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HCI Overviews


Tom GrossTom Gross
Fraunhofer FIT

Important Dates
Mentor Request Deadline:
6 October 2003 [5:00 PM (1700) PST]
Submission Deadline:
12 January 2004 [5:00 PM (1700) PST]
Notice of Acceptance:
23 February 2004

Additional Information

Julie JackoJulie Jacko
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Message from Tom and Julie, Co-Chairs
HCI Overviews describe HCI work in university, corporate, or government research groups or institutions; product development or consultancy organizations; countries or geographical regions as well as funding agencies; collaborative efforts involving several groups or organizations; or partnerships of different types of groups, or groups cooperating across geographical, political, or cultural boundaries. HCI Overviews present the “big picture” of your HCI work. Please contribute!

About HCI Overviews

The emphasis is on the circumstances under which work is done, the underlying goals, policies, and organizational background, and perspectives of past, present, and future HCI efforts. Of interest is the big picture: how did a group come into being; how do the participants influence each other as well as other groups with whom they are affiliated; the group's plans and visions for the future; and the basis for these plans. HCI Overviews thus stand in contrast to presentations, which spotlight one or two technically or scientifically interesting results.


Prepare a two-page camera-ready extended abstract of the HCI Overview. It must be in the Conference Publications Format and should be submitted electronically as a PDF file. The extended abstract should include:
  • HCI domains addressed.
  • Focus, themes, major processes, organizational setting, history, and future plans.
  • People involved (for example, number and backgrounds).
  • Specific projects and/or special approaches.
  • Key publications, products, or other results.

How to Submit Your Paper

Contact the co-chairs at

Requests for Mentoring

If you wish to request a mentor, please see Mentoring, and contact the Mentoring Co-Chairs no later than 6 October 2003.

Review Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed independently by a multidisciplinary group drawn from academia and industry. Reviews will consider the level of interest that members of the HCI community will have in the work, the extent to which the overview informs the CHI community of current HCI activity worldwide, the ways in which future HCI innovations are envisaged, and its potential for stimulating cooperation and collaboration within the HCI community.

Upon Acceptance

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by 23 February 2004. Extended abstracts of accepted submissions will be published in the CHI2004 Extended Abstracts.

At the Conference

At the conference, the overview should be presented by a major participant in the work and based on the material described in the extended abstract. HCI Overviews are 30 minute presentations, including 5 minutes for questions.

Presenters are encouraged to bring their own laptops for their presentation. CHI2004 will identify local vendors for on-site rental equipment at presenters' expense (details forthcoming) but due to budget constraints will not be able to provide computer support in every session. A digital projector (800x600 or better) will be provided for Macintosh or PC laptop projection.

HCI Overviews Submission Checklist

Please perform the activities in this checklist to ensure completeness in your submission.
  • Request a mentor if desired.
  • Prepare a two-page camera-ready paper in the Conference Publications Format, as described above.

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