Selecting a Subcommittee


CHI program made available for iOS and Android

A special mobile app helps you find local recommendations

Online proceedings of CHI 2017 are available

CHI print program is available for download

Video previews for Papers and Notes and Extended Abstracts are available

Curious about CHI Stories?

Three special policy-related events at CHI 2017, check it out

Language Support Service: learn more about CHI LanBridge project

Daily rental telepresence is available at CHI, check it out

CHI Bingo Android App is available on Google Play

CHI merchandise is here,

check it out

CHI Teaser is alive

CHI housing is open


CHI Stories are what come after “Really? I'd love to hear more about that.”



CHI 2017 anticipates more than 2,000 Papers and Notes submissions. The review process needs to handle this large number of submissions while also providing high-quality reviews, which requires that each submission be handled by an expert Associate Chair (AC) who can recruit expert reviewers. The organization of the CHI program committee into topical subcommittees helps achieve this.  See the description of the Papers and Notes review process for a detailed explanation of the responsibilities of the ACs and Subcommittee Chairs (SCs).


You will select a preference of two subcommittees to review your submission, a preferred subcommittee, and an alternate subcommittee. This page provides guidance on choosing the appropriate subcommittees for your submission.


Subcommittee selection process

When you submit a Paper or Note, you will designate two appropriate subcommittees for your submission, a preferred, and an alternate subcommittee. In the vast majority of cases, the subcommittee that will review your submission will be your preferred subcommittee. In cases where the Papers Chairs and/or Subcommittee Chairs recognize that your submission is not a good fit, or is borderline with respect to your preferred subcommittee, it may be transferred to another subcommittee.  If a submission is transferred to another subcommittee, this will happen in the first week of the process, before reviewers are assigned; i.e., transferring will not affect a submission's review process. In case a reassignment is necessary, selecting an alternate subcommittee gives you a voice as to where your submission will be reassigned.


Below, you will see a list of subcommittees and descriptions of the topics they are covering, the name of each SC, and the names of the ACs serving on each subcommittee. It is your responsibility to select the subcommittee that best matches the expertise needed to assess your research, and that you believe will most fully appreciate your contribution to the field of HCI.


CHI has traditionally supported diverse and interdisciplinary work and continues to expand into new topics not previously explored. We recognize that as a result, you may find more than two subcommittees which are plausible matches for your work. However, for a number of reasons it will be necessary for you to select no more than two target subcommittees, and you should strive to find the best matches based on what you think is the main contribution of your submission (examples of papers that are considered good matches are linked below for each subcommittee). You can also email the SCs for guidance if you are unsure (an email alias is provided below for each set of SCs). Also, see the Subcommittee FAQ at the end of this page to see if specific guidance is available for your submission's area.


Note that the scope of each subcommittee is not rigidly defined. Each has a broad mandate, and most subcommittees cover a collection of different topics. Further, SCs and ACs are all seasoned researchers, experienced with program committee review work, and each is committed to a process which seeks to assign each paper reviewers who are true experts in whatever the subject matter of the paper is. ACs recognize that many papers, or perhaps even most papers, will not perfectly fit the definition of their subcommittee's scope. Consequently, papers will not be penalized or downgraded because they do not align perfectly with a particular subcommittee. Interdisciplinary, multi-topic, and cross-topic papers are encouraged, and will be carefully and professionally judged by all subcommittees.


In making a subcommittee choice you should make careful consideration of what the most central and salient contribution of your work is, even if there are several different contributions. As an example, let's say you are writing a paper about Ergonomic Business Practices for the Elderly using Novel Input Devices. Perhaps this is a very new topic. It covers a lot of ground. It's not an exact fit for any of the subcommittees, but several choices are plausible. To choose between them, you need to make a reasoned decision about the core contributions of your work. Should it be evaluated in terms of the usage context for the target user community? The novel methodology developed for your study? The system and interaction techniques you have developed? Each of these evaluation criteria may partially apply, but try to consider which is most central and which you most want to highlight for your readers. Also look at the subcommittees, the people who will serve on them, and the kind of work they have been associated with in the past. Even if there are several subcommittees that could offer fair and expert assessments of this work, go with the one that really fits the most important and novel contributions of your paper. That committee will be in the best position to offer constructive and expert review feedback on the contributions of your research.


Each subcommittee description also links to several recent CHI papers that the SCs feel are good examples of papers that fit scope of that subcommittee. Please look at these examples as a way to decide on the best subcommittee for your paper - but remember that these are just a few examples, and do not specify the full range of topics that would fit with any subcommittee.


List of the subcommittees

Subcommittees are listed and described below. Each has a title, short description, and an indication of who will Chair and serve on the subcommittee. Subcommittees have been constructed with an eye to maintaining logically coherent clusters of topics.



User Experience and Usability

This subcommittee is suitable for papers that extend the knowledge, practices, methods, components, and tools that make technology more useful, usable, and desirable. Successful papers will present results, practical approaches, tools, technologies, and research methods that demonstrably advance our understanding, design, and evaluation of user experience and/or usability. The focus is on usability and user experience of widely used technologies with contributions being judged substantially on the basis of their demonstrable potential for effective reuse and applicability across a range of application domains or across a range of design, research, and user communities.


Subcommittee Chairs:

Mark Dunlop, Strathclyde University

Siân Lindley, Microsoft Research




Associate Chairs:

Andres Lucero, University of Southern Denmark

Effie L-C Law, University of Leicester

Jean Scholtz, Independent Consultant

Kasper Hornbæk, University of Copenhagen

Amanda Lee Hughes, Utah State University

Harald Reiterer, University of Konstanz

Magy Seif El-Nasr, Northeastern University

Erin Cherry, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Matthew Lee, FXPAL

Joe Tullio, Google

Lynne Baillie, Heriot-Watt University

Marilyn Lennon, University of Strathclyde

Marco de Sá, Twitter

Parisa Eslambolchilar, Swansea University

Corina Sas, Lancaster University

Morten Fjeld, Chalmers University of Technology

Keith Vertanen, Michigan Technological University

Julie R. Williamson, University of Glasgow

Joel Fischer, University of Nottingham


Example Papers:



Specific Applications Areas

This subcommittee is suitable for  papers that extend the design and understanding of applications for specific application areas or domains of interest to the HCI community, yet not explicitly covered by another subcommittee. Example application areas and user groups are listed below. Submissions will be evaluated in part based on their impact on the specific application area and/or group that they address, in addition to their impact on HCI.


Example user groups: children, families, people in developing countries, employees, charities and third sector organisations


Example application areas: education, home, sustainability, ICT4D, creativity


Subcommittee Chairs:

Chris Quintana, University of Michigan

Mike Hazas, Lancaster University




Associate Chairs:

June Ahn, University of Maryland

Elizabeth Bonsignore, University of Maryland

Adrian K. Clear, Northumbria University

Robert Comber, University of Newcastle

Enrico Costanza, University College London

Nicola Dell, Cornell University

Brian DeRenzi, University of Cape Town

Audrey Desjardins, University of Washington

Tawanna Dillahunt, University of Michigan

Betsy DiSalvo, Georgia Institute of Technology

Maria Håkansson, Chalmers University of Technology

Nassim JafariNaimi, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ranjitha Kumar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Celine Latulipe, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Victor Lee, Utah State University

Leilah Lyons, University of Illinois at Chicago/NY Hall of Science

Indrani Medhi Thies, Microsoft Research India

Amy Ogan, Carnegie Mellon University

Eleanor O’Rourke, Northwestern University

Donald J. Patterson, Westmont College

Katharina Reinecke, University of Washington

Glenda Revelle, University of Arkansas

Lana Yarosh, University of Minnesota




Interaction Beyond the Individual

This subcommittee is suitable for papers and notes that contribute to our understanding of collaborative technologies for groups, organizations, communities, and networks. Successful submissions will advance knowledge, theories, and insights from the social, psychological, behavioral, and organizational practice that arise from technology use in various contexts. This subcommittee is also suitable for submissions describing  collaborative or crowdsourcing tools or systems.


Subcommittee Chairs:

Pernille Bjørn, University of Copenhagen

Jeff Nichols, Google

Jaime Teevan, Microsoft Research

Brent Hecht, University of Minnesota




Associate Chairs:

Brian Keegan, Harvard University

Alexander Boden, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT

Antonella De Angeli, University of Trento

Ingrid Erickson, Rutgers University

Matthew Bietz, University of California, Irvine

Munmun De Choudhury, Georgia Institute of Technology

Myriam Lewkowicz, Université de Technologie de Troyes

Naja Holten Moller, University of Copenhagen

Sadat Shami, IBM

Volker Wulf, University of Siegen

Susanne Bodker, Aarhus University

Wayne Lutters, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Verena Fuchsberger, University of Salzburg

