ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ACM ISS 2016), formerly known as the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, welcomes original, high-quality research and industry contributions that advance the state-of-the-art in the area of interactive surfaces and spaces (including tabletops, large displays, mobile, and mini devices). We embrace innovations in a wide variety of areas including design, software, hardware, understanding of use, and applications or deployments of interactive surfaces. In a nutshell, ISS is concerned with

interactive surfaces:

  • large tabletop- and wall-sized displays, ...
  • tablets, mobile, body worn, curved, sand, water, ...
  • new ways of interacting through hands, finger, body, ...

interactive spaces:

  • co-located collaborative spaces, ...
  • public environments, above and around surfaces, ...


  • frameworks, platforms, APIs, ...
  • maker communities and spaces, ...

application focused:

  • education, artistry, biology labs, ...
  • visualizing data, touching data, ...

Important Dates

  • July 8, 2016, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for initial submissions
  • August 24, 2016: Author notifications
  • September 9, 2016: Camera-ready Deadline

Paper Submissions

We invite paper submissions of papers with variable length from (4 pages to a max. of 10 pages including references) of two possible types: academic and application (read on for an explanation of the difference). Paper length must be based on the weight of the contribution. A new idea presented in a compact format is more likely to be accepted than the same idea in a long format.

All papers must be submitted as a single PDF file in the ACM SIGCHI format ( through the submission system Please note, that all paper submissions must be made in the 2014 version of the SIGCHI papers format. (Note that this format utilizes the "Lastname, F.M." author-name reference style, not the more recent "Firstname M. Lastname" convention.) When appropriate, authors are also encouraged to submit supplementary materials such as video or data.

Papers will undergo a high-quality peer-review process by a committee of recognized experts (see program committee members below) to be presented at the ISS conference, be included in the conference proceedings, and be archived in the ACM Digital Library. ISS does not accept submissions that were published previously in formally reviewed publications or that are currently submitted elsewhere. Both full and short papers go through the same review process.

For more details on academic and application papers see: Academic Papers and Application Papers.

At ACM ISS we strive to achieve the highest quality of academic work. Sharing detailed results enables the community to replicate findings and check their validity. Therefore, we highly encourage all authors to submit additional material alongside with their papers. This could include study data sets (e.g. x,y-touch data), implementation of algorithms, or videos of prototypes or the studies.

A paper identical or substantially similar in content (or even a subset or superset) to one submitted to ISS must not be simultaneously under consideration at another conference or journal during the entire duration of the ISS review process (i.e., from the submission deadline until the notification of decisions are emailed to authors). This restriction applies even if the overlap in review timelines is just a few hours, and even if it is your intention to withdraw the submission from the other venue as soon as it is accepted. This restriction also applies even if the other venue allows simultaneous submission. ISS reviewers are often familiar with the papers under review at other related conferences and journals; as such, submissions that are similar run the risk of being rejected on grounds of duplication alone. These cases and all cases that conflict with the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct will also be escalated to the SIGCHI Conference Management Committee.

ISS 2016 will have a "Best of ISS" awards program, in accordance with SIGCHI guidelines. We will hand out an award for the best long paper and best note, as well as for the best application paper. In addition, we will continue to award the paper from Tabletops 2007 with 10-year impact award.

Academic Papers

Academic papers must present original, innovative, and forward-looking research. This kind of paper corresponds to the standard scientific track of most HCI conferences. In addition to innovative systems, interaction techniques and studies, we are also open to surveys and other work that discuss the philosophy, trends and community aspects of academic research in interactive surfaces.

Application Papers

Application papers are open to industrial and academic authors, and will successfully demonstrate how surface interaction has been applied to real world problems and usage contexts beyond research labs, but without necessarily including original software, hardware, interaction techniques, or a formal study. For example, industry members can submit papers to share customer outcomes and iterative improvements over next-best alternatives. For application papers, reviewers will emphasize the connection between the real-world domain and the surface technology. This connection may for instance concern a challenging domain, features of a system crucial for the real-world use context, a special design process, practical issues in implementation or deployment, or new business opportunities.

Application papers are published in the same format and way as academic papers (will be presented during the main conference program, will be archived in the ACM Digital Library which provides free access through its Author-Izer service*, and are free to publish), although they are reviewed through a slightly different process based on the following rubric:

Real-world Application:

The paper clearly describes a concrete application of interactive surface technologies to a real-world domain. The domain is richly described and there is a clear fit between the application and its real-world context. The paper demonstrates a clear understanding of the audience and their needs / values / priorities.

Value Hypothesis:

The paper clearly describes the goals of the design or application and how the features work together to enable users to accomplish their tasks.

Design Process and Principles:

The design presented in the paper best exemplifies relevant patterns, principles and practices that have been proven in ITS community research. The links between research and application are clearly explained. Each iteration of the design process is clearly described; logical reasoning behind feature changes is articulated.

Next Best Alternative:

The paper helps the reader understand the competitive design space, and what needs the application fills within that space.

First-time submitters in the application track are encouraged to apply for paper guidance well in advance of the submission deadline if deemed necessary (write to

Topic Areas

The conference welcomes contributions that deal with a variety of interactive surfaces including tabletops, interactive wall displays, portable and micro devices, and deformable surfaces. We encourage submissions on (but not limited to) the following topic areas as they relate to interactive surfaces:

  • Applications and/or evaluations of interactive surfaces in specific domains (public spaces, education, science, business, entertainment, health, accessibility, homes, etc.)
  • Gesture-based interfaces
  • Multi-modal interfaces
  • Tangible interfaces
  • Large display interfaces and multi-display environments
  • Novel interaction techniques
  • Deformable interfaces
  • Information visualization/data presentation
  • Software engineering methods and frameworks
  • Computer supported collaborative work
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality
  • Social protocols
  • Hardware, including sensing and input technologies with novel capabilities
  • Human-centered design and methodologies

Review Process

All papers will be reviewed by at least two external reviewers and a member of the program committee. After the review cycle a submission will receive either a "Conditional Accept" or "Reject" decision. Some papers will be invited to do significant revisions. Please do not submit extended abstracts or incomplete papers. As in the past, submit the paper that you would like to have published. Incomplete, off-topic, or otherwise non-competitive submissions will be desk-rejected without review.

Submission Information

Submissions should use the format shown in the conference template. Submissions should be converted to PDF and uploaded to the Precision Conference system at by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on July 8, 2016. Please note, that all paper submissions must be made in the 2014 version of the SIGCHI papers format. The PCS system will be open for uploading submissions beginning in May. Application and academic papers will be submitted in different tracks.

When appropriate (such as for submissions introducing applications, novel systems, or interaction techniques), authors are encouraged to submit a supplementary video file (not to exceed 3 minutes in length and 50 MB in size).

All submissions should be anonymized for double-blind review. This means that your paper and any supplementary video materials should have authors' names and affiliations removed and should avoid obvious identifying features. Citations to your own relevant work should not be anonymous, but please cite such work without identifying yourself as the author. For example, say "Prior work by Smith et al. [1]" instead of "In my prior work".

Confidentiality of submitted material will be maintained. Upon acceptance, the titles, authorship, and abstracts of papers will be published online in the advance program. Submissions should contain no information or material that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication, and should cite no publication that will be proprietary or confidential at that time. Final versions of accepted papers must be formatted according to the instructions we provide. Copyright release forms must be signed for inclusion in the proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library.

Other Submission Types

Please also consider submissions to further ISS 2016 submission categories with later deadlines and separate calls including:

Program Co-Chairs

Johannes Schöning, Hasselt University
Melanie Tory, Tableau Research


Program Committee (confirmed)

  • Craig Anslow (Middlesex University, London, UK)
  • Mirijam Augstein (FH Hagenberg, Austria)
  • Jason Alexander (Lancaster University, UK)
  • Tom Bartindale (University of Newcastle, UK)
  • Hrvoje Benko (Microsoft, USA)
  • Andrea Bellucci (University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain)
  • Pedro Campos (M-ITI, Portugal)
  • Paloma Diaz (University of Madrid, Spain)
  • Augusto Esteves (Edinburgh Napier, UK)
  • Morten Fjeld (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • Carl Gutwin (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • Uta Hinrichs (St. Andrews, UK)
  • Jonathan Hook (University of York, UK)
  • Christian Holz (Microsoft, USA)
  • Steven Houben (UCL, UK)
  • Daisuke Iwai (University of Osaka, Japan)
  • Judy Kay (University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Ahmed Kharuffa (Reflective Thinking, UK)
  • Hideki Koike (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Bongshin Lee (Microsoft, USA)
  • Andres Lucero (Syddansk Universitet, Denmark)
  • Rainer Malaka (University of Bremen, Germany)
  • Roberto Martinez-Maldonado (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
  • Alexandra Mendes (Teesside University, UK)
  • Jeff Nichols (Google, USA)
  • Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Narges Mahyar (Computer Science University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Harald Reiterer (University of Konstanz, Germany)
  • Anne Rodaut (University of Bristol, UK)
  • Yvonne Rogers (UCL, UK)
  • Stacey D. Scott (University of Waterloo, Canada))
  • Edward Tse (SMART, Canada)
  • Simon Voelker (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
  • Charles Perin (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Giulio Jacucci (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Marc Herrlich (University of Bremen, Germany)
  • Dimitar Valkov (University of Münster, Germany)
  • Jo Vermeulen (University of Calgary, Canada)

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