INTERACT 2013 – the 14th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer
Cape Town, South Africa, 2-6 September 2013
Short research papers: 25 March 2013
Interactive Posters: 25 March 2013
Industrial Programme: 25 March 2013
Demonstrations and Interactive Experiences: 25 March 2013
African Masters Consortium: : 25 March 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS
INTERACT 2013 solicits submissions addressing all aspects of
human-computer interaction. The conference theme, “Designing for
Diversity”, recognizes the interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and
inter-cultural spirit of human-computer interaction (HCI) research and
practice. The conference welcomes research and reports of practice that
acknowledges diverse disciplines, abilities, cultures and societies, and
that address both the technical and social aspects of HCI. Within the
broad umbrella of HCI, we seek high quality contributions addressing new
and emerging HCI disciplines, bridging cultural differences, and
tackling important social problems.
INTERACT 2013 provides a forum for practitioners and researchers to
discuss all aspects of HCI, but special consideration will be given to
papers taking account of the conference theme ‘Designing for Diversity’.
The next submission deadline, for Short Research Papers, Interactive
Posters, Industrial Programme, Demonstrations and Interactive
Experiences, and teh African Masters Consortium is 25 March 2013.
Suggested topics for contributions are (but not limited to):
• Cross-cultural, inter-cultural and social issues, including:
o Designing for local content
o Designing for and with marginalised communities
o Designing for resource poverty
o ICT in social development
o Interaction design for developing regions
o International and cultural aspects of HCI
• Methods and processes for interface/interaction design,
modelling and evaluation, including:
o Affective HCI, emotion
o Designing for accessibility and inclusivity
o Designing for collaboration
o Designing for situated activity
o Designing for small, large, shared or ambient displays
o Designing for ubiquitous systems
o Designing for user mobility
o Distributed interaction design
o Evaluation methods / tools
o Field research and design
o HCI research methods
o Human error and safety
o Human factors and HCI
o Interaction design in open source projects
o Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary spirit of HCI
o Living labs
o Model-based design of interactive systems
o Motivational needs-driven design
o Novel user interfaces and interaction techniques
o Participatory design
o Qualitative data analysis
o Tools for design and modelling
o Usability / usability evaluation
o Usability and Software / Enterprise Engineering
o User experience
o User modelling
o Values in design
o Visualisation techniques.
• Specific application areas, including:
o Adaptive interfaces
o Augmented reality
o Child-computer interaction
o Context-dependent / aware systems
o Fun / aesthetic / creative design
o HCI education
o Human language technology applications
o Human-robot interaction
o Human-work interaction design
o Interactive systems in healthcare (e-health, m-health,
telemedicine, medical informatics)
o Mobile interaction design
o Multi-modal interfaces
o Multi-user interaction / cooperation
o Shared devices
o Social media / networks
o Socio-technical systems
o Tangible user interfaces
o Ubiquitous computing
o User interfaces for e-government
o User interfaces for e-learning or m-learning
o User interfaces for web-based applications.
o User interfaces for safety critical systems
o Web 2.0 and social media.
• Full research papers (submissions closed).
• Short research papers
• Interactive posters
• Industrial programme
• Demonstrations and interactive experiences
• Special interest groups (SIGs)
• Doctoral consortium
• African masters consortium
• Short research papers, Interactive Posters, Industrial
Programme, Demonstrations and Interactive Experiences, and African
Masters Consortium: 25 March 2013
Submissions should be uploaded to submission site – see
http://www.INTERACT2013.org for details.
All submissions in all categories must follow the INTERACT 2013
Springer Lecture Notes template for Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx files
only). Unfortunately no final submissions in LaTeX will be accepted.
Papers that do not follow the template may be excluded from the review
process and conference proceedings. The maximum paper length as
stipulated in the various submission categories will also be strictly
enforced (automatically by the conference submission system). For your
convenience, a template for Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx) is provided
for direct downloading at: http://www.interact2013.org/
The following tracks have a double-blind review process and require
anonymous submissions. For these tracks, the versions submitted for
review must be uploaded in .PDF format with all author details removed:
• Short research papers
• Interactive posters
• Industrial programme
• Demonstrations and interactive experiences.
The following tracks have a single-blind review process and require the
author names on the submissions. For these tracks, the versions
submitted for review must be uploaded in .PDF format with all author
• Doctoral consortium
• African Masters Consortium
Any questions regarding the formatting and uploading of submissions
should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The main INTERACT 2013 Conference, as well and the pre-conference
events will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Cape Town is a city like no other. Cape Town is South Africa’s Mother
City, South Africa’s oldest city, and one of the most beautiful cities
in the world. Cape Town is the archetypal melting pot, buzzing with
creativity, colour, sounds and tastes. Its natural assets, from Table
Mountain to pristine beaches and diverse cultural offerings, give the
city a distinctive feel. While walking through the city’s streets and
meeting its people, most people fall in love with the city’s natural
beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit.
