Call for Papers

KEY DATES

Workshop & tutorial/masterclass proposal deadline: 17th January 2020
Notification and feedback: 31st January 2020

Paper submission deadline: 2nd March 2020
Notification and feedback: 24th April 2020
Camera-ready versions due: 8th May 2020

Early bird registration deadline: 22nd May 2020

About BCS HCI

The International BCS Human-Computer Interaction Conference is a vibrant and established multidisciplinary HCI conference in its 33rd year. The July 2020 conference will be hosted by Keele University – a beautiful rural campus university with woods and lakes surrounding the Keele Hall manor house. Centrally located in the UK, near Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, Keele lies between Birmingham and Manchester.

The conference theme for 2020 is “Future Interaction” highlighting future interactive challenges and opportunities for future sustainability, future education and future health.

We hope you can join us for full schedule of presentations, keynotes, posters, interaction gallery, hackathon, industry day, workshops and a Keele Hall conference dinner and BBQ!

Proposals and paper submissions

Interacting with computers conference proceedingsAll accepted full papers and short papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
Please see the submission guidance and eWiC templates and the submission categories outlined below. (You can also see the original text version summary of the Call for Papers and a PDF flyer.)

Proposals for workshops and tutorials/masterclasses (Deadline January 17th 2020).
Short and Full papers are invited as outlined below for oral presentations, posters, doctoral symposium and interaction gallery exhibits.
Details of workshops will be available after January 2020.
Extended versions of best submissions (including all submission categories, e.g., posters) will be invited for publication in a special issue of the Interacting with Computers Journal.

Proposals for Workshops and Industry Day Presentations

  • Proposals for a Workshop or Tutorial/Masterclass
    If you would like to propose a workshop or a tutorial/masterclass session then please email bcshci2020@gmail.com with your proposed title and a short 200-300 word outline. Workshops or tutorial/masterclasses can be full-day or part-day presentation or activity events. They are anticipated to run in parallel with Industry Day Track presentations on Tuesday 7th July. Proposals should identify a focused, complementary, HCI theme or activity. For example, past events have included workshops on “Digital Technology for Older People”, “Qualitative Data Research in HCI” and “Affective Computing in HCI” and a masterclass on “Chatbot Design and Development”. Proposals from any HCI theme are very welcome. Proposals deadline is January 17th 2020.
  • Proposals for Industry Day Presentations
    Industry day presentations from practitioners across enterprise and industry will take place on Tuesday 7th July 2020. If you would like to propose an industry day presentation or an industry-themed workshop, please email bcshci2020@gmail.com with your proposed title and a short 200-300 word outline. Proposals deadline is 2nd March 2020 but early submissions are recommended.


Paper Submissions

When you access EasyChair you will have the option to submit to one of the following. Please select carefully from full papers, short papers, doctoral symposium papers and abstracts, as below.

Full Papers:

Full papers provide an account of original work that will feature as an oral presentation at the conference. The maximum length of full papers, including references, is 10 pages. (We are happy to accept shorter papers, e.g. 6-8 pages.)

  • Full paper – Oral Presentation
    This full paper submission will involve an oral presentation during the conference track sessions from 8th to 10th July 2020.
  • Full paper – Workshop
    A full paper submission for a workshop. (Workshop details and paper guidance will be available after January 2020).


Short Papers:

Short papers may support one of several conference contributions including an industry day presentation, a workshop activity or component, an interaction gallery exhibit, a poster or a short oral presentation. These papers make a focused contribution, provide an opinion or reflection or summarise work-in-progress.
Short papers are 2 to 5 pages including references.

  • Short Paper –  Interaction Gallery Exhibit
    This short paper submission will involve an interactive exhibit at the conference between 8th and 10th July 2020. These short papers will provide a brief description of the exhibit e.g., a prototype, an interactive technology, a user interface or interaction experience that the author/s aim to demonstrate.
  • Short Paper – Poster
    This short paper submission will involve the display of an A1-size poster at the conference poster event and the submission of a short paper.
  • Short Paper – Industry Day Oral Presentation
    This short paper submission will involve a short presentation on Industry Day: 7th July 2020.
  • Short Paper – Short Oral Presentation
    This short paper submission will involve a short presentation during the conference track sessions from 8th to 10th July 2020. (The display of a poster at the conference poster event is an optional addition.)
  • Short Paper – Workshop
    A short paper submission for a workshop. (Workshop details and paper guidance will be available after January 2020).
  • Short Paper – Tutorial or Masterclass
    A short paper submission for a tutorial or masterclass. (Tutorial and masterclass details and paper guidance will be available after January 2020).


Doctoral Symposium Papers:

  • The Doctoral Symposium will take place on Monday 6th July 2020. It is intended as a place for PhD students to share their work and their experiences amongst a supportive group of their peers and small panel of HCI experts. Please submit a 2-5 page proposal (using the paper template). It should include the following:
    • Your topic and your motivations for pursuing your research
    • Your current stage in your PhD programme
    • Why you believe that attendance at the Doctoral Syposium will benefit you
    • How you feel you could contribute to the other participants
    Selection will be based on creating a diverse group of participants at different stages of their work, who can learn from each other and the expert panel. Do not feel you have to oversell your work: be honest about successes, problems and experiences.
    Participants will be invited to display a poster at the conference poster event (8th-10th July).

  • Abstracts:

    • Abstract – Industry Day Oral Presentation
      This abstract submission will involve a short presentation on Industry Day: 7th July 2020. This submission option is for authors who do not wish to submit a paper to accompany an Industry Day presentation (Note: A short paper can be submitted for an Industry Day Presentation – see ‘Short Paper – Industry Day Oral Presentation’).

Submission Topics

The 2020 conference theme is “Future Interaction” – highlighting future interactive challenges and opportunities for future sustainability, future education and future health. The conference accepts submissions related to, but not necessarily limited to, the following topics:

User Experience, Usability Testing and Interaction Design

Mobile, ubiquitous and pervasive computing
User-centred design tools and methods
Affective computing, digital empathy, empathic design and emotional HCI
Human-data interaction and interactive machine learning
Interaction and design for accessibility
Visual analytics, information presentation and visualisation
Ethnographic studies in human computer interaction


Education and Health

eHealth, digital healthcare studies and usability of medical devices
Assistive technology
Interaction in education
Usability and design of eLearning, educational tools and platforms
Child-computer interaction studies


Smart Energy, Smart Transport and the Internet of Things

Sustainability and smart energy
Interacting with self-driving vehicles and smart transport systems
Interactive Internet of Things


Interaction Technologies and Applications

Virtual and augmented reality
Interfaces for sound, audio and music
Eye tracking and psycho-physiological studies
Computer-supported cooperative work
Human-robot interaction
Wearable technologies
Interface and interaction design for games/gaming


Security, Trust, Ethics and AI

Cybersecurity and usable security
Applications and issues in interacting with AI interaction
Design for inclusivity
Technology adoption, trust, user engagement and retention
Ethical issues in computing and interactive technologies
Cyberpsychology and web science
Human/use error and reliability of interactive systems


Natural, Social and Personalised Interaction

Natural user interfaces such as gesture controlled interfaces
Humanization of interactive technology
Cognitive science in human-computer interaction
Intelligent, adaptive and personalised user interfaces
Creative interaction and collaborative creativity
Conversational and natural language user interfaces and chatbots
Social interaction and online social media