Call: HCI 2013 (Annual Conference of the Specialist HCI group of the BCS)

You are invited to participate in HCI 2013, which will be hosted by the School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics at Brunel University, London in conjunction with the British Computer Society from Monday 9th September 2013 until Friday 13th September 2013

Some History

HCI 2013 is the 27th Annual Conference of the Specialist HCI group of the BCS, the BCS Interaction SG. Since its establishment in 1985, the conference has become the leading annual HCI conference in Europe. As well as being a leading venue for dissemination, the conference has a history of nurturing research careers- many of the leading HCI researchers published their early papers here and it is recognised for helping students and new academics as much as being a leading forum for established researchers. We want to carry on this well-established tradition into 2013.

Conference Theme

The conference will focus on “the internet of things” and the challenges it holds for HCI researchers. This should ensure that there are a variety of submissions. We believe this focus will show the diversity and richness of HCI research in the UK and Internationally for such a topical area of debate.

The Venue

The conference will take place at the Brunel University campus in Uxbridge, West London.  The campus is easily accessible, being only a 20 minute walk (or short bus ride) from Uxbridge tube station with services direct into London. It is also close to the M40, M25 and M4 motorways and just a 15 minute cab ride from Heathrow airport. The campus has benefitted from a recent £300 million redevelopment and striking 1960s architecture now sits alongside outstanding modern designs, offset by gardens and interconnecting pathways.

The University has extensive conference facilities, including a lecture centre with a 215 seat lecture theatre close to multiple seminar rooms and a large open exhibition space where a buffet lunch will be served each day during the conference.

Socially, the conference will build on its reputation for the liveliest, friendliest place to meet other HCI researchers.

Submission Tracks

The conference will have usual tracks of high-quality research papers, written as either Full or Short papers. Full papers should be a maximum of 10 pages in length. These submissions should be of original work and should not have been previously published. Short papers should be a maximum of 6 pages and should be compact short pieces of original work. There is also a ‘work-in-progress’ category. We strongly encourage participants to reflect the spirit of the track by submitting early-stage, surprising or incomplete results that may be of relevance and interest to the community. The submission dates for the tracks are below.

Following on from previous years we have also included an alt-HCI track. This track is for work that highlights a more extreme, unusual and less mainstream side of HCI. The more alternative the work is, the better. We are looking for high quality contributions that might be highly contentious, using atypical methodologies, critical of established ideas or focused in an unconventional domain. If your work is alternative, controversial and interesting, then alt-HCI is the track for you.

The conference will also host a variety of workshops and a doctorial consortium. These will be held on the campus at Brunel University, London.


We encourage submissions that focus on human interaction with technology and computer systems. Whether your work is at the fundamental end of the spectrum (theory, design, or principle), or at the practical end (evaluation, product, or impact) we are interested in encouraging high-quality submissions to the conference.

The dates for submission for each paper track are:

  • Full Papers:- Friday 5th April 2013 (Notification: Friday 24th May 2013)
  • Short Papers, DC, WiP & Alt-HCI:- 14th June 2013 (Notification:-26 th July 2013)

Relevant topics areas include BUT ARE BY NO MEANS LIMITED to:

  • Persuasive Technology
  • Mobile Interactions
  • User Experience
  • Touchable interactions
  • Affective Computing/Interactions
  • Usability Engineering
  • Accessibility
  • Child Computer Interaction
  • Interaction Design
  • UCD4D
  • Recommender Systems
  • Annotation
  • Brain Computer Interfaces
  • Technology and Culture
  • E-Government

All tracks will be peer reviewed by an international panel of leading researchers. Papers will be published in the BCS e-WIC repository and in the ACM Digital Library.

In keeping with the BCS HCI ethos, early career researchers are especially encouraged to submit to the main conference, whilst those still undertaking PhDs should consider applying for the doctoral consortium, a training and supportively critical forum to discuss your research in.

To recognise outstanding contributions to the conference and to nurture the HCI researchers of tomorrow we will have BEST PAPER and BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARDS, which will be judged by the reviewers and announced at the conference dinner.

Our website ( has up to date information on submissions, venues and other relevant conference news. If you have any questions about the conference you can also email us at:

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Brunel University!

Steve Love and Kate Hone (conference chairs)

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