Cape Town is renowned for its achievement in the fields of science and
medicine, but also for its creative side, earning it the status of World
Design Capital 2014 (seehttp://www.capetown2014.co.za/). Its business
district, speciality shops, hotels, restaurants and renowned attractions
fall within the immediate downtown setting of the Cape Town
International Convention Centre.
SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF SUBMISSIONS THAT
ARE STILL OPEN
INTERACT 2013 is an international conference and all submissions will
be peer-reviewed by an international panel of experts. English is the
official conference language: all submissions must therefore be written
in English. The style of English should be suitable for a global
audience of non-native English speakers, using good structure and layout
to help the readers navigate. Do not use convoluted English
(gobbledygook, passive voice, scientific third person, etc.) and avoid
the use of idioms and culturally-based analogies.
Submissions are solicited for short papers that address any of the
conference topics by researchers and by practitioners. Authors are
encouraged to submit late-breaking research results, reports on issues
in practice and work in progress that show the latest innovative ideas
and practices. Short paper submissions should report original work and
must not have been published previously nor be a condensed version of
previously published papers.
All short paper submissions will be peer-reviewed by an international
panel of experts. The review process will retain the anonymity of
authors and reviewers.
Submit short papers of a maximum 8 pages in .PDF format by 25 March
2013, using the conference submission system. Papers must be formatted
according to the prescribed LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
format. Accepted short papers must be presented at the conference and
will be published by Springer in the LNCS Series. Authors must guarantee
the anonymity of their submissions (please remove names and affiliations
from the first page and any other material that would allow reviewers to
identify the authors).
The visual nature of the short paper submission will be assessed by the
reviewers. If judged pertinent for the audience, authors of accepted
short paper submissions might be invited to present their paper in the
Interactive Poster track session as well.
Any questions regarding Short Research Papers should be directed
Submissions for interactive posters are invited, addressing any area of
the conference topics. Authors are encouraged to demonstrate the
late-breaking research results, reports of practice and work in progress
that show the latest innovative ideas and practices to stimulate
dialogue with the conference audience. Interactive poster submissions
should report original work and must not have been published previously
nor can it be a shortened version of previously published papers. All
Interactive posters submissions will be peer-reviewed by an
international panel of experts. The review process will retain the
anonymity of authors and reviewers. Accepted posters must be presented
at the conference during a special poster session. Poster papers will
appear in the INTERACT 2013 conference proceedings to be published in
the Springer LNCS Series.
A poster submission may consist of a maximum 9 pages in .PDF format
and must be submitted no later than 25 March 2013, using the conference
submission. A poster submission consists of:
• A 8-page paper similar to the submissions for Short Papers,
describing the proposed content and
• A single page with a visual poster draft resized to 1 A4 page.
The paper part of the poster must be formatted according to the LNCS
(Lecture Notes in Computer Science) format. Authors must guarantee the
anonymity of their submissions (please remove names and affiliations
from the first page and any other material that would allow reviewers to
identify the authors).
Any questions regarding Interactive Posters should be directed
Submissions are solicited from HCI experts in industry for the
industrial programme. The industry programme aims at providing an
opportunity to hear presentations and reflections on the practice of
HCI, both in Africa and internationally. The submissions can address any
theme linked to the conference topics. The Industry Programme Committee
will review all submissions and select those for inclusion in the
conference programme. The submission should describe the proposed
presentation topic including a rough outline of the material to be
covered but there are no additional strict guidelines on the type of
content to include.
Submissions will be peer-reviewed, but should not be anonymous. Please
include all author names and affiliations. Acceptance will be based on
the relevance of the topic to the INTERACT 2013 programme, its relevance
and importance for the INTERACT community, and the potential for
stimulating attendee interest and participation.
The Industrial Programme will take place throughout the conference. It
will include both submissions and invited talks. We especially
encourage submissions from practitioners in Africa.
Submit industry programme papers of a maximum 8 pages in .PDF format by
25 March 2013, using the conference submission system. Papers must be
formatted according to the prescribed LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer
Science) format. Accepted submissions must be presented at the
conference and will be published by Springer in the LNCS Series.
Practitioners can choose instead to submit Short Papers and/or Posters
(above) and are welcome to do so. These submissions are to be blind and
will be reviewed with all other submissions, and they will not be
included as part of the Industrial Programme.
We strongly encourage those who are interested in submitting but who
have not previously attended the conference to contact the Industrial
Programme chairs for more information. Any questions regarding the
Industrial Programme should be directed
DEMONSTRATIONS AND INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES
Technical advances can make human activities easier, faster, more
accurate and more economical. Some may lead to completely new
activities. These advances may benefit people by helping them work more
effectively and live more comfortably, e.g., by creating new leisure
activities and by opening new ways for communicating with friends,
family, and colleagues. The system demonstration / interactive
experience track is looking for examples of technical advances with such
potential. We encourage demonstrations / interactive display of new and
emerging technical solutions as well as innovations based on current
We are interested in demonstrations / interactive displays in the full
range of HCI-related topics, especially as they relate to the conference
theme. A system demonstration is a live presentation of a running
The review process will retain the anonymity of reviewers; authors
should guarantee the anonymity of their submissions (please remove names
and affiliations from the first page and any other material that would
allow reviewers to identify the authors).
