The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Student Research Competition

January 07, 2019

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Apr 04, 2019

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Apr 09, 2019

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Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow


The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction. CHI – pronounced ‘kai’ – is a place where researchers and practitioners gather from across the world to discuss the latest in interactive technology. We are a multicultural community from highly diverse backgrounds who together investigate new and creative ways for people to interact. This will be the first time that CHI has taken place in the UK and it will be hosted at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.


CHI 2019

Our theme is ‘Weaving the Threads of CHI’. This is reflected in our celtic knot logo, a symbol of strength and friendship. Threads are interconnected and interwoven, without clear beginning or end. We are the threads of CHI, people from different disciplines, cultures, sectors, communities, backgrounds – designers, researchers, practitioners – weaving together into one community, with the common purpose of technology that works for people and society.

Student Research Competition

Quick Facts / Dates

  • Submission deadline: 7 January 2019 (12pm (noon) PST / 3pm EST / 8pm GMT)
  • Notification deadline: 14 January 2019
  • Camera-ready deadline: 31 January 2019

Due to tight publication schedules, revisions to the submitted work will not be possible. Your submitted PDF will be the publication-ready version. Please note that upon acceptance authors will be required to complete the ACM rights form, fill in the copyright information in their document, and submit their final version within 24 hours of its being requested.

The Student Research Competition (SRC) is a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes at CHI 2019. Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the CHI SRC competition is a branch of the ACM Student Research Competition which hosts similar competitions at other ACM conferences.

The Student Research Competition has the following goals:

  • to give undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to share their research ideas and results at CHI in a special forum that provides visibility for their work
  • to give students the opportunity to meet with and interact with CHI attendees to share ideas, gain new insights, and understand possible practical applications
  • to give students an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills
  • to provide detailed feedback to students about their research and presentation, from a panel of distinguished judges from industry and academia
  • to recognize and reward outstanding student research

Preparing your Student Research Competition Submission

A submission to the Student Research Competition should describe recently completed or ongoing student research in any of the topic areas covered by CHI. Even if the research was completed under the supervision of a supervisor, the submission must be authored by the graduate student alone (no co-authors – even other graduate students – are allowed). For undergraduate students, a group of undergraduate students who worked together on a project can submit the research with all their names on it, but all students must be undergraduates and the faculty advisor cannot be listed as an author. Submissions should be original work that is neither in submission elsewhere nor already published in CHI or another conference or journal. Papers should describe:

  • The research problem and motivation for the work
  • Background and related work
  • Novelty of the research
  • Research approach
  • Results
  • Contributions to the field of HCI

To submit:

  • Submit to the Student Research Competition category via the PCS Submission System.
  • The work (extended abstract and poster) should be submitted as PDF files no larger than 4 megabytes.
  • Your poster design should be reduced to one standard letter page in size and submitted in PDF format.
  • You must submit proof of student status by sending a note signed by your academic supervisor verifying all of the following information:
    • Your university
    • Whether you were a graduate or undergraduate when the work was done
    • Proof confirming that you are currently registered in an academic program full-time: Participants must be students pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission.

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Participants must be students pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission. The contest has two categories, one for undergraduate research and the other for graduate research. Three winners will be selected in each category. Research completed while the student was an undergraduate may be submitted to the undergraduate category even if the student is now a first-year graduate student. Each graduate-level competition entry must be authored by one student only – neither supervisors or other students are allowed as co-authors.


Deadline: January 07, 2019

Program Starts: April 04, 2019

Program Ends: April 09, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

Student Research Competition Highlights

  • Posters will be included in the ACM Digital Library along with the extended abstract.
  • We will be asking our reviewers to pay particular attention to the quality of the poster, including appropriate level of detail and quality of graphic design.
  • We strongly encourage participation from undergraduate students – you are judged in a separate category from graduate students, so please submit your work!

For work accepted to the CHI 2019 Student Research Competition, a travel grant of up to US $500 will be awarded to help cover travel expenses to the conference. While the student must be an ACM member to qualify for travel funding and awards, she/he does not need to be one to submit to the competition. The top three winners at CHI 2019 in each category (undergraduate and graduate) will receive prizes of US $500, US $300, and US $200, respectively. All winners will receive a medal and two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM’s Digital Library. Winners will be recognized during the closing plenary session of the CHI 2019 conference. The first-place winners will also go on to compete in the ACM grand finals with winners from other ACM conferences.

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