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The workshops program has been finalized, and no additional workshops can be considered at this time. Please see the Workshops - For Participants page to participate in one the workshops that will be held this year.

The information archived below was used to solicit proposals for the workshops program.


Margaret Burnett, Oregon State University
JJ Cadiz, Microsoft Research, USA

Message from Margaret and JJ

JJ Cadiz Margaret Burnett

Workshops are a chance for members of a community with common interests to meet in the context of a focused discussion. If you are working in an emerging area in HCI, consider organizing a workshop. They are a chance to move the field forward and build community. CHI workshops might address basic research, applied research, HCI practice, new methodologies, emerging application areas, design innovations, management and organizational issues, or HCI education. Each workshop should generate ideas that give the HCI community a new, organized way of thinking about the topic, or ideas that suggest promising directions for future research. Some workshops result in edited books or special issues of journals; you may consider including this goal in the design of your workshop.

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FAQ and Late-Breaking Information

Please see the following page for the workshops FAQ and any late breaking information: external link

About Workshops

Workshops will be held on Saturday 28 April and Sunday 29 April 2007. A workshop may be one or two days in length. Workshops should be scheduled to use 6 working hours per day, with a mid-morning break, a lunch break, and a mid-afternoon break. Workshops typically have 15 to 25 participants. Focused interaction among participants is important, so participants must have informed positions based on prior experience.

There are two types of people involved in workshops: workshop organizers and workshop participants. Workshop organizers submit a workshop proposal to CHI. The proposals are reviewed using CHI processes and procedures and are either accepted or rejected. If a workshop is accepted, the workshop is publicized by both CHI and the workshop organizers.

Workshop participants attend the workshop. If a person is interested in being a workshop participant, they must submit a position paper to the workshop organizers. Position papers are reviewed by the workshop organizers using their own criteria, and workshop organizers decide on the final list of workshop participants. Workshops are only open to people who have had their position paper accepted by the workshop organizers, and who have registered for both the workshop and the CHI conference.

For Workshop Organizers: How to Submit a Workshop Proposal

A workshop submission requires four documents:

  1. A proposal
  2. An extended abstract
  3. A call for participation
  4. A cover sheet

These documents should all be in landscape format and submitted in one file. The combined file must be in PDF format. See below for Workshop submission instructions.

Document 1: Proposal

Prepare a proposal for the Workshops review committee. The proposal should not exceed 3 pages. The proposal must describe the topic, a detailed plan for conducting the workshop (before, during, and after), and the organizers' backgrounds.

Document 2: Extended Abstract

Prepare a description of the workshop using a maximum of four pages, suitable for publication in the CHI 2007 Extended Abstracts. It should contain a summary of the workshop's goals and issues. It must be prepared in the Conference Extended Abstracts Format.

Note that this document is the only document from the workshop that will be published at CHI.

Document 3: Call for Participation

Prepare a 250-word Call for Participation suitable for publication on the CHI 2007 web site. It should describe the format and goals of the workshop, the participant selection criteria, requirements for position papers (e.g. page length, topics to address, etc), where these papers should be submitted, and the fact that at least one author of accepted papers needs to register for the workshop and for one day of the conference itself. Workshop fees for participants in 2007 are estimated to be $150 for a one-day workshop and $225 for a two-day workshop.

Developing an external web page with additional information about the workshop for potential participants is encouraged. For an example, see this workshops page from the CHI'06 conference:

Document 4: Cover Sheet

Each submission should be accompanied by a cover sheet giving contact information for the primary workshop organizer. This person will serve as the main point of contact with the Workshop Co-Chairs.

How will workshop proposals be reviewed?

Review criteria include the workshop's potential for generating stimulating discussions and useful results; the expected community interest level in the topic; the organizers' ability to demonstrate in the proposal a well-organized process and plan for the workshop; and the overall balance of topics in the Workshops program. If multiple submissions are received on the same or similar topics, the organizers may be encouraged to merge them.

Notification of Acceptance

Organizers will be notified of acceptance or rejection by 16 October 2006. Organizers of accepted workshops will receive detailed instructions on how to submit the final, publication ready Extended Abstract, which is due 1 November 2006.

Workshop Registration Fees

The workshop registration fee will be waived for two workshop organizers. All other participants will need to pay the workshop participation fee. Workshop fees for participants in 2007 are estimated to be $150 for a one-day workshop and $225 for a two-day workshop. In addition to the workshop fees, workshop attendees are required to register for at least one day of the CHI conference.

