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CHItaly 2021 - Frontiers of HCI
The Hybrid International Biannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter

1113 July 2021
Location: from Bozen-Bolzano through the Internet to the World
In cooperation with SIGCHI Italy and ACM-SIGCHI

The theme for the 14th Edition of the Biannual Conference
( of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter
( was defined in summer 2019 as
Frontiers of HCI. At that time, we were thinking about disciplinary and
national boundaries. Little did we know of the many frontiers this hybrid
conference would have to overcome to create a safe space for HCI related
discussions. To overcome this challenge, CHItaly combines physical and digital
events while providing synchronous and asynchronous spaces for dialogue.
So far, CHItaly has physically hosted HCI scholars working in the
Mediterranean and other European countries. The aim of CHItaly 2021 is to
connect research and geographical areas, so as to explore frontiers and
cross-fertilise HCI research in practice. From this perspective, a hybrid
conference can become an incredible experimentation space which you are all
invited to shape.
To reach its aims, the conference
1. solicits contributions from diverse research communities relevant to
HCI, such as Science and Technology Studies, Technology Enhanced Learning,
Interaction Design and Digital Fabrication, Design and the Arts, besides
traditional fields such as Computer Science, Engineering and Psychology.
2. opens its physical and digital doors to industry, civic societies and
Join CHItaly either virtually or physically to expand the frontiers of HCI.
CHItaly 2021 gathers several tracks, described as follows.


** Workshops **
A set of workshops will open the conference providing a physical and digital
forum for discussion on new and emerging HCI topics. We are collecting
proposals for half a day events to be held in the morning of July 12th.

Proposals should be submitted in PDF form (no specific template is required)
at this address:


Main deadlines for workshop **proposals**:
- Submission deadline: February 1, 2021
- Review notification: February 15, 2021

Main deadlines for workshop **contributions**:
- Submission deadline: April 23, 2021
- Review notification: May 14, 2021

** Long and Short Papers **
The research track of the conference will be hybrid, blending digital and
physical frontiers. It welcomes contributions in the form of either long or
short research papers.
Long papers present original and substantially new research in HCI. Research
procedures and technical aspects are presented in sufficient detail so as to
ensure scrutiny and reproducibility; results are communicated according to
scholarly standards, and implications of the contributions/findings for HCI
have to be explicitly discussed. Short papers present original and provocative
research or novel applications in HCI. Merit will be assessed in terms of
originality and importance for HCI rather than maturity, extensive technical
validation, or research studies.
All paper manuscripts undergo a selective review process. Accepted papers are
invited for inclusion in the electronic ACM International Conference
Proceedings Series (ICPS), published in the ACM Digital Library. Therefore,
authors of the accepted papers are invited to submit a camera-ready version in
a suitable ACM format for proceedings before the conference. Authors of
top-quality papers are invited, through an open call, to submit extended
versions to special issues in international highly ranked journals.
Topics of interest are, among others, traditional topics in HCI (e.g., HCI
theories, concepts and methods; Interaction technologies and tools;
Collaborative and social computing and HCI) and frontier topics for the
advancement of HCI (e.g., Technology enhanced learning and HCI; Values and
ethics in HCI; Smart things, smart ambients or smart cities and HCI; Physical
computing, making or digital fabrication and HCI; AI theories, technologies or
tools and HCI; Recommendation, personalisation or adaptation and HCI).


Main deadlines:
- Submission deadline: February 28th, 2021
- Review notification: April 16th, 2021

** Interactive experiences **
A venue for exploring, representing, and challenging the frontiers of HCI
through co-located and distributed interactive experiences. The track welcomes
prototypes and installations that demonstrate and question how digital
technologies mediate personal, collaborative, and societal interactions in
space and time.

Submissions could be playful public interactive installations, artistic
experiments, critical design artefacts, tangible interactive visualizations,
and more. We especially encourage contributions that strive to engage
conference attendees (both physically and online), citizens, and other
audiences to speculate on futures of human-computer interaction.

The track offers an optional academic submission format which gives the
authors the possibility to elaborate on the theoretical background of the


Main deadlines:
- Submission deadline: March 19, 2021
- Review notification: April 9, 2021

** Doctoral Consortium **

The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide a setting in which PhD
students can present and receive feedback on their work. Students at different
stages of their research will be able to articulate and discuss their problem
statement, goals, methods, and results. The Doctoral Consortium also aims to
provide students with useful guidance on various aspects of their research
from established researchers and the other student attendees. Finally, the
Doctoral Consortium seeks to motivate students in the development of their
scientific curiosity and facilitate their networking within the HCI research


Main deadlines:
- Submission deadline: April 23, 2021
- Review notification: May 14, 2021

** Industry Event **

The industry event at CHItaly 2021 welcomes companies active in the broad
field of HCI eager to share ideas with HCI researchers, professionals, and
stakeholders of the public administration. It is an event dedicated to
companies and spin-offs, and it seeks to promote collaborations among them and
the innovation players in HCI.

If you are interested in participating in the industry event, we would love to
hear from you: feel free to get in touch with us.

Main contact: Dr. Floriano Zini, Smart Data Factory, Faculty of Computer
Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (


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