CFP: CHI 2010 Workshop on Researcher-Practitioner Interaction (Atlanta, GA USA)

Workshop Overview:

This workshop explores whether problems exist between HCI researchers and practitioners who are consumers of research — and, if so, it will endeavor to identify the dimensions of the problems and propose possible solutions. On the one hand, the workshop thus aims to articulate factors that may render the research literature inaccessible or irrelevant to practitioners and to suggest potential improvements and approaches. On the other hand, the workshop also aims to learn from researchers how their research could benefit from practitioner input. We invite practitioners and researchers to submit a position statement of up to four pages (in CHI Extended Abstracts format), plus a short bio, by email to by January 6th, 2010, to participate in this one-day workshop.

Your position paper should attempt to answer one or more of the following (or related) questions:
  • How can the usefulness of research papers be improved to suit varied audiences?
  • How should research be disseminated to different audiences, including practitioners?
  • What are the barriers that discourage practitioners from adopting research findings?
  • How can research papers be made more accessible?
  • How can collaboration between the two sub-communities be increased for future CHI conferences?
  • What should students of HCI and interaction design be taught about research, to prepare them for the practitioner world?

We will select a variety of viewpoints from participants with diverse experience. Participants will be able to access all of the accepted position statements in advance, to facilitate pre-conference discussion and to support the formulation of discussion questions. The organizers will also publish a draft agenda to prepare for the in-depth discussions during the workshop.

Up-to-date information on the workshop will be available on this workshop wiki:

Please note that workshop participants must register for the workshop and for at least one day of the CHI 2010 conference. Workshop fees in 2010 are estimated to be $175 for a one-day workshop.

Important dates:

Submission deadline – 6th January, 2010
Notification - 30th January, 2010
Workshop - 11th April 2010 (contiguous with the main conference)


· Elizabeth Buie (Luminanze Consulting, LLC)
· Susan Dray (Dray & Associates, Inc.),
· Keith Instone (IBM),
· Jhilmil Jain (HP Labs),
· Gitte Lindgaard (Carleton University),
· Arnie Lund (Microsoft),