CHI 2010 anticipates submission of over 1,000 Papers and Notes. The review process needs to handle this load while also improving the quality of reviews. The organization of the CHI program committee into topical subcommittees helps achieve this by having you, the author, select the best subcommittee to review your submission.
The subcommittee structure empowers you to choose the appropriate community of researchers to review your research. An important thing to consider in selecting a subcommittee is that you are not describing your paper, you are instead providing information about your most important contribution and therefore the type of researcher who you feel is most qualified to review your paper.
Note: CHI will employ the subcommittee organization for review purposes only. Paper sessions at the conference will not be tracked or grouped based on the subcommittees.
Guidance for selecting the subcommittee for your submission
The author decides which subcommittee reviews his or her submission. When you submit a paper or note, you will designate which subcommittee you want to handle your submission. You will see a list of subcommittees and descriptions of the topics they are covering, the name of each Subcommittee Chair, and the names of some of the Associate Chairs serving on each subcommittee. Using all of this information, it is your responsibility to select the subcommittee that best matches the expertise needed to assess your research, and that you believe will most fully appreciate your contribution to the field of HCI.
CHI has traditionally supported diverse and interdisciplinary work and continues to expand into new topics not previously explored. We recognize that as a result, you may find several different subcommittees which are plausible matches for aspects of your work. Hence it may be difficult to choose between subcommittees. However, for a number of reasons it will be necessary for you to select one target subcommittee, and you should strive to find the best match to your submission that you can. You can also email the chairperson for guidance if you are unsure.
Note that the scope of each subcommittee is not rigidly defined. Each has a broad mandate and most subcommittees cover a collection of different topics. Further, Subcommittee Chairs are all seasoned researchers, experienced with program committee review work, and each is committed to a process which seeks to assign each paper reviewers who are true experts in whatever the subject matter of the paper is. Subcommittee Chairs recognize that many papers, or perhaps even most papers, will not perfectly fit the definition of their subcommittee's scope. Consequently, papers will not be penalized or downgraded because they do not align well with a particular subcommittee. Interdisciplinary, multi-topic, and cross-topic papers are encouraged, and will be carefully and professionally judged by all subcommittees.
In making a subcommittee choice you should make careful consideration of what the most central and salient contribution of your work is, even if there are several different contributions. As an example, let's say you are writing a paper about Ergonomic Business Practices for the Elderly using Novel Input Devices. Perhaps this is a very new topic. It covers a lot of ground. It's not an exact fit for any of the subcommittees, but several choices are plausible. To choose between them, you need to make a reasoned decision about the core contributions of your work. Should it be evaluated in terms of the usage context for the target user community? The novel methodology developed for your study? The system and interaction techniques you have developed? Each of these evaluation criteria may partially apply, but try to consider which is most central and which you most want to highlight for your readers. Also look at the subcommittees, the people who will serve on them, and the kind of work they have been associated with in the past. Even if there are several subcommittees that could offer fair and expert assessments of this work, go with the one that really fits the most important and novel contributions of your paper. That committee will be in the best position to offer constructive and expert review feedback on the contributions of your research.
List of the subcommittees
Subcommittees are listed and described below. Each has a title, short description, and an indication of who will Chair and serve on the subcommittee. Subcommittees have been constructed with an eye to maintaining logically coherent clusters of topics — these are largely as set up for CHI2009 with some changes, in part as a result of the need to balance the expected number of papers for each subcommittee and in part based on experiences in 2009.
Usability, Accessibility and User Experience
This subcommittee will focus on papers which make a contribution by extending the knowledge, approaches, practices, methods and tools used to make technology more usable and/or accessible by people and to improve the user experience. Papers typically consider the user experience in general, or the usability and/or accessibility issues in particular, of technology in practice, and the research that supports that practice. These contributions will be judged in part by their reusability and applicability across a range of application domains and/or communities.
Chair: Arnie Lund (Microsoft) and Gilbert Cockton (Northumbria University)
Associate Chairs: Antti Oulasvirta (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT), Chauncey Wilson (Autodesk), Daniela Busse (SAP Labs, LLC), Elizabeth Buie (Luminanze Consulting), Gitte Lindgaard (Carleton University), Jhilmil Jain (Hewlett-Packard Labs), Kasper Hornbaek (University of Copenhagen), Manfred Tscheligi (University of Salzburg & CURE), Mike Atwood (Drexel University), Clare-Marie Karat (IBM), Alistair Edwards (York University), Sandra Kogan (IBM), Ylva Fernaeus (Swedish Institute of Computer Science), Bruce Walker (Georgia Tech), Andrew Sears (University of Maryland)
Specific Application Areas
This subcommittee will focus on papers which make a contribution by extending the design and understanding of applications for specific domains of interest to the HCI community, or by bringing enhancements to particular user communities of interest. Examples of application areas include but are not limited to: elearning, home, office, elderly, children, ecommerce, sustainability, creativity. These contributions will be judged in part on their impact on the specific application area and/or community they address.
Chairs: Allison Druin (University of Maryland) and Ben Bederson (University of Maryland)
Associate Chairs: Anthony Hornof (University of Oregon), Kori Inkpen (Microsoft), Janet Read (University of Central Lancashire), Michael Muller (IBM Research), Panos Markopolous (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven), Juan Pablo Hourcade (University of Iowa), Dan Morris (Microsoft Research), Panayiotis Zaphiris (Cyprus University of Technology), Bill Thies (Microsoft Research), Christopher Hoadley (New York University), Glenda Revelle (Sesame Workshop), Andrew Ko (University of Washington), Brian Bailey (University of Illinois), Gavin Doherty (Trinity College, Dublin), Hilary Hutchinson (Google), Mary Czerwinski (Microsoft), Alan Borning (University of Washington)
Interaction Beyond the IndividualThis subcommittee will focus on papers which consider aspects of interaction which extend beyond a single user. These contributions will be judged in part by their extension of knowledge about large and small groups of people's interaction with technology and with each other through technology and/or by their innovation in creating new systems or techniques to support these social and/or collaborative interactions.
Chairs: Susan Fussell (Cornell) and Cliff Lampe (Michigan State University)
Associate Chairs: Gary Olson (UC Irvine), Sara Kiesler (Carnegie Mellon), Jeff Hancock (Cornell), Karrie Karahalios (Illinois), Volker Wulf (University of Siegen), John Thomas (IBM), Darren Gergle (Northwestern), Hilda Tellioglu (Technical University Vienna), Scott Counts (Microsoft Research), Dan Cosley (Cornell), Amy Bruckman (GA Tech), David Millen (IBM), Sadat Shami (IBM), Scott Robertson (University of Hawaii), Kirstie Hawkey (University of British Columbia), Irina Shklovski (IT University of Copenhagen), Emilee Rader (Northwestern), Rick Wash (Michigan State)
This subcommittee will focus on papers which make a contribution to the design of interactive and other systems through example designs which illustrate reusable, user-centered principles, as well as new knowledge, methods, and approaches that advance activities of design. It will cover all aspects of design, from participatory design, to interaction design, to product and industrial design.
Chair: John Zimmerman (CMU)
Associate Chairs: Youn Kyung Lim (KAIST), Jodi Forlizzi (Carnegie Mellon), Elizabeth Gerber (Northwestern), Daniel Fallman (UMEA), Ron Wakkary (Simon Frasier), Steve Harrison (Virginia Tech), Eli Blevis (Indiana University, Bloomington), Stephan Wensveen (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven), Kia Höök (Swedish Institute of Computer Science), Bill Gaver (Goldsmiths), Jeff Bardzell (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Interaction using Specific Capabilities or Modalities
This subcommittee will focus on advances in interaction which are enabled by technologies, modalities, or capabilities which have not been fully exploited in traditional approaches to interaction. These contributions will be judged in part by their novelty and their ability to extend user capabilities in powerful new ways, or to new contexts. Example areas include, but are not limited to: visualization, multimedia UIs, tangible UIs, perception and vision-based systems, speech I/O, auditory I/O, augmented reality, and animation.
