Submissions

Conference Topics

Modern technologies are changing the way children play, learn, and live. New technologies have the potential to enhance communication, collaboration, creativity, and reflective thinking among children. As in prior conferences, IDC 2012 continues the IDC tradition aiming

to understand children's needs and how to design for them, by presenting and discussing the most innovative research in the field of interaction design for children, by exhibiting the most recent developments in design and design methodologies, and by gathering the leading minds in the field of interaction design for children.

As special themes, IDC 2012 would like to discuss children's needs under the perspectives of "pedagogical aspects in theory and practise" as well as "children from diverse cultural backgrounds".

The design of digital and physical tools for children can benefit greatly from considering insights and knowledge based on educational theories. These theories can also inform the choices that have to be made regarding the learning settings and environments for the application of digital technologies.

Further, when designing digital media for and with children, the diversity of children should always be kept in mind. The encounter of children of different cultural backgrounds as a consequence of migration is a source of chances but also problems. New technologies can be used for addressing potential problems and creating new opportunities related to cultural diversity. This also includes the specific requirements of young people in developing countries.

We would like to invite researchers to reflect upon methods, concepts, new technology, evaluation, and theoretical or practical issues concerning technology and children. We further ask authors to explicitly reflect on the purpose and the underlying values of their work.

Since in previous years only relatively few contributions have focused on young people between the age of 13 and 19, we would also like to encourage submissions regarding this target group.

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Submissions

Submissions of workshops, full papers, short papers, and demos, are invited on all topics from the domain of interaction design for children, including, but not limited to:

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Important Dates

Workshop proposals

submission deadline: January 9, 2012
acceptance notification: January 30, 2012
workshop website online: February 13, 2012
submission deadline for workshop position papers: March 15, 2012
workshop position papers acceptance notification: March 26, 2012
final version deadline: April 16, 2012

Full papers (extended!)

submission deadline: January 16 January 23, 2012
acceptance notification: February 20 February 27, 2012
final version deadline: March 26, 2012

Short papers (extended!)

submission deadline: March 5 March 12, 2012
acceptance notification: April 2 April 9 April 10, 2012
final version deadline: April 16 April 23, 2012

Demos (extended!)

submission deadline: March 5 March 12, 2012
acceptance notification:April 2 April 9 April 10, 2012
final version deadline: April 16 April 23, 2012

Doctoral Consortium

submission deadline: March 5, 2012
acceptance notification: April 2, 2012

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Submission Format

General information

The IDC 2012 review process will continue with blind reviewing. Papers should be anonymized so that the identity of the authors is not immediately obvious. Thus, authors are expected to remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas of the paper. Further suppression of identity in the body of the paper is left to the authors' discretion.

The written and spoken language is English. Spelling and punctuation may consistently use any dialect of English (e.g., British, Canadian or US). Hyphenation is optional. Please write for an international audience:

It is important that you write for the SIGCHI audience. Please read previous years' Proceedings to understand the writing style and conventions that successful authors have used. It is particularly important that you state clearly what you have done, not merely what you plan to do, and explain how your work is different from previously published work, i.e., what is the unique contribution that your work makes to the field? Please consider what the reader will learn from your submission, and how they will find your work useful. If you write with these questions in mind, your work is more likely to be successful, both in being accepted into the Conference, and in influencing the work of our field.

Papers should be formatted according the ACM guidelines.

Full papers

Full papers may address any of the areas identified in the conference topics. Full papers must report original work that has not been previously published. The contribution should be made clear in the paper and in its abstract. Papers making one clear, significant contribution are more likely to be accepted than papers making several lesser contributions. The paper must identify and cite published work relevant to the paper topic. It should explain how the presented work has built on previous contributions, and should indicate where and why novel approaches have been adopted. Papers should stress their contribution to concepts and theories in the field of interaction design and children. Papers addressing novel techniques and technologies should clearly identify the relevance and importance to IDC.

We encourage submissions of full papers, which we would expect to be in the neighborhood of eight (8) pages long. Note that the absolute maximum page length for a long paper is ten (10) pages (due to restrictions on publishing).

Your complete paper must be submitted as a PDF (only) no later than January 16 2012, 5:00 PM (1700) GMT at the EasyChair Submission web site. The submission site will open in December 2011. Submissions arriving after the deadline or with improper formatting or anonymization will not be considered.

Short papers

Short papers may address any of the areas identified in the conference topics. They will be presented at the conference as Posters as well as in a short presentation (more details soon) . The posters will be displayed for the whole duration of the conference in order to provide attendees with the maximum time to read them. However, a special session will be held for the attendees to interact with the authors (please look at Program and Schedule).

Short papers must report original work that has not been previously published. Authors are encouraged to demonstrate work in progress and late-breaking research results that show the latest innovative ideas. We invite presentation of ongoing work and preliminary results, by experienced academics as well as young researchers and designers.

