Wednesday, 19 February 2014

CfP: ACM ITS 2014 (ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, Nov. 16-19 2014 in Dresden, Germany)

Call for Participation: Papers & Notes
ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2014
Dresden, Germany, November 16-19,

Sponsored by the ACM's special interest group on computer-human interaction (SIGCHI), ITS has been established as a premier venue for research in the design, development and use of new and emerging interactive surface technologies. This year’s conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel right in the heart of beautiful Dresden, Germany from Nov. 16-19, 2014.

ITS 2014 welcomes original, high-quality research and industry contributions that advance the state-of-the-art in the area of interactive surfaces (including tabletops, large displays, mobile, and mini devices). We embrace innovations in a wide variety of areas including design, software, hardware, understanding of use, and applications or deployments of interactive surfaces.

Important Dates
·       June 30, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for initial submissions
·       August 22 : First-round notifications
·       Sept 17: Camera-ready Deadline

Paper Submissions
We invite paper submissions of papers (max 10 pages) and notes (max 4 pages) of two possible types: academic and application (read on for an explanation of the difference).

All papers and notes must be submitted as a single PDF file in the ACM SIGCHI format ( through the submission system (available May 1). When appropriate, authors are also encouraged to submit supplementary materials such as video or data.

Papers and Notes will undergo a high-quality peer-review process by a committee of recognised experts (see program committee members below) to be presented at the ITS conference, be included in the conference proceedings, and be archived in the ACM Digital Library. ITS does not accept submissions that were published previously in formally reviewed publications or that are currently submitted elsewhere. Papers and Notes go through the same review process.

Notes (both academic and application) must also report complete work, but with a more focused and succinct contribution than papers. For more details on academic and application papers see:

ITS 2014 will have a “Best of ITS” awards program, in accordance with SIGCHI guidelines. Approximately 5% of submissions may receive “Honorable Mentions” of which the top 1% may receive “Best Paper/Note” awards. Additionally, a best student paper will be awarded among papers whose first author is a student, and where the student has performed the majority of the work.

Academic Papers (and Notes)
Academic papers must present original, innovative, and forward-looking research. This kind of papers corresponds to the standard scientific track of most HCI conferences.

Application Papers (and Notes)
Application papers are open to industrial and academic authors, and will successfully demonstrate how surface interaction has been applied to real world problems and usage contexts beyond research labs, but without necessarily including original software, hardware, interaction techniques, or a formal study. For example, industry members can submit papers to share customer outcomes and iterative improvements over next-best alternatives.

Application papers are published in the same format and way as academic papers (will be presented during the main conference program, will be archived in the ACM Digital Library which provides free access through its Author-Izer service*, and are free to publish), although they are reviewed through a slightly different process based on a rubric. For more information see

First-time submitters in the application track are encouraged to apply for paper guidance well in advance of the submission deadline if deemed necessary (write to

Topic Areas
The conference welcomes contributions that deal with a variety of interactive surfaces including tabletops, interactive wall displays, portable and micro devices, and deformable surfaces. We encourage submissions on (but not limited to) the following topic areas as they relate to interactive surfaces:
·         Applications and/or evaluations of interactive surfaces in specific domains (public spaces, education, science, business, entertainment, health, accessibility, homes, etc.)
·         Gesture-based interfaces
·         Multi-modal interfaces
·         Tangible interfaces
·         Large display interfaces and multi-display environments
·         Novel interaction techniques
·         Information visualization/data presentation
·         Software engineering methods and frameworks
·         Computer supported collaborative work
·         Virtual reality and augmented reality
·         Social protocols
·         Hardware, including sensing and input technologies with novel capabilities
·         Human-centered design and methodologies

Review Process
All papers and notes will be reviewed by at least two external reviewers and a member of the program committee. After the first review cycle a submission will receive either a “Conditional Accept”, “Revise”, or “Reject” decision. Some papers will be invited to do significant revisions. Authors of papers with a “revise” decision will have several weeks to revise and resubmit their work between August 22 and September 8 and should therefore allocate time for this part of the process.
This is not an invitation to submit extended abstracts or incomplete papers. As in the past, submit the paper that you would like to have published. Incomplete or otherwise non-competitive submissions will be desk-rejected without review.

Submission Information
Submissions should use the format shown in the conference template. Submissions should be converted to PDF and uploaded to the Precision Conference system at by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 30, 2014. The PCS system will be open for uploading submissions beginning on May 1. Application and academic papers will be submitted in different tracks.

When appropriate (such as for submissions introducing novel systems or interaction techniques), authors are encouraged to submit a supplementary video file (not to exceed 3 minutes in length and 50 MB in size).
All submissions should be anonymized for double-blind review. This means that your paper and any supplementary video materials should have authors’ names and affiliations removed and should avoid obvious identifying features. Citations to your own relevant work should not be anonymous, but please cite such work without identifying yourself as the author. For example, say “Prior work by Smith et al. [1]” instead of “In my prior work.”
Confidentiality of submitted material will be maintained. Upon acceptance, the titles, authorship, and abstracts of papers and notes will be published online in the advance program. Submissions should contain no information or material that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication, and should cite no publication that will be proprietary or confidential at that time. Final versions of accepted Papers and Notes must be formatted according to the instructions we provide. Copyright release forms must be signed for inclusion in the proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library.

Other Submission Types
Please also consider submissions to further ITS 2014 submission categories with later deadlines and separate calls including:

·         Demos, Posters
·         Workshops, Tutorials, Studios
·         Doctoral Symposium

Program Co-Chairs
Miguel Nacenta, University of St Andrews
Kasper Hornbæk, University of Copenhagen

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