Human Computer Interaction Consortium

Call for Papers

HCIC 2004 Winter Workshop > Call for Papers



  • Deadline for Major Paper Abstracts: Wednesday, October 15, 2003
  • Notification of Major Paper Acceptances: November 15, 2003
  • Deadline for Boasters: Extended to Monday, January 26, 2004

Program Committee

Brad A. Myers
Carnegie Mellon University

James L. Frankel
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories


Computing Off The Desktop

Over the last decade we have seen a dramatic increase in the use of computing engines in everyday devices. Most electronic devices have embedded computers. Today, we have roughly 1.6 billion cell phones compared to only 150 million PCs. Overall, only 2% of all processors are used in PCs. This disparity will only become more pronounced in the future. As a result, we are seeing changes in the nature of interactions with computers, in the design of user interfaces, and in the issues involved in such interactions.

Most of the user interfaces people see are incorporated into non-computer devices. In the future, computation will everywhere and displays may be disconnected, so conventional desktop user interfaces will no longer be the main center of interest. There is a need to deal with highly varied output and input technologies, and with new modes of interaction. Such devices are used in different settings, for different purposes, and, often, not for work. Computers may therefore be hidden and the users' goals are to accomplish a particular task, rather than to use a computer per se.

Many questions are raised by this trend. What are the new interfaces and models of interaction with these emerging computing devices? How do we deal with standardization of protocols? How important is security in such devices? What are the future ramifications for surveillance and monitoring? What are examples of multi-user interfaces? How is behavior affected by context? What is the role of speech and non-speech sounds in such interfaces? How do such devices deal with multiple network types for communication (cellular (CDMA, TDMA, GSM), wired LAN (Ethernet), wireless (802.11x, Wi-Fi), PAN (BlueTooth, 802.15.4, ZigBee))? How does the display technology (on table top, via a projector, on a roll-up OLED screen, on a watch) or lack of it affect the user interface?

Devices of interest include PDAs, cell phones and other communication devices, VCRs and camcorders, TVs, white goods, projectors, cameras, lights, remote controls, HVAC/thermostats, environmental and other sensors, transducers, highway toll transducers, building automation, devices with novel displays (OLEDs, etc.), access controls, RFID tags, automotive, marine, and aircraft electronics, and commercial / industrial machinery.

The topic of the workshop examines the context and technologies around computing off of the desktop. Suggested topics for presentations include (but are not limited to):

  • Novel interaction techniques for non-desktop devices,
  • Modes of interaction with non-desktop devices,
  • Human Interfaces for Tangible Devices,
  • Collaborative interfaces that involve non-desktop systems,
  • Studies of artifacts and applications for computing off the desktop,
  • Interaction with very large, very small, and non-existent displays,
  • Non-desktop devices targetted to special communities such as disabled users and the developing world,
  • Interaction techniques for context-aware and ubiquitous computing,
  • Novel applications that make use of computing off the desktop,
  • Toolkits and architectures to support all of the above.

I. Major Papers

A major paper includes a presentation with 45 minutes allocated for the presentation followed by time for a 20-minute presentation by a discussant and 20 minutes of discussion by the group as a whole.

There is room for 12 major papers including an invited talk.

PLEASE NOTE THE ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA: Rather than automatically accepting one submission from each member organization, as was the practice in the distant past, all submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. Very strong preference will be given to papers submitted by the deadline. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance to the theme, and considerations of balance. By "considerations of balance," we mean such things as a balance between industry and academic papers, balance between technology-oriented and user study papers, and a preference for some balance in the distribution of papers from member organizations. Note that students are not eligible to present a major paper (see further rules below under: "Presentation and Attendance Rules").

Only abstracts of papers and boasters will be distributed to everyone at the conference. All paper abstracts, full papers, boasters, and boaster abstracts will be available on the HCIC web page (http://www.hcic.org/) prior to the conference. Each first author (both papers and boasters) is requested to bring 2 or 3 "loaner" copies in a folder labeled with the title and authors for those who wish to read a specific paper or boaster during the conference. Those wishing to have a permanent copy may download it from the web. Submissions will be made directly to the web page.

Priority will go to papers that are relevant to the theme. Each institution may submit as many papers as they desire. If there are MORE paper proposals than program slots, the Program Committee will use the criteria described above to select major papers for presentations.


  1. A cover page with:
    • Title, name(s) and address(es) of authors/participants
    • A 50 word abstract
  2. A draft of the paper OR a 2 page abstract

Deadline for Major Paper Abstracts: Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Directions for Submission:

Submissions must be in PDF format and entered directly to the HCIC web page (http://www.hcic.org/hcic2004/submit_paper.phtml). Submissions will be accepted beginning September 15, 2003. Only the conference chairs, the web master, and the HCIC coordinator, Martha Polson, will have access to the abstracts on the web until after paper acceptances. Authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to submit a revised version of their paper if desired. After that date, the website is restricted to those with either an IP address coming from a member organization, or a username/ password combo.

After acceptance notifications, full papers, revised papers, etc. should also be submitted directly to the website.

If you have any questions contact the HCIC Webmaster, Matt Bietz at hcic.webmaster@umich.edu.

II. Boasters (a title coined by Tom Landauer)

A "Boaster" is an eight page or less paper. It is to be submitted in PDF Format directly to the HCIC website. Rather than have printed copies of the paper distributed to everyone at the conference, the papers will be posted on the HCIC web pages (http://www.hcic.org/) prior to the meeting and only the abstracts will be distributed at the conference. At the opening session of the meeting, all "Boaster" presenters will be asked to stand, announce their names and read the title and a 50 words abstract of their boasters. Presenters (including any designated co-authors) will also be provided with an attractive and distance-legible badge with their name, boaster number and a keyword (to be provided by authors). Throughout the conference, any interested party can locate any interesting-to-them author and chat with them about their boaster. Presenters will, of course, want to be present as much as they can for this purpose.


  1. A cover page with:
    • Title, author(s) (indicate those available to chat at meeting)
    • A one-word keyword
    • A 50 word abstract
  2. A paper of 8 pp or less.

Deadline for Boasters: Extended to Monday, January 26, 2004

Directions for Boaster Submission:

Boasters are to be submitted in PDF format directly to the HCIC web page (http://www.hcic.org/hcic2004/submit_paper.phtml). The website is restricted to only those with either an IP address coming from a member organization, or a username /password combo. All boasters are automatically accepted. There is no review process.

If you have any questions contact the HCIC Webmaster, Matt Bietz at hcic.webmaster@umich.edu.

Presentation and Attendance Rules

The rules of the consortium state that only employees of member organizations may present major papers. Papers may have nonmember coauthors. However the board must approve either attendance or attendance and co-presentation. Obviously, invited speakers are exempt from this rule. Students are not eligible to present a major paper. However, they are strongly encouraged to submit a Boaster.

For more information:

Martha Polson, HCIC Coordinator
Phone: +1 303.499.4830
Fax: +1 303.499.6300