*            UIST'97
*     Call For Participation
* Tenth Annual Symposium on
* User Interface Software and Technology
* URL:  http://www.acm.org/uist/
* October 14-17, 1997
* Banff Park Lodge, Banff, Alberta, Canada
* Sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH and SIGCHI
* and in cooperation with ACM SIGSOFT

UIST '97 is the premier forum for innovations in developing
human-computer interfaces. The symposium brings together
user-interface researchers and practitioners with an interest in
techniques, tools, and technology for constructing high-quality,
innovative user interfaces. The intimate size, single track, and
comfortable surroundings make this symposium an ideal opportunity to
exchange research results and implementation experiences. Papers,
TechNotes, Panels, and Demos are sought on a wide range of
user-interface topics. Come help us celebrate our tenth anniversary!

Common Deadline: Friday April 4, 1997


Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality papers about original
research to enhance user-interface functionality or to improve the
user-interface development process. Appropriate topics include but are
not limited to:

 * Techniques for advanced interaction functionality, such as
multimedia, virtual worlds, innovative displays, unconventional input
devices, and highly interactive user interfaces.

 * Innovative software architectures for developing user interfaces
including those associated with user-interface management systems,
window systems, toolkits, and knowledge-based user interfaces.

 * Tools and techniques for designing and constructing user
interfaces, including automated tools and object-oriented techniques.

 * User interfaces with special operating system requirements, such as
real-time, multi-user, multi-input, multi-threaded, and distributed

 * User interfaces for difficult or challenging applications, such as
large, complex information sets.

 * User interfaces for people with special needs.

 * The internationalization of the user interface.

Videotapes of implementations are encouraged. Authors of accepted
papers will be invited to submit a videotape for a video compendium
that will be sold at the conference. Although papers must stand on
their own, submitted videotapes will be sent to reviewers as
supporting material. We refer those people preparing a videotape for
UIST to a modified version of the CHI '97 video guide. This guide
describes how to produce an ideal videotape for UIST. Please do not be
intimidated by the guide. Videos are viewed only as supporting
material, and authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to
prepare a more polished videotape.

Paper submissions should be at most 5000 words or 10 ACM conference
pages in length, and any accompanying videotape should be at most 8
minutes long. The title page should include an abstract (fewer than
200 words) and keywords. The submission should consist of 6 copies of
a paper, 6 copies of an NTSC VHS videotape (if there is one), and a
cover letter indicating the primary author's name, affiliation,
address, phone number and e-mail address.

We recommend that prospective authors consult the UIST '97 Authors
Guide. This document contains information on the reviewing process and
a description of what constitutes an excellent UIST paper. The
Author's Guide also describes the preferred page format for paper

Paper submissions must be received by Chris Schmandt, the Program
Chair, no later than Friday April 4, 1997. Fax or email submissions
will not be accepted. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June
13, 1997.


Technique Notes ("TechNotes") offer an opportunity to disseminate
important new interaction and visualization techniques that can be
described in two pages. Although shorter in length, UIST TechNotes are
held to the same quality standards as full length papers. Accepted
TechNotes will be published in the proceedings and presented at the
conference. Typically, a TechNote is a succinct description, possibly
including screen dumps and accompanying video, of a novel user
interface technique with suffucient detail to assist an expert reader
in replicating the technique. TechNotes should not include exhaustive
implementation details or summaries of user studies. Although similar
to full papers, TechNotes are specifically geared to describing new
techniques employed in user interfaces. For those familiar with the
ACM Transactions on Graphics, a TechNote can be thought of as a
conference version of an "Interaction Technique Notebook" article.

A TechNote submission should be no more than 2 ACM conference pages in
length, and any accompanying videotape should be at most 5 minutes
long. Again, we suggest that people preparing videotapes refer to the
video guide. The title page should contain an abstract and keywords,
and the submission should include 6 copies of the TechNote, and
optionally 6 copies of a supporting video. A cover letter, to be
included as well, should indicate the primary author's name,
affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

TechNote submissions must be received by Elizabeth Mynatt, the
TechNotes Chair, no later than Friday April 4, 1997. Fax or e-mail
submissions will not be accepted. Authors will be notified of
acceptance by June 13, 1997.


Panels offer an opportunity to exchange ideas in an atmosphere that
reflects the workshop origins of the symposium. Appropriate topics are
the same as for submitted papers, but panel sessions offer greater
flexibility in presentation format and content, so feel free to
suggest something unconventional.

Panel selection will be based on the importance, originality, focus,
and timeliness of the topic, as well as the potential for informative,
lively, or controversial discussion. Panels should have no more than
five members, including the chair, and should last from one to
one-and-one-half hours. No more than half of the total time will be
allowed for position statements by panelists.

A panel submission should be no more than six ACM conference pages
long. It should include:

 * The panel title, and the name, affiliation and contact information
for each panelist.

 * A description of the panel topic and presentation format, including
why this topic is important to symposium attendees.

 * A position statement and very brief biographical sketch for each

Please also attach a cover letter including the panel title, length of
time desired, panelists' names and affiliations, and the panel
organizer's name, affiliation, address, e-mail address, and phone

Panel submissions must be received by Rob Jacob, the Panels Chair, no
later than Friday April 4, 1997. Fax or email submissions will not be
accepted. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 13, 1997.


UIST '97 will host peer-reviewed demonstrations showing early
implementations of novel interface concepts and HCI systems. The demos
will be given in parallel in an informal setting. Demos should be
brief so that they can be shown repeatedly during the demonstration

Demo submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their innovation,
relevance, scientific contribution, and potential logistic
constraints. Commercial products are eligible, but sales and marketing
activities are not appropriate. The submission should consist of a
cover letter indicating the primary author's name, affiliation,
address, phone number, and e-mail address, and three copies of the

 * A two-page summary in ACM conference format of research
contributions illustrated in the demo. This summary will be published
in the proceedings.

 * A detailed description of hardware and software
requirements. Please state whether you can supply these yourself. UIST
will attempt to provide necessary equipment, but those submitting
demos may be requested to provide their own equipment.

 * An informal videotape of the demo (in NTSC VHS format), or a demo
storyboard with at least six screen dumps (not more than six pages,
including pictures). Preference will be given to submissions that
include a videotape.

Demo submissions must be received by David Kosbie, Demos Chair, no
later than Friday April 4, 1997. If you are interested in electronic
submissions, please contact the Demos Chair. Authors will be notified
of acceptance by June 13, 1997.


Conference Chair
  George Robertson
  Microsoft Research
  One Microsoft Way
  Redmond, WA 98052, USA
  Phone: +1 (206) 703-1527
  Fax: +1 (206) 936-0502
  E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Program Chair
  Chris Schmandt
  MIT Media Lab
  20 Ames St.
  Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
  Phone: +1 (617) 253-5156
  Fax: +1 (617) 258-6264
  E-mail: [log in to unmask]

TechNotes Chair
  Elizabeth Mynatt
  Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
  3333 Coyote Hill Road
  Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
  Phone: +1 (415) 812-4945
  Fax: +1 (415) 812-4471
  E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Panels Chair
  Robert Jacob
  Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  Tufts University
  161 College Ave.
  Medford, MA 02155, USA
  Phone: +1 (617) 627-3217
  Fax: +1 (617) 627-3220
  E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Demos Chair
  David S. Kosbie
  Microsoft Corporation
  One Microsoft Way
  Redmond, WA 98052, USA
  Phone: +1 (206) 936-9389
  Fax: +1 (206) 936-7329
  E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Registration Chair
  Susanne Jul
  University of Michigan

  Bob Braudes
  Boston Technology

  Ari Rapkin
  Carnegie-Mellon University

Student Volunteers
  Blair MacIntyre
  Columbia University

Media Chair
  Steve Cousins
  Stanford University