Call for Tutorials
Call for Tutorials
- Tutorial Proposal (5th of June 2020)
- Tutorials Notification (26th of June 2020)
- Camera-ready Deadline (17th of July 2020)
- Day of Tutorials (5th of October 2020)
Message from the Tutorial Chairs
This year, we have all been confronted with major changes caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, the MobileHCI2020 conference is no exception, and the organizing committee has made the difficult decision to move the conference online, with no physical event happening this year. To reflect this decision, we have updated our Call for Tutorials.
We invite you to submit proposals for online tutorials that are to be held on the 5th of October during the MobileHCI 2020 conference. We strongly believe that online tutorials provide a great opportunity for our community to reach more researchers, while at the same time improving sustainability and reducing barriers to participation (e.g., due to visa issues). However, in order to face the unique challenges, we are introducing some fundamental changes to our Call for Tutorials:
1) Moving tutorials online requires us all to rethink the established concepts of previous tutorials. Therefore, we open tutorials to a broad range of formats in order to engage the online audience in a way well-suited for the presented topic. From online lectures with questions and answers (e.g., on novel research topics or authored books) to more interactive formats involving live coding (e.g., with Jupyter notebook), we welcome all your ideas and are looking forward to reading your proposals.
2) To tackle the issue of different time zones, we discussed possible solutions. We considered organizing the tutorials in the daytime of one specific time zone, to follow previous years and keep it simple. However, we think this solution would exclude many people willing to organize or attend a tutorial. Therefore, we suggest a major change. We ask tutorial organizers to specify a time slot of at least four hours in their time zone (on the 5th of October) in which they would be able to carry out the tutorial, as well as the expected duration of the tutorial (we encourage a shorter tutorial length but recommend at least one hour). We will later determine the time slot for each tutorial based on all accepted tutorials and attendees’ preferences to combine them efficiently into sessions. Furthermore, we will try to offer video recordings of each tutorial. Recordings will only be offered with the consent of the organizers and attendees.
3) Our last change is optional for tutorial organizers. We explicitly ask you to submit tutorial proposals that address topics related to the pandemic and help address the novel challenges that arose from it (e.g., by addressing related topics such as tracking apps or touchless interaction). We believe our community can contribute to improving the situation and we are looking forward to reading your proposals for online tutorials at MobileHCI 2020.
What is a MobileHCI Tutorial?
MobileHCI tutorials are in-depth presentations of fundamental or state-of-the-art topics presented by researchers or practitioners within the field of MobileHCI. The tutorials empower attendees to learn new skills and offer possibilities to meet new people online and discuss topics of shared interest.
The scope for tutorials is broad and includes topics such as new technologies, research approaches and methodologies, design practices, user/consumer insights, investigations into new services/applications/interfaces, statistics, and much more. In addition, we explicitly welcome proposals that address topics related to the coronavirus outbreak. This virus challenges us to rethink many aspects of our daily lives and we believe that the MobileHCI community can help to tackle some of these challenges.
A tutorial should focus on its topic in detail and include references to the “must-read” papers or materials within its domain. A participatory approach in which the tutorial participants actively engage in exercises is welcomed, though not required. Given the situation, it is also understandably harder to achieve this year. Nevertheless, we encourage tutorial organizers to try out new formats that seem promising in that regard.
The expected audience will vary in terms of prior knowledge, but will largely consist of researchers, PhD students, practitioners, and educators.
Preparing the Submission
In your proposal please include:
The title of the tutorial
Time zone of the organizers and time slot (at least four hours) in which the tutorial could be held on the 5th of October in your time zone
Length of the tutorial (recommended at least one hour, three hours maximum)
Learning goals of the tutorial
The intended audience(s) of the tutorial
The covered topics and the depths to which you will cover them
NEW: Section about supporting remote attendees (see explanation below)
Overview of the materials provided to the participants
A brief biography of the instructor(s)
Use the SIGCHI extended abstracts format for your proposal, max 4 pages. Accepted submissions will be included in the ACM Digital Library as part of the MobileHCI 2020 Adjunct Proceedings. The biographies of the instructors can go to the 5th page.
Send a PDF version of your tutorial proposal directly to the Tutorial Chairs at email@example.com. Final submissions of accepted course descriptions will be managed in PCS.
The Tutorials Chairs will evaluate all proposals and communicate acceptance decisions to the proposers. Accepted tutorial proposals will be included in the Conference Adjunct Proceedings. Tutorial instructors receive compensation (free registration to the conference).
Supporting Remote Attendees
Proposals for tutorials should include a section about ‘Supporting Remote Attendees’ in which the authors give more details about the planned online format of their tutorial. Please consider the following questions in this section:
- How many remote participants could attend your tutorial?
- Do you have requirements for the provided video conferencing tool (e.g., chat function, audio and video of the attendees, etc.)?
- How do you plan to engage online attendees in the tutorial?
- Is additional software used for activities of the tutorial (e.g., Jupyter Notebook)?
- If additional software is used, can you provide it to the participants?
- Are online attendees required to prepare something before the tutorial?
- Is it possible to record the tutorial so it is accessible for other conference attendees (we would handle the recording through the video conferencing software)?
IT for Innovative Services, Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology, Luxembourg
OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology, Germany
If you have questions about tutorials at MobileHCI 2020, please contact the Tutorials Chairs at
We look forward to reading your proposals!
Dimitra Anastasiou and Uwe Gruenefeld