CHI2003 - New Horizons


Tutorials TOC
- Call for Participation
- Review Criteria
- Format and Requirements
- Submitting your Proposal
- Upon Acceptance
- At the Conference
- After the Conference
- Checklist

Andreas Girgensohn, FX Palo Alto Laboratory, USA

Alison Lee, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

Send To

29 July 2002, 5PM (17:00) at your local time

Call for Participation

Tutorials provide conference participants with the opportunity to gain new insights, knowledge, and skills in a broad range of areas in the field of human-computer interaction. Tutorial topics range from practical guidelines and standards to academic issues and theory. Tutorial participants include user interface designers and users, software developers, managers of human-computer interface projects, human factors practitioners, interface evaluators and testers, industrial designers, teachers of HCI, researchers in human-computer interaction, and professionals in other areas seeking to gain an understanding of how HCI relates to their specialties.


Each tutorial is designed to be a half-day or full-day in duration. Half-day tutorials are three hours long (not including breaks). Full-day tutorials are six hours long (not including breaks).


Tutorials cover a wide range of HCI-related topics. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Introductory or overview of topics in HCI
  • Requirements capture and analysis techniques
  • User interface development software
  • Theories, practices, and/or methodologies for design, cognitive engineering, usability engineering, etc.
  • Information visualization and retrieval
  • Multimedia, multimodal interfaces
  • Design for non-traditional desktop systems, e.g., games
  • Web design and applications
  • Interfaces for home, wearable computing, etc.
  • HCI in the corporate settings

Submissions on emerging topics such as new techniques for usability or for capturing and reusing HCI knowledge, as well as new interfaces for the home, for gerontechnology, or for biomedical devices are encouraged. Samples of tutorials in prior years are available online.


An honorarium of $1,500 USD will be awarded for each half-day tutorial that is taught, $3,000 USD for each full-day. If a tutorial has two or more instructors, the honorarium will be shared among them. Instructors must pay for their own travel expenses and conference registration.

Types of Submission

Those interested in proposing a tutorial for CHI 2003 should follow the instructions in the "Preparing Tutorial Proposal Submission: Format and Requirements" section. Upon acceptance of your tutorial, please follow the instructions in the Before the Conference section.

With respect to both these submissions, please note the following:

  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Submissions should be electronic (PDF). Contact the tutorials co-chairs in advance if that causes problems for you.
  • Submissions will not be accepted by fax.
  • Submissions arriving after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Submissions should contain no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.
  • Responsibility for permissions to include copies of material or scholarly articles rests with you, not with CHI 2003.
  • Responsibility for permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people rests with you, not with CHI 2003.
  • You will receive email notification upon receipt of your submission.

Review Criteria

Tutorial proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their estimated benefit for prospective participants and on their fit within the tutorials program as a whole. Factors to be considered include:

  • relevance, timeliness, importance, audience appeal, and attendance limits;
  • suitability for presentation in a half-day or full-day tutorial format;
  • use of presentation methods that offer participants direct experience with the material being taught; and
  • past experience and qualifications of the instructors.

Selection is also based on the overall distribution of topics, approaches (overview, theory, methodology, how-to), audience experience levels, and specialties of the intended audiences. Thus, not all tutorials of technical merit can be accommodated.

Preparing Tutorial Proposal Submission: Format and Requirements

A tutorial proposal submission must include a list of applicable categories and three documents: 1) proposal, 2) descriptions for the CHI 2003 Advance Program and CHIplace, and 3) requirements list. Please consult the samples of these materials and the detailed checklist in preparing your submission.

The attendees evaluate all presented tutorials. To help instructors prepare for how their tutorials will be evaluated, the evaluation form will be available.


Prepare a PDF format of the proposal, no longer than 10 pages, for review purposes. It must:

  • indicate the duration of your tutorial
  • describe the learning objectives of the tutorial
  • describe in detail the material that will be covered in the course
  • describe the assumed background of attendees
  • justify the tutorial for a CHI audience
  • explain how the tutorial will be conducted
  • give a schedule of events with time allocations
  • describe and provide samples of materials that will be included in the tutorial notes
  • in cases of multiple instructors, indicate role and percentage involvement of each instructor

If the proposed tutorial has been given previously, the proposal should include where the tutorial has been given and how it will be modified for CHI 2003. If the tutorial has been given at a previous CHI conference, describe how changes to the tutorial will address comments from previous attendees. Additional materials may be submitted, but will not necessarily be included in the review process.

