-11, 2013. St Andrews, UK

Papers Deadline: April 5, 2013
Co-sponsored by ACM SIGCHI, SIGGRAPH

UIST (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology) is the
premier forum for innovations in the software and technology of
human-computer interfaces. Sponsored by ACM’s special interest groups on
computer-human interaction (SIGCHI) and computer graphics (SIGGRAPH),
UIST brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse areas
that include traditional graphical & web user interfaces, tangible &
ubiquitous computing, virtual & augmented reality, multimedia, new input
& output devices, and CSCW. The intimate size, single track, and
comfortable surroundings make this symposium an ideal opportunity to
exchange research results and implementation experiences.

• Papers: April 05
• Posters: June 28
• Demonstrations: June 28
• Doctoral Symposium: June 28
• Student Volunteers: June 21

PAPERS (Deadline: Friday April 05, 2013)
Papers are the main medium for conveying new research results at UIST.
Submissions are sought that describe original, unpublished work on user
interface interaction techniques, services, devices, applications, or
metaphors. Please consult the UIST 2013 Author’s Guide for information
on submission format and policies for previous and simultaneous
publications. Note that paper submissions must be anonymous! Authors
must remove their names and affiliations from the masthead and refer to
their own previous work in third person when possible. See the
anonymization policy for more information.

Appropriate topics include but are not limited to:
• significantly novel enabling technologies such as innovative input
devices, displays, new interaction techniques, or new media that extend
the boundaries of traditional interaction, such as natural user
interfaces and interactions, augmented reality, mobile interaction,
haptics and tactile feedback interfaces, ubiquitous computing (including
wearables), social software, and computer-supported collaborative work
• innovative user interfaces for difficult interaction contexts or
challenging applications. Examples include managing large, complex
information sets, usable privacy and security, multi-user interaction,
crowdsourcing, fabrication, or techniques that span devices distributed
in time and space
• breakthrough user experiences leveraging techniques such as machine
learning, computer vision, computer graphics, speech processing,
networking, or human perception and cognition
• innovative software architectures, design tools, toolkits,
programming systems, development environments, tutorial and help systems
that support the development and use of the above technologies in user
Authors of all accepted papers will also be invited and encouraged to
participate in the demo session.

All papers should be submitted electronically

Paper Length: 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. Exceptionally long papers (more than 10 pages) need to include
very strong contributions to warrant acceptance. Shorter, more focused
papers (called Tech Notes in years prior to 2011) are highly encouraged.
Papers with length disproportionate to their contribution will be
rejected, for example, user studies that are not integral to the paper
contribution and deemed unnecessary by the reviewers would more likely
lead to paper rejection than acceptance. In exceptional cases the
authors will be requested to shorten papers in the camera ready.

New in 2013: Presentation time during the conference will be allocated
according to the weight of contribution. Papers that are 6 or fewer
pages will have shorter presentation times than longer papers at the
conference (also see discussion on paper length in the above section).
However, there will be no distinction made between papers in the
program, proceedings or digital library. Exact talk duration will be
determined when the program is finalized.

Videos: The submission of supplementary videos is highly encouraged.
Especially in cases of interactive systems, videos play a crucial role
in convincing the reviewers that the system presented works and works
well. Videos should be no more than five minutes long and 50MB in size.
See the video guide for details.

Reviewing and rebuttal process: Rigorous reviewing is a UIST hallmark.
Each paper will be fully reviewed by 3 external reviewers (experts in
the area that are not on the committee). Primary and secondary reviewers
(from the papers committee) will write meta reviews for all papers. Full
reviews will be provided when necessary. On May 17, authors will be
notified of their review results. If reviews fall below the
auto-rejection threshold the paper will be rejected at this stage,
otherwise, the authors will have the opportunity to submit a rebuttal.

