Nokia Mobile Phones, Finland
University of Art and Design Helsinki UAIH
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23 September 2002, 5PM (17:00) at your local time
Call for Participation
To create an effective user experience, real-world product developers
must balance creative interaction design with objective attention to
end-user needs and performance. This can be a significant challenge in
fast-track situations where ideal methods can only be approximated. To
share insights and techniques of practice in these areas, the Design
and Usability in Practice category will bring together
product-creation projects involving interaction design and usability
These sessions are intended as a forum for corporate design and
usability departments, product development teams, professional
designers and usability specialists, design studios, consultants and
advanced students of these fields. Presentations will showcase designs
and describe usability work from real product-development projects.
Exchanges of ideas among presenters and the audience will be a central
part of the experience.
Types of Submissions
Submissions should describe the development of commercial products or
systems for internal use. They should tell the story behind a specific
product or system; show the concept, design, and/or usability
challenges; explain the steps taken to solve the problems; and present
the resulting design or design decisions. The work is not expected to
report scientific breakthroughs, but should show creative application
of design and usability methods in real-world contexts.
Submissions could focus on one or more of the following topics within the
- field research projects investigating new user segments
- novel interaction design solutions
- designs in new areas of technology
- successful applications of usability evaluation methods
- new kinds of cooperation among designers, usability evaluators, marketing groups
and other stakeholders
- other practical challenges in developing interactive products
Each submission should describe a single product or system. The
reported projects should involve recent work.
As with short papers, extensive literature searches are not expected or
encouraged. However, work that reports the use of previously published
methods in a practical context should cite some descriptions of those
An international panel will review submissions for quality and interest
to the professional audience. The emphasis will be on practical
factors, with an understanding of the need for design and engineering
trade-offs in real-world situations. These include, for example:
- Recognition of the challenges set by resources, timeframes,
technological requirements, organisational settings, etc.,
- Ability to
maintain high quality of design and good usability in unfavourable
- Ability to use the situational opportunities to
promote and realise good design and usability,
- The efficiency of the actions taken and methods used,
- The quality of the presentation material.
In addition, the submission's suitability for a presentation
will be considered.
CHI 2003 provides mentors for authors who would like assistance in preparing
their submissions. Practitioners who have not previously presented at a CHI conference
are especially encouraged to take advantage of mentoring. Please see the separate
description of the mentoring program for more information. The deadline to request
a mentor is 7 June 2002.
Preparing Submissions: Format and Requirements
Submissions must be made electronically. Prepare a two-page,
publication-ready paper in the Conference Publications Format, including
title, author information, abstract, keywords, body, illustrations and
Submissions may also include up to six pages of supplemental material
to help reviewers understand and evaluate the submission. This
material can include (1) suggestions for a theme and moderator
for the conference session in which the work would appear, and
(2) additional illustrations of the system described in the paper,
with brief captions. This material is optional. If included, it should
be placed on extra pages (no more than six) at the end of the CHI
conference publications format document that is submitted for review.
Please note that the additional illustrations will not be published in
the CHI 2003 Extended Abstracts. However, authors may be able to show
some of this material during their presentation at the conference.
The main submission or the supplemental illustrations may include links
to websites, but reviewers may not have time to check the sites. Most
reviewers are working behind corporate firewalls, so websites that use
custom controls or other code may be blocked. Papers will be judged
primarily on the two-page written submission and supplemental
Confidentiality of Submissions
Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process.
All submitted materials will be kept confidential until the date of the
- Your submission must be in English.
- All Design and Usability practice submissions must be submitted by individual authors. Anonymous corporate submissions are not accepted.
- Submissions must be made electronically via the CHI 2003 Electronic Submission Web Page.
- Submissions arriving after the deadline will not be considered.
- Your submission should contain no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.
- Responsibility for permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people rests with you, not CHI 2003.
- You will receive email notification upon receipt of your submission.
Submitting your Paper and Supplemental Material
Submission is electronic, in PDF format via the CHI 2003 Electronic Submission Web Page.
Your submission must arrive before the
deadline of 23 September 2002, 5PM (17:00) at your local time.
Submissions arriving after the deadline will not be considered. Submissions will
not be accepted by fax.
We will use your electronically submitted PDF file during the review
process, and, if accepted, the two first pages of submitted PDF file is
what we will print. However, if we have problems handling the PDF file
for your paper, we will contact you to work out the problems or to
request a backup hardcopy printout.
Accepted papers will be published in the CHI 2003 Extended Abstracts.
Authors will receive an email notification of acceptance or rejection
during the week of November 18th. Upon acceptance you must complete and
return a copyright release form in order to be published. This form
will be sent with the acceptance notice.
Before the Conference
The primary author of each paper will receive instructions on how to
submit publication-ready copy. Only minor corrections to the original
submission will be possible at this stage. Therefore, ensure that your
original submission is clearly written, carefully proofread, and
correctly formatted. Your final copy is due by January 17, 2003.
If needed, authors should be prepared to answer additional questions
before the conference to help their session chair organize the
At the Conference
Sessions will have a specific theme, with a moderator and presenters.
Presenters will each give a short description of their project and the
challenges they resolved. Short demonstrations may be used to reveal
design and usability issues, but the presentations will not showcase
full systems. The second part of each session will be a panel-style
discussion of issues and problems, including questions from the
Session themes will encourage discussion and networking between people
approaching similar projects from different angles - design, usability,
end-user needs, etc. Proposed themes include mass communication and interaction,
e-learning, home products, professional user interfaces, universal
design, vehicle interface, mobile interfaces, and emotion. Submissions
within these categories are especially encouraged, but the initial list
may be modified based on the submissions.
Please perform the activities in this checklist to ensure completeness in your submission.
- Read the conference overview and CHI Submissions: Process & Formats.
- If you wish to request a mentor, please see the description of the mentoring program, and contact
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 7 June 2002.
- Prepare a two-page paper in the conference publications format and include suggestions for a theme and moderator
for the conference session and optional additional illustrations.
- Create a PDF file of your submission.
- Test a PDF file by viewing or printing it with the same software we will use when we receive it, Adobe Acrobat
Reader Version 4. This is widely used and obtainable at no cost from
- Go to the CHI 2003 Electronic Submission Web Page, and follow the instructions
for electronic submissions to submit the PDF file and enter the requested information, including author information,
keywords, and abstract.
- Be available shortly after the Design and Usability in Practice submission deadline in case we encounter any
problems in handling your PDF file and need to contact you.