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Message from the Chairs

At CHI 2012, user experience (UX) and usability practitioners are more important than ever.

We have much to offer CHI and much to learn from others who come to CHI. Therefore, CHI 2012 is focused on continuing the steps forward taken at CHI2010, to create bridges between professional communities - especially between academic HCI researchers and UX/usability practitioners who consume that research. For instance, at CHI2010 we held a pre-CHI workshop called "Researcher-Practitioner Interaction" that brought together people with an interest in addressing the gap, to explore the nature of the problems between researchers and practitioners and to propose possible solutions. We also want to reach beyond the familiar and established approaches that have served us well to new and innovative approaches that will provides new insights, experiences, and outcomes.

It is our goal as the User Experience co-chairs to increase the quality and quantity of submissions from usability practitioners and researchers, with the intent of benefiting both practice and research communities. We are striving to collect from the UX and usability fields contributions that introduce innovative practices and research that improves the design experience. CHI 2012 provides several formats for communicating UX work, whether it is a case study, a panel of industry experts, or a well-researched finding presented in a paper.

For a summary of all CHI 2012 submission types and venues, see the Contribute page.

Jhilmil Jain, Microsoft & Kath Straub,


Historically, the user experience and usability fields have thrived on the interdependency between research and practice, leveraging new concepts and working to make our efforts more effective and influential. CHI 2012 will offer a place to discuss advancements in the field of usability and user experience and to explore burning issues of methods, tools, business or management. We hope to stimulate discussion both within the community and with other communities and to explore our mutual dependence.

The CHI 2012 User Experience Community co-chairs will help practitioners find appropriate venues for the presentation of advanced approaches, thought-provoking communication, and interaction between research and practice, whether the submission is a debate, a description of a new method, an interesting case study, or some other presentation format. We will also try to help you find other people who may be interested in participating with you.

We expect that there will be many related themes and activities offered by the other CHI communities participating in this conference. We strongly encourage you to submit multi-community proposals that look at user experience and usability in the context of design, engineering, management, and/or research.

Types of Submission

We urge you to submit material to one or more of the following forums:

Also, we are always looking for additional UX practitioners to review specific submissions. If you would like to make yourself available to review a few submissions, then please volunteer as a reviewer via the PCS reviewing system.

Preparing Your Submission

You must prepare your submission in the format that is required for each type. If you use any of the terms "user experience," "usability," or "UX" in the title, abstract, or author's keywords, it will help us get it to appropriate reviewers for UX proposals. You can contact if you have questions about UX submissions. We encourage you to check the due dates, read the requirements for your submission ideas, and start now.