This year marks the most successful year to date for the University of Washington at CHI, the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI is the premiere forum for research results in the interdisciplinary field of human-computer interaction (HCI). The UW's multi-departmental group in HCI and Design, called dub, had authors on 35 of 57 papers accepted at CHI (61 percent), whose overall acceptance rate was just 26 percent. For an entire university to have such a high acceptance rate overall is nothing shy of astounding, and puts UW at the top among institutions submitting to CHI in terms of both quantity and quality, as judged by submissions and acceptances.
The UW Information School is a vital member of dub and was a major part of dub's success submitting to CHI. The UW iSchool had an author on 16 accepted papers. Reflecting dub's strong ties to the HCI community in the Puget Sound area, industry collaborators from Microsoft Research and Intel Labs Seattle were a part of 12 dub papers accepted.
Held in Vancouver, British Columbia, this year, CHI 2011 will be awash in Husky purple. In addition to iSchool students, faculty and researchers, papers were accepted from the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Human Centered Design and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Biomedical and Health Informatics, among others.
In recent years, the iSchool has also made a strong showing in the awards given out to Best Papers and Best Paper Nominees. A handful of iSchool papers were nominated for paper awards again this year. Final decisions on the awards are typically announced closer to the start of the conference. For more information about dub and the UW faculty, students and researchers collaborating under its umbrella, visit dub.washington.edu.