Judd Antin, AirBnb

Louise Barkhuus, IT University of Copenhagen

Michael Bernstein, Stanford University

Moira Burke, Facebook

Eric Gilbert, Georgia Tech

Lilly Irani, University of California, San Diego

Uichin Lee, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

David McDonald, University of Washington

Claudia Müller, University of Siegen

Mor Naaman, Cornell University

Michael Prilla, Clausthal University of Technology

Victoria Schwanda Sosik, Google

Kate Starbird, University of Washington

Jessica Vitak, University of Maryland


Example Papers:



Games and Play

This subcommittee is suitable for papers across all areas of playful interaction, player experience, and games. Examples of topics include: game interaction and interfaces, playful systems (toys, books, and leisure), the design and development of games (including serious games and gamification), player experience evaluation (player psychology, games user research, and game analytics), the study of player and developer communities, and understanding play.


Subcommittee Chairs:

Kathrin Gerling, University of Lincoln

Lennart Nacke, University of Waterloo




Associate Chairs:

Jingtao Wang, University of Pittsburgh

Zachary O. Toups, New Mexico State University

Erik Andersen, Cornell University

Jerry Fails, Boise State University

Katherine Isbister, University of California, Santa Cruz

Perttu Hämäläinen, Aalto University

Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine

Rainer Malaka, University of Bremen

Elisa Mekler, University of Basel

Annika Waern, Uppsala University

Derek L. Hansen, Brigham Young University

Richard N. Landers, Old Dominion University


Example Papers:



Privacy, Security and Visualization

This subcommittee is suitable for papers across all areas of usable privacy, security, data visualization and visual analytics. This includes but is not limited to new techniques/systems/technologies, evaluations of existing/new systems, ground work identifying important insights for the community, and lessons learned from real-world deployments.


Submissions will be judged based on the contribution they make to privacy, security, visualization or a combination of those as well as their impact on HCI. For example, papers that focus on technical contributions need to show how these relate to humans and user experience.


Subcommittee Chairs:

Nathalie Henry Riche, Microsoft Research

Alexander De Luca, Google




Associate Chairs:

Enrico Bertini, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Anastasia Bezerianos, University of Paris-Sud

Marshini Chetty, University of Maryland

Paul Dunphy, Vasco Data Security

Serge Egelman, University of California, Berkeley

Niklas Elmqvist, University of Maryland

Jean-Daniel Fekete, Inria

Marian Harbach, Audi AG

Bongshin Lee, Microsoft Research

Janne Lindqvist, Rutgers University

Heather Richter Lipford, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Sameer Patil, Indiana University (Bloomington)

Adam Perer, IBM Research

Rob Reeder, Google

Florian Schaub, University of Michigan

Jinwook Seo, Seoul National University

Yang Wang, Syracuse University

Wesley Willett, University of Calgary

Emanuel von Zezschwitz, University of Munich


Example Papers:



Health, Accessibility and Aging

This subcommittee is suitable for contributions to independent and healthy living over a lifetime. It combines the areas of (i) accessibility for people with disabilities, (ii) health, wellness, and aging; and, (iii) technology for and studies involving older adults. Submissions to this subcommittee will be evaluated in part based on their inclusion of and potential impact on their target user groups and other stakeholders. This subcommittee balances the rigor required in all CHI submissions with awareness of the challenges of conducting research in these important areas.


This subcommittee welcomes all contributions related to accessibility, health, and aging, including empirical, theoretical, conceptual, methodological, design, and systems contributions.


Subcommittee Chairs:

Jeffrey Bigham, Carnegie Mellon University

Gillian Hayes, University of California, Irvine




Associate Chairs:

Dragan Ahmetovic, Carnegie Mellon University

Timothy Bickmore, Northeastern University

Eun Kyoung Choe, Pennsylvania State University

Ed Cutrell, Microsoft Research

Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research

Gavin Doherty, Trinity College Dublin

David Flatla, University of Dundee

Chris Frauenberger, Vienna University of Technology

João Guerreiro, University of Lisbon

Tiago Guerreiro, University of Lisbon

Shaun Kane, University of Colorado Boulder

Pedja Klasnja, University of Michigan

Leslie Liu, Indiana University

Lena Mamykina, Columbia University

Jennifer Mankoff, Carnegie Mellon University

Gabriela Marcu, Drexel University

Aqueasha Martin, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Helene Mentis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Andrew Miller, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Karyn Moffat, McGill University

