Participation in the ACM CHI Community of Researchers

Posted on: July 31, 2014

By Jina Huh

Over the past few years, faculty and students in the Department of Media and Information have increasingly participated in human-computer interaction (HCI), computer supported collaborative work (CSCW), and social computing research. ACM, the world’s largest and most prestigious scientific and educational computing society, offers a number of conferences in the areas of HCI, CSCW, and social computing research.

For many computing fields such as HCI, conference proceedings are considered as archival publications. The review process is more robust than that of many journal venues. For instance, at ACM CHI (full name: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems), the premier conference in HCI, one paper will have at least four full length reviews (each one page or more), where one is a meta-review written by the associate chairs. After the reviews have been received, authors can write a rebuttal. All reviewers will re-examine authors’ rebuttals, add post-rebuttal reviews and potentially adjust their review scores. The program committee then calculates a cut off score for automatic rejects, based on the weighted review scores considering the expertise of each reviewer. All papers above the cut off score will be discussed at the program committee meeting. If there are papers that have fluctuating review scores, the associate chair responsible for the paper will add the paper to the "papers to discuss" pile. Over the two full day period, all program committee members physically gather together, separated by subcommittees to discuss each paper and decide which papers to accept. More reviews by other associate chairs will be added if the reviewers and the associate chair cannot come to agreement, resulting in receiving five to six reviews total for some papers.

The most recent ACM CHI was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from April 26 to Mary 1, 2014. MSU faculty and students not only participated as authors and presenters of papers, they served as program committee members, reviewers, and student volunteers. The following papers by faculty and students from the Department of Media and Information and the School of Journalism were presented:

  • Jacob Solomon - "Customization Bias in Decision Support Systems"
  • Jina Huh, Wanda Pratt – "Weaving Clinical Expertise in Online Health Communities"
  • Kami E. Vaniea, Emilee Rader, Rick Wash – "Betrayed By Updates: How Negative Experiences Affect Future Security"
  • Taiwoo Park, U. Lee, I. S. MacKenzie, M. Moon, I. Hwang, J. Song – "Human Factors of Speed-based Exergame Controllers" (Best of CHI Honorable Mention Award: Top 5%)

Furthermore, Rick Wash served as a panelist for "Crowdfunding: An Emerging Field of Research." Emilee Rader and Jina Huh served as associate chairs. In the past, Susan Wyche has served as an associate chair.

Altogether CHI 2014 had 115 sessions of Papers, Notes, and TOCHI presentations, 12 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), 3 sessions of Case Studies, 6 sessions of alt.chi presentations, 31 Courses, and 8 Panels. Under exhibitions, 15 students gathered for Doctoral Consortium, 241 Works-in-Progress (posters), 64 Interactivity, and 24 Research Demos. 8 student groups competed for student game competition, 12 competed for design, and 15 competed for research. Over the weekend, 31 workshops and the Doctoral Consortium were held. These venues address multiple research topics and approaches that make up the diversity of the CHI research community. Among these, Papers and Notes are considered as archival, full publications. Research presented as papers or notes at CHI cannot be republished elsewhere. 21 submissions (1%) received a best paper and 84 submissions (top 5% of all submissions) received an Honorable Mention award.

At CHI 2014, 1,433 full Papers and 610 Notes (2043 in total) were submitted of which 382 Papers and 83 Notes (465 in total) were accepted (a 22.7% acceptance rate). For full papers only, the acceptance rate was 27%. In the past, the acceptance rate of full papers ranged from 16% to 45% (once in 1982, the first CHI program), resulting in the overall acceptance rate of 23%. Notes are shorter in length (4 pages instead of 10 pages for full papers) and are expected to be equally strong contributions albeit smaller in scope. Therefore, notes tend to have much lower acceptance rate than full length papers, since it is hard to make good contribution within 4 pages.


Figure 1. Acceptance rate at CHI over the years. Source:

CHI 2015 will be held in Seoul, Korea from April 18-23, 2015. The deadline for papers and notes is September 22, 2014. Please check the proceedings for CHI available in the ACM digital library ( if interested in submitting papers at CHI.

Related venues in HCI, CSCW, and Social Computing include ACM CSCW and Social Computing and ACM Group in which many of our faculty and students are actively participating as program committee members, authors and reviewers. ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction and Human-Computer Interaction are considered top tier journal venues in the CHI community.

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