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

Deadline Date
Paper submission deadline February 4, 2021 at 23:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Revise and Resubmit notification March 19, 2021
Revise and Resubmit submission deadline April 19, 2021 at 23:59 AoE
Paper notifications May 17, 2021
Paper camera ready May 31, 2021 at 23:59 AoE

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, MobileHCI will be held virtually. We are currently working hard on how to make this a great experience 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 - see templates below)
  • ACM Templates and publishing process | 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

Refereed, 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”, we invite the authors to resubmit the paper in the following year and we will attempt to keep the same primary and secondary Board Members 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.


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).

Camera Ready Instructions

Here are the instructions for your camera-ready paper submission.

Step 1: Upload camera-ready on PCS [deadline May 31st, 2021]

You must upload your camera ready versions on PCS before May 31st, 2021. This is a conditional acceptance and ACs will check your last modifications. Please check your emails if additional issues are found by ACs.

Your camera-ready version:

Note: Authors who require template support should reach out to template support team at

Step 2: Include copyright in your camera-ready version

Once the camera-ready version is validated by the ACs, this will happen:

  • The first author receives an ACM e-Rights form to submit (check your spam folder in your email box or accept email from
  • The first author completes and submits the eRights. Please verify that the information is correct, including the title, the names of the authors and their affiliations.
  • The first author receives an email with the text (copyright) to add in the bottom left corner of the first page of your submission (including permissions statement, ISBN, DOI, etc.). This must be added to the camera-ready version of your paper.
Step 3: Upload your paper on TAPS [deadline June 30th, 2021]

Once you have added the copyright to your camera-ready, you must upload it on The ACM Production System (TAPS) before June 30th, 2021. This will happen as follow:

  • The first author will receive an email from TAPS with a link to upload their paper.
  • The first author uses the link to submit a ZIP file containing the sources of your paper. The name of the ZIP file MUST be the name given on the TAPS instructions page (link you will receive by e-mail from TAPS). (Required) a folder named "source" containing the source of your article: ** a Word document or one or more LaTeX files. If you use LaTeX: restrict the use of packages to the white list of approved LaTeX packages published at figures and images to be included in the LaTeX files (Optional) a folder named "pdf" containing a PDF of your article. Generate the pdf with all fonts embedded. For more info see: (Optional) a folder named "supplemental" containing supplementary material to be distributed alongside the article in the DL.
    More information for TAPS

    Please feel free to consult these detailed instructions about submissions on TAPS. This video illustrates the procedure to upload and check the output produced by TAPS. If you have any questions regarding the camera-ready instructions, please contact the proceedings chairs Mathieu Raynal and Thomas Pietrzak (

Step 4: Accessibility

Since the pdf generated by TAPS is not accessible, you should generate an accessible PDF. To do so, please download the PDF generated and make it accessible by following these guidelines. Then, send the accessible PDF to the proceedings chairs:

Video presentation submission instructions for accepted submission

There is a 10-min slot per paper (presentation + Q&A). The 8 sessions will take place live in the morning (CET) and be repeated in the afternoon. Like many conferences, we are taking this year’s challenges as an opportunity to provide you with a fully digital conference. To allow you to present your research in front of the MobileHCI community, we will employ remote video presentations through Remo.

During the conference authors should be able to choose whether they present both times, or only once (you will liaise with the session chair to let them know). There will training for Remo in advance of the conference, the week before, and in the morning. More details will be available closer to the time. For this, each accepted paper must be presented in a 5-minute video. This video should be a condensed version of a slide presentation of your research as you would have held at the physical conference.

The Remote Video Presentation Guide contains details on how to create a successful remote presentation and how to submit it to the conference. We strongly recommend you read this document before creating your video as it will save you time and keep presentations consistent with each other. A few core takeaways from the guide:

  • Ideally, your video includes full-sized slides with a small talking-head picture-in-picture.
  • Submit your video in a common resolution (1280x720 or 1920x1080) as an .mp4 file. In addition, your file should not exceed 200mb.
  • Submit a standalone subtitle file (.srt) along with your video, to ensure that presentations are widely accessible.

Please submit your video presentations via your camera-ready submission in the Precision Conference System (the last fields in the page) before the 17 of September 2021. This ensures that all videos can be fully processed in time for the conference. Please upload the subtitle file for making the conference accessible.

If you have any questions regarding the video instructions, please contact the virtual conference chairs (

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

Associate Chairs

  • Ahuja, Karan - Carnegie Mellon University
  • Besançon, Lonni - Linköping University
  • Bird, Jon - University of Bristol
  • Brudy, Frederik - Autodesk Research
  • Chan, Liwei - National Chiao Tung University
  • Chapuis, Olivier - Université Paris-Saclay, CNRS, Inria
  • Cheng, Lung-Pan - National Taiwan University
  • Cobus, Vanessa - OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology
  • Dierk, Christine - Adobe Research
  • Dingler, Tilman - University of Melbourne
  • Eardley, Rachel - University of Bristol
  • Echtler, Florian - Aalborg University
  • Everitt, Aluna - University of Bristol
  • Freeman, Euan - University of Glasgow
  • Gruenefeld, Uwe - University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Hanton, Ollie - University of Bristol
  • Hasan, Khalad - University of British Columbia
  • Hoggan, Eve - Aarhus University
  • Irani, Pourang - University of Manitoba
  • Karnik, Abhijit - Lancaster University
  • Koelle, Marion - Saarland University
  • Lewis, Makayla - Birmingham City University
  • Liccardi, Ilaria - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mariakakis, Alex - University of Toronto
  • Martinez Plasencia, Diego - University College of London
  • Mayer, Sven - LMU Munich
  • McIntosh, Jess - University of Copenhagen
  • Perrault, Simon - Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Prouzeau, Arnaud - Inria
  • Rohs, Michael - University of Hannover
  • Roumen, Thijs - Hasso Plattner Institute
  • Ruiz, Jaime - University of Florida
  • Rukzio, Enrico - Ulm
  • Sarsenbayeva, Zhanna - University of Melbourne
  • Savage, Valkyrie - Tactual Labs
  • Seifi, Hasti - University of Copenhagen
  • Todi, Kashyap - Aalto University
  • Vatavu, Radu-Daniel - University Stefan cel Mare of Suceava
  • Vo, Dong-Bach - University of Glasgow
  • Wilson, Andrew - Microsoft Research