Cosmin Munteanu, University of Toronto Mississauga

Aisling O’Kane, University College London

Helen Petrie, University of York

Anne Marie Piper, Northwestern University

Katie Siek, Indiana University

Monica Tentori, CICESE

Anja Thieme, Microsoft Research

Jacob O. Wobbrock, University of Washington





This subcommittee is suitable for papers that make a significant designerly contribution to HCI,. Papers submitted here include novel designs of interactive products, services, or systems that advance the state of the art; creation and evaluation of new design tools, processes, methods, or principles, including those that explore alternatives to scientistic ways of knowing; work that expands the scope of design thinking within HCI research or practice; work that applies perspectives from other disciplines to inspire or to critique the design of interactive things; or work that advances knowledge on the human activity of design as it relates to HCI research or practice. We particularly encourage contributions of new designs that broaden the boundaries of interaction design and promote new aesthetic and sociocultural possibilities. Examples of design approaches include : industrial/product design, visual/information design, participatory design, user-centered design, interaction design, user interface design, user experience design, service design, critical design, and design fictions. Finally, this committee encourages submission of work that addresses design research issues such as aesthetics, values, effects (such as emotion), methods, practices, critique, constructive design research, and design theory.


Subcommittee Chairs:

Giulio Jacucci, University of Helsinki

William Gaver, University of London

Kristina Höök, Royal Institute of Technology

John Zimmerman, Carnegie Mellon University




Associate Chairs:

Madeline Balaam, Newcastle University

Susan Wyche, Michigan State University

Oren Zuckerman, IDC Herzliya

Steve Harrison, Virginia Tech

Steven Dow, University of California, San Diego

William Odom, Simon Fraser University

Sun Young Park, University of Michigan

Batya Friedman, University of Washington

Elisa Giaccardi, TU/Delft

David Kirk, Newcastle University

Abigail Durant, Newcastle University

Stuart Reeves, University of Nottingham

Thecla Schiphorst, Simon Frasier University

Ron Wakkary, Simon Fraser and TU/e - Canada

Stephan Wensveen, TU/e - Netherlands

Jeff Bardzell, Indiana University

Ambra Trotto, Interactive Institute

Zhiyong Fu, Tsinghua University

Lining Yao, MIT

Lin-Lin Chen, TU/e - Netherlands

James Pierce, University of California, Berkeley

Eric Paulos, University of California, Berkeley

Anna Vallgårda, IT University of Copenhagen

Ylva Fernaeus, Royal Institute of Technology

Rick Robinson, University of Colorado Boulder

Kirstin Boehner, Georgia Institute of Technology


Example Papers:



Interaction Techniques, Devices, and Modalities

This subcommittee focuses on advances in interaction and enabling technologies, as well as , explorations of emergent computing domains and experiences. It welcomes contributions that are fundamentally new, those  that examine capabilities/modalities that have not yet been fully exploited, as well as those which describe substantive improvements on prior work that open new interactive possibilities. Contributions will be judged in part based on their novelty or on their demonstrated improvements. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: software interaction techniques, touch and gestural input, haptic and tangible interfaces, 3D interaction, augmented/mixed/virtual reality, wearable and on-body computing, sensors and sensing, displays and actuators, muscle- and brain-computer interfaces, and auditory and speech interfaces.


Subcommittee Chairs:

Fanny Chevalier, Inria

Alex Olwal, Google

Anne Roudaut, University of Bristol

Chris Harrison, Carnegie Mellon University




Associate Chairs:

Fraser Anderson, Autodesk Research

Michelle Annett, University of Toronto

Daniel Ashbrook, Rochester Institute of Technology

Gilles Bailly, CNRS

Xiaojun Bi, Google/Stony Brook University

Sebastian Boring, University of Copenhagen

Baptiste Caramiaux, McGill University & IRCAM

Céline Coutrix, CNRS & University of Stuttgart

Steven Feiner, Columbia University

Sean Follmer, Stanford University

Mayank Goel, Carnegie Mellon University

Michael Haller, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Bjoern Hartmann, UC Berkeley

