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Panels are one of the most exciting venues at CHI, letting the audience members understand and interact with different perspectives on an emerging or controversial topic. Panels can be submitted to any of the six communities: Design, Education, Engineering, Management, Research, and Usability. Cross community panels are encouraged; select one of the relevant communities to submit to and in your cover letter explain what other communities your proposal relates to. The proposal will be reviewed by members of all relevant communities.

Genuinely design your panel for a stimulating and original audience experience. The conference facilities are flexible, so we encourage creative use of the space. Consider using a combination of different styles of presentations in a panel. Panels consisting largely of a series of short talks — a panel format that has become the norm at CHI conferences — will not be accepted unless the submission adequately justifies that format, explaining how it is best for the audience experience. All panels must be designed to be especially engaging, and submissions must explain how the panel format will achieve that audience experience.

Panels can find inspiration for formats from other disciplines and media. Panel formats or elements to consider include:
  • point-counterpoint discussions
  • roundtables, debates, interviews
  • skits, improvisations, contests
  • talks, demonstrations, video clips
  • narratives, cases, design projects
  • audience participation
  • participation of people not at the conference
All panels must explore a range of perspectives — perspectives that differ in ways that have significant implications — and proposals must describe those implications. As well, panelists should include different backgrounds, such as practitioner/researcher, cultural backgrounds, and disciplines.

Submissions that focus on perspectives that differ only superficially will not be accepted. We encourage the presence of a strong diversity of panelists and the involvement of people new to CHI conference panels, to benefit the audience experience.

The final submission must include a four-page extended abstract and a panel proposal of no more than nine pages. All submissions must be in English.

Extended Abstract
The four-page extended abstract of the panel must be suitable for publication in the CHI 2006 Extended Abstracts. It should include:
  • the title of the panel
  • names and affiliations of the panelists
  • an abstract of no more than 150 words
  • keywords
  • an overview of the panel topic and format
  • a summary of each panelist's contribution
The extended abstract must be in the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format. The 150 word abstract will appear in the final program and should be written in a style to attract the intended audience.

The proposal of no more than nine pages which must include:
  • a list of all panel members including names, affiliations, phone numbers, and email addresses (each person listed must have agreed to be a member of the panel); please identify a primary contact person for the panel.
  • a description of the topic, stating the controversial aspects of the issue to be discussed.
  • a description of the community(ies) this panel is intended for (be sure to explain why this panel is appropriate for the community).
  • a description of the format you will use to run the panel and why it was selected (be clear about how you will ensure an engaging experience for the audience; include a list of any non-standard technology support or physical arrangements for the stage that your panel will require).
  • a compilation of contributions from the panelists. The panelists should each generate a short summary of their views on the panel topic and how they are going to express these views -- examples, demos, stories, pitches; each panelist's summary should reveal how his or her perspective differs from the perspectives of the other members of the panel and the implications of those differences.
Confidentiality of Submissions
Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, 22 April 2006. Submissions should contain no information or materials that are proprietary at publication time.

Requests for Community Chairs' Input (Optional)
We urge you to contact the relevant community chair (see List of Community Submission Addresses for a list of email addresses; if the submission is relevant to multiple communities, you should communicate with the chairs of all relevant communities) with your ideas for a panel as early as possible so we can help you develop your ideas prior to final submission. If you do not solicit our input, you will not receive the benefits of early feedback about how to better match your submission to the final review requirements.

If you solicit our input, we will help you assess the panel's importance to the communities you are targeting and the appropriateness of a panel format for achieving an especially engaging audience experience. At your request, we will also try to help you identify good potential panelists.

Note that receipt of our input is not a guarantee that your panel proposal will be accepted. Final submissions will be subjected to a review process (as stated in the next section), which will determine which panels will be accepted for the conference.

You must solicit input from the relevant community chairs no later than 9 September 2005.

Review Criteria
Criteria to be applied by reviewers will include those identified above, including the extent to which:
  • The panel focus is a controversial or emerging topic.
  • The panel is well targeted to one or more CHI communities.
  • The panel format is appropriate for the topic and ensures an especially engaging experience for the audience.
  • The panelists have appropriate expertise and include people new to CHI conference panels.
  • The panelists represent a range of significantly different perspectives.
At the Conference
Participants will present their panel in a scheduled session. Technical support for panels is described under Standard Technical Support. Additional technical support requirements should be discussed with the community chairs before you submit, to determine if the conference will be able to meet your needs.

Panel Submission Checklist
  • Read all the above material.
  • As early as possible (but no later than 9 September 2005), contact the relevant community chairs with your panel ideas so we can help you figure out how to meet the requirements of a panel for CHI 2006, especially the requirement that the panel be an especially engaging experience for the audience.
  • Prepare a four-page extended abstract in the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format that includes all the appropriate information as outlined above in the Submissions section.
  • Prepare a panel proposal of no more than nine pages that includes all the appropriate information as outlined above in the Submissions section.
  • Create a PDF file that is the combination of the extended abstract and the panel proposal; name the file lastname_panel.pdf, where lastname is the name of the contact person for this panel. Make sure that your combined file is no larger than 5 Mbytes, or it may be rejected by the conference email server. Test the PDF file to make sure it prints correctly.
  • Submit to the primary community the panel targets (be sure to mention in your cover message other communities you are targeting who should also review this submission). See the List of Community Submission Addresses for the appropriate email address to submit to. The PDF file must be received by the appropriate community chair no later than 14 October 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PST.