Duties & Procedures

The Steering Committee

The MobileHCI Steering Committee (SC) is responsible for:

  1. promoting and maintaining the MobileHCI conference as the premiere venue for researchers and practitioners interested in user interaction issues of mobile devices and services
  2. ensuring the highest quality for the contents of the event
  3. deciding where the MobileHCI conference is held every year
  4. providing advice to the current and future chairs of the MobileHCI conference
  5. being actively involved in the conference series
  6. promoting the inclusion of ToCHI and HCI journal papers into the conference program each year
  7. resolving general issues involved with the MobileHCI conference.
Members of the SC are expected to attend the annual MobileHCI Steering Committee meeting during the annual conference (in person ideally but via video conference in lieu of this).


The SC started operating on March 15, 2006. Its initial members are the members of the former MobileHCI Planning group (Adrian David Cheok, National University of Singapore; Anne Kaikkonen, Nokia, Finland; Luca Chittaro, University of Udine, Italy; Fabio Paterno, CNR, Italy; Keith Cheverst, Lancaster University, England; Mark Dunlop, Strathclyde University, Scotland; Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria; Matt Jones, Swansea University, Wales; Stephen Brewster, Glasgow University, Scotland).

The SC will invite future members, by choosing among the chairs of the MobileHCI conference.

The SC is expected to have less than 20 members and more than 10.

The general chairs of the MobileHCI conference n-1, n and n+1 are invited to the SC as temporary members

Chair Selection

The chair is elected through a vote by steering committee members. The appointment as steering committee chair usually lasts three years. The current steering committee chairs have been elected after MobileHCI 2022. Therefore, the next chairs will be elected at the end of MobileHCI 2025. The co-chair (who also has secretary's duties) is nominated through the steering committee chair upon election, and the steering committee has to approve this nomination.

Discussion and Decision Process

Any SC member can raise an issue by sending an e-mail to the list of all SC members. Every SC members must reply to the mail on the list, describing her/his position within a week. If no consensus is apparent, the Chair calls for a formal vote by e-mail. Every SC member must reply sending her/his vote on the list within a week.

Steering Committee Rotation Policy

  • The SC Chairs lets 25% of the longest-serving members of the steering committee who have served for at least four years know that their term is up at least 3 weeks before the annual SC meeting at the Mobile HCI Conference.
  • The SC Chairs invite them to either nominate themselves to continue serving for a further 4 years or rotate off the committee. They must respond at least one week before the SC annual meeting.
  • A list of all members rotating off and those that have requested to continue for another term are circulated to the committee one week before the SC annual meeting.
  • If the member asks to serve for another this is put to a vote of the steering committee at the annual SC meeting. The vote will only take place if we have less than 2 committee members volunteering to leave the committee.
  • In the event of a conflict of interest any member of the steering committee should absent themselves from voting.

Termination of Membership

A member of the SC is expected to be actively involved in the conference series which can include, attending the annual conference, submitting papers, organising workshops, running tutorials, contributing to the SC discussion and decision process and attending SC meetings. Membership of a SC member terminates when (s)he is frequently inactive. Along with participation, the SC mailing list serves as an archive of members' activities and should be reported on by the chair of the SC at the start of each annual steering committee meeting.