ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces

Call for Participation: Papers & Notes

ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2014

Dresden, Germany, November 16-19,
Sponsored by the ACM’s special interest group on computer-human
interaction (SIGCHI), ITS has been established as a premier venue for
research in the design, development and use of new and emerging
interactive surface technologies. This year’s conference will be held at
the Hilton Hotel right in the heart of beautiful Dresden, Germany from
Nov. 16-19, 2014.
ITS 2014 welcomes original, high-quality research and industry
contributions that advance the state-of-the-art in the area of
interactive surfaces (including tabletops, large displays, mobile, and
mini devices). We embrace innovations in a wide variety of areas
including design, software, hardware, understanding of use, and
applications or deployments of interactive surfaces.
Important Dates

· June 30, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for initial submissions

· August 22 : First-round notifications

· Sept 17: Camera-ready Deadline
Paper Submissions

We invite paper submissions of papers (max 10 pages) and notes (max 4
pages) of two possible types: academic and application (read on for an
explanation of the difference).
All papers and notes must be submitted as a single PDF file in the ACM
SIGCHI format ( through
the submission system (available
May 1). When appropriate, authors are also encouraged to submit
supplementary materials such as video or data.
Papers and Notes will undergo a high-quality peer-review process by a
committee of recognised experts (see program committee members below) to
be presented at the ITS conference, be included in the conference
proceedings, and be archived in the ACM Digital Library. ITS does not
accept submissions that were published previously in formally reviewed
publications or that are currently submitted elsewhere. Papers and Notes
go through the same review process.
Notes (both academic and application) must also report complete work,
but with a more focused and succinct contribution than papers. For more
details on academic and application papers see:
ITS 2014 will have a “Best of ITS” awards program, in accordance with
SIGCHI guidelines. Approximately 5% of submissions may receive
“Honorable Mentions” of which the top 1% may receive “Best Paper/Note”
awards. Additionally, a best student paper will be awarded among papers
whose first author is a student, and where the student has performed the
majority of the work.
Academic Papers (and Notes)

Academic papers must present original, innovative, and forward-looking
research. This kind of papers corresponds to the standard scientific
track of most HCI conferences.
Application Papers (and Notes)

Application papers are open to industrial and academic authors, and will
successfully demonstrate how surface interaction has been applied to
real world problems and usage contexts beyond research labs, but without
necessarily including original software, hardware, interaction
techniques, or a formal study. For example, industry members can submit
papers to share customer outcomes and iterative improvements over
next-best alternatives.
Application papers are published in the same format and way as academic
papers (will be presented during the main conference program, will be
archived in the ACM Digital Library which provides free access through
its Author-Izer service*, and are free to publish), although they are
reviewed through a slightly different process based on a rubric. For
more information see
First-time submitters in the application track are encouraged to apply
for paper guidance well in advance of the submission deadline if deemed
necessary (write to
Topic Areas

The conference welcomes contributions that deal with a variety of
interactive surfaces including tabletops, interactive wall displays,
portable and micro devices, and deformable surfaces. We encourage
submissions on (but not limited to) the following topic areas as they
relate to interactive surfaces:

· Applications and/or evaluations of interactive surfaces in
specific domains (public spaces, education, science, business,
entertainment, health, accessibility, homes, etc.)

· Gesture-based interfaces

· Multi-modal interfaces

· Tangible interfaces

· Large display interfaces and multi-display environments

· Novel interaction techniques

· Information visualization/data presentation

· Software engineering methods and frameworks

· Computer supported collaborative work

· Virtual reality and augmented reality

· Social protocols

· Hardware, including sensing and input technologies with novel

· Human-centered design and methodologies


Review Process

All papers and notes will be reviewed by at least two external reviewers
and a member of the program committee. After the first review cycle a
submission will receive either a “Conditional Accept”, “Revise”, or
“Reject” decision. Some papers will be invited to do significant
revisions. Authors of papers with a “revise” decision will have several
weeks to revise and resubmit their work between August 22 and September
8 and should therefore allocate time for this part of the process.


This is not an invitation to submit extended abstracts or incomplete
papers. As in the past, submit the paper that you would like to have
published. Incomplete or otherwise non-competitive submissions will be
desk-rejected without review.


Submission Information

Submissions should use the format shown in the conference template.
Submissions should be converted to PDF and uploaded to the Precision
Conference system at by 5:00
p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 30, 2014. The PCS system will be open
for uploading submissions beginning on May 1. Application and academic
papers will be submitted in different tracks.
When appropriate (such as for submissions introducing novel systems or
interaction techniques), authors are encouraged to submit a
supplementary video file (not to exceed 3 minutes in length and 50 MB in

All submissions should be anonymized for double-blind review. This means
that your paper and any supplementary video materials should have
authors’ names and affiliations removed and should avoid obvious
identifying features. Citations to your own relevant work should not be
anonymous, but please cite such work without identifying yourself as the
author. For example, say “Prior work by Smith et al. [1]” instead of “In
my prior work.”

Confidentiality of submitted material will be maintained. Upon
acceptance, the titles, authorship, and abstracts of papers and notes
will be published online in the advance program. Submissions should
contain no information or material that will be proprietary or
confidential at the time of publication, and should cite no publication
that will be proprietary or confidential at that time. Final versions of
accepted Papers and Notes must be formatted according to the
instructions we provide. Copyright release forms must be signed for
inclusion in the proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library.


Other Submission Types

Please also consider submissions to further ITS 2014 submission
categories with later deadlines and separate calls including:
· Demos, Posters

· Workshops, Tutorials, Studios

· Doctoral Symposium
Program Co-Chairs

Miguel Nacenta, University of St Andrews

Kasper Hornbæk, University of Copenhagen

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