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BHCI 2018 : 32nd British Human Computer Interaction Conference


When Jul 2, 2018 - Jul 6, 2018
Where Belfast, Northern Ireland
Submission Deadline Mar 31, 2018
Notification Due Apr 30, 2018
Final Version Due May 15, 2018
Categories    HCI   UX   data visualisation   visual analytics

Call For Papers

This HCI conference is well established and has been running for over 30 years attracting. This is a call for papers related to any topic in the HCI discipline. HCI is an exciting field, especially with the growth of user experience (UX) design, usable security, natural and intelligent user interfaces, interactive Internet of Things, chatbots, virtual and augmented realities and affective computing to name but a few of the emerging themes. Moreover, given the growth of human-data interaction, we also welcome papers related to data visualisation/visual analytics/interactive machine learning in the ambition for a thematic session on human-data interaction. This conference will be a good opportunity to network with international researchers, industry practitioners as well as both the British HCI community and the Irish HCI community. We have an industry track with talks from Google, BBC, Spotify, IBM and many more.

The conference will feature excellent keynote speakers – see those already confirmed:
Professor Min Chen, University of Oxford, “The Value of Interaction in Data Intelligence”
Professor Ann Blandford, University College London, “Designing for SPECIal People: The Role of HCI in Delivering Digital Health Technologies that are Usable, Useful and Used” Professor Mike McTear, University of Granada/Ulster University, “Chatbots as A New Interface to Smart Devices: Issues and Challenges”
Professor Lynne Hall, University of Sunderland, “Rethinking User Experience Evaluation: From the Dull to the Sublime”
Professor Paul Mc Kevitt, Ulster University “Waiting for Human-Computer Empathy (HCE)…”


The conference accepts papers related to, but not necessarily limited to the following topics:
User experience research, usability testing and interaction design
Mobile, ubiquitous and pervasive computing
Technology adoption, trust, user engagement and retention
Cognitive science in human-computer interaction
Humanization of interactive technology
eHealth, digital healthcare studies and usability of medical devices
Affective computing, digital empathy, empathic design, positive computing and emotional aspects in human computer interaction
Human-data interaction and interactive machine learning
Ethnographic studies in human computer interaction
Human-robot interaction studies
Child-computer interaction studies
Cybersecurity and usable security
Ethical issues in computing and interactive technologies
Natural user interfaces such as gesture controlled interfaces
Intelligent, adaptive and personalised user interfaces
Conversational user interfaces and chatbots
Interactive Internet of Things and wearable technologies
Virtual and augmented reality
Eye tracking and psychophysiological studies
Creative interaction
Collaborative creativity and collaboration in interaction design teams
Visual analytics/information presentation and visualisation
Human/use error and reliability of interactive systems
Computer-supported cooperative work
Social Interaction and Online Social Media
Cyberpsychology and web science
Accessibility of digital technology and the web

We invite paper submissions to a number of categories:

Full Papers (up to 10 pages excluding references): Will involve an oral presentation at main conference. These are papers that will feature as a presentation in the main conference, allowing presenters to expose their work to delegates.

Position Papers (2 to 4 pages excluding references): Will involve a poster or oral presentation at main conference. These are papers that make a statement, a reflection or a new paradigm or concept in human computer interaction. They may also include prospective or much needed studies, or indeed the ambition of a discipline or newly funded project.

Work-in-Progress Papers (2 to 4 pages excluding references): Will involve a poster at main conference. These are papers that present projects that are work-in-progress, for example, early results.

Doctoral Consortium Papers (up to 6 pages excluding references): Will involve an oral presentation at the doctoral consortium. These papers will be presented at the doctoral consortium on Monday 2 July 2018.

Workshop Papers (up to 4 pages excluding references): Will involve an oral presentation at a relevant workshop. These papers will be presented at a workshop on Tuesday 3 July 2018. Currently, there are 2 workshops - one workshop entitled Affective Computing and one workshop entitled Human Centered Design for Intelligent Environments. If you would like to organise a workshop then please email Dr Raymond Bond ( along with your workshop title and a short 200-300 word outline.

Interactions Gallery Papers (2 to 4 pages excluding references): Will involve a demonstration of the prototype at the main conference. These papers involve a brief description of a prototype, an interactive technology or user interface that the author wishes to demonstrate during the break times at the main conference (4-6 July 2018). This allows for networking and feedback. If there are any specific requirements for your demonstration (e.g. power etc.) please inform the programme chairs and we can accommodate.

Industry track (paper should be up to 2 pages excluding references): Will involve an oral presentation at the main conference. Authors will present their paper at the industry track which will take place on Thursday 5 July 2018. These papers are a maximum of 2 pages. These papers are primarily for practitioners working in industry.

All submissions need to use the Microsoft word eWiC template (the eWiC template can be downloaded online at the following URL: Your paper should then be submitted using EasyChair by clicking on the following URL: You should submit a PDF and the source file of your paper (in .doc or .docx format [Microsoft word]). You are also required to upload a ‘License to Publish’ PDF which you can download here -
All submissions should be written in English. Submissions will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings in the ACM digital library and by the British Computer Society. As with previous years, we are looking for selected papers to be invited as extended papers for journals such as the Interacting with Computers Journal (5-year IF = 2.032, IF=1.4).

LOCATION AND VENUE: The conference will take place at Church House, an awe inspiring building at the heart of Belfast city centre, and will be hosted by Ulster University. The venue is in close proximity to the historic Crown Bar, the Belfast City Hall and the Europa Hotel. Have you heard of C.S. Lewis (author), George Best (Footballer), Seamus Heaney (Poet), Rory McIlroy (Golfer), Liam Neeson (Actor), Geraldine Hughes (Actor), or maybe Lord Kelvin (physicist)? These are just a few of the well known figures born in Northern Ireland. And did you know, the ‘Game of Thrones’ is filmed in Northern Ireland – why not take the tour? If you’re interested in ship building, you can visit the world’s largest Titanic attraction ( Belfast is well connected with 2 airports, and given the conference venue is located in the city centre, the attractions and facilities are within walking distance. See for more information.

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