Eve Hoggan, Aarhus University

David Holman, Tactual Labs

Otmar Hilliges, ETH Zurich

Christian Holz, Microsoft Research

Scott Hudson, Carnegie Mellon University

Ali Israr, Disney Research

Yvonne Jansen, CNRS

Ricardo Jota, Tactual Labs

Abhijit Karnik, Lancaster University

Sven Kratz, FXPal

Per Ola Kristensson, University of Cambridge

Wilmot Li, Adobe Research

Wendy Mackay, Inria

Sylvain Malacria, Inria

Justin Matejka, Autodesk Research

Stefanie Mueller, MIT

Mathieu Nancel, Inria Lille

Alanson Sample, Disney Research

Sriram Subramanian, University of Sussex

Daniel Szafir, University of Colorado Boulder

Daniel Vogel, University of Waterloo

Koji Yatani, University of Tokyo

Beste Filiz Yuksel, Tuft University / University of San Francisco


Example Papers:



Understanding People: Theory, Concepts, Methods

This subcommittee is suitable for papers whose primary contribution improves our understanding of people or interactional contexts. This understanding may be derived from quantitative or qualitative empirical research, or it may be conceptual in nature. Suitable topics for the subcommittee include but are not limited to individual behavior, human performance, as well as group, social, and collaborative behaviors. Core contributions typically take the form of insightful findings, evolved theories, models, concepts, or methods. Contributions will be judged in part by their rigor, significance, validity, and practical or theoretical impact.


Subcommittee Chairs:

Shumin Zhai, Google

Tovi Grossman, Autodesk

Anna Cox, University College London

Hao-Chuan Wang, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan




Associate Chairs:

Eytan Adar, University of Michigan

Jon Bird, City University London

Pam Briggs, Northumbria University

Mark Chignell, University of Toronto

Ben Cowan, University College Dublin

David Coyle, University College Dublin

Xianghua Ding, Fudan University

Pierre Dragicevic, INRIA

Wai-Tat Fu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sandy Gould, University College London

Carl Gutwin, University of Saskatchewan

Kirstie Hawkey, Dalhousie University

Niels Henze, University of Stuttgart

Anthony Hornof, University of Oregon

Gary Hsieh, University of Washington

Chris Janssen, Utrecht University

Wendy Ju, Stanford University and California College of the Arts

Neha Kumar, Georgia Institute of Technology

Hideaki Kuzuoka, University of Tsukuba

Edward Lank, University of Waterloo

Shaun Lawson, Northumbria University

Grace Ngai, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Xiaojuan Ma, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Jennifer Marlow, FXPAL

Michael Muller, IBM

Marianna Obrist, University of Sussex

Stephen J. Payne, University of Bath

Pernilla Qvarfordt, FXPAL

Xiangshi Ren, Kochi University of Technology

Sean Rintel, Microsoft Research

Antti Salovaara, Aalto University

Nithya Sambasivan, Google

Bryan Semaan, Syracuse University

Bongwon Suh, Seoul National University

John Thomas, Self Advisory Education Foundation

Yuan-Chi Tseng, National Cheng Kung University

Max L. Wilson, University of Nottingham

Naomi Yamashita, NTT Communication Science Labs

Chuang-Wen You, Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center

Shengdong Zhao, National University of Singapore


Example Papers:



Engineering Interactive Systems and Technologies

This subcommittee is suitable for papers and notes focusing on systems, engineering, and technology contributions that improve, advance, or enable interaction. This will include tools, methods, and languages for construction and engineering of interactive systems, as well as software and hardware technologies that enable and demonstrate novel interactive capabilities.


Engineering contributions should clearly demonstrate how they address interactive systems concerns such as, for example, scalability, reliability, interoperability, testing, and performance. They can be targeted at end users, offering novel interaction capabilities or supporting improved interactions. They can also be targeted at developers, improving or facilitating the construction of innovative interactive systems.


Subcommittee Chairs:

Emmanuel Pietriga, Inria

James Fogarty, University of Washington




Associate Chairs:

Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Université Paris-Sud

Hrvoje Benko, Microsoft Research

Andrea Bunt, University of Manitoba

Parmit Chilana, Simon Fraser University

Hans Gellersen, Lancaster University

Jun Kato, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Jarrod Knibbe, University of Copenhagen

Antonio Krüger, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Walter Lasecki, University of Michigan

Yang Li, Google

Stephen Oney, University of Michigan

Albrecht Schmidt, University of Stuttgart

Marcos Serrano, University of Toulouse

Erin Solovey, Drexel University

Simone Stumpf, City University London

Khai Truong, University of Toronto


Example Papers:


© copyright 2017 | ACM SIGCHI

Selecting a Subcommitee