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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)


Important Dates

Dan HornDan Horn
U.S. Army Research Institute

Submission Deadline:
3 January 2005 [5:00 PM (1700) PST]
Acceptance Notification:
31 January 2005
Additional Information
Erika OrrickErika Orrick
Perceptive Sciences
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Message from Dan and Erika, Co-Chairs
By organizing a Special Interest Group (SIG), you can attract a group of conference attendees who share your interest in a topic and meet for 90 minutes of interactive discussion. Organizing a SIG is a great way to start or extend your involvement in the CHI conference program -- several SIGs have evolved into other successful venues at subsequent conferences. We encourage you to think of innovative, interactive techniques for presenting SIGs. Feel free to contact us before submitting a proposal to discuss your ideas and questions.

About the Venue

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) enable conference attendees who share similar interests to meet informally for 90 minutes of facilitated discussion. CHI 2005 provides meeting space and advertises SIG meetings to the rest of the conference in the Extended Abstracts and Conference Program.


We strongly encourage submissions related to the CHI 2005 theme.

For your help we provide some examples of previous years' accepted submissions (please remember that for this year some more information is required):

Sample CHI 2002 proposal: PDF How Can Usability Be Certified? A Practical Test of Your Skills
Sample CHI 2002 proposal: PDF User Involvement in the Web Development Process
Sample CHI 2003 proposal: PDF Design of Usable Multi-Platform Interactive Systems

How to Submit

Submissions for formal SIGs must be received by 3 January 2005. You will need to submit:
  • a two-page extended abstract suitable for publication in the Extended Abstracts, in the CHI Conference Publications Format Word document (Conference Publications Format )
  • a brief description of
    • assumed attendee background
    • justification of the SIG for a CHI audience
    • an informal schedule of discussion topics
    • which of the organizers should serve as the primary contact person

These documents should be submitted in one file. The preferred format is PDF. The filename should be formatted using the primary organizer’s name such as “lastname_firstname_sig.pdf” Send all submissions to with the subject line “CHI 2005 SIGs Submission”.

Review Criteria

Proposals must be authored by a minimum of two individuals representing at least two different organizations. SIG proposals will be peer reviewed, and acceptance will be based on the relevance of the topic to the conference themes, its importance for the HCI community, and the plan for stimulating attendee interest and participation.

Upon Acceptance

You will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of your submission by 7 February 2005. If a final submission is accepted, the SIG contact person will receive instructions for modifying the extended abstract, should any modifications be needed for publication.

At the Conference

Authors of accepted SIGs will have a 90-minute scheduled session at the conference. Audio-visual support is limited to an overhead projector; participants may bring other equipment at their own expense. Rooms will be set up to facilitate discussion among a maximum number of participants (to be determined).

Afer the Conference

After the conference, organizers are encouraged to continue your SIG by organizing a workshop at a future conference or creating and maintaining a website.

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