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14 September 2017
(Originally 12 September 2017)
Papers: Title, abstract, authors, subcommittee choice, and all other metadata
Updates on PCS problems

19 September 2017
Papers: Submission files

11 October 2017
Doctoral Consortium
Case Studies
Accepted Courses

13 October 2017
Accepted Workshops/Symposia

27 October 2017
Art Exhibition

22 November 2017
Paper rebuttals are due at 20:00 EST (8pm in Montreal)

2 January 2018
Student Design Competition
Student Research Competition

15 January 2018
Early Career Development Symposium
Late-Breaking Work
Panels & Roundtable Discussions
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Video Showcase

25 January 2018

8 March 2018
1 March 2018
Early Registration Deadline


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Quick Facts

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: Wed 11 October 2017 (12pm (noon) PDT / 3pm EDT)
  • Notification: Wed 22 November 2017
  • Revised Course Description & (optional) Course URLs: Wed 13 December 2017
  • Course Notes & Room/Material Requirements: Wed 8 March 2018

Course Suggestion? Tell us: Request/Suggest a Course

Hot Topics: advanced stats, prototyping, VR/AR, physiological data, machine learning, and more.

Formal Submission Details:

Priority will be given to courses with clear practical content and skills-based takeaway value

Selection Process: Curated

Chairs: Horia A. Maior, Victoria Sosik, and Max L. Wilson (courses@chi2018.acm.org)

At the Conference: Accepted Courses with the minimum number of registered participants will be taught in up to three 80-minute sessions during the conference. Course instructors typically receive 1 free registration for the first session taught, and an honorarium for subsequent sessions taught.

Archives: Course Descriptions will be published in the Extended Abstracts; ACM Digital Library

What is a CHI Course?

Courses allow CHI attendees to extend their knowledge beyond their current area(s) of expertise. Courses help people to 1) explore new methods, techniques, and practices, 2) develop new skills in order to innovate, and 3) become inspired to pursue new ideas. Participants will include industry managers and professionals, practitioners, students and researchers. Courses will be offered in up to three 80-minute sessions. Courses will run in parallel with the technical program. Courses can be designed for novices, experts, or audiences with general interest – the expected audience should be very clear in the proposal.

For example, a Course could:

  • Introduce practitioners to emerging areas, new technologies and methods within HCI research
  • Create opportunities to learn new techniques for use in research or practice
  • Provide master level classes for experienced CHI attendees
  • Provide advanced instruction in CHI-related tools, technologies or methods
  • Provide a substantial overview of state-of-the-art research or technology areas
  • Provide HCI meta-skills, such as being an AC, writing papers and grant proposals, making research videos, giving presentations, etc.

Courses are different to Workshops – Workshops are meetings of experts exploring new knowledge. Courses are expert instructors, typically with established reputations, teaching people new to a topic. See Courses vs Workshops for more information.

Message from the CHI 2018 Courses Chairs

We expect courses to provide clear practical value to intended audiences (researchers, practitioners, designers, developers, managers, and students), and at recommended levels: new researchers, general interest, or experts.

In line with the conference theme of “Engage,” we encourage proposals for CHI 20178 conference courses that encourage people to Engage with new things, new knowledge, new people, etc. Both within this theme, or in general, courses might cover topics like:

  • Professional courses focusing on all stages of the user-centered development cycle including user needs and requirements analysis, design, prototyping and evaluation
  • Practical and technical methods that are relevant to HCI (e.g., storyboarding, role playing and improvisation methods, prototyping tools and methods, experimental design and analysis, statistical methods, field methods, Web design tools and languages, mobile development frameworks, microelectronics toolkits, gesture and sensor toolkits, robot programming toolkits)
  • New and emerging topics within and/or relevant to HCI (e.g., HCI and the home, sustainability, mobile HCI, developments in automotive technologies, social media design, game design)
  • Historical courses about the foundations of HCI
  • If you want to discuss your ideas for courses with us, then just ping us.

Horia A. Maior, University of Nottingham, UK
Victoria Sosik, Google
Max L. Wilson, University of Nottingham, UK

Hot Topics & Course Suggestions

Our goal is to provide courses with high relevance and educational value to the CHI community. Although any course proposals are welcome, the following have been requested and labelled as hot topics.

  • Advanced statistics for HCI
  • Practical prototyping / sketching
  • Virtual & Augmented Reality (practical focus)
  • CSCW Technologies
  • Social Media
  • Mobile HCI
  • Arduino / hardware
  • Home fabrication
  • Play & Games
  • UX (from established practitioners)
  • Brain-Computer Interaction & physiological data
  • Visual analytics scientific data
  • Art+HCI
  • Data science / big data / machine learning
  • Accessible interfaces & inclusive design
  • Healthcare
  • Tangible interaction
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Crowdsourcing and Crowdwork
  • Privacy & Security

Student Courses: writing papers, reviewing, ACing, networking, presenting, making research videos, recruiting participants, etc.

Early Faculty Courses: writing proposals, hiring students, networking, converting research to impact.

If you have ideas for courses you would like to see presented at CHI 2018, or in the future, please provide course suggestions using the link below.

Tell us about it: Request/Suggest a Course for CHI2018

The link above is NOT for submitting your Course to CHI2018. See below for how to Submit a Course to CHI2018.

Preparing and Submitting your CHI Course Proposal

A Course proposal must be submitted via the PCS Submission System by 11 October 2017, 12pm (noon) PDT / 3pm EDT. The proposal should have the following components:

  1. Advance Program Description (100 words)
  2. Course Description (up to 4 pages) for ACM Digital Library
  3. (optional) Course Material Samples (for example, handouts, slides, etc.)

