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Janice A. Rohn
World Savings Bank, USA

Stephanie Rosenbaum
Tec-Ed, USA

Important Dates:
  • 14 July 2005: Last date to request a mentor for Experience Reports and Interactivity submissions.
  • 14 October 2005, 5:00PM (1700) PDT: Submissions due for Panels, Experience Reports, HCI Overviews, the Interactivity, and novel formats.
  • Week of 16 December 2005: Notification of acceptance for 14 October submissions.
  • 13 January 2006, 5:00PM (1700) PST: SIG proposals due.
  • Week of 6 February 2006: Notification of acceptance for SIGs.
  • 17 February 2006: Final camera ready copy due.
Additional Information: Message from Janice and Stephanie, Usability Community Co-Chairs
CHI 2006 is focused on gathering top contributions in the usability field to provide a highly valuable experience for usability professionals and others interested in applying user research to improving design. We want to provide an avenue for practitioners to communicate their work in an appropriate format, whether it is a experience report, a panel of industry experts, or a well-researched finding in a paper. As usability community co-chairs, our goal is to increase the quality and quantity of usability practitioner submissions in order to benefit both the practitioner and research communities.
Historically, the usability field has thrived on interdependency between research and industry, leveraging new concepts and working to make our efforts more effective and influential. CHI recognizes that usability is a component of great design, to ensure that applications of new technology are practical for their target users. The CHI 2006 Usability Community Co-Chairs will help usability practitioners to find appropriate venues for thought-provoking communication, whether the submission is a debate among industry experts or a description of a new method.

We expect that there will be many links with themes and activities offered by the other CHI communities participating in this conference. We strongly encourage you to submit multi-community proposals that look at usability in the context of design, education, engineering, management, or research.

Types of submissions
The usability community invites submissions for panels, special interest groups (SIGs), HCI overviews, the interactivity, and experience reports. We also encourage you to submit, to the appropriate venue, research papers, CHI notes, works-in-progress, proposals for courses, and workshops that are relevant to usability. The descriptions below outline the key characteristics of each type of community submission. In addition, the chairs welcome proposals for other events that serve the goals of the usability community; we will work with submitters to shape these novel proposals into activities that will advance exchanges and understanding within the community.

Practitioners and researchers working on these and related themes are encouraged to submit proposals for events including, but not limited to:

Either a group of panelists or an interview format. These could include industry experts discussing a controversial issue, a particular challenge that usability practitioners are facing, or a range of other topics.

HCI Overviews
Presentations of the organizational structure, roles, strategies, and methods used in specific organizations. These might be usability consulting firms or corporate usability departments.

Experience Reports
Descriptions of novel work practices and experiences that would be of interest to others in the usability community or the larger CHI community. Some examples are:
  • New methods or approaches
  • Innovative customizations of an existing method or approach
  • Comparison of approaches and results
  • Demonstrated improvements
  • New findings regarding user behavior
  • Evidence of challenges to existing findings or guidelines
Demonstrations, either live or via video, of a method, approach, tool, or other topic of interest to usability practitioners.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Informal discussions on a particular topic. Sometimes SIGs include brainstorming or other activities to address particular problems.

We particularly welcome novel types of submissions. Please contact the usability community chairs (chi2006-usability@acm.org) to discuss the best way to submit and present your work.

CHI 2006 will try to provide mentors for individuals planning to submit an Experience Report or an Interactivity. Please see Mentoring for more information. The deadline to request a mentor is 14 July 2005.

Review Criteria
All submissions will be reviewed based on the clarity of the information and the potential contribution to the field of Usability. The individual submission categories have additional review criteria (which you can find in the description of each category).

Preparing Your Submission
Please see the pages on Panels, SIGs, Experience Reports, HCI Overviews, and the Interactivity for detailed information on what information is needed for each type of submission. All community submissions will use the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format. Submissions for Panels, HCI Overviews, and novel formats are to be sent to chi2006-usability@acm.org no later than 14 October 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT. Submissions to the Interactivity and Experience Reports are to be uploaded to the CHI 2006 submission website by the same deadline. SIG proposals should be sent to chi2006-usability@acm.org by 13 January 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST. Submissions arriving after the deadline will not be considered.

Upon Acceptance
You will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of your submission the week of 16 December 2005. Accepted submissions will be published in the conference Extended Abstracts. The contact person will receive instructions for preparing the final version of the extended abstract and other information about presentation logistics.

Usability Community Submission Checklist