Submission Types

We welcome proposals for conference sessions about user research, design, usability evaluation and testing, and other topics related to user experience.  We are looking for a wide range of submissions from posters to hour-long interactive talks to full day tutorials.  If you are doing interesting work or using new methods that you would like to talk about then we are waiting to hear from you. Even if you just have an idea you want to introduce to the UPA community - we have something for everyone.

This section provides an overview of the various submissions we accepted for 2012. 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.

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.

Education programs for Advanced Practitioners and 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 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 2012, 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


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 workshop participants.

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3 Hours

IGNITE Presentations

Ignite! proposals should include topic that provides a central theme for the session. If accepted, the facilitator then recruits 5-7 speakers to give rapid 5-minute talks on the topic.

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60 minutes

60 Minute Presentations

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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60 minutes


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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60 minutes

Peer Reviewed Papers

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 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: 60 minutes


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

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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60 minute session