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Mon, 26 Nov 2007 10:41:56 +0200
Gary Marsden <[log in to unmask]>
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To those planning to attend DIS 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa:  
25th-27th Feb. 2008

Please note that the earlybird registration period for DIS 2008 will  
close on Friday 30th November.

In particular, the conference hotels are filling rapidly, so can I  
encourage you to register sooner rather than later.


Gary Marsden


ACM DIS 2008: The Conference on Designing Interactive Systems

DIS 2008 is the first main SIGCHI conference to be held in Africa. It  
is being held in Cape Town in conjunction with the annual African  
design conference – Design Indaba – from 25th to 27th of February  
2008. The conference aims to bring together creative people from all  
over the globe.

Scope of the Conference
DIS 2008 welcomes papers on all varieties of interactive systems –  
digital books, e-commerce websites, home entertainment systems, hand- 
held shopping appliances, geographic information systems, immersive  
games and other environments, medical and health-care systems,  
networked communities, etc.

DIS 2008 welcomes papers on design analysis, design representations,  
design methods, design rationale capture, presentation and use, on  
innovation in design, and on tools and environments for designing  
interactive systems.

DIS 2008 welcomes empirical studies of design practices, including  
comparative studies, experience-based studies and lessons learned from  
design projects, investigations and development of formal notations  
and models, and new theoretical perspectives.

DIS 2008 welcomes papers exploring, defining, and developing the  
science of design.

Researchers, designers, educators, and students from all relevant  
disciplines are invited to participate, including anthropology, art  
and architecture, business, cognitive science, communication studies,  
computer science, ergonomics, design studies, education, graphic  
design, information systems, industrial engineering, interaction  
design, journalism, law, linguistics and semiotics, psychology,  
requirements engineering, sociology, software engineering, technical  
communication, and user experience design.

Submission Categories
DIS 2008 will accept research papers, workshop proposals, tutorial  
proposals, exhibition proposals and doctorial consortium submissions.  
All submissions are handled electronically via the website.

Research Paper Categories
DIS 2008 accepts 6 categories of research papers. The categories are  
intended to assist reviewers in understanding the kind of contribution  
an author is trying to describe. Authors should carefully categorize  
their submissions according to the following categories:.

- Design case studies: Accounts of the design (rationale, process,  
outcomes  and evaluation) of an interactive product or system.

- Methods and tools: New theories, methods, and processes for use in  
designing and developing interactive products and systems.

- Reflective analyses: Thought-provoking, well substantiated analyses  
of issues related to all aspects of design.

- Fieldwork and ethnography: Findings, guidelines, etc. from studies  
of real world settings, with clear relevance to the design and  
deployment of interactive systems.

- Laboratory studies: Findings, techniques, methods, etc. from  
controlled studies of products, systems, and other phenomena relevant  
to designing interactive systems.

- Educational Issues: related to design education supporting the  
design of interactive systems.

Benefit statement

In all cases, a paper must break new ground and its contribution must  
offer a clear benefit. Authors should develop a 30-word statement of  
benefit for papers they submit. This statement will be used by  
reviewers to understand the scope and depth of a paper’s contribution.

Paper format
All submissions should follow the ACM format:

Papers must be no longer than ten pages, including all additional  
material such as references, appendices, and figures. Full papers must  
include a title, sufficient space for the author names, contact  
information and affiliations, abstract, keywords, body, and  
references. The abstract must be 150 words or less and must be  
included in the paper; it must clearly state the paper’s contribution  
to designing interactive systems. All references must be complete,  
accurate and accessible to the public, formatted in the prescribed ACM  
format style.

Submissions for workshop proposals, tutorial proposals, exhibition  
proposals and doctorial consortium submissions should be no longer  
than 3 pages.

Paper Submission
Contributions to all categories will be submitted electronically  
following a procedure to be posted on the conference website ( 

Submission deadline is August 10th.

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