Human Computer Interaction Consortium

Call for Papers

HCIC 2006 Winter Workshop > Call for Papers



  • ***Extended Deadline: Wednesday, October 19, 2005***: Papers Due
  • Friday, November 18, 2005: Acceptances - Authors Notified
  • Monday, January 2, 2006: Abstracts and Papers posted on website
  • Friday, January 13, 2006: Boaster papers due
  • February 1 - 5, 2006: HCIC at the glorious YMCA camp

Program Committee

Gary Olson, University of Michigan

John Tang, IBM Research, Almaden

Susan Fussell, Carnegie Mellon University

Theme: Collaboration, Cooperation, Coordination

Collaboration, cooperation and coordination have been CSCW research topics for over 20 years. A number of tools have made it into commercial products that are widely used, such as email, instant messaging, video, desktop sharing applications, etc. On the other hand, support for representing and accessing people still seems immature. People are disparately represented by email addresses, IM screen names, address book entries, etc., all separately defined by individual applications that deal with them. Similarly, groupings of people can be found in email distribution lists, IM groups, social network groups, etc., again mostly fractured across applications. This disarray has hampered the emergence of integrated support for collaboration and coordination by computers.

People are of course more complex than files or URLs. For instance, there are a host of cultural differences that affect how we interact with people. Beyond differences in simple naming conventions (ordering of surname and given name), different national cultures handle the role and status of people differently and have different communicational styles. Similarly, different work cultures have different norms about who to include in your IM buddy list (e.g., managers, nonwork friends). What about who has access to what kinds of information in your online calendar? While the deployment of email and IM may have become globally pervasive, how people use and perceive those collaboration tools may still have strong cultural variation.

In HCIC 2006, the theme will be how we can support collaboration, cooperation, and coordination in the user experience. By understanding what collaborative features people need and how these can be supported across a variety of platforms and devices, we can make design recommendations for integrating collaboration into the user experience. Given the global context of today’s work, that kind of integration also raises cultural and language differences in how technology mediates relationships among people. For the HCIC 2006 workshop, we invite empirical studies, designs for collaborative systems and tools, and reflective analyses on any aspect of integrating collaboration, cooperation and coordination within and across cultures.

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: All submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. Acceptance will be based on relevance to the theme. We also seek a balance between industry and academic 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.

Each institution may submit multiple papers. The Program Committee will select among submissions according to the criteria above.


  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: Monday, October 17, 2005

Directions for Submission:

Submissions must be submitted online in PDF format at the HCIC web page. Only the conference chair/s, 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, until the revision deadline, to submit a revised version of their paper. After that date, the papers section of the web site will be available 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 "Boaster" is an eight page or less paper. Boasters will be posted in their entirety at the HCIC web site, but only 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 or give a 2 minute overview. This procedure provides a valuable way of getting smaller papers and new authors - especially graduate students - to attend the conference and to interact with the attendees. Historically, we find that the resulting interactions have been beneficial for all concerned.


  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: Friday, January 13, 2006

Directions for Boaster Submission:

Boasters must be submitted online in PDF format at the HCIC web page. 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.

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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.

HCIC Online Paper Archives

All papers and boasters will be posted and archived on the HCIC web site. Additionally, we request that authors and discussants submit their slides to be posted online. Access to the HCIC website and paper archive is limitted to member organizations (through IP address or password authentication). The HCIC web site is not indexed by public search engines. If you have any questions or concerns about the online papers archive, please contact Martha Polson.

For more information:

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

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