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Deborah Tatar
Virginia Tech, USA

Steve Harrison
Virginia Tech, USA

Important Dates:
23 September 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT: Submission Deadline.
Week of 4 November 2005: Notification of Acceptance.
18 November 2005: Publication-ready Extended Abstract and Call for Participation due for accepted workshops.

Additional Information: Message from Deborah and Steve, Workshops Co-Chairs
If you are working in an emerging area in HCI, consider organizing a workshop. Workshops provide a valuable opportunity for small communities of people with diverse perspectives to engage in vibrant discussions. They are a chance to move the field forward and build community. We encourage submissions addressing basic research, applied research, HCI practice, new methodologies, emerging application areas, design innovations, management and organizational issues, and HCI education. Each workshop should generate ideas that give the HCI community a new, organized way of thinking about the topic and that suggest promising directions for future research. Many workshops result in edited books or special issues of journals, and you could aim for that in the design of your workshop.
About Workshops
Workshops will be held on Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April 2006. A workshop may be one or two days in length. Design your schedule for 6 working hours per day, with a lunch break and two coffee breaks. Most workshops have 12 to 15 participants. Focused interaction among participants is important, so participants must have informed positions based on prior experience.

A fee is charged to each workshop participant to cover the cost of room booking and materials. The workshop fee will be waived for two of the workshop's organizers.

How to Submit
A workshop submission requires four documents: a proposal, an extended abstract, a call for participation, and cover sheet and technical requirements. These documents should be submitted in one file. The combined file must be in PDF. The filename should be formatted using the primary organizer's name as follows: "lastname_workshop.pdf", where lastname is the family name of the primary contact person. The file size of the combined file must be 5Mbytes or less. Send all submissions to chi2006-workshops@acm.org with the subject line "CHI 2006 Workshop Submission". All submissions are due by 23 September 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT.

Prepare a three-page proposal for the Workshops review committee. The proposal must describe the topic, a detailed plan for conducting the workshop (before, during, and after), and the organizers' backgrounds. The proposal must be in PDF.

Extended Abstract
Prepare a description of the workshop using a maximum of four pages, suitable for publication in the CHI 2006 Extended Abstracts. It should contain a summary of the workshop's goals and issues. It must be prepared in the Conference Extended Abstracts Format.

Call for Participation
Prepare a 250-word Call for Participation suitable for publication on the CHI 2006 web site. It should describe the format and goals of the workshop, the participant selection criteria, requirements for position papers (e.g. page length, topics to address, etc), and where these papers should be submitted. Developing an external web page with additional information about the workshop for potential participants is encouraged.

Cover Sheet and Technical Requirements
Each submission should be accompanied by a cover sheet giving contact information for the primary workshop organizer. This person will serve as the main point of contact with the Workshop Co-Chairs. Submissions should include a list of any technology or other support requirements for the workshop (e.g. a screen for projecting, flipcharts, etc), keeping in mind that you may have to bring these items with you.

Review Criteria
Workshop submissions will be reviewed by a committee representing a cross-section of HCI researchers and practitioners. Review criteria include the workshop's potential for generating stimulating discussions and useful results; the expected community interest level in the topic; the organizers' ability to demonstrate in the proposal a well-organized process and plan for the workshop; and the overall balance of topics in the Workshops program. If multiple submissions are received on the same or similar topics, the organizers may be encouraged to merge them.

Upon Acceptance
Organizers will be notified of acceptance or rejection no later than the week of 4 November 2005. Organizers of accepted workshops will receive detailed instructions on how to submit final publication-ready materials, which are due 18 November 2005. Workshop organizers select participants on the basis of position papers submitted to them. A position paper is generally 2-4 pages long, and outlines the submitter's view on the workshop theme and the reasons for the submitter's interest in the topic. We recommend that position papers be due no later than 15 December 2005 so that you can review them in time for accepted participants to sign up for early registration at the beginning of February.

Before the Conference
The organizers will work with the Workshops Co-Chairs to identify mailing lists and other opportunities to solicit diverse participation. Organizers are expected to:
  • publicize their workshop
  • select, invite, and confirm participants
  • send the list of confirmed participants to the Workshops Co-Chairs
  • distribute position papers and other pre-workshop materials to participants in advance of the workshop
  • develop a final agenda of workshop activities
At the Conference
At the workshop, the organizer is responsible for facilitating discussion, maintaining productive interaction, and encouraging participation. The emphasis should be on group discussion, rather than on presentation of individual position papers. Diversity of perspectives should be encouraged. CHI 2006 provides meeting rooms and coffee breaks. Participants (with the exception of two organizers) are charged a modest registration fee. Organizers will be expected to produce a poster summarizing the results of the workshop for the conference reception/poster session Monday night.

No technical or A/V equipment is guaranteed for workshops, but we will endeavor to provide you with the materials you need. Be sure to check with the workshop chairs before the conference to determine which of the equipment requested in your proposal will be provided by the conference and which you will need to bring yourself.

After the conference
It is important for workshop results to be communicated to a larger audience. In addition to the poster the organizers will produce during the conference, each workshop may be asked to produce a report for publication in the SIGCHI Bulletin or a similar venue. We encourage additional avenues of communication, such as organizing a informal Special Interest Group (SIG) at the conference, preparing an edited book or special issues of journals following the conference, or maintaining a web site to network with others who might be interested.

Workshops Submission checklist
  • Prepare a Proposal according to the instructions above.
  • Prepare your Extended Abstract according to the instructions above, using the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format.
  • Test your extended abstract to make sure that it prints in 4 pages.
  • Prepare a Call for Participation for your workshop according to the instructions above.
  • Prepare your Cover Sheet and List of Technical Requirements.
  • Combine the proposal, extended abstract, call for participation, cover sheet, and list of technical requirements into a single PDF file; name it lastname_workshop.pdf where lastname is the family name of the primary contact person.
  • Test your pdf file to make sure that it prints and that the file size is 5 Mbytes or less.
  • Send your submission to chi2006-workshops@acm.org by 23 September 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT