CHI 2013 Interactivity

CHI 2013 Interactivity: Call for Participation

All details on the Submissions page:



-Submission: 9 January 2013 (5:00pm PDT) using the PCS Submission
System [3], see PCS SUBMISSION FAQ [4]
– Notification: 10 February 2013
– Publication-Ready due: 17 February 2013

– Simplified submission for “paper” and “note” authors: No need to
write a separate Extended Abstract.
– Two categories within Interactivity:

-Interactivity – Research
-Interactivity – Explorations


-Unanonymized extended abstracts of up to 4 pages in Extended
Abstract Format [5] describing the work (&
exhibit/installation/performance for Explorations)
-Mandatory video
– A supplement [6] describing what attendees will experience as well
as technical and space requirements (mandatory for Explorations).


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 years 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.
Steve Benford, The University of Nottingham, UK
Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller, RMIT, Exertion Games Lab, Melbourne, Australia

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, [7]
Atau Tanaka, Goldsmiths, UK


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 3 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 area also accessible for
the public.


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.


The extended abstract is an unanonymized 4-page short paper in the
Extended Abstract Format [4] (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.


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
[8] 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 [9]). We also plan to use a compilation of the videos to promote
Interactivity during CHI. You must include a statement that you have
obtained all rights to any copyrighted material in your video. So do not
use audio you do not have rights for, for example.


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.


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 [5] 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 [5] is mandatory for Interactivity Exploration and
must include technical set-up and space requirements in addition to the
Supplement [5] 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 2012 Interactivity forum contains Juried [10] and Curated [11]
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


Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review
process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in
perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be
kept confidential until the start of the conference.


It is very important that you have the rights to use all the material
that is contained in your submission, including music, video, images,
etc. Obtaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of
identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author, not
the ACM or the CHI conference. If you want to use music in your video,
use royalty-free material. Authors retain copyright of the material but
accepted submissions will not be published or shown at the conference
without a signed form permitting ACM to publish the content. This is
standard procedure for ACM publications.


If accepted, you will be assigned a booth or space in the
interactivity space 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 [12].

At CHI Interactivity you will have a space for your work, but you are
responsible for bringing and setting up most of any other equipment that
is required for presenting your work. We can possible 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.


Accepted Interactivity extended abstracts and videos will be
distributed in the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts DVD and placed in
the ACM Digital Library.













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