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Call for Participation – Demos / Posters / Doctoral Symposium / Student
Volunteers / Student CompetitionThe 28th ACM User Interface Software and
Technology Symposium
November 8-11, 2015, Charlotte, NC, USA 2015 Submission Deadlines (5PM PDT)

   - Posters: <> July 9
   - Demonstrations:
   <> July 9
   - Doctoral Symposium:
   <> July 9
   - Student Innovation Contest:
   <> July 21
   - Student Volunteers:
   <> August 10

*Submission system PCS now open at*
The ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) is the
premier forum for innovations in human-computer interfaces. Sponsored by
ACM special interest groups on computer-human interaction (SIGCHI) and
computer graphics (SIGGRAPH), UIST brings together people from diverse
areas including graphical & web user interfaces, tangible & ubiquitous
computing, virtual & augmented reality, multimedia, new input & output
devices, and CSCW.

*Appropriate Topics*
Appropriate topics include but are not limited to:

   - Significantly novel enabling technologies such as innovative input
   devices, displays, new interaction techniques, or new media that extend the
   boundaries of traditional interaction, such as natural user interfaces and
   interactions, augmented reality, mobile interaction, haptics and tactile
   feedback interfaces, ubiquitous computing (including wearables), social
   software, and computer-supported collaborative work.
   - Innovative user interfaces for difficult interaction contexts or
   challenging applications. Examples include managing large, complex
   information sets, usable privacy and security, multi-user interaction,
   crowdsourcing, fabrication, or techniques that span devices distributed in
   time and space
   - Breakthrough user experiences leveraging techniques such as machine
   learning, computer vision, computer graphics, speech processing,
   networking, or human perception and cognition
   - Innovative software architectures, design tools, toolkits, programming
   systems, development environments, tutorial and help systems that support
   the development and use of the above technologies in user interfaces.

General Information

We recommend that prospective authors consult the UIST 2015 CfP
<> and UIST 2015 Author's Guide
<> for more detailed instructions.

We only accept electronic submissions. To submit, see the UIST Electronic
Submission site (

*Call for Posters*

Posters provide an interactive forum in which authors can present their
work to conference attendees during special poster sessions. Posters are an
opportunity to describe new work or work that is still in progress, and
will be more lightly reviewed than papers.

All poster submissions must include a two-page "abstract" and a full size
poster design. Note that poster submissions, unlike paper submissions, are
not anonymous. The abstract describes the research problem, contribution,
and value to UIST attendees. The abstract must be formatted using the
SIGCHI Papers Format (use the Word Template or Latex Template) and
submitted as a PDF. The poster design must be less than 30 x 40 inches (76
x 101 cm), either portrait or landscape orientation, and submitted as a
PDF. The UIST 2005 Poster Example Gallery has ideas and guidelines for
poster designs. Authors are also encouraged to submit an optional video no
more than three minutes long, see the video guide for acceptable formats.
The poster abstract, poster design, and optional video must be submitted
electronically to Precision Conference before the submission date below.
The total size for all files must be less than 50 MB. See the video guide,
the author guide, and general submission information for more details about
preparing your submission.

All accepted posters will be displayed during a portion of the conference.
At least one author is requested to stand by their poster during poster
sessions to speak with conference attendees. Accepted poster abstracts will
be published as adjunct proceedings in the ACM Digital Library and
distributed in digital form to conference attendees. Authors can make
accepted poster designs and videos available at their discretion.

Incomplete or incorrect submission content or formats will be desk
rejected. Late submissions are not permitted, the deadline below is final.
Do not submit the same work to both the demo and poster tracks. Double
submissions will only be considered as a demo submission and will be
automatically rejected from the poster track.

*Relevant dates:*

   - *July 9:* Submissions due by 17:00 PDT.
   - *August 13:* Notification of acceptance decisions.
   - *August 23:* Camera ready versions due.

*Posters Chairs* ([log in to unmask]): Juho Kim, MIT, USA; Daniel Vogel,
University of Waterloo, Canada

*DEMONSTRATIONS (Deadline: July 9, 2015)*

Demonstrations show early implementations of novel and compelling
interaction concepts, techniques, devices and systems. They can also serve
to showcase commercial products not previously described in the research
literature. Demonstrations should be brief, so that they can be shown
repeatedly. We particularly encourage demos with which attendees can

Accepted demonstration abstracts will be published together with posters
and doctoral symposium abstracts and made available digitally to conference
attendees. UIST will showcase accepted demos at an evening reception. We
will also invite authors of accepted papers to present their work at the
demo reception.

A demo submission should follow the official SIGCHI conference publication
paper format, and should be no more than two pages in length. Note that
demo submissions, unlike paper submissions, are not anonymous.

