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:
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.
The four-page extended abstract of the panel must be suitable for publication in the CHI 2006 Extended Abstracts. It should include:
The proposal of no more than nine pages which must include:
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.
Criteria to be applied by reviewers will include those identified above, including the extent to which:
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