Submission Types

This section provides an overview of the various submissions we are accepting for 2010. There is a broad range that provides something for everyone, but if you have any suggestions for future formats or specialist topics we should consider please let us know.

Note: Submissions for all formats except Posters and Idea Markets are closed for UPA 2010. We are still accepting Poster and Idea Markets submissions until 22nd Jan 2010.

Here you can also download the templates that need to be used to submit your proposals. The templates also include more information about the submission type.

Note: You can submit proposals for Experienced Practitioner (Advanced) and Usability Fundamentals (Beginner) for any of the formats below except for Idea Markets. For more info, please feel free to contact the committees for these 2 tracks:

Experienced Practitioner:
Usability Fundamentals:

If you have any specific questions you can find contact details for the committees who manage these submission types below or on the contact page.




Tutorials (Closed)

Tutorials are formally prepared sessions at which instructors teach conference participants specific usability or design skills. Session sizes range from 10 to 100 participants. One-third to one-half of each session must involve audience participation. For 2010, we invite new submissions, submissions from previous years and encourage a variety of state-of-the-art topics.

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Single Day or Evening session

Workshops (Closed)

UPA workshops provide an active arena for advancements in the field of usability and design. Workshops provide the opportunity for experienced practitioners to develop new ideas about a topic of common interest and experience.

Position Paper

A position paper is required for all full day workshop submissions.

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Single Day

30 Minute Presentations (Closed)

High energy, fast paced presentations, giving presenters an opportunity to focus on sharing their research, methods, or experiences. Content of these presentations must be easily presented in 30-minutes. While these sessions will require less interaction with the audience, we expect a livelier, more dynamic presentation style.

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30 minutes

40 & 90 Minute Presentations (Closed)

Presentation sessions focus on a practitioner's ideas and experience with usability methods, skills, philosophy, design, business case studies, or other relevant topics.

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40 & 90

Panels (Closed)

Panels cover the same areas of interest as presentations and consist of 3-5 experts in the topic of the panel conversation.

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90 minutes

Peer Reviewed Papers (Closed)

Peer-reviewed papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings. In addition to appearing in the conference proceedings we may select some papers to be presented as posters or 30 minute presentations at the conference. Both the full paper and the presentation outline must reflect the priorities of the UPA conference, which emphasize practicality, hands-on experience, and interactive presentation.

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Paper: 4-6 pages
Presentations: 30 minutes

Posters - OPEN Until 22nd Jan 2010

Posters are a way to present research results, new ideas or concepts in an informal, visual and interactive manner.

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84cm x 119cm or 33"x47"

Idea Markets - OPEN Until 22nd Jan 2010

The Idea Market is a highly interactive and casual set of discussions about "burning questions" in usability and user-centered design, led by an "activator". Each activator chooses a topic, posts the questions or issues to explore about the topic, and records the ideas that come up during the discussion.

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90 minute session