SIG Meetings : Call for Participation

Quick Facts

  • Submission deadline: 4 October 2013 (5:00pm PT)
  • Online submission: PCS Submission System
  • Notification: 10 December 2013
  • Camera-ready deadline: 12 January 2014
  • Submission format: Camera-ready, four-page maximum non-anonymized document in Extended Abstract Format, suitable for publication, as well as supplementary material describing the SIG.
  • Selection process: Juried
  • At the conference: Accepted SIGs will have a scheduled session at the conference.
  • Archives: Extended abstracts will appear on the Conference Proceedings DVD and in the ACM Digital Library.

Message from the Special Interest Groups Chairs

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide an opportunity to attract a group of conference attendees who share a common interest and engage them in face-to-face discussions. Organizing a SIG is a great way to start or extend your involvement in the CHI conference program - several SIGs have evolved into other successful contribution types at subsequent conferences. In addition to interesting and novel SIG topics, we also encourage creative approaches to conducting the SIG itself.

We welcome you to contact us before submitting a proposal to discuss your ideas for innovative and attractive SIGs!

Enrico Rukzio, University of Ulm
Henry Duh, National University of Singapore

What are Special Interest Groups?

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) enable conference attendees sharing a common interest to meet informally for 80 minutes of facilitated discussion during a scheduled session at the conference. SIGs offer excellent opportunities for dialog and deliberation on a specific topic. The conference provides each SIG with meeting space and advertises SIG meetings to the rest of the conference in the Extended Abstracts and Conference Program.

Preparing and Submitting Special Interest Groups Proposals

Submissions for SIGs must be received by 4 October 2013. Make submissions via the PCS Submission System. You will need to submit a single PDF file, no larger than 4 megabytes large, consisting of:

  • a four-page description of the SIG, suitable for publication in the Extended Abstract Format and
  • supplementary material including: (a) a brief description of the community (or communities) to which this SIG would be of interest and why it is of interest; (b) assumed attendee background; (c) the approach you will use for organizing and presenting the SIG; (d) an informal schedule of discussion topics; and (e) which organizer should serve as the primary contact.

While not strictly required, we prefer that proposals be authored by a minimum of two individuals representing at least two different organizations. We also encourage prospective submitters to examine examples of accepted SIG abstracts from recent CHI conferences, available for download from the ACM Digital Library.

Special Interest Groups Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed independently by the SIGs chairs who will also make the final acceptance decisions. We will notify authors of acceptance decisions by 10 December 2013.

Upon Acceptance of your Special Interest Groups Submission

You will need to read the reviewers' comments carefully and submit the updated (camera-ready) version of your SIG description by the camera ready deadline (12 January 2014).

At the Conference

Accepted SIGs will have a scheduled, 80 minutes long session at the conference. After your SIG is accepted, we will notify you what technical support will be available. Rooms will be set up to facilitate discussion.

After the Conference

After the conference, the organizers are encouraged to continue their SIG by organizing a workshop at a future conference or creating and maintaining a website. Accepted SIG abstracts will be distributed in the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts, available at the conference on DVD and in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.