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CHI 2003 Technical Program Overview

CHI 2003 Technical Program Overview

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Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions are general sessions that open and close the conference. The key event of the session is an invited presentation by a prominent person that supports the conference theme and offers a challenge to people interested in HCI. Neil Budde formerly of the Wall Street Journal Online and Don Norman will address the CHI 2003 special areas of mass communication and emotion in HCI.


Papers present contributions to research, development and practice in all areas of HCI, and have a significant impact on the development of HCI principles, theories, and techniques, and on their practical application. Papers are rigorously refereed and are published in the archival CHI Conference Proceedings and as an issue of CHI Letters.

Short Talks & Interactive Posters

Short Talks and Interactive Posters are particularly suitable for exciting new findings, ongoing work that has demonstrated special promise, preliminary results, timely work still in a state to be influenced, or tightly argued essays or opinion pieces. Posters are visual presentations of work and are displayed throughout the conference. Short Talks are presented in traditional technical sessions.


Demonstrations offer an opportunity to show an innovative interface concept, HCI system, technique, or methodology. Participants are able to view systems in action and discuss them with the people who created them.

Design and Usability in Practice

The Design and Usability in Practice track provides an opportunity to learn how professionals in the HCI field handle challenging assignments. Each paper reports on work leading to a real product, with an emphasis on innovative designs and the effective use of usability methods under real-world constraints. Sessions include a panel-style discussion with audience participation.


The Interactionary is a game format that allows 4 teams to work on the same design problem, live on stage. Each team has ten minutes to work on the problem while the other teams wait in a soundproof room. An expert panel discusses each team's approach and outcomes. The goal is to expose the dynamic intangibles of design in progress, and to allow an audience to listen in on four teams and observe how they work.


Panels stimulate thought and discussion about ideas and issues of interest to the human-computer interaction community. Panels typically focus on controversial or emerging issues, allowing speakers and the audience to explore, debate, and reflect on these issues.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SIGs are 90-minute gatherings of people who share an interest in a topic. A successful SIG emphasizes lively and well-organized discussion. SIG leaders must submit a proposal that ensures ample opportunity for participation. Anyone can attend a SIG.

Student Posters

The Student Posters program offers a unique opportunity for students to present their work at CHI and to receive encouragement in their development as HCI professionals. Student posters are displayed during the conference and provide an excellent opportunity to discuss latebreaking and on-going work in an informal setting.