Relevant dates:
• April 5, 2013: Papers due by 17:00 PDT.
• May 17, 2013: Auto-rejected papers will get notified.
• May 17-24, 2013: Authors will have the opportunity to provide a
• June 3, 2013: Authors will be notified if papers are conditionally
accepted or rejected.
All acceptances will be conditional pending changes that the papers
committee may suggest or require for the final camera-ready draft. This
means that a paper will not be accepted to UIST until authors revise and
submit the final draft for approval by the program committee. The length
of the camera-ready copy must be less or equal to the length of the
original submission unless there is a strong justification for
increasing the paper length, which should be agreed upon by the author’s
primary reviewer. In exceptional cases, the committee may accept a paper
on condition that the paper will be shortened.

• June 17, 2013: Authors submit revised conditionally accepted papers
to committee for final review.
• July 24, 2013: Authors will be notified of the final decision.
• July 1, 2013: Final camera ready due.
Program Chairs: ( Ivan Poupyrev, Disney Research,
Pittsburgh USA, Takeo Igarashi, The University of Tokyo, Japan

POSTERS (Deadline: June 28)
Posters provide an interactive forum in which authors can present work
to conference attendees during special poster sessions. Posters provide
an opportunity to describe new work or work that is still in progress,
and will be more lightly reviewed than papers.

A poster submission should be in the form of a two-page paper in UIST
format (doc, pdf), describing the research problem, contribution, and
value to UIST attendees. Note that poster submissions, unlike paper
submissions, are not anonymous. In addition to the two-page paper,
poster submissions require submitting a sketch of the poster itself.
Both the paper and poster should be submitted as PDF files. Authors may
also include a video (optional). Video files should be at most three
minutes long and 50MB in size.

See the video guide, the author guide, and general submission
information for more details about preparing your submission.

Before designing your poster, we also recommend checking out the UIST
2005 Poster Example Gallery.

Accepted poster abstracts will be published together with demonstration
and doctoral symposium abstracts in digital form and distributed to
conference attendees. Posters and videos may also be published at the
authors’ discretion. Poster abstracts and previews should be submitted
electronically to Precision Conference.

Posters will be displayed during conference break periods and during an
evening demo reception on Oct 8th. We expect to be able to accommodate
posters of up to 30 inches by 40 inches (either vertical or horizontal),
so we suggest using that size or smaller for your prototype.

Authors will be notified of poster results on or before Friday, July
26, 2013. Final versions will be due Wednesday, August 11, 2013.

Relevant dates:
• June 28: Submissions due by 17:00 PDT.
• July 26: Notification of acceptance decisions.
• August 11: Camera ready versions due.
Posters Chairs: ( Mira Dontcheva, Adobe, USA, Daniel
Avrahami, Intel Labs Seattle, USA

DEMONSTRATIONS (Deadline: Jun 28)
Peer-reviewed demonstrations show early implementations of novel,
interesting, and important interaction concepts or user interface
systems. They can also serve to showcase commercial products not
previously described in the research literature. Demonstrations should
be brief, so that they can be shown repeatedly. We particularly
encourage demos with which attendees can interact.

Accepted demonstration abstracts will be published together with
posters and doctoral symposium abstracts and made available digitally to
conference attendees. UIST will showcase accepted demos at an evening
demo reception (date TBD).We will also invite authors of accepted papers
to present their work at the demo reception.

A demo submission consists of an extended abstract in UIST format (doc,
pdf) that should be no more than two pages in length. Note that demo
submission, unlike paper submission, is notanonymous. Note: the demo
submission includes a (mock-up) photo of the demonstration showing the
envisioned setup (demo hardware components, tables, chairs, lights and
other equipment), as well as the demonstrators alongside conference
attendees interacting with the demo. Please label and annotate all parts
of the image(s) so that reviewers and organizers get a good
understanding of your setup. Conference organizers will also better be
able to consider your requirements when organizing the demonstration
space at the conference. Submitting an accompanying video is optional,
but highly encouraged. Any submitted video should be no longer than
three minutes and at most 50MB in size.