The contribution should be made clear in the paper and in its abstract. Papers making one clear, significant contribution are more likely to be accepted than papers making several lesser contributions. The paper must identify and cite published work relevant to the paper topic. It should explain how the presented work has built on previous contributions, and should indicate where and why novel approaches have been adopted. Papers should stress their contribution to concepts and theories in the field of interaction design and children. Papers addressing novel techniques and technologies should clearly identify the relevance and importance to IDC.

Short papers may be up to four (4) pages long. Your complete paper must be submitted as a PDF (only) no later than March 5 2012, 5:00 PM (1700) GMT at the EasyChair Submission web site. Submissions arriving after the deadline or with improper formatting or anonymization will not be considered.

Workshops

Interaction Design and Children (IDC) 2012 Workshop Organizers Call for Participation

Workshops are an opportunity for focused discussion, resource exchange, and forging potential collaborations around specific interest topics within the IDC community. Outcomes of a workshop could include a report or poster that helps crystalize the key constructs and approaches in the particular research area, a repository of online resources for the community, a set of agenda points or research questions to drive future investigations in the area, or even a proposal for creating an edited book or special issue of a journal around the topic of interest. A workshop may be half-day or full day in length, and typically have 15 to 20 participants. Persons interested in participating to an accepted workshop can submit a position paper to the organizers of that workshop, but workshop participation will be open to any IDC 2012 participant, upon place availability. Please notice that attendants must register for both the workshop and the IDC conference itself.

Potential organizers are invited to submit a workshop proposal packet consisting of the following components:
  1. Coversheet with workshop title, names & contact information for organizers, proposed workshop length
  2. A proposal (not to exceed 3000 words) in CHI extended abstracts format, describing the scope of the workshop, who is expected to participate, main topics covered, and expected workshop outcomes
  3. Brief abstract to appear in the program
  4. Short CV or bio for each of the organizers
  5. 300-word call for participation that you will use to publicize your workshop
  6. Long call participation (similar to this one) which will contain any further information that may help to promote the workshop

Proposals will not undergo a full peer review, however an expert jury will consider each submission based on the workshop topic's potential for generating community interest and useful results, and based on the strength of the proposal in demonstrating that the organizers' potential for organizing a successful workshop. The chairs reserve the right to suggest potential changes to the proposal (e.g., changing the workshop length) or to cancel a workshop due to insufficient participation.

If accepted, the workshop organizers will be responsible for the following:

Please notice that the following rules hold for all accepted workshops:

Organizers

Please feel free to contact the organizers with questions.

Demos

Demos may address any of the areas identified in the conference topics.

Authors are encouraged to submit demos that have either not been previously published, that have not been shown at previous editions of IDC, or that present a clear leap forward from previous versions. Authors are also encouraged to demonstrate work in progress and late-breaking research results that show the latest innovative ideas. We invite presentation of ongoing work and preliminary results, by experienced academics as well as young researchers and designers.

The contribution should be made clear in the paper and in its abstract. Papers making one clear, significant contribution are more likely to be accepted than papers making several lesser contributions. The paper must identify and cite published work relevant to the paper topic. It should explain how the presented work has built on previous contributions, and should indicate where and why novel approaches have been adopted. Papers should stress their contribution to concepts and theories in the field of interaction design and children. Papers addressing novel techniques and technologies should clearly identify the relevance and importance to IDC.

Demo papers may be up to four (4) pages long. Your complete paper must be submitted as a PDF (only) no later than March 5 2012, 5:00 PM (1700) GMT at the EasyChair Submission web site. Submissions arriving after the deadline or with improper formatting or anonymization will not be considered.

Doctoral Consortium

The DC is a forum for PhD students to present their work, to receive feedback and guidance, to help them in completing their Phd research. It is a closed event where only PhD students can participate. Interested students should submit an extended research abstract describing:

Abstracts will be reviewed and selected on the basis of quality and regarding the benefit students may derive from participating on the DC. Preference will be given to:

Candidates should provide a 4 page abstract of their thesis which should be formatted according to the ACM guidelines.

This may be essentially the same content as a paper submission, with the addition of some information on: overall research question for the PhD, research approach, earlier studies done and future studies planned.

Your complete paper must be submitted as a PDF (only) no later than March 5 2012, 5:00 PM (1700) GMT at the EasyChair Submission web site. Candidates should also have a brief (one-page) recommendation letter from their main thesis advisor sent to the Doctoral Consortium chair , supporting the candidate's application.

Candidates shall be selected on the basis of interest, relevance to IDC and quality of the research presented and especially regarding the benefit that the DC can provide to them.

The format of the DC will consist of presentations and feedback from a panel of experts from the IDC community. Panels will also discuss examples of model PhD thesis and discuss practical advice. Participants to the DC will also be invited to present their research as a poster to the conference participants.

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