Call for submissions for Boston CHI 2009

10 Jul 2008 - 10:36am
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The first deadline for the CHI2009 conference is coming up fast (July

18 for workshops and tutorials).

I'm the co-chair of the User Experience and Usability portion of the

CHI 2009 conference and am inviting both design and usability

colleagues to submit proposals for next year's CHI conference. We

would like to have a strong New England representation at CHI 2009 in

Boston so if you have any ideas and want to kick them around, you can

contact me or the User Experience and Usability Co-chairs at the email

at the end of this message. We are also looking for ideas about

possible panels for the conference that would be of interest to user

experience and usability practitioners.

The message below highlights the types of proposals and dates and

provides a link to the conference page with details. One thing that

has changed is the review process. Rather than send papers out to the

general CHI community, papers will now be read by colleagues with

expertise in the particular area.


Chauncey Wilson

Senior User Research

AEC Revit Product Design


The CHI 2009 User Experience and Usability (UXU) Committee would like

to encourage practitioners to join us at the next CHI conference. The

conference will be held April 5 - 9, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts


Although the CHI conference has always had a strong contingent of

practitioners among its attendees, the criteria for acceptance of

papers have tended to be similar to those of a journal, which has

given the conference a reputation for being more academic than

practical. This year, we are explicitly seeking to address the

expressed concerns of practitioners that they want a stronger voice

within the CHI community. After all, it is only by participating and

collaborating with our friends and colleagues in the academic and

research domains that we can move the profession ahead.

Therefore, it is our goal as the User Experience and Usability

co-chairs to increase the quality and quantity of UX and usability

practitioner and researcher submissions, with the intent of benefiting

both the practitioner and the research communities. We will strive to

collect contributions in the fields of usability and user experience

design that introduce innovative practices and research findings that

can improve design practice.

The CHI 2009 Call for Papers can be found at CHI 2009 provides a variety of

formats for communicating your usability and user experience work,


• Workshops, proposals due July 18, 2008; Details at

• Courses, proposals due July 18, 2008; Details at

• Papers and Notes, proposals due September 19, 2008; Details at

• Video Showcases (NEW!), proposals due October 3, 2008; Details at

• Case Studies, proposals due October 3, 2008; Details at

• Panels, proposals due October 3, 2008; Details at

• Interactivity, proposals due October 3, 2008; Details at

• Special Interest Groups (SIGs), proposals due January 7, 2009,

Details at

• Works-in-Progress, proposals due January 7, 2009; Details at

• Alt.Chi, proposals due January 7, 2009; Details at

• Student Design Competition, proposals due January 7, 2009; Details


• Student Research Competition, proposals due January 7, 2009; Details


Our committee would like to invite user experience and usability

practitioners to submit proposals for CHI2009 and help us make this a

strong practitioner presence. The earliest deadline, for workshops and

tutorials, is July 18, only 10 days away. If you have ideas for one of

the presentation formats on which you would like some quick feedback,

or if you have a great idea for an invited speaker, you can contact us

at userexperience at

We hope to see you at CHI 2009.

Susan Dray, Dray & Associates, Inc.

Arnie Lund, Microsoft Corporation

Chauncey Wilson, Autodesk, Inc.

Elizabeth Buie, Luminanze Consulting, LLC

Contact us at: userexperience at

IxDA Boston organisers: Lisa, Jesse, Harun & Pauric
local site:

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