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We accept submissions in the following categories: Short papers, Demos, Industry Case Studies and Doctoral Consortium (as described below).

All submissions must be:
Long and Short papers accepted to OZCHI 2008 meet DEST (Department of Education, Science & Training) publication requirements:
  • Quality Forum - OZCHI is Australia's premier conference for research in all areas of human-computer interaction. OZCHI 2008 is the 20th annual conference attracting a range of national and international participants
  • Rigorous Review - Long and short papers are blind peer-reviewed, in their entirety, before publication, by qualified national and international experts. The papers are evaluated on the basis of their significance, originality and clarity of writing.
  • Publicly Accessible - Accepted papers will be publicly available via the ACM digital library.

The published proceedings will contain the accepted long, short and DC papers; and summaries of industry case studies, panels and demonstrations. At least one author of any accepted submission must register and attend the conference, for publication in the proceedings.

For further details please contact the appropriate conference chair (contact details for conference chairs are listed under the relevant submission category.


We invite contributions on all topics related to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) including practical, technical, empirical and theoretical aspects.

General-theme Conference Topics

Augmented Reality and Tangible UIs
Collaborative System UIs
Computer-Mediated Communication and Online Communities
Design Methods
End-User Programming and Adaptation
Ethnography and design-oriented fieldwork
Ethnomethodology in systems design
Evaluation Methods
HCI Education
Human Factors in Health Care Informatics
Human-centred software engineering
Hypermedia and Web Design and Usability
Intelligent User Interfaces and User Modelling
Location-aware Interaction
Service-oriented architectures (SOA)
Social computing Theoretical approaches to design
Ubiquitous and Context-Aware Computing
Universal Usability & Accessibility
Video methods in interaction design
Virtual Reality and 3D Interfaces
Visualization Techniques

Special-theme Conference Topics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the role of technology in supporting and enhancing our life-experiences and relationships within the environments we inhabit. This extends across work, domestic, and playful settings and the experienced and sensed life that, for example, enchants and provides vibrancy, communal trust, identity and a sense of self. OZCHI'08 will explore developing technology and interactions for rural and dispersed populations, supporting those working, living and travelling to remote regions and responding to issues of community, environmental and economic sustainability.

Cultural and Diversity Aspects of HCI
Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing beyond the City
Felt-life, Affective HCI, Emotion, Motivational aspects
Simple technologies in a complex world
Methods for design and evaluation across cultural boundaries

We invite long-length papers, up to 8 pages, on original and substantive new work in any area of HCI and particularly those related to the special and general theme topics. Long papers should describe work that makes a significant contribution to HCI and/or describe broad insights gained from practical applications of HCI.

Keydates for Long Papers:
Submission: CLOSED
Notification: NOTIFIED
Camera-ready papers due: 15th October 2008

Program committee Co-Chairs: Frank Vetere, Christine Satchell & Connor Graham

Short-length papers and industry case studies present ideas that could benefit from discussion with members of the HCI community. These papers may include work-in-progress, experiences of reflective practitioners, and first drafts of novel concepts and approaches. Papers in this catagory are a maximum of 4 pages in length. Short papers are subject to the same peer review process as long papers and will be included in the ACM Digital Library.

Keydates for Short Papers:
Submission date: CLOSED
Notification date: NOTIFIED
Camera-ready papers due: 15th October 2008

Short-Paper Co-Chairs: Carrie Lui & Ralf Muhlberger

Demonstration sessions offer interactive opportunities to showcase research prototypes, finished devices, processes, methods, services and industry applications. We invite demos of all approaches across the full range of HCI related topics, these may be related to submitted papers or completely independent of other submissions to the conference. We encourage you to make your demo visually, or otherwise, appealing and present it in an innovative way.

Demo submissions should be a maximum of 2 pages (including figures) indicating any infrastructure and equipment requirements.

Keydates for Demos:
Submission date: CLOSED
Notification date: NOTIFIED
Camera-ready papers due: 15th October 2008

Demonstration Co-Chairs: Carrie Lui & Ralf Muhlberger

Workshops and Tutorials are scheduled prior to the main conference program on the 8th and 9th December 2008. A workshop proposal should be aimed at a community with a common interest. A tutorial proposal should provide participants with clear outcomes. The workshop and tutorial program is not included in the main conference fee.

WORKSHOPS are a chance for members of a community with common interests to meet in the context of a focused and interactive discussion. If you are working in an emerging area in HCI, consider organizing a workshop as an opportunity to advance the field forward and build community. OZCHI workshops might address basic research, applied research, HCI practice, new methodologies, emerging application areas, design innovations, management and organizational issues, or HCI education.

Each workshop should generate ideas that give the HCI community a new, organized way of thinking about the topic, or ideas that suggest promising directions for future research. Some workshops result in edited books or special issues of journals; you may consider including this goal in the design of your workshop.

TUTORIALS are one day or half-day events designed to offer a small number of participants the opportunity to learn about specific HCI related concepts, methods and techniques. They are one of the best means of conveying introductory and advanced instruction on specific topics to an interested audience. Tutorials are a significant attraction to attendants and provide exposure in depth and breadth to HCI topics. We welcome both research and industry tutorial submissions. It is important that you specify the audience for your tutorial, as we will draw reviewers of your proposal from the expertise you indicate is relevant. Tutorial submissions should include a clear list of outcomes for participants.

Workshops: (3 page proposal)
Half day and full day sessions on topics that include methods, practices, and other areas of interest and that support active participation beyond presentation are welcome.

Keydates for Workshops:
Submission date: CLOSED
Notification date: NOTIFIED
Camera-ready papers due: 15th October 2008

Workshops take place 8th and 9th December 2008

Tutorials: (2 page proposal)
Half day and full day sessions for teaching conceptual frameworks, methods/techniques, and novel approaches.

Keydates for Tutorials:
Tutorial submission date: CLOSED
Tutorial notification date: NOTIFIED
Camera-ready papers due: 15th October 2008

Tutorials take place 8th and 9th December 2008

Workshop and tutorial Co-Chairs: Truna aka J Turner & Rod Farmer

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