Call for Presentations - Tech Notes

The Tech Notes track focuses on exclusively strong technical engineering contributions. EICS Tech Notes are 6-page papers (excluding the reference list) 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)


Tech Notes is a venue created to elaborate on the technical aspects of research work, 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 the 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. The focus lies specifically on elucidating technical details of complex interactive systems. Tech Notes require an illustrative example of the system. They do not include formal evaluations or user studies.


Tech Notes are published as a 6-page paper in the standard ACM SIGCHI format (excluding references). 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. We suggest, wherever applicable the paper to be accompanied by a (max) one-minute video presenting the technical contribution. The URL of the video must be mentioned in the paper itself. We also highly encourage authors to share a public repository of their software.

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. Thus, the reflection of the related work should target in clarifying the technical novelty of the Tech Note.

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. It shows new and exciting technical work of high relevance to the community. The best Tech Notes will be awarded with the Tech Note Award. EICS Tech Notes provides a 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 as 6-page papers in the ACM Digital Library (excluding the reference list).

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 tech notes, full papers, and late-breaking results, reviewers will use specific criteria to identify high-quality tech notes, including technical novelty, research impact, and the potential to enable new HCI innovations.

Submission Information

Submissions can be done through

Correct Templates

We ask authors to submit using the TAPS process and the single column template that is provided here (Section 2).
Please, don't use the old double-column format but the new one-column format.

Important Dates

  • March 12th, 2021 - Submission deadline
  • April 16th, 2021 - Notifications of reviews
  • April 30th, 2021 - Camera ready

Tech Notes chairs

  • Anke Dittmar, University of Rostock
  • Javed Khan, Sappi Europe

Tech Notes Program Commitee

  • Augusto Esteves, Instituto Superior Técnico, ULisboa
  • Aurelien Tabard, Université Lyon 1
  • Daniel Afergan, Google, United States
  • Dietrich Kammer, HTW Dresden, Germany
  • Esther Dura, Universitat de València
  • Fabio Paternò, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
  • Gerrit Meixner, UniTyLab, Heilbronn
  • Konstantinos Papangelis, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Matthias Hirth, TU Ilmenau
  • Michelle Annett, University of Alberta
  • Paolo Bottoni, University of Roma, Italy
  • Prasun Dewan, UNC, United States
  • Sergio Firmenich, LIFIA, Argentina
  • Stephane Huot, Inria
  • Tahir Abbas, TU Eindhoven
  • Kris Luyten, Hasselt University
  • Pieterjan Geens, Sappi Europe


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