April 18 - 23, 2015
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alt.chi is a forum for controversial, risk-taking, and boundary pushing presentations at CHI. The CHI program committee formed alt.chi as a forum for innovative and insightful work that can go unrecognized through the standard review process. alt.chi papers often innovate methodologically, critique accepted practices, or take on controversial questions. alt.chi's open and juried review processes ensure that the year's best work in human computer interaction finds a space at CHI.
Commentaries started in 2014 with the goal to facilitate conversation across the open reviewing process and presentations at the conference. alt.chi subject matter often cuts across CHI sub-communities. The discussion alt.chi papers generate as as important as the paper itself. This year, we will invite a selection of alt.chi open reviewers to revise their work as a short commentary to be published with the alt.chi paper. These commentaries will amplify and enrich alt.chi presentations of provocative work.
alt.chi 2015 proudly marks the tenth anniversary of the alt.chi track and continues the tradition of bringing substantive, thought-provoking, original work to CHI through an alternative approach. alt.chi is appropriate for submissions that prove difficult to assess through mainstream procedures, whether for reasons of methodology or content. Forum discussion allows dialogue about the potential significance of a submission, and juried selection insures that high standards for excellence are maintained. alt.chi hosts some of the most audacious and insightful presentations at the conference. This is the avant-garde of CHI.
We invite the submission of bold, compelling, critical, and innovative works that challenge or re-imagine human computer interaction research and design. alt.chi 2015 is methodologically inclusive and accepts reports, analyses, designs, and systematic inquiries – whether quantitative, qualitative, or both. Especially encouraged are:
Silvia Lindtner, University of Michigan
Morgan Ames, University of California, Irvine
Hendy Duh, University of Tasmania, Australia
An alt.chi submission must be submitted via the PCS Submission System by January 5, 2015 (5:00PM PST). The alt.chi submission must include an extended abstract and may also include a 5-minute video figure.
Alt.chi aims to attract unusual, interesting, thought-provoking work to be presented at CHI. We're all about removing barriers to the presentation of great work, and one of those barriers involves language. We want to ensure that submissions to alt.chi are judged on the merits of the ideas, not the grammar of the writing. To take advantage of our English review service, here's what you need to know:
alt.chi is Juried for CHI 2015. During the period between submissions and notifications, members of the CHI community will be invited to discuss the submission in a public, non-anonymous, forum*. Anyone who is interested will be able to view and discuss your work. Authors will be encouraged to invite appropriate members of the CHI community to comment on their work, and the alt.chi committee will also invite discussions. We want to encourage discussion and debate on what makes a good alt.chi (or regular CHI) submission, and, ultimately, what pushes the field forward. After the discussion period, a jury of experts will evaluate the work based on:
The jury will be selected and named by the beginning of January 2015.
Submissions should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, with the exception of title and author information which will be published on the website prior to the conference.
* all reviewers will be required to consent to a review agreement prior to participating in the selection process.
Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by 2 Feb 2015. Final versions of accepted Extended Abstracts must be uploaded to PCS by 9 Feb 2015.
All accepted alt.chi papers will be presented at the conference.
Accepted alt.chi papers will be distributed in the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts, available at the conference on USB and in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.