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Hybrid International CHItaly2021 / 11–13 July 2021 / Bolzano, Italy

================================================ 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

================================================ THEME

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 citizens. Join CHItaly either virtually or physically to expand the frontiers of HCI. CHItaly 2021 gathers several tracks, described as follows.

================================================ CHITALY 2021 TRACKS

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). See 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 contribution.


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 community.


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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