Chi 2011 - Connecting

Work-In-Progress: Call for Submissions

Quick Facts

  • Submission Deadline: 14 Jan 2011 (23:55 PST) using the PCS submission system
  • Notification Date: 11 Feb 2011
  • Camera-Ready Deadline: 18 Feb 2011
  • Submission Format: A 6-page poster abstract prepared in Extended Abstracts format and thoroughly copy-edited. Submissions are not anonymous and should include all author names, affiliations, and contact information. Your poster design should be reduced to one standard letter page in size and submitted in PDF format. Both documents should be submitted via the PCS submission system.
  • Selection process: Juried
  • At the Conference: Accepted submissions will be presented as a poster during the conference. Please see the Information for Poster Presenters.
  • After the Conference: Extended Abstracts (DVD and ACM Digital Library).

Message from the Work-in-Progress Chairs

We encourage practitioners and researchers to submit to the Work-in-Progress venue as it provides a unique opportunity for sharing valuable ideas, eliciting useful feedback on early-stage work, and fostering discussions and collaborations among colleagues. Accepted submissions will be presented as a poster at the conference and made available to the CHI community as a 6-page poster abstract in the electronic Extended Abstracts proceedings.

  • Mark W. Newman (University of Michigan)
  • Brian Bailey (University of Illinois)
  • Contact:

What is a Work-in-Progress?

A Work-in-Progress is a concise report of recent findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work relevant to the CHI community. The difference between Works-in-Progress and other venues (e.g., papers, notes) is that the work submitted to the Work-in-Progress venue represents work that has not reach a level of completion that would warrant the full refereed selection process. That said, appropriate submissions should make some contribution to the body of HCI knowledge, whether realized or promised. A significant benefit of a Work-in-Progress derives from the discussion between the author and conference attendees that will be fostered by the face-to-face presentation of the work.

This submission category aims to attract participation from a broad range of disciplines covering a spectrum of topics and methodologies. We encourage submissions from all of CHI's communities. Summaries of completed work or reduced versions of short or full paper submissions are inappropriate as a Work-in-Progress submission and will be rejected. Submissions to this venue may include, but are not limited to, the following types of work:

  • Evaluations of systems, techniques, practices or other phenomena relevant to HCI.
  • Descriptions of new methods, processes, techniques, or tools for use in interactive system design, development or deployment.
  • Reflections from practice, including lessons learned or principles derived from real-word experiences and backed by thought-provoking and well-substantiated analyses.
  • Accounts of the design (rationale, process, outcomes and/or evaluation) of an innovative application, user interface, or system.

Work-in-Progress abstracts appear in the CHI Extended abstracts which is a semiarchival, widely disseminated publication. Copyright is retained by the authors, and the material from them can be used as the basis for future publications in ACM venues as long as there are "significant" revisions from the original. For more information on the republishability of material appearing at CHI, along with links to relevant ACM policies, please see the section on Republishability on the main CHI CFP.

Preparing and Submitting your Work-in-Progress Submission

Work-in-Progress submissions consist of two related documents:

  • A 6-page poster abstract prepared in the Extended Abstracts format and submitted as a PDF file. Your poster abstract should be camera-ready and thoroughly copy-edited. Submissions to the Work-in-Progress venue are not anonymous and should therefore include all author names, affiliations and contact information.
  • An electronic version of the poster that you will present at the conference. For the review process, your poster should be reduced to one standard page in size and submitted as a PDF file. Please note that the physical posters presented at the conference may not be larger than 4 feet by 4 feet.

Both the poster abstract and the poster should communicate:

  • A concise description of the work
  • Implications of the work for the CHI community
  • Recommendations for further investigation and/or incorporation into practice
  • These documents must be submitted via the PCS submission system by the submission deadline listed at the top of this page.

Work-in-Progress Selection Process

Work-in-Progress submissions will be selected by an anonymous jury. The process has been designed to acknowledge the early-stage nature of the work. All submissions are considered confidential during the review process.

Review Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  1. Significance: How important is the problem or question that this submission addresses? How important is the output of this work in contributing to the identified problem or question? How greatly can others benefit from this work?
  2. Originality: How novel is the contribution? How clearly does the submission communicate the ways that it differs from and goes beyond the most relevant previous work in this area? (Note that for a Work-in-Progress submission, full literature searches are not expected, although the most relevant citations should be included.)
  3. Validity: How appropriate are the chosen methods for the work being undertaken? How well are the submission's claims and conclusions supported by the results?
  4. Written Presentation: How clear and understandable is the writing in the poster abstract? To what extent does the poster abstract conform to all Extended Abstract formatting requirements and the 6-page limit?
  5. Visual Presentation (The Poster): How well does the design of the poster effectively communicate the most important facets of the work? To what degree is the design of the poster likely to draw in an audience?
  6. Ability of the Work to Engender Discussion: To what degree will the presentation of this work stimulate interesting conversation among researchers or practitioners? To what extent will the presenters benefit from being able to discuss their work and receive feedback at this stage?

Upon Acceptance of your Work-in-Progress Submission

Work-in-Progress authors will be notified of acceptance in February 2011. If a submission is accepted to appear at the conference, the contact person will receive further instructions regarding the inclusion of their poster abstract in the CHI 2011 Extended Abstracts as well as important information related to the poster presentation at the conference.

At the Conference

Accepted Work-in-Progress posters will be presented during the conference. Authors will be expected to attend the conference and will be assigned a time and location to present their poster to conference attendees. Authors will be required to set up beforehand and stand with their posters during the assigned time. Please see the Information for Poster Presenters.

After the Conference

Accepted Work-in-Progress poster abstracts will be distributed in the electronic CHI Extended Abstracts, available at the conference on DVD and in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to researchers and practitioners worldwide.

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