Human Computer Interaction Consortium

Call for Papers

HCIC 2007 Winter Workshop > Call for Papers


Program Committee

Suresh K. Bhavnani, University of Michigan

Ed H. Chi, Palo Alto Research Center

Wendy A. Kellogg, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Theme: Search and Sensemaking

Searching for and making sense of information has been integral to human activity since hunters and gatherers learned to interpret signs in the natural world in search of food. Today, the scale and penetration of digital information, combined with large numbers of people engaged in search and sensemaking activities, provide a unique opportunity to understand these activities and examine associated social and cognitive processes. HCIC 2007 seeks to provide a venue to explore these opportunities through three overlapping themes:

  1. Theories and methods related to search and sensemaking. We invite papers related to theories and methodologies that consolidate our understanding of how search and sensemaking take place in the real world. Topics might include: characterizations of search and sensemaking behaviors, task analyses, and models of real-world search and sensemaking activities.
  2. Emergent social phenomena in search and sensemaking. We invite papers that explore how search and sensemaking activities are situated socially, and the resulting emergent phenomena. Topics might include: sharing or other social phenomena in social software (e.g., tagging systems); editing and conflict patterns in group-edited corpora like Wikipedia; collaborative search (e.g., result sharing); tools and techniques for analyzing how information is transmitted from person to person; predicting the size of an "information outbreak" given a certain social structure.
  3. Future technologies and tools that assist in search and sensemaking. We invite papers that explore technologies and tools to assist users in the process of navigation, organization, schematization, and presentation of knowledge artifacts. Topics might include: tools that scaffold the sensemaking process; search tools to help users hold intermediary results for later processing; online notebooks, entity extractors, and automatic organizers that assist users in processing large amounts of information.


  • Monday, October 16, 2006: Papers Due
  • Monday, November 13, 2006: Acceptances - Authors Notified
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2007: Abstracts and Papers posted on website
  • Friday, January 12, 2007: Boaster papers due
  • January 31 - February 4, 2007: HCIC at the glorious YMCA camp

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 not more than 10 pages in CHI format OR a 2 page abstract

Deadline for Major Paper Abstracts: Monday, October 16, 2006

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, Karen Kitchen, 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, Nikhil Sharma 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 12, 2007

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, Nikhil Sharma 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 Karen Kitchen.