Demos are non-archival: UIST demos are non-archival and UIST allows
resubmission of demos previously shown at other venues. Authors should
state previous demo venues in the appropriate box in the upload form and
point out differences to previous demos.

See the video guide and the general submission information for more
details about preparing your submission.

Both the demo abstract and the optional digital video should be
submitted electronically toPrecision Conference.

Authors will be notified of poster results on or before Friday, July
26, 2013. Final versions will be due Wednesday, August 11, 2013.

Relevant dates:
• June 28: Submissions due by 17:00 PDT.
• July 26: Notification of acceptance decisions.
• August 11: Camera ready versions due.
Demonstration Chairs: ( T. Scott Saponas, Microsoft
Research, USA, Per Ola Kristensson, University of St. Andrews, UK

DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM (Deadline: June 28)
The UIST Doctoral Symposium is a forum in which Ph.D. students can meet
and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced UIST
researchers in an informal and interactive setting. We welcome
applications from current Ph.D. students studying within the full range
of disciplines and approaches that contribute to the UIST community. We
will give preference to applicants beyond the proposal stage and well
into their dissertation research.

Each applicant should provide a short written paper (no more than four
pages in UIST format (doc, pdf), as described in the authors’ guide).
Note that doctoral symposium submission, unlike paper submission, is not
anonymous. This paper should describe ongoing work and might summarize
the student’s full dissertation work, or highlight a particular part in

The Doctoral Symposium committee will select approximately eight
students to participate. Each student will be expected to give a short
presentation of their work, which will be followed by extensive
discussion with the panel and the other student participants. In
addition, each student is encouraged to present a poster describing his
or her work to the full conference; posters will be on display during
conference breaks and at the demo reception (date TBA).

Participants will be selected based on their anticipated contributions
to the breadth and depth of the intellectual discussions of the

The symposium will start with an informal dinner on a date TBA,
continue all the following day, and conclude with poster presentations
at the UIST demo reception. Doctoral Symposium abstracts will be
published together with poster and demonstration abstracts and made
available digitally to conference attendees. Posters may also be
published at the participant’s discretion. A travel stipend, free
accommodation, and free registration to the UIST conference will be
provided to each participant.

Doctoral Symposium papers and poster sketches should be submitted
electronically toPrecision Conference.

Relevant dates:
• June 28: Submissions due by 17:00 PDT.
• July 26: Notification of acceptance decisions.
• August 11: Camera ready versions due.
Doctoral Symposium Chair: ( Patrick
Baudisch, Hasso Plattner Institut

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS (Deadline: June 21)
On-line SV application portal TBA.

Questions? If you have any questions/problems, please contact the
chairs at

Benefits and Duties: If you are a UIST Student Volunteer, you get free
conference registration — a chance to attend the premier forum for
innovations in developing human-computer interfaces. You also get a free

Student volunteers will be required to help set up and perform needed
work during the conference. Duties include: bag stuffing, registration
desk, AV assistance, poster and demo setup, badge checking, break
monitoring, etc. Volunteers will also need to be available during the
conference if tasks come up. Because UIST is single track, SVs usually
get to attend most of the sessions, even when working. There will be
approximately 15 scheduled hours per SV.

Arriving and Leaving: SVs need to be available to help throughout the
conference. You should try to arrive at least a couple hours before the
start of the conference on Sunday and should not leave the hotel until
sessions end on Wednesday. Also, we strongly encourage you to put off
leaving until as late as you possibly can, because it’s traditional to
have a small party for student volunteers after UIST (or occasionally
during UIST). The time and place for this party will be announced when
we know all the student volunteers’ travel plans.

Work Schedules: To give you an idea of what to expect, you can see the
UIST 2006 Student Volunteer Schedule.

Relevant Dates:
Student Volunteer Chairs: ( Eve Hoggan, HIIT / University
of Helsinki, Uta Hinrichs, University of St Andrews

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