Organizer Responsibilities: Before the Conference

Organizers are expected to:

  • Publicize their workshop
  • Solicit position papers from potential participants. A position paper is generally 2-4 pages long and outlines the submitter's view on the workshop theme and the reasons for the submitter's interest in the topic. Position papers are due 12 January 2007, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT.
  • Select participants on the basis of position papers submitted to them. Participants will need to be notified of acceptance by 1 February 2007 in order to allow them to sign up for early registration in February.
  • Send the list of confirmed participants to the Workshops Co- Chairs
  • Distribute position papers and other pre-workshop materials to participants in advance of the workshop
  • Develop a final agenda of workshop activities

Note: or budget reasons, workshops with too few participants registered by 9 April 2007 are subject to cancellation.

Organizer Responsibilities: At the Conference

At the workshop, the organizer is responsible for facilitating discussion, maintaining productive interaction, and encouraging participation. The emphasis should be on group discussion, rather than on presentation of individual position papers. Diversity of perspectives should be encouraged.

Organizers will be expected to produce a poster summarizing the results of the workshop for the conference reception/poster session.

We will provide the following A/V equipment: projector, screen, 1 flip chart, 1 set of pens, and adhesive for attaching flip chart pages to walls without leaving marks. Regarding wireless availability, network connectivity is available in the facility, but it is not expected to be provided for free to the workshops. Individuals who want wireless might have to make their own arrangements.

Organizer Responsibilities: After the Conference

It is expected that workshop results will be communicated to a larger audience. In addition to the poster the organizers will produce during the conference, each workshop may be asked to produce a report for publication in the SIGCHI Bulletin or a similar venue. We encourage additional avenues of communication, such as organizing an informal Special Interest Group (SIG) at the conference, preparing an edited book or special issues of journals following the conference, or maintaining a web site to network with others who might be interested.

Workshops Submission Checklist

  • Prepare your Proposal according to the instructions above.
  • Prepare your Extended Abstract according to the instructions above, using the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format.
  • Prepare the Call for Participation for your workshop according to the instructions above.
  • Prepare your Cover Sheet.
  • Combine the proposal, extended abstract, call for participation, and cover sheet into a single PDF file.
  • Submit your file.

Submitting a Workshop Proposal

Workshop submissions will be made through email. To submit a Workshop for consideration, send an email with the four required documents (proposal, extended abstract, call for participation, and cover sheet) as a single PDF file.

Send this email to When you send the email, you will receive a verification response from ACM that your message was sent. Please keep this response as verification of your submission. You should receive a verification of submission from the Workshop co-chairs within two business days of your original email. If you don't receive this email within two business days, please forward the ACM verification to Please save the submission verification email from the co-chairs.

For Workshop Participants

The list of workshops will be posted to the CHI 2007 web site by 22 October 2006. If you see a workshop that you are interested in participating in, review the workshop's call for participation and submit a position paper directly to the workshop organizer (not to the CHI 2007 web site) by 12 January 2007. You will be notified by the workshop organizer whether you were accepted for the workshop by 1 February 2007.

Publication note: Some workshop organizers will distribute position papers at their workshops, and may also have additional publication plans in mind; if so, they will notify their participants of these plans. Workshop position papers will not otherwise be published directly by the CHI conference.

Budget planning note: All workshop participants must register for the workshop itself and for at least one day of the CHI conference itself. Workshop fees for participants in 2007 are estimated to be $150 for a one-day workshop and $225 for a two-day workshop. In addition to the workshop fees, workshop attendees are required to register for at least one day of the CHI conference.

Important Dates for
Workshop Organizers:

1 September 2006,
5:00 PM (1700) PDT:
Submission deadline for
workshop proposals.

16 October 2006:
Notification of acceptance for
workshop proposals.

1 November 2006:
Publication-ready Extended
Abstract and Call for
Participation due for accepted

Important Dates for
Workshop Organizers
& Participants:

12 January 2007,
5:00 PM (1700) PDT:
Due date for position papers
from potential workshop

1 February 2007:
Date for workshop organizers
to issue acceptance
notifications to potential
workshop participants.

9 April 2007:
Workshop registration
deadline. Workshops with too
few participants registered by
this date are subject to

28-29 April 2007:
Workshops Held.