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Dan Horn
U.S. Army Research Institute, USA

Erika Orrick
GE Healthcare Information Technologies, USA

Important Dates:
13 January 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST: Submissions due.
Week of 6 February 2006: Acceptance notification.

Additional information:
Message from Dan and Erika, WIP Co-Chairs
Work-in-Progress Posters are an exciting new venue at CHI. We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit work that is underway but still in the early stages and in a state to be influenced by informal discussion in a featured poster session. Accepted submissions will be presented to the CHI community through both inclusion of a 6 page paper in the Conference Extended Abstracts and the opportunity to present a poster in a special evening session.
Work-in-Progress submissions provide an opportunity for both practitioners and researchers to present a concise report of new findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work relevant to the HCI community.

Like interactive posters of the past, Work-in-Progress focuses more on visual presentation and discussion between the author and attendees around the poster. Accepted work will be published as 6-page papers in the CHI 2006 Extended Abstracts.

This submission category aims to attract attention from a broad range of disciplines covering a spectrum of topics and methodologies. The following topics are especially encouraged: multidisciplinary work, social impact of technology, design research, human-centered design and innovation, and cross-cultural design. We encourage submissions from all of CHI's communities: design, education, engineering, management, research, and usability.

Examples of appropriate submissions
Submissions to this track can include, but are not limited to, the following types of work:
  • Evaluation of systems, techniques and other phenomenon relevant to HCI - this can include either experimental or other types of evaluation.
  • Reflections from Practice - lessons learned, broad conclusions, or principles derived from practice, backed by thought-provoking and well-substantiated analyses.
  • Design Briefings - accounts of the design (rationale, process, outcomes and evaluation) of an innovative application, user interface, or system.
  • Methodologies and Tools - new methods, processes, techniques, and tools for use in interactive system design and development.
Review Criteria
Each submission will be reviewed based on the originality of the work, the quality of the written presentation and its contribution to the field of HCI. The submission's suitability for presentation as a poster will be considered as well.
  • Contribution and Benefit. A Work-in-Progress submission should make a contribution to either research or practice in the field of HCI. Due to the brevity of the format, submissions making one significant contribution are more likely to be accepted than those making several lesser contributions.
  • Originality and Innovation. The submission should make an original contribution to the field of HCI. It should show both how it builds on previous contributions, and how, where, and why it goes beyond current knowledge or practices.
  • Clarity. The submission must be clearly and concisely written in international English, with appropriate use of tables and figures.
Preparing your submission
Works-in-Progress consist of two parts: a paper included in the Conference Extended Abstracts and a poster presented at CHI 2006 during a special poster exhibition. The paper portion of your submission should be 6 pages in the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format. Given the short time frame between the submission deadline and the need to have camera ready documents, we ask that you submit final camera ready papers including names and other identifying information.

The second portion of your submission is a poster to be presented Monday evening at the main conference reception. The poster is expected to follow the International Standards Organization (ISO) poster size format (A0) in portrait orientation. The dimensions for A0 format are 84cm x 119cm, or approximately 33" x 47". You may use up to two posters. Please note that power outlets will not be available at the poster stations; audiovisual and computing equipment will not be supplied. In the past, the inclusion of a packet of the author's business cards or an envelope of fliers attached to the poster with a short paper to elaborate on poster content has proved an effective way to communicate with interested people when you are not at your poster.

Posters will not be submitted in advance, you should bring them with you to the conference.

The six-page submission should include:
  • a concise description of the idea
  • planned and completed analytical exploration or experimental assessment of your work
  • potential implications of the work to the field of HCI
  • recommendations for further investigation and incorporation into practice
If your submission includes statistical analysis, then we recommend that you refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in case of questions or doubts about how to accurately report the results of your work.

Full literature searches are not expected, although relevant citations should be included. Summaries of completed work or reduced versions of longer papers are unsuitable submissions as a Work-in-Progress. Please download the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format for details on how to prepare your submission.

The paper, as submitted for review, will be regarded as the final publication-ready version of your submission. Therefore, the paper submission must be clearly written, carefully proofread, and correctly formatted. Please note the following points:
  • Your submission must be original work. It cannot have been published elsewhere, nor can it be under concurrent review for publication by another conference or journal.
  • Your submission must conform to the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format in PDF format. It must be no longer than six pages, including references, appendices, and figures.
  • All references must be complete, accurate, accessible to the HCI public, and conform to the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format.
  • Your submission should be no larger than 4 megabytes in size.
  • Your submission must be in English and target an international audience.
  • Submissions should contain no information or materials that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication, and should cite no publications that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication.
  • Submissions arriving after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Your PDF file must be named lastname_wip.pdf, where lastname is the family name of the primary contact person.
Where to submit
Your complete 6-page paper must be submitted as a PDF no later than 13 January 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST at the CHI 2006 Submission web site.

Note that the process of producing a PDF file of your submission can sometimes cause changes in the length of the contribution. Authors are advised to generate and check PDFs of their submissions to verify that their final submission stays within the length (6 pages) and file size (4 megabytes) limits of the Work-in-Progress submission category.

Upon Acceptance
You will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of your submission the week of 6 February 2006. If a submission is accepted, the contact person will receive instructions for submitting their final camera paper for inclusion in the Extended Abstracts. You will also need to prepare your poster for presentation at CHI 2006.

Archival Status
The Work-in-Progress venue is not an archival publication that constrains future submissions. Your Work-in-Progress Poster is not considered to be a prior publication of the work for the purposes of a future CHI Paper or CHI Note or for a journal publication.

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.

At the Conference
Work-in-Progress Posters will be presented at the Conference Reception on 24 April (Monday) 2006. You will be asked to set up your poster during the day Monday, and will be assigned to stand by your poster for half of the reception. We expect that most conference attendees will visit the posters and interact with presenters during this time.

The posters will be made available for viewing during the rest of the conference; you should post a schedule of which breaks you plan to be available at your poster or of other ways to contact you, so that conference attendees who wish to discuss your poster with you can reach you.

Work-in-Progress Submission Checklist
Well before the submission deadline of 13 January 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PST:
  • Prepare a six-page extended abstract in the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format that includes all the appropriate information as outlined above in the Preparing Your Submission section.
  • Convert your abstract to a PDF file; name the file lastname_wip.pdf, where lastname is the family name of the contact person. Check that the file is no larger than 4 Mbytes. Test the PDF file to make sure it prints correctly.
  • Go to the CHI 2006 Submission web site and follow the instructions to submit the PDF file no later than 13 January 2006 5:00 PM (1700) PST.