Seeding Creativity: Tools, Media, and Environments

June 13-15, 2007    Washington DC, USA

Sponsored by ACM SIGCHI
Industry Sponsors include IBM, Microsoft & SAP
  A general invitation is extended to all interested 
  people to join the conference planning meeting at 
  CHI 2006 Tuesday April 25, 2006, 1-2:30pm in room 515C.

Submission deadline: December 15, 2006
Author notification: February 19, 2007
Final formatted papers due: March 19, 2007
We cordially invite submissions to the 6th Creativity and Cognition
Conference (CC2007), sponsored by ACM SIGCHI. Following the success of
the previous conferences, this meeting will serve as a forum for
focusing on creativity support tools for individual and group
creativity, bridging among technology, science and arts to find common
themes for user interface and new media design, and producing rigorous
research with innovative designs and well-designed evaluations.

We welcome contributions from researchers, developers, practitioners,
and policy-makers in many fields, including: computer and information
scientists; diverse scientists, engineers, and architects; product,
graphic, and interaction designers; writers, musicians, and new media
artists; creative practitioners, corporate leaders, and educators;
social scientists, ethnographers, and anthropologists.

The conference will feature two elegant evening receptions at the
National Academy of Sciences and Corcoran Gallery of Art to celebrate
the dialogue among technology, science, and arts.

The general focus of the conference is about cultivating and sustaining
creativity: understanding how to design and evaluate computational
support tools, digital media, and sociotechnical environments that not
only empower our creative process and abilities, but also encourage and
nurture creative mindsets and lifestyles. Topics appropriate for
submissions include, but are not limited to:

- Principles for interface, interaction & software design
- Empirical evaluations by quantitative and qualitative methods
- In-depth case studies and ethnographic analyses
- Reflective accounts of individual and collaborative practice
- Educational and training methods to encourage creativity with novel
- Social mechanisms in support of creative communities and
- Emerging technologies, media, and approaches in the arts and creative
- Transdisciplinary methods and collaboration models

See the conference website ( for
details and instructions on how to prepare a submission.

Co-Chairs: Gerhard Fischer, Mike Eisenberg & Elisa Giaccardi, University
of Colorado, Boulder, USA Full papers must be nominated and submitted
according to the conference themes: 1) Cultivating creative minds; 2)
Sustaining creative communities; 3) Promoting creative engagement.

Chair: Linda Candy, University of Technology Sydney, Australia We invite
proposals for demonstrations and posters of support tools and works that
contribute to our understanding of creativity and how digital media can
enhance the realization of creative forms. People in the early stages of
their careers or research programs are especially welcome to submit. 

Chair: Michael Terry, University of Waterloo, Canada New developments
often benefit from being presented, discussed, demonstrated, and
generally questioned in more informal settings. The workshops portion of
the conference provides just such a venue for the dynamic exchange of
new ideas, creations, and discoveries. 
Co-Chairs: Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research & Jim Hollan, University
of California, San Diego, USA The objective of the symposium is to
provide a supportive setting for feedback on graduate students' current
work and guidance on future directions. Student participants will meet
and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced
researchers and practitioners. 

Chair: Tom Hewett, Drexel University, USA We invite proposals to offer a
half or full day tutorial relevant to any of the conference themes and
topics.  Criteria for selection of tutorials will emphasize the
perceived value of the tutorial in enabling members of the various
communities of interest to learn about work in one or more of the other
communities of interest. Presenters will receive an honorarium. 

Chair: Pamela Jennings, Carnegie Mellon University, USA The art
exhibition program will complement the conference themes by celebrating
the open-ended creative processes that bridge the arts and sciences
emphasizing shared visions of innovation between the digital media arts,
computer science, human computer interaction and engineering research.

As with prior meetings, the Creativity & Cognition Conference
Proceedings will be published by ACM Press. Prizes for the best
contributions will be awarded by the Creativity & Cognition Studios of
the University of Technology, Sydney.

General Chair:
  Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland

Technical Program Committee:
  Gerhard Fischer, University of Colorado, Boulder
  Mike Eisenberg, University of Colorado, Boulder
  Elisa Giaccardi, University of Colorado, Boulder

Distinguished Advisors:
  Richard Florida, George Mason University
  Paul Horn, IBM VP Research
  Daniel Ling, Microsoft VP Research
  William A. Wulf, President, US National Academy of Engineering

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