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Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) enable conference attendees who share similar interests to meet informally for 90 minutes of facilitated discussion. SIGs proposals are welcome from all six of CHI's communities: Design, Education, Engineering, Management, Research, and Usability. Cross community SIGs are encouraged; select one of the relevant communities to submit to and in your supplementary material explain what other communities your proposal relates to. The proposal will be reviewed by members of all relevant communities. 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.

Format of Submissions
Submissions for SIGs must be received by 13 January 2006. You will need to submit:
  • a four-page extended abstract suitable for publication in the Extended Abstracts, in the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts Publications Format
  • supplementary material: a brief description of
    • community(ies) to which this SIG would be of interest and why
    • assumed attendee background
    • an informal schedule of discussion topics
    • which of the organizers should serve as the primary contact
These documents should be submitted in one PDF file. The filename should be named lastname_sig.pdf, where lastname is the family name of the primary SIG organizer.

Examples of Successful Submissions
To guide you, we provide some examples of previous years' accepted submissions (please remember that for this year some more information is required):

How Can Usability Be Certified? A Practical Test of Your Skills
User Involvement in the Web Development Process
Design of Usable Multi-Platform Interactive Systems

Review Criteria
Submissions will be reviewed independently by reviewers drawn from the relevant community(ies). Proposals must be authored by a minimum of two individuals representing at least two different organizations. SIG proposals will be reviewed, and acceptance will be based on, the relevance and importance of the topic to the community it is submitted to, and the plan for stimulating attendee interest and participation.

At the Conference
Accepted SIGs will have a scheduled session at the conference. There is no A/V or technical support guaranteed for SIGs; after your SIG is accepted, we will notify you what technical support will be available, if any. Rooms will be set up to facilitate discussion.

After the Conference
After the conference, organizers are encouraged to continue their SIG by organizing a workshop at a future conference or creating and maintaining a website.

SIG Submission Checklist
  • Read all the above material.
  • Prepare your four-page extended abstract in the Conference Extended Abstracts Publications Format.
  • Prepare the supplementary material as outlined above in the Format of Submissions section.
  • Create a PDF file that is the combination of the extended abstract and the supplementary material; name the file lastname_sig.pdf, where lastname is the family name of the primary contact person. Make sure that your 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 SIG targets (be sure to mention in the supplementary material 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 13 January 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST.