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Call for Papers

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Program Committee

Clayton Lewis University of Colorado

Jonathan Grudin, Microsoft Research

Jack Carroll, Penn State University

Theme: Education in HCI; HCI in Education

This is a theme that faces two ways. First, we recall that HCIC was founded in part as an educational activity, as its continuing support for student participation testifies. An important aim was to bring together the perspectives on the field of people in industry and people in universities so as to give students the benefit of a view of the field free of artificial boundaries between theory and application. We'd like to ask ourselves, as a community, how well are we doing at this? We solicit papers describing issues for, and approaches to enhancing, the relationship between academe and industry in our field. We particularly hope that industry participants will take this opportunity to engage the HCIC audience on these matters. Participants from industry or academe may want to address how and whether the emergence of new organizational structures (i-schools, d-schools,...) in universities has affected HCI education.

Second, research in HCI , or research with important HCI components, has been addressing problems of education for some time. We invite papers presenting or reviewing work in this area. We note the ongoing controversy about increased public investment in educational technology (for example Cuban, 2003; Oppenheimer, 2004; EETI, 2007) and welcome discussion of HCI perspectives on this matter. Further, developments in which HCI has been much concerned, including the advances in sensemaking technology discussed at HCIC 2007, have changed the intellectual landscape, and the way intellectual work is done, profoundly (cf Noam, 1995). How should these changes influence educational practice?

There are intellectual connections between the two faces of our theme. The traditional separation of "school" and "real life" is related to HCIC's educational purpose, and to the relationships between industry and academe. This separation is also related to cognitive issues in transfer of learning that are crucial in educational technology, as well as to social processes that may be limiting the effectiveness of educational interventions. Further, the separation is related to the changes in the intellectual landscape wrought by technology, in more than one way. Technology is undermining the role of "school" as a privileged source of knowledge, as Noam has observed. It may also be changing the role of the intellectual skills "school" has traditionally emphasized, as the balance between theoretical analysis and empiricism shifts. Submissions that shed light on these interconnections within our theme are especially welcome.

In addition to traditional papers, we invite volunteers to organize or participate in possible panel sessions. If you have pertinent ideas, opinions, or experience, but a paper doesn't seem like the best vehicle, let us know.



  • Monday, October 15, 2007: Papers and Panel Proposals Due
  • Monday, November 12, 2007: Acceptances - Authors Notified
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2008: Abstracts and Papers posted on website
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2008: Boaster papers due
  • January 30 - February 3, 2008: 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 15, 2007

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 about uploading documents, contact the HCIC Webmaster, Nikhil Sharma at hcic.webmaster@umich.edu.

II. Panel Proposals

The Program Committee believes it is possible that HCIC members have important contributions to the theme that are not best captured in papers. For example, people from industry or academe may have views on HCI education that could best be shared in discussion.

If you would be interested in participating in a panel, please submit the following information by email to Clayton.Lewis@Colorado.EDU NO LATER than October 15, 2007, and if at all possible, before that:

  • A brief indication of the topic or issue(s) you would like to address.
  • Suggestions of other potential panelists, with rationale (optional).

Joint submissions from more than one potential participants are very welcome. But individual suggestions will also be accepted, and may contribute to a panel organized by the program committee.

Students are not eligible to submit panel proposals, but students could be included in a proposed panel with appropriate justification.

Panel suggestions will be reviewed by the program committee for relevance to the theme, the contributions they make to the balance of industry and academic participation, and the balance of participation from member organizations. If deemed appropriate on these grounds, the program committee will organize one or more panels.

III. 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: Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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.