I hope you all are gearing up for HCIR 2009! Those who have not yet read the call for participation or looked at the web site can safely ignore this message, which announces what we hope is a minor change for participants.
After receiving feedback to the CFP, we (Bill, Ryen, and I) decided to request more substantive position papers (up to 4 pages), and to select four to six of these for presentation in a workshop panel. We will still have a morning “poster boaster” session for all other participants, and we strongly encourage all attendees (including those on the panel) to present posters.
I hope the change does not cause any confusion or inconvenience–in any case, the submission date is still four months away! We made the change after being convinced that having a few peer-reviewed presentations would help continue the tradition that people bring their best work to the workshop, as they have done in previous years. But I do want to reinforce that, as we announced in the CFP, we will adjust the schedule to allow for more interaction time relative to previous years. We do recognize that the discussions are the best part of the workshop.
In any case, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know! This is still a young workshop, and we’d like to make sure we are listening to the community we serve.