For the attendee background, include any prerequisites such as knowledge of HCI content, processes, and procedures. State any skills that are needed to understand tutorial content or to complete the exercises. Also, specify whether the tutorial is intended to introduce participants to an area, or to further develop the expertise of knowledgeable participants.

Descriptions for Advance Publication

Two sets of descriptions are required for advance publication purposes: 1) description for CHIplace and 2) description for the CHI 2003 Advance Program. Prepare both descriptions as plain text files.

The description for CHIplace, the CHI 2003 online interactions site, should be a 2-3 sentence synopsis of the tutorial to be used in a list of all tutorials (no more than 250 characters).

The description for the CHI 2003 Advance Program should be no more than 1500 characters. Longer descriptions will be cut. The Advance Program description should contain the following sections:

  • Title of the tutorial, up to 60 characters.
  • Names and affiliations of the instructors.
  • Benefits: The benefit statement should contain a summary of what skills and knowledge the attendees will gain as a result of attending this tutorial.
  • Origins: The origins should state the history of this tutorial (e.g., whether it was given at past CHI conferences or related venues).
  • Features: The features consist of a bulleted list. The items in this list should include the educational goals and/or major elements of the tutorial content.
  • Audience: The audience should be described in terms that include any background required to understand the tutorial. State the disciplines and/or organizational roles of attendees who would be interested in your tutorial (see first paragraph of call for a list of roles).
  • Presentation: List the various presentation forms used in the tutorial, e.g., lectures, demonstration, exercises, videos, group discussions, and/or case studies.
  • Instructor background: List the background for each instructor, including current employment and activities, previous professional activities, and relevant publications.

Requirements List

The requirements list includes materials needed to run the tutorial. It should include any supplies required for each participant, restrictions or conditions on offering the tutorial such as an attendance limit, non-standard technology support requests and other information that the review committee should know in considering the proposal.

Submitting Your Proposal

Prepare the proposal for review in PDF format. Prepare the CHIplace description in plain-text format. Prepare the Advance Program description, as described above, in plain-text format. Select categories from the category list that best describes your tutorial. Prepare a requirements list, as described above. Submit the materials electronically to If you anticipate difficulties with electronic submission, then contact the tutorials chairs as early as possible.

Upon Acceptance

Notification Date

Instructors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by 14 October 2002.

Before the Conference

Tutorials will be accepted contingent upon timely receipt of high-quality tutorial notes. The notes should serve as reference materials for attendees and support the presentation of material during the tutorial.

Instructors of accepted tutorials will receive detailed format requirements for preparation of a publication-ready version of their tutorial notes. Instructors must prepare course material (tutorial and notes) specifically for the CHI 2003 tutorial session. Presentation materials used by the instructor for other courses or projects must be reworked within the guidelines described in format requirements.

Tutorial notes should include:

  • an introduction to the topic
  • copies of all overhead transparencies and slides
  • an annotated bibliography
  • copies of relevant background material or scholarly papers (for which the instructors have obtained any necessary reprint permission)
  • tutorial exercises, as appropriate

Instructors must sign a release form giving CHI 2003 one-time-only permission to utilize the notes for tutorial participants and to sell notes at the conference.

Tutorial acceptance is conditional upon the instructors' compliance with deadlines and requirements. Tutorial notes are due by 15 December 2002

At the Conference

Each tutorial is designed to be a half-day or full-day in duration. Half-day tutorials are three hours long (not including breaks). Full-day tutorials are six hours long (not including breaks).


Please perform the activities in this checklist to ensure completeness in your tutorial proposal submission.

  • Read the Conference Overview and Submitting to CHI.
  • Review the tutorial submission samples
  • Prepare the tutorial submission proposal for review in PDF format.
  • Prepare the CHIplace description in plain-text format.
  • Prepare the Advance Program description, as described above, in plain-text format.
  • Prepare a requirements list, as described above.
  • Submit the materials electronically to the Send To address shown.