*Selection process*

The selection process for UIST demos is curated, that is, selected by an
esteemed committee, but not sent out to external reviewers. The curated
demo content will be selected from demonstration submissions, accepted
papers, as well as projects invited by the demo chairs. Authors will not
receive formal feedback on their submission other than the selection


The demo submission should include a (mock-up) photo of the demonstration
showing the envisioned setup (demo hardware components, tables, chairs,
lights and other equipment), as well as the demonstrators alongside
conference attendees interacting with the demo. Please label and annotate
all parts of the image(s) so that organizers get a good understanding of
your setup. This will also allow the organizers to better consider your
requirements when organizing the demonstration space at the conference.
Submitting an accompanying video is optional, but highly encouraged. Any
submitted video should be no longer than three minutes and at most 50MB in

*Demos are non-archival*

UIST demos are non-archival and UIST allows resubmission of demos
previously shown at other venues. Authors should state previous demo venues
in the appropriate box in the upload form and point out differences to
previous demos.

See the video guide and the general submission information for more details
about preparing your submission. Both the demo abstract and the optional
digital video should be submitted electronically to Precision Conference.

*Relevant dates:*

   - *July 9:* Submissions due by 17:00 PDT.
   - *August 13:* Notification of acceptance decisions.
   - *August 23:* Camera ready versions due.

*Demonstration Chairs* ([log in to unmask]):

Chris Harrison, Carnegie Mellon University, USA;

Nicolai Marquardt, University College London, UK

*Doctoral Symposium *

*Deadline: July 9, 2015 17:00 PDT.*

The UIST Doctoral Symposium is a forum in which Ph.D. students can meet and
discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced UIST
researchers in an informal and interactive setting. We welcome applications
from current Ph.D. students studying within the full range of disciplines
and approaches that contribute to the UIST community. We will give
preference to applicants beyond the proposal stage and well into their
dissertation research.

Each applicant should provide a short written paper (no more than four
pages in the official SIGCHI conference publication format, as described in
the authors' guide). Note that doctoral symposium submission, unlike paper
submission, is not anonymous. This paper should describe ongoing work and
might summarize the student's full dissertation work, or highlight a
particular part in depth.

The Doctoral Symposium committee will select approximately eight students
to participate. Each student will be expected to give a short presentation
of their work, which will be followed by extensive discussion with the
panel and the other student participants. The symposium will be held
on November
8th. In addition, each student is encouraged to present a poster describing
his or her work to the full conference; posters will be on display for two
days during the conference.

Participants will be selected based on their anticipated contributions to
the breadth and depth of the intellectual discussions of the symposium.

The symposium will start with an informal dinner on November 7th, continue
all the following day, and conclude with poster presentations. Doctoral
Symposium abstracts will be published together with poster and
demonstration abstracts and made available digitally to conference
attendees. Posters may also be published at the participant's discretion.
In the past, a travel stipend and free registration to the UIST conference
has been provided to each participant and we expect to be able to do the
same this year.

Doctoral Symposium papers and poster sketches should be submitted
electronically to Precision Conference.

*Relevant dates*

   - *July 9:* Submissions due by 17:00 PDT.
   - *August 6: *Notification of acceptance decisions.
   - *August 23:* Camera ready versions due.
   - *November 8:* Doctoral Symposium date

*Doctoral Symposium Chair* ([log in to unmask])

Patrick Baudisch, Hasso Plattner Institute

*Student Volunteers*

Deadline: August 10, 2015 17:00 PDT

*Application Instructions*

To apply to be a student volunteer, please sign up at the UIST SV portal

*Questions? *

If you have any questions/problems, please contact the chairs at [log in to unmask]

*Benefits and Duties*

If you are a UIST Student Volunteer, you get:

Free conference registration

Free T-shirt

A great SV party with free dinner

A chance to attend the premier forum for innovations in human-computer

Student volunteers will be required to help set up and perform needed work
during the conference. Duties include: bag stuffing, registration desk, AV
assistance, poster and demo setup, badge checking, break monitoring, etc.
Volunteers will also need to be available during the conference if tasks
come up. SVs usually get to attend most of the sessions, even when working.
There will be approximately 14 scheduled hours per SV.

*Arriving and Leaving*

SVs need to be available to help throughout the conference. You will need
to arrive on or before Saturday afternoon (Nov. 7) for the SV orientation
and should not leave the conference venue until sessions end on Wednesday (Nov.
11). Also, we strongly encourage you to put off leaving until as late as
you possibly can, because it's traditional to have a small party for
student volunteers on Wednesday evening. The time and place for this party
will be announced when we know all the student volunteers' travel plans.

*Work Schedules*

To give you an idea of what to expect, you can see the UIST 2006 Student
Volunteer Schedule <>.


We will not be able to provide free accommodation, but we will help you
team up with other student volunteers for sharing rooms and we will provide
a list of hotels with affordable room rates.

*Relevant Dates:*

   - *August 10, 2015:* Application Deadline (by 17:00 PDT)
   - *August 15, 2015:* Application Notified (by 17:00 PDT)

*Student Volunteer Chairs: *([log in to unmask])

Christian Rendl (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria)

Berto Gonzalez (UNC at Charlotte)

*Student Innovation Contest*

Help blur the lines between art and engineering by creating tools for
robotic storytelling! Win fabulous prizes! Sign up at by July 21.

As always, the UIST Student Innovation Contest challenges student teams to
create intriguing interfaces using novel hardware kits that we provide.
It’s your chance to amaze us with your innovations! Contestants will demo
their creations during the demo reception at the conference, and the
winners will be announced at the banquet. A jury of UIST celebrities will
select two winners in the "best software innovation" and "best hardware
innovation" categories. Conference attendees will also get a chance to vote
for their favorite teams in the "people's choice" category.

*Important dates*

 * student contest registration deadline for all teams : July 21

 * organizers evaluate submissions and select accepted teams : July 21-24

 * notification of team selection sent out : July 24

 * conference registration deadline for accepted teams AND travel grant
video proposals due : August 20

 * hardware kits shipped to accepted teams (as soon as possible after one
team member is registered to the conference) : July 24-September 1

 * contest development period with animatronics hardware : July 24 -
November 10

 * teams demo at contest reception during UIST conference : November 10


For 2015, the UIST Student Innovation Contest takes on a cause. Schools and
museums are starting to offer experimental Animatronics classes where kids
build furry robotic animals and use them to tell amazing stories. These
courses blur traditional lines - between art and engineering, between the
virtual and physical worlds - all while demonstrating the universality of
creativity across disciplines. Everybody learns how to write stories, build
mechanisms, program motions, provide voice performances, etc. In this way,
kids see how it all works together, and it has a way of inspiring kids to
see new career possibilities.

One challenge for these courses has been the lack of good software tools.
Professional animatronics authoring and show control packages have
considerable cost and unnecessary complexity. Standard mechanical design
tools are similarly problematic. For these classes to grow beyond a small
number of well-funded, expert instructors, we need easy-to-use, open source
software. Our contest partners for this year are teachers deploying
animatronics in their classrooms *right now*, who want to see software and
hardware innovations to broaden the stories their high schoolers can tell.

Each team will receive a kit of parts including servo motors, cables,
controller, power supply, and a stage puppet to animate. Using these parts,
teams will be able to build their own animatronic characters to demonstrate
the tools they create. We will also be providing an SDK that demonstrates
how to talk to the controller using a common file format. All teams will be
required to open source their efforts, and will be encouraged to build on
each other’s work.

The simplest animatronics shows consist of one servo and one audio track:
the servo moves a character in time to the speech. Complexity increases as
more servos and more audio tracks are added, allowing multiple characters
to interact. But how are the characters’ movements created? For example,
could puppet motions be authored by demonstration using a Kinect or by
moving the puppets directly? How is the audio scripted? Perhaps a
high-level storyboarding tool, with actions and voice tracks attached to
boards, could help. And how do things get more complicated when audience
interaction is involved, creating non-linear stories and integrating
sensors? How do we best support multiple characters interacting with each
other? "Macros" for animatronics could be implemented, for example to
ensure that characters display a "breathing" animation at all times that
they aren't specifically programmed to do something else. Programming is
within reach of today's high school students, but creating UIs for
animatronics storytelling can support more complex narratives, and there
are scores of possibilities for new UIs!

On the hardware side, animatronic puppets are, at their heart, mechanical!
Their skeletons are built from standard-size servos and (often) aluminum,
but the customization possibilities are infinite. 3D printing or laser
cutting can create unique character parts, like snap-on eyes or arms. They
can also help define the structure of the animatronics skeleton: could
there be a tool for drawing desired motions and calculating the 3D printed
parts and servos needed to make them? Or a tool to match a puppet body to a
set of servos and parts that could make its motion look natural? What sorts
of hardware components could facilitate emotional displays in puppets; can
we create "emotion kits" for sadness, happiness, or anger?

We can’t wait to see your exciting innovations. Please watch the video
below for more inspiration!


There are a few changes in this year's student contest registration
process, please read carefully to make sure you earn a chance to

 * write a 100-word description of your idea

 * prepare a link to a picture, drawing, storyboard, or sketch of your demo

 * register for the UIST contest by fulling out the following form by July
21 :

 * await notification and further instructions. The organizers will
evaluate all submissions and select 30 teams based on the criteria in the
contest rules section. Your team will be notified of our decision via email.

 * for accepted teams, one of your team members MUST register for the UIST
conference and pay the registration fee byAugust 20 (or inform us that you
have been accepted as a student volunteer)

 * once we've confirmed your UIST conference registration, we will ship you
the animatronics kit for development

*UIST 2015 Student Innovation Contest chairs *([log in to unmask])

Valkyrie Savage (UC Berkeley, USA)

Stefanie Mueller (Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany)

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