The 10th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems

19-22 June, 2018 - Paris, France


Tech Notes Submissions

We are delighted to announce a new “Tech Notes” track that focuses on strong technical engineering contributions. EICS Tech Notes are papers of maximum 6 pages that focus specifically on system contributions and technical work, including (but not limited to):

  • Infrastructures and architectures
    (high-level toolkits, frameworks, networking infrastructures, the big systems picture)
  • Technical realizations of specific interaction techniques
    (e.g., sensing & recognition, computer vision implementations, rendering pipelines)
  • Engineering of physical interactive systems
    (e.g., toolkits for physical computing or fabrication, hacking or modding of machinery for interactive purposes)
  • Computational constructs
    (e.g., optimization methods, mathematical modelling of HCI systems, model-driven UI design)
  • Specification and verification
    (e.g. language representations for HCI, formal approaches, optimization methods, semantic models, testing / checking interactive systems)

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: March 9, 2018 (5 PM CET)
  • Notifications: May 2, 2018
  • Camera-Ready Camera ready instructions will appear in May 2018


Tech Notes are a venue to elaborate on the technical aspects of research, which would typically only be a short part of a longer article. The presented research can be related to previous publications, however, the tech note should present additional technical details and reflections that are not covered in these original publication(s). Authors are encouraged to refer to previously published research papers and elaborate on technical components or discuss specific technical implications of their previous work. Tech Notes will be judged on their technical merits and relevance to interactive systems concerns. A formal evaluation or user study is not required for this format, as the focus lies specifically on elucidating technical details of complex interactive systems.


Tech Notes are published as a paper in the standard ACM SIGCHI format of maximum 6 pages (including references). Tech Notes need to be anonymized, following CHI 2018’s relaxed anonymization policy. In line with recent policies by ACM regarding publishing software and data artifacts in the ACM Digital Library, authors are strongly encouraged to provide supplemental material. This could include additional diagrams detailing the technical contribution, (online) demos, links to source code repositories, videos, or example applications.

Publication & Presentation

EICS Tech Notes get a presentation slot at the conference and are published in the ACM Digital Library.


The best EICS Tech Notes will be selected for two awards:

  • Tech Note Award: this is the main prize for the EICS Tech Notes track. It rewards the best technical contribution, juried by a subset of our tech note programming committee who are present to attend the talks at the conference.
  • Real-World Impact Award: this award is given to a Tech Note submission that describes work that made an important technical contribution that has impacted the real-world in a meaningful way.

Program Committee

To be announced.

Tech Notes Chairs

  • Steven Houben, Lancaster University
  • Jo Vermeulen, Aarhus University

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Tech Notes, Full Papers and Late-Breaking Results?
EICS Tech Notes are not journal articles that describe the full cycle of a research project (concept, implementation, evaluation, reflection), but are focused technical engineering research contributions. Tech Notes do not require a formal evaluation nor an in-depth reflection on related work, but can focus on very specific implementation details that are novel and interesting to the EICS community.
EICS Tech Notes do not describe work-in-progress, as they require a novel technical contribution to be finalized and completely described within the space of the Tech Note. They are more similar to a traditional four-page note than to a work-in-progress extended abstract. Late-Breaking Results are intended for eliciting useful feedback on early-stage work, that can benefit from discussions with colleagues in the EICS community.
Why should I submit an EICS Tech Note?
EICS Tech Notes aims to be the primary submission venue for impactful technical engineering work. EICS Tech Notes is a high-quality engineering venue that is complementary to the main research-oriented track at EICS and shows new and exciting technical work. Contributions should be strong, clear, and of high relevance to the community. The best Tech Notes will be awarded with the Tech Note Award or the Real-World Impact Award.
EICS Tech Notes provided a new platform to publish and present detailed technical engineering aspects of HCI research. We specifically encourage authors of previous papers to elaborate on technical challenges, technical innovations or frameworks / systems / approaches / toolkits / algorithms that enable them to conduct novel HCI research.
How are EICS Tech Notes disseminated?
EICS Tech Notes get a presentation slot at the conference and will be published in the ACM Digital Library.
How are EICS Tech Notes reviewed?
EICS Tech Notes will be reviewed by an international committee of leading experts within the technical HCI, engineering and interactive systems communities. Because there is a difference in scope between a tech note and a full paper, reviewers will use specific criteria to identify high-quality tech notes, including technical novelty, research impact, and the potential to enable new HCI innovations.