HCIC 2015: Theory

June 28th - July 2nd 2015, Pajaro Dunes, Watsonville, California

2015 Program Chairs:

Gary Hsieh, UW
Erika Poole, PSU
Elizabeth F. Churchill, Google

Submission types: abstracts | boasters

I. Theory

In recent years the role and contribution of theory to HCI as a discipline and a practice has been much debated. Early Human Computer Interaction work built on and extended theories drawn from psychology, reflecting the positivistic tradition of scientific experimentation. As the HCI community has grown, a critical and reflective turn in HCI has also gained momentum, drawing on phenomenology, grounded theory, and so-called “anti grand theory” approaches. Meanwhile, calls for a new philosophy and model of Interaction Science invite us to return to the experimental tradition of early HCI and more effectively address the everyday realities of Internet experimentation at scale, crowdsourced experimentation and remote experimentation.

We invite you to ponder: What is the role of theory in HCI? What theories, if any, are appropriate and where/when are they appropriate? What questions are emerging that remain outside of the scope and explanatory power of currently cherished theories?

For HCIC 2015, we invite reflection on the nature of theory in HCI, its place in HCI research and practice, and the design of tools or methods to advance theory through two venues: presentations and boasters. All topics related to using, developing, eschewing and contesting the nature and role of theory in HCI are welcomed. Controversial topics, fierce (but well argued) challenges, and thoughts on the future of theory are strongly encouraged.

To propose a presentation, submit a 2-3 page extended abstract discussing your idea. Your proposal can focus on the value (or not) of applying specific theories with examples, your perspectives on what is and is not theory, the application of a theory in your practice or anything that offers a reflective and illustrated contribution that others may find helpful and that will spark debate and engagement: We invite big ideas about theory. The standard presentation format is a 45-minute talk followed by a 10-minute discussant response period, and then 35 minutes of open discussion. Topics should be appropriate for this format.

For example, presentation abstracts may:

Feel free to consult with us about your ideas.

The rules of the consortium state that only employees of member organizations may submit abstracts for this call. Abstracts may have non-member coauthors, but the board must approve attendance or co-presentation. Students are not eligible to submit abstracts. However, they are strongly encouraged to submit boasters.

We ask interested parties to submit presentation abstracts by Friday, March 13 at 11:59pm 2015 PST to hciccommittee@umich.edu, after which we will work with the submitters of promising abstracts to put together a program that will be instructive, reflective, and inclusive.

Deadline: Fri, Mar 13th, 2015 @ 11:59pm PST
Notification of acceptance: Wed, Apr 1st, 2015
Format: ACM HCI archive format
Length: 2-3 page
Submit to: hciccommittee@umich.edu

II. Boasters

A "boaster" is an original article related to the conference theme. Abstracts will be distributed at the conference, and the full text of the article will be available at the HCIC website. These articles provide an opportunity to showcase the work of new and experienced authors alike. We strongly encourage all student attendees to submit a boaster to HCIC, as boaster authors will have opportunities across the conference to discuss their work with other attendees through a new interactive format for 2015.

Directions for Boaster Submission:

Boasters must be submitted online in PDF format at the HCIC web page that will go live in March. All boasters are automatically accepted. There is no review process.

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

Presentation and Attendance Rules

The rules of the consortium state that only employees of member organizations may submit items in response to this call. Abstracts and boasters may have non-member coauthors. However the board must approve attendance or co-presentation. Students are not eligible to submit an abstract; they are strongly encouraged to submit a boaster.

HCIC Online Paper Archive

All presentation abstracts 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 paper archive is limited to member organizations through IP address or password authentication. The online paper archive of 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 Todd Stuart (hcic-admin@umich.edu).

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