32nd Australian Conference on
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

We invite original contributions on all topics related to human-computer interaction (HCI), interaction design and the design of interactive technologies. We welcome submissions from design, engineering, social science, creative industries and other related disciplines. In acknowledgement of the effect that Covid-19 had on everyone’s ability to conduct research, we have pushed back the Paper deadline. We now invite Paper, as well as Late-Breaking Work, submissions to be submitted by 21 August 2020. Submissions to both categories will be peer-reviewed and published in the conference proceedings.


Papers should present original research and mature work in the fields of HCI and interaction design. These papers may describe investigations of user needs or contexts of use, lab-based evaluations or field deployments of prototypes, or other design-led or empirical investigations examining the relationship between people and technology. Given the impact of Covid-19 on conducting research studies, authors are encouraged to also consider submitting theory-based contributions that make a clear contribution to the field.

We no longer have the category of “Short Papers”, but we are now accepting submissions to the Papers track that are any length between 8 and 16 pages in the new, single-column ACM Master Article Template. The length of the paper should correspond to the contribution it makes. Authors are encouraged to consider submitting their work either to the Papers track or to the Late-Breaking Work track, depending on the maturity of the work.

At the OzCHI 2020 virtual conference, papers will be delivered as online presentations. We are planning for accepted submissions to be published in the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series available from the ACM Digital Library.

Late-Breaking Work

Late-Breaking Work (LBW) submissions present ideas that are emerging and would benefit from discussion with members of the HCI community. These submissions may include initial findings from new research, experiences of reflective practitioners, and first drafts of novel concepts and approaches. Due to the reduced number of submission categories this year, we also invite case studies about the design of interactive technologies to the LBW track. Case studies may be based on academic or industry projects, and should describe recent, topical work to fit the “late-breaking” theme of this track. For example, this may include projects describing the application of HCI or interaction design principles for addressing pandemic-related challenges.

LBW submissions may be up to 6 pages in the single-column ACM format.

At the OzCHI 2020 virtual conference LBW will be communicated through online posters. We are planning for accepted submissions to be published in the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series available from the ACM Digital Library.

Important dates

  • 7 August 2020 14 August 2020: Abstract submission for Papers and Late-Breaking Work
  • 14 August 2020 21 August 2020: Papers
  • 14 August 2020 21 August 2020: Late-Breaking Work
  • 9 October 2020: Notifications
  • 23 October 2020: Camera Ready

Abstract Submission

This year OzCHI has two submission deadlines for papers. The first deadline, 7 August, requires you to submit an abstract of less than 150 words, and meta-data for your paper (title, abstract and list of authors). We will use this information to help plan the specifics of the review process. The second deadline, 14 August, is for the final version of your paper. It is not possible to edit the metadata after the abstract submission deadline. Authors will only be able to edit the submission files.

Submission details

Selection process

Papers and LBW will undergo a double-blind review by an international panel and evaluated on the basis of their significance, originality and clarity of writing. This review will be based on the full text of the submission.

Papers should:

  • have clear significance in terms of contribution to HCI;
  • offer a high level of technical quality in terms of related work, data, methods and analysis;
  • and demonstrate clarity of writing at a level ready for publication in the ACM digital library.

LBW submissions should:

  • address a question of significance to the OzCHI community and stimulate interesting, novel conversations around the issue;
  • demonstrate sufficient technical quality in the framing of the problem, related work or methods;
  • and demonstrate clarity of writing at a level ready for publication in the ACM digital library.

Advice for new reviewers

Given the large number of submissions we have received this year and the impact of COVID-19 on everyone’s time and ability to volunteer for activities like reviewing papers, we are calling on all authors of submitted papers and LBWs to participate in the reviewing process.

We expect at least one author from each submission to sign up as a reviewer. We would be grateful if authors could volunteer to review up to 3 or 4 papers to ensure that each paper receives at least 3 reviews.

If you are new to reviewing for an academic conference, we suggest that you discuss this with your supervisor and/or to seek advice from experienced colleagues. There are also great resources on how to write a good review available online, e.g. Ken Hickley’s advice on excellence in reviews [PDF] and the RICELab’s guide to writing reviews for HCI research.

Keep in mind that your role as a reviewer is to help the authors to bring their paper to the next level. When you write your review, imagine the kind of review you’d like to receive if it was your paper. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Paper and LBW chairs.

Reviews have to be completed by 28 September.


Awards are presented to the highest quality papers and reviews.

  • Gitte Lindgaard Award (Best Paper)
  • Steve Howard Award (Best Student Paper)
  • Best Reviewer Award (for the top 3 reviewers, based on quality and quantity of reviews)


At least one author of each accepted paper must register with OzCHI and present the paper at the virtual conference. We are aiming to keep costs for authors as low as possible this year. Updates on registration and online presentation format will be published on the OzCHI website.


Paper Chairs
Naseem Ahmadpour (The University of Sydney)
Tuck Leong (University of Technology, Sydney) 
Bernd Ploderer (Queensland University of Technology) 

Late-Breaking Work Chairs
Callum Parker (The University of Sydney)
Sarah Webber (The University of Melbourne)