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Call for Proposal Submissions and Reviewers for the User Experience and Usability Program at CHI 2009

Susan Dray, Arnie Lund, Chauncey Wilson & Elizabeth Buie

Susan Dray is a consultant working at Dray & Associates, Inc., in Minneapolis, MN.

Arnie Lund is director of user experience and IT UX community lead at Microsoft, in Sammamish, WA. He serves on Microsoft's User Experience Leadership Team.

Chauncey Wilson is a senior user researcher at Autodesk, Inc., in Waltham, MA.

Elizabeth Buie, a practitioner of interaction design and usability for over 25 years, is an independent consultant and owner of Luminanze Consulting, LLC.

The CHI 2009 User Experience and Usability (UXU) Committee would like to encourage practitioners to submit proposals, review proposals, and attend the next CHI conference. The conference will be held April 5 - 9, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts (USA).

Although the CHI conference has always had a strong contingent of practitioners among its attendees, the criteria for acceptance of papers have tended to be similar to those of a journal, which has given the conference a reputation for being more academic than practical. This year, we are explicitly seeking to address the expressed concerns of practitioners that they want a stronger voice within the CHI community. After all, it is only by participating and collaborating with our friends and colleagues in the academic and research domains that we can move the profession ahead.

Therefore, it is our goal as the User Experience and Usability co-chairs to increase the quality and quantity of UX and usability practitioner and researcher submissions, with the intent of benefiting both the practitioner and the research communities. We will strive to collect contributions in the fields of usability and user experience design that introduce innovative practices and research findings that can improve design practice. Getting colleagues to submit great proposals is only half of the process; we also need passionate and knowledgeable reviewers. To help us ensure high-quality content for the conference, sign up as a reviewer at: https://precisionconference.com/~sigchi/cgi-bin/FormWizard?/templates/preLogin.tmpl

The CHI 2009 Call for Papers can be found at http://www.chi2009.org/Authors/. CHI 2009 provides a variety of formats for communicating your usability and user experience work, including:

Our committee would like to invite user experience and usability practitioners to submit and review proposals for CHI2009 and help us make this a strong practitioner presence. If you have ideas for one of the presentation formats on which you would like some quick feedback, or if you have a great idea for an invited speaker, you can contact us at userexperience@chi2009.org

We hope to see you at CHI 2009.


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