As part of the online submission process, submitters will be asked to also provide the following to help the jury and chairs understand the logistical constraints of the proposed course:

  • Duration of the Course (total number of 80-minute sessions).
  • Linkage to other courses, if any. A linkage should be defined if there is a dependency between the courses requiring that they be considered together. Linked courses will be accepted or rejected together. Include scheduling constraints, such as the order of the Courses and whether they can be scheduled on different days.
  • Audience size: what is the preferred audience size? The average number of registrations for Courses at CHI in recent years was 43 (st.dev.=18), with 10 of the 28 Courses having over 50 registrations. If the Course is very popular, would you consider teaching it more than once? We will contact instructors of Courses that have significant enrollments by the end of the second week of registration. If you believe your course should be limited to a certain number for optimal effect, please state so and state the optimal number below or above which you believe your course would not be maximally effective.
  • Course history: if the proposed Course has been given previously, describe where it was given, the evaluation it received from attendees, and how it will be modified.
  • Student Volunteers: specify and justify student volunteer help for your Course.
  • Audio/visual needs: CHI can generally provide a projector, screen, computer audio, and podium microphone. Budget constraints make it unlikely that additional equipment can be provided. CHI also provides a small budget for instructors to buy office supplies for their course. Please define all your requirements for audio visual aids and office supplies.
  • Promotional strategy: a description of your advertising/promotional strategy for attracting attendees

Part 1. Advance Program Description and Metadata

The Advance Program Description is a brief 100-word abstract that is used to describe and advertise your course to prospective attendees. You will also asked to provide metadata and short descriptions of type of course, level, attendance limits, accolades of instructors, and any unusual materials / logistics, etc.

Part 2. Detailed Course Description (up to 4 pages)

The Course description is the most important part of your proposal. The jury will evaluate the course based primarily on this description and the material sample in Part 3. The course descriptions for accepted courses will be included in the ACM Digital Library Extended Abstracts. This part of the proposal must not exceed four pages. It should include:

  • Title of the Course (please make this short but descriptive)
  • Names and affiliations of the instructors.
  • Benefits: summarize the learning outcomes (skills and knowledge) the attendees will gain as a result of attending this Course. This should include the reasons that CHI attendees would want to take your course.
  • Intended Audience(s): types of audience (researchers, students, practitioners, etc) that will benefit from the course
  • Prerequisites: describe any background required to understand the Course, including attendance at any other course in the program if that is a requirement.
  • Content: describe in detail the material that will be covered.
  • Practical work: describe the expected practical work in the course.
  • Instructor background: list the background for each instructor, including current employment and activities, previous professional activities, and relevant publications.
  • Resources: web site or other resources (e.g., books) that might be accessed to provide more information about the Course or instructor(s)

Part 3. Course Material Sample (optional)

Provide a sample of the Course material you will present in this Course. This can include handouts, slides or other relevant material you plan to use or have used before in courses, talks or related curriculum.

Course Selection Process

CHI 2018 Courses will be curated by the CHI 2018 Course Chairs. Acceptance of proposals will be based on:

  1. Fit within the overall CHI education curriculum, that balances topics over consecutive years as well as relationship to the theme of this year’s conference, overall distribution of topics within this year’s program, approaches, audience experience levels, and specialties of the intended audience.
  2. Practical activities and value for the participants.
  3. Factors such as relevance of the course to HCI, the value provided to the intended audience, suitability for presentation given venue and time constraints, timeliness of topic, attendance limits and presentation methods.
  4. Previous presentations and, if appropriate, course participant evaluations of the Course at CHI and number of times this course (or a similar course or tutorial) has been offered over the past years.
  5. Prior experience and qualifications of the instructors.

Courses should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. Courses that promote products (solely for marketing purposes) will not be considered. The courses may discuss techniques or products in the context of larger issues. Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the jury process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity.

Upon Acceptance of your CHI Course

Course instructors will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by 22 November, 2017. The instructors will receive more information about the expected format of the Course notes and about logistics (e.g., student volunteers, A/V equipment, recommendations and requirements for course evaluations, course payments) after acceptance of courses. Course instructors typically receive 1 free registration (or optionally an honorarium) for the first session taught, and honorariums for all subsequent sessions taught.

As a general guideline, Course notes are intended to provide the attendees with materials that will enable them to concentrate their attention on the presentation and participation, rather than on hastily taking handwritten notes. As with recent years, the course notes will primarily be distributed online, in digital format.

The notes should include materials such as:

  • Overview and clear time plan for your units
  • Copies of presentation material, e.g., slides
  • Annotated bibliography and/or recommended reading
  • Copies of relevant background material or scholarly papers (for which the instructors have obtained any necessary reprint permission)
  • Course exercises, as appropriate

All accepted courses are required to provide their course notes to CHI 2017. The deadline for the final course notes is 8 March 2018.

Cancellation: Courses with fewer than 10 participants registered by the early registration deadline may be cancelled. We therefore strongly recommend that you promote your courses through social media channels, in your own social networks, to your personal contacts and in your teaching, research and professional/practice communities. The CHI 2018 conference organizers will not promote specific courses or course materials.

At the Conference

Your CHI Course will be allotted up to three 80-minute sessions for presentation. We will coordinate A/V requirements with accepted course instructors. Instructors should see Presenting at CHI 2018 for information about standard computing and A/V equipment that will be made available to instructors and presenters at CHI 2018.

After the Conference

Accepted four-page Course Descriptions will be distributed in the CHI Extended Abstracts, available in the ACM Digital Library. Course notes and additional descriptive material will not be available in the Proceedings or the ACM Digital Library.

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