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Selecting a Subcommittee


CHI 2012 anticipates submission of over 1,800 Papers and Notes. The review process needs to handle this load while also providing high-quality reviews. The organization of the CHI program committee into topical subcommittees helps achieve this by having you, the author, select the best subcommittee to review your submission.

The subcommittee structure empowers you to choose the appropriate community of researchers to review your research. An important thing to consider in selecting a subcommittee is that you are not describing your paper, you are instead providing information about your most important contribution and therefore the type of researcher who you feel is most qualified to review your paper.

Note: CHI will employ the subcommittee organization for review purposes only. Paper sessions at the conference will not be tracked or grouped based on the subcommittees.


The author decides which subcommittee reviews his or her submission. When you submit a paper or note, you will designate which subcommittee you want to handle your submission. You will see a list of subcommittees and descriptions of the topics they are covering, the name of each Subcommittee Chair, and the names of some of the Associate Chairs serving on each subcommittee. Using all of this information, it is your responsibility to select the subcommittee that best matches the expertise needed to assess your research, and that you believe will most fully appreciate your contribution to the field of HCI.

CHI has traditionally supported diverse and interdisciplinary work and continues to expand into new topics not previously explored. We recognize that as a result, you may find several different subcommittees which are plausible matches for aspects of your work. Hence it may be difficult to choose between subcommittees. However, for a number of reasons it will be necessary for you to select one target subcommittee, and you should strive to find the best match based on what you think is the main contribution of your submission (examples of papers that are considered good matches are linked below for each subcommittee). You can also email the Subcommittee Chairs for guidance if you are unsure.

Note that the scope of each subcommittee is not rigidly defined. Each has a broad mandate and most subcommittees cover a collection of different topics. Further, Subcommittee Chairs are all seasoned researchers, experienced with program committee review work, and each is committed to a process which seeks to assign each paper reviewers who are true experts in whatever the subject matter of the paper is. Subcommittee Chairs recognize that many papers, or perhaps even most papers, will not perfectly fit the definition of their subcommittee's scope. Consequently, papers will not be penalized or downgraded because they do not align perfectly with a particular subcommittee. Interdisciplinary, multi-topic, and cross-topic papers are encouraged, and will be carefully and professionally judged by all subcommittees.

In making a subcommittee choice you should make careful consideration of what the most central and salient contribution of your work is, even if there are several different contributions. As an example, let's say you are writing a paper about Ergonomic Business Practices for the Elderly using Novel Input Devices. Perhaps this is a very new topic. It covers a lot of ground. It's not an exact fit for any of the subcommittees, but several choices are plausible. To choose between them, you need to make a reasoned decision about the core contributions of your work. Should it be evaluated in terms of the usage context for the target user community? The novel methodology developed for your study? The system and interaction techniques you have developed? Each of these evaluation criteria may partially apply, but try to consider which is most central and which you most want to highlight for your readers. Also look at the subcommittees, the people who will serve on them, and the kind of work they have been associated with in the past. Even if there are several subcommittees that could offer fair and expert assessments of this work, go with the one that really fits the most important and novel contributions of your paper. That committee will be in the best position to offer constructive and expert review feedback on the contributions of your research.

Each subcommittee description also links one or two recent CHI papers that the subcommittee chairs feel are good examples of papers that fit the intent and aim of that subcommittee. Please look at these examples as a way to decide on the best subcommittee for your paper - but remember that these are just a few examples, and do not specify the full range of topics that would fit with any subcommittee. (Note: the example papers will be linked as they are selected by the chairs).

List of the subcommittees

Subcommittees are listed and described below. Each has a title, short description, and an indication of who will Chair and serve on the subcommittee. Subcommittees have been constructed with an eye to maintaining logically coherent clusters of topics. These are largely as set up for CHI 2010 with some changes, in part as a result of the need to balance the expected number of papers for each subcommittee and in part based on experiences in 2010.

Usability, Accessibility and User Experience

This subcommittee is suitable for papers that contribute by extending the knowledge, approaches, practices, methods, components and tools that make technology more usable, invigorating and/or accessible by people. Successful papers will present results, practical approaches, tools, technologies and research methods that demonstrably advance our understanding and design capabilities for user experience, usability and/or accessibility. Contributions will be judged substantially on the basis of their demonstrable potential for effective reuse and applicability across a range of application domains and/or design, research, or user communities.

Antti Oulasvirta, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT
David Gilmore, Logitech

Associate Chairs:
Andrew Sears, Rochester Institute of Technology
Anna L Cox, University College London
Chris Power, University of York
Daniela Busse, Samsung Research
Effie Law, University of Leicester
Jan Gulliksen, KTH - Royal University of Technology
Jettie Hoonhout, Philips Research
John C. Thomas, IBM Research
Kari-Jouko Raiha, University of Tampere
Katherine Isbister, New York University’s Polytechnic Institute
Luciano Gamberini, University of Padua
Lynne Baillie, Glasgow Caledonian University
Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg
Mark Dunlop, University of Strathclyde
Mary Beth Rosson, Pennsylvania State University
Pei-Luen Patrick Rau, Tsinghua University
Regina Bernhaupt, IRIT
Siân Lindley, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Vicki Hanson, University of Dundee

Example Papers and Notes:


Specific Application Areas

This subcommittee will focus on papers which make a contribution by extending the design and understanding of applications for specific user communities or domains of interest to the HCI community. Examples of user communities include but are not limited to: older adults, children, families, disabled users, and users in developing countries. Examples of application areas include but are not limited to: education, health, home, sustainability, and creativity. These contributions will be evaluated in part based on their impact on the specific application area and/or community they address, in addition to their impact on HCI.

Alan Borning, University of Washington
Andy Ko, University of Washington
Dan Morris, Microsoft Research
JP Hourcade, University of Iowa

Associate Chairs:
A.J. Brush, Microsoft Research
Aleksandra Sarcevic, Drexel University
Amy Hurst, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Andruid Kerne, Texas A & M
Anthony Hornof, University of Oregon
Batya Friedman, University of Washington
Bill Thies, Microsoft Research
Brian Bailey, University of Illinois
Celine Latulipe, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Chris Quintana, University of Michigan
Clare-Marie Karat, Karat Consulting Group
Dave Kirk, University of Nottingham
Desney Tan, Microsoft Research
Eli Blevis, Indiana University
Gavin Doherty, Trinity College, Dublin
Glenda Revelle, University of Arkansas 
Heather Richter Lipford, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Hilary Hutchinson, Google Research
Ian Li, Carnegie Mellon University
Julie Kientz, University of Washington
Karyn Moffatt, University of Toronto
Katie Siek, University of Colorado
Kentaro Toyama, University of California at Berkeley
Marshini Chetty, Georgia Tech
Michael Terry, University of Waterloo
Mikael Skov, Aalborg University
Shaun Kane, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Sheelagh Carpendale, University of Calgary
Victor Gonzalez, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico
Wanda Pratt, University of Washington

Example Papers:


Interaction Beyond the Individual

We focus on papers and notes which consider how two or more people interact with one another through technology, in groups of two people to two million. Submissions will be judged in part by their contribution of data and interpretation; description and analysis of systems to support relationships and interactions; and/or theories and well-structured arguments regarding human communication, collaboration, conflict, play, and other activities supported or mediated by technologies.

Michael Muller, IBM Research
Volker Wulf, University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT

Associate Chairs:
Antonella di Angeli, University of Trento
Carl Gutwin, University of Saskatchewan
Carla Simone, Università Milano-Bicocca
Chen Zhao, Microsoft
Dan Russell, Google
David McDonald, University of Washington
Emilee Rader, Northwestern University
Kari Kuutti, University of Oulu
Kori Inkpen, Microsoft
Mark Ackerman, University of Michigan
Merrie Morris, Microsoft
Myriam Lewkowicz, Université de Technologie de Troyes
N Sadat Shami, IBM
Olav Bertelsen, Aarhus University
Pernille Björn, IT University of Copenhagen
Sharoda Paul, Xerox PARC
Volkmar Pipek, University of Kaiserslautern
Vova Soroka, IBM
Werner Geyer, IBM

Example Papers:



This subcommittee will focus on papers that make a contribution to the design of interactive products, services, or systems; or that advance knowledge of the human activity of design as it relates to HCI. It will cover a broad range of design approaches: participatory, user-centered, experience, and service. It will also cover a range of design practices: interaction, industrial, experience, information, architecture, visual communication, and sensorial. Finally, it will focus on design research issues such as aesthetics, values, effects (such as emotion), methods, practices, critique, and theory.
This subcommittee is also the current home for papers related to the design of computer games.

Carl DiSalvo, Georgia Tech
Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon University
Ron Wakkary, Simon Fraser University
Steve Harrison, Virginia Tech

Associate Chairs:
Alisa Antle, Simon Fraser University
Ann Light, Northumbria University
Annika Waern, SICS
Bilge Mutlu, UMWisc
Chris LeDantec, GA Tech
Christine Satchell, University of Melbourne
Daniel Fallman, UMEA
Dominic Muren, UW
Eric Paulos, CMU
Evan Karapanos, CMU Portugal
Floyd Mueller, Stanford University
Giulio Jacucci, Aalto University
Ilpo Koskinen, Aalto University
Jeff Bardzell, IUB
Jennifer Rode, Drexel
Kim Halskov, Aarhus
Lucian Leahu, Cornell University
Shaowen Bardzell, IUB
Steven Dow, CMU
Susan Wyche, Virginia Tech
Tad Hirsh, intel
Wendy Ju, California College of Art
Win Burleson, ASU
Youn-Kyung Lim, KAIST
Zachary O. Dugas Toups, Texas A & M

Example Papers:


Interaction Using Specific Capabilities or Modalities

This subcommittee will focus on advances in interaction that use capabilities, modalities, or technologies that have not yet been fully exploited in standard approaches to interaction. These contributions will be judged in part by their novelty and their ability to extend user capabilities in powerful new ways or to new contexts. Example areas include, but are not limited to: multimodal user interfaces, tangible interfaces, speech I/O, auditory I/O, physiological computing, brain-computer interfaces, perception and vision-based systems, augmented reality, and visualization.

Robert JK Jacob, Tufts University
Andy Wilson, Microsoft Research

Associate Chairs:
Andreas Butz, University of Munich
Andrew T Duchowski, Clemson University
Anton Nijholt, University of Twente
Brygg Ullmer, Louisana State University
Daniel Sjolie, Umea University
Emmanuel Pietriga, INRIA
François Guimbretière, Cornell University
Jean-Daniel Fekete, INRIA
Ken Hinckley, Microsoft Research
Michael Horn, Northwestern University
Orit Shaer, Wellesley College
Rebecca Fiebrink, Princeton University
Remco Chang, Tufts University
Stephen Fairclough, Liverpool John Moores University
Steven Feiner, Columbia University
Tim Bickmore, Northeastern University
Tomer Moscovich, Lab126

Example Papers:


Understanding People: Theory, Concepts, Methods

This subcommittee will focus on papers whose primary contribution is improved understanding of people and/or interactional contexts, as applied to address HCI problems. This understanding can be derived from qualitative or quantitative research, and can be study-based or more conceptual in nature. The core contribution is likely to take the form of evolved theories, concepts or methods. These contributions will be judged in part by their extension of our basic understanding of human behavior and/or their context of activity and the practical impact this may have on HCI practice and research.

Laura Dabbish, Carnegie Mellon University
Bonnie E John, IBM Research
Jacki O'Neill, Xerox Research Centre Europe
Peter Tolmie, Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham
Kasper Hornbæk, University of Copenhagen
Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research

Associate Chairs:
Andrea Forte, Drexel University
Andrea Grimes Parker, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ann Blandford, University College London
Barry Brown, Mobile Life
Caroline Appert, LRI
Christian Greiffenhagen, University of Manchester
Cliff Lampe, University of Michigan
Connor Graham, Independent
Dan Cosley, Cornell University
Darren Gergle, Northwestern University
Dave Randall, University of Siegen and Manchester Metropolitan University
David Martin, Xerox Research Centre Europe
Diane Kelly, University of North Carolina
Duncan Brumby, University of College London
Eric Gilbert, Georgia Tech
Erika Poole, The Pennsylvania State University
Eytan Adar, University of Michigan
Gary Hsieh, Michigan State University
Gene Golovchinsky, FX Palo Alto Laboratory
Jennifer Thom-Santelli, IBM Research
John Canny, UC Berkeley
Leila Takayama, Willow Garage
Mark Perry, Brunel University & MobileLife, Sweden
Mark Rouncefield, Lancaster University
Michael Rohs, Universität München
Mike Byrne, Rice
Niklas Elmquist, Purdue University
Oscar Juhlin, Mobile Life VinnExcellence Centre
Sara Kiesler, CMU
Steve Payne, University of Bath
Wai-Tat Fu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Wayne Lutters, UMBC

Example Papers:


Interaction Techniques and Devices

This subcommittee will focus on contributions in the form of new input or interaction techniques, or devices. These contributions will be judged in part based on their novelty or on a demonstrated improvement in an existing interaction type of interest to the HCI community. Example areas include but are not limited to: new sensors and actuators, mobile devices, 3-D interaction, touch and multi-touch, graphical and tangible UI, tabletop and large display interaction.

Bjoern Hartmann, UC Berkeley
Lars-Erik Holmquist, Mobile Life @ SICS
Patrick Baudisch, Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam

Associate Chairs:
Chris Harrison, Carnegie Mellon University
Christian Holz, Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam
Daniel Wigdor, University of Toronto
Eve Hoggan, HIIT/University of Helsinki
Henriette Cramer, Mobile Life @ SICS
Jacob O Wobbrock, University of Washington
Jan Borchers, RWTH Aachen University
Kimiko Ryokai, Berkeley
Krzysztof Z Gajos, Harvard University
Michael Haller, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Olivier Chapuis, University of Paris-Sud
Per Ola Kristensson, University of St Andrews.
Rafael Ballagas, Nokia Research Center
Sharam Izadi, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Takeo Igarashi, The University of Tokyo
Tovi Grossman, Autodesk Research Toronto
Xiang Cao, Microsoft Research Asia
Yang Li, Google Research

Expanding Interaction through Technology, Systems & Tools

This subcommittee will focus on contributions to how interactive systems are built. This will include new tools and techniques for more effective construction of interactive systems. This includes both software and hardware technologies or systems that move interaction into new contexts or support mobile/ubiquitous human-computer interaction. These contributions will be judged in part by their technical innovation and/or ability to connect, simplify or enrich interactions across many modalities of use.

Anind Dey, Carnegie Mellon University
James Fogarty, University of Washington

Associate Chairs:
Albrecht Schmidt, University of Stuttgart
David Dearman, Nokia Research
David Karger, MIT
Don Patterson, UC Irvine
Hans-Werner Gellersen, Lancaster University
Hrvoje Benko, Microsoft Research
Jeff Bigham, University of Rochester
Jeff Heer, Stanford
Kent Lyons, Intel
Mira Dontcheva, Adobe
Shwetak Patel, University of Washington
Tessa Lau, IBM

Example Papers: