Call for Full Papers

The MobileHCI Conference Series has shaped research, development and practice in services used on mobile or within mobile contexts for over two decades now. Our interpretation of mobility is inclusive and broadly construed.We welcome contributions related to any aspect of mobile HCI technology, systems, devices, techniques, experience, application, methods, tools, theories, and new perspectives.

The conference theme in 2021 is “Mobile Apart, Mobile Together.” Technological advances allow us to bridge a potential geographical distance in a digital fashion, thereby bringing us closer together while being physically apart. These opportunities and interactions are extremely valuable - not only for families living apart, but in particular during an extraordinary situation, such as the Corona-pandemic in 2020, where many started working from and/or on the go. With advances in multisensory and multimodal interactions, this is no longer limited to screen-based interaction. MobileHCI 2021 embraces this expanded horizon, and invites submissions and contributions that reflect the strength of mobile technologies of bringing people together while being apart.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline February 4th, 2021
Revise and Resubmit notification March 19th, 2021
Revise and Resubmit submission deadline April 19th, 2021
Paper notifications May 17th, 2021
Paper camera ready May 31st, 2021

Suggested Topics

Systems and Infrastructure

The design, architecture, deployment, and evaluation of systems and infrastructures that support development of or interaction with mobile devices and services.

Devices and Techniques

The design, construction, usage, and evaluation of devices and techniques that create valuable new capabilities for mobile human-computer interaction.

Applications and Experiences

Descriptions of the design, empirical study of interactive applications, or analysis of usage trends that leverage mobile devices and systems.

MobileHCI for social good

Using mobile HCI to address societal challenges of our times such as health care, mobility, sustainability, social engagement, and civic engagement.

Methods and Tools

New methods and tools designed for or applied to studying or building mobile user interfaces, applications, and mobile users.

Theories and Models

Critical analysis or organizing theory with clearly motivated relevance to the design or study of mobile human-computer interaction; taxonomies of design or devices; well-supported essays on emerging trends and practice in mobile human-computer interaction.

Provocations and new Perspectives

Well-argued and well-supported visions of the future of mobile computing; non-traditional topics that bear on mobility; underrepresented viewpoints and perspectives that convincingly bring something new to mobile research and practice.

Situation with Coronavirus/Covid-19

Because of the evolving situation with covid-19 and the difficulties of running a physical in-person conference, we are looking to make a hybrid conference where both virtual and physical elements are intertwined. We are currently working hard on how to make this a great experience for both types of attendees and more information will be provided closer to the time.


Submission Platform

  • All materials must be submitted electronically to PCS by the deadline
  • In PCS, first click “Submissions” at the top of the page, from the dropdown menus select “SIGCHI”, “MobileHCI 2021” and the track you want to submit to.

Submission Format and Length

Important: This year, MobileHCI will be using the new ACM Master Article Templates and Publication Workflow!

  • SIGCHI conference proceedings master template (one column template)
  • Template Source Files | Overleaf template
  • Typical page length is 12-16 pages (+ references), but any page length is allowed
  • Page length should be commensurate with contribution size (in the previous two-columns template, full-length papers had a maximum word-count of between 7000 and 9500 words). Paper length during the submission stage will not be handled as strictly as for previous MobileHCI conferences, but if your paper gets accepted we might request that you need to shorten it. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper of length proportional to its contribution. References are not included in the paper length. Reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a submission relative to its length, so papers with a length disproportionate to their contribution will be rejected. Shorter, more focused papers (akin to Notes or Short Papers in previous years) are encouraged, and will be reviewed appropriately.
  • Guide to accessible submissions


Anonymous for blind review, i.e. authors must remove their names and affiliations throughout all submission materials. We use a relaxed model that does not attempt to conceal all traces of identity from the body of the paper. However, you do need to completely remove identifying information from the title/header/acknowledgements area of the paper, and also make sure that it does not appear in the document’s meta-data.

Citing prior work

Citations to your own previous work do NOT need to be anonymised, so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account. However, you should refer to your prior work in third person.

Selection process

Referred, i.e. the program committee and a set of external reviewers will review submitted papers. The editorial board members will make decisions for any submitted papers as either accepted, minor revisions, major revisions, or rejected. These notifications are sent to authors on March 19 2021. If the initial decision is "minor revisions", the authors will have a revision cycle within the current to address these changes, from March 19 until April 19, 2021. After the revised paper is submitted on April 19, the final decisions will be sent to authors on May 10. If the initial decision is "major revisions", the paper must be submitted in the following round to guarantee treatment as a revision, meaning that the same primary and secondary Board Members are assigned to continuously handle the submission. Submissions requiring "major revisions" will not submit on the revision deadline on April 19, but in the next full review cycle for the following MobileHCI 2022. This is to allow extra time in case the authors need to perform significant new work, such as conducting a new evaluation, before acceptance is possible.


Archival, i.e. accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the MobileHCI 2021 Proceedings and distributed in digital form to conference attendees. ACM will send you a copyright form, which you have to complete. Once completed, ACM will provide you the copyright information to be put into your paper. You can then submit the camera-ready version (including the copyright notice) through the submission system.

Presentation Format

Upon acceptance, you have to present your paper at the conference. At least one author of each paper must register. The exact talk duration will be determined when the program is finalised.


Authors of accepted papers will be invited to participate in the demo session. For this, they will need to submit an addtional document describing technical requirements for the demo. See Demos & Interactivity Prototypes.


Your submission must be original work. It cannot have been published elsewhere, nor can it be under concurrent review for publication by another conference or journal. All references must be complete, accurate, accessible to the HCI public, and conform to the Conference Proceedings Publication Format.


Your submission must be original work. It cannot have been published elsewhere, nor can it be under concurrent review for publication by another conference or journal. All references must be complete, accurate, accessible to the HCI public, and conform to the Conference Proceedings Publication Format. Do not cite publications that are proprietary or confidential at the time of publication. Final camera-ready versions of accepted submissions therefore must be accompanied by a signed copyright form which will be provided to accepted authors. All submissions conflicting with one or more guidelines will be removed before the reviewing process.

Concurrent submissions

There should not be concurrent submissions to other conferences or tracks (see concurrent submissions guidelines for details).

Full Papers Chairs

Portrait of Anne Roudaut

Anne Roudaut
University of Bristol, UK

Portrait of Sebastian Boring

Sebastian Boring
Aalborg University, Denmark

Portrait of Kent Lyons

Kent Lyons
Toyota Research Institute, USA