Chair: Chris Schmandt (MIT)
Associate Chairs: Andy Wilson (Microsoft Research), Jennifer Lai (IBM Research), Steven Feiner (Columbia University), Rob Jacob (Tufts), Dan Olsen (Brigham Young University), Brygg Ullmer (Louisana State University), Giulio Jacucci (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT), Maribeth Gandy (Georgia Tech), Polle Zellweger (MacZell Consulting)
Understanding People: Theory, Concepts, Methods
This subcommittee will focus on papers whose primary contribution is improved understanding of people and/or interactional contexts, as applied to address HCI problems. This understanding can be derived from qualitative or quantitative research, and can be study-based or more conceptual in nature. The core contribution is likely to take the form of evolved theories, concepts or methods. These contributions will be judged in part by their extension of our basic understanding of human behavior and/or their context of activity and the practical impact this may have on HCI practice and research.
Chairs: Abigail Sellen (Microsoft Research) and Kenton O'Hara (CSIRO ICT Centre), Steve Brewster (University of Glasgow), Carl Gutwin (University of Saskatchewan), Sririam Subramanian (University of Bristol), Mark Perry (Brunel University)
Associate Chairs: Barry Brown (UC San Diego), Carman Neustaedter (Kodak), Mark Rouncefield (Lancaster University), Steve Payne (Bath University), Dave Kirk (University of Nottingham), Ravin Balakrishnan (University of Toronto), Andrew Howes (University of Manchester), Rachel Bellamy (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), Danae Stanton-Fraser (University of Bath), Claire O'Malley (University of Nottingham), Laura Dabbish (Carnegie Mellon University), Elaine Huang (Motorola Labs), Jacki O'Neill (Xerox Research Centre Europe), Louise Barkhuus (UC San Diego), Gillian Hayes (UC Irvine), Shamsi Iqbal (Microsoft Research), Rebecca Grinter (Georgia Tech), Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye (Nokia Research), Peter Tolmie (University of Nottingham), Ed Chi (Palo Alto Research Center), Dave Randall (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dave Gilmore (Logitech), John Canny (UC Berkeley), Gene Golovochinksy (FX/PAL), Stephen Brewster (Glasgow University)
Interaction Techniques and Devices
This subcommittee will focus on contributions in the form of new input or interaction techniques, or devices. These contributions will be judged in part based on their novelty or on a demonstrated improvement in an existing interaction type of interest to the HCI community. Example areas include but are not limited to: pen-based tactile and haptic UIs, 3-D interaction, touch and multi-touch, tabletop and large display interaction.
Chairs: Michel Beaudouin-Lafon (Universite Paris-Sud and CNRS) and Wendy Mackay (INRIA)
Associate Chairs: Patrick Baudisch (Hasso-Plattner Institute), Jan Borchers (Aachen University), Olivier Chapuis (CNRS), Tovi Grossman (Autodesk), Chris Harrison (Carnegie Mellon University), Takeo Igarashi (The University Tokyo), Shahram Izadi (Microsoft Research), Céline Latulipe (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), Michael Terry (University of Waterloo), Daniel Wigdor (Microsoft), Björn Hartmann (Stanford), Per Ola Kristensson (Cambridge University), Niklas Elmqvist (Purdue University)
Expanding and Enhancing interaction through Technology, Systems and ToolsThis subcommittee will focus on contributions which use systems and technology to enhance interaction and/or expand HCI techniques into new contexts and ubiquitous/mobile environments. It also covers new tools and approaches to enable others to create better applications and designs. These contributions will be judged in part by their innovation and/or ability to expand the range, context, or applicability of interactive systems in interesting ways.
Chairs: Gregory Abowd (Georgia Tech) and Scott Klemmer (Stanford)
Associate Chairs: Mira Dontcheva (Adobe), Rob Miller (MIT), Matt Jones (Swansea University), Leah Buechley (MIT), Albrecht Schmidt (University of Duisburg-Essen), Mark Newman (University of Michigan), Maneesh Agrawala (UC Berkeley), David Karger (MIT), Allen Cypher (IBM), Stephen Intille (MIT), Jeff Nichols (IBM), James Fogarty (University of Washington)