Submit a description of the demonstration / interactive display of a
maximum of 3 pages in .PDF format, using the conference submission
system no later than 25 March 2013. Papers should be formatted according
to the LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) format. Accepted
demonstrations must be demonstrated during the conference and the
demonstration papers will be published in the adjunct INTERACT 2013
Any questions regarding Demonstration and Interactive Experience should
be directed to:email@example.com.
The INTERACT 2013 Doctoral Consortium is a forum for PhD students to
discuss their research goals, methods, and results at an early stage in
their research. The Doctoral Consortium aims to provide useful guidance
for completion of the dissertation research and the initiation of a
research career in a friendly and constructive atmosphere.
The Doctoral Consortium will be held on Tuesday 3 September 2013. The
Consortium will be a closed event, open only to the selected
participants and other invited attendees.
The Doctoral Consortium and INTERACT 2013 provide an opportunity for
student participants to interact with other students at a similar stage
in their research careers, established researchers, and the broader HCI
community. PhD students who are currently working on their
dissertation/thesis in an HCI related field are eligible to apply.
Doctoral Consortium candidates should ideally have worked on their
dissertation for at least 6 months. Thus, they should have chosen a
research focus and possibly also have selected theoretical and
methodological approaches and begun to produce results. To benefit from
the Consortium students should have at least 6 -12 months of work
remaining before the expected completion of their theses. The number of
participants in the Consortium will be limited. Selection for the
Consortium will be based on the quality of the submission and its
relevance to HCI in a broad sense. The contribution the student may make
to the Consortium, and the potential benefit of the Consortium to the
student’s research should be made explicit in the contribution. Students
selected to attend the Doctoral Consortium will be asked to present
their work to get feedback and advice for future directions. Consortium
attendees are free to submit a paper or contribution to any of the other
tracks at INTERACT 2013 on content similar to that in the proposal for
the Doctoral Consortium.
Each prospective PhD student participant must submit a package of
materials, consisting of 2 parts for consideration by the Doctoral
Consortium Committee, no later than 25 March 2013. The first part must
be submitted electronically using the conference submission system. The
second must be submitted via e-mail directly to one of the Doctoral
Consortium Chairs firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part 1: Extended Research Abstract
The research description should be at a maximum 6 pages long formatted
according to the LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) format, and
• The title of the work.
• The student’s name, university name, address and e-mail
• Name and e-mail address of the dissertation advisor/supervisor.
• The research area or sub-area of the work (10 words or less).
• Related submissions (e.g., if the students is also submitting a
paper to INTERACT 2013).
• A brief description of the research topic (25 words or less).
• A description of the research problem to be solved, why it is
important and a justification that prior research has not solved the
problem; or the research question at issue to be elaborated, why the
issue is interesting and how your work will bring new knowledge to the
question at issue.
• The research hypothesis (claim).
• The methods used or proposed to use to carry out your research.
It is important to describe a plan for evaluating the work and
presenting credible evidence of the results to the research community.
• A sketch of the proposed solution.
• The expected contributions of the PhD research.
The research abstract should be submitted in .PDF format. The 6-page
research abstract must conform to the LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer
Part 2: Letter of Recommendation
Part 2 is a letter of recommendation from the student’s PhD
advisor/supervisor, or Head of School, or equivalent, supporting the
student’s nomination for the Consortium. This letter should include the
student’s name, a candid assessment of the current status of the PhD
research and an expected date for dissertation submission. The letter
should be in .PDF format, and must be e-mailed to one of the Doctoral
Consortium chairs at:email@example.com.
The accepted 6-page Research Abstracts will be published in the special
Doctoral Consortium Proceedings and will only be distributed to
participants of the Doctoral Consortium.
Students whose proposals are accepted for presentation at the Doctoral
Consortium will be offered support in the form of waived conference
fees, but will have to fund their own travel and accommodation expenses.
AFRICAN MASTERS CONSORTIUM
The INTERACT 2013 African Masters Consortium will provide a platform
for African students registered at African universities for masters
degrees with a research component to showcase their research. The
Consortium will provide a supportive setting for feedback on the masters
students’ current research and guidance on future research directions,
and offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work
from researchers and students outside their own institution. It aims to
promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a
spirit of collaborative research in Africa, and allow the students the
opportunity to interact with other researchers.
Students from African universities interested in taking part in the
consortium, or supervisors of such students, can obtain more information
on the consortium by sending an email to