The theme of DIS 2017 is bridging and connecting – across disciplines, practices, places and understandings. The most interesting things happen at edges and boundaries, and so the aim of the 2017 conference is to examine different approaches to framing knowledge about the design of interactive systems.

As advancements in interactive technology continue to blur the demarcations between people and data, and between things and software, interaction designers and researchers are finding new ways to explore this evolving, interdisciplinary landscape. At DIS 2017 we shall consider the contrasts and commonalities that are central in shaping the landscape of emerging interaction paradigms.

DIS 2017 is hosted by the Centre for Interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University.


DIS 2017 centres on designerly approaches to creating, deploying and critically reflecting on interactive systems. It is an interdisciplinary conference that encompasses how such systems are built, introduced and employed in a wide variety of socio-cultural contexts. We welcome a broad engagement with the field by inviting submissions that consider the following, from a diverse range of researchers and practitioners within the field of interactive systems design:

  • Design Methods and Processes: Methods, tools, and techniques for engaging people; researching, designing, and co-designing interactive systems; participatory design, design artefacts, research through design; documenting and reflecting on design processes etc.
  • Experience: Places, temporality, people, communities, events, phenomena, aesthetics, user experience, usability, engagement, empowerment, wellbeing, designing things that matter, diversity, participation, materiality, making, etc.
  • Application Domains: Health, ICT4D, children-computer interaction, sustainability, games/entertainment computing, digital arts, etc.
  • Technological Innovation (systems, tools, and/or artifact designs): Sensors and actuators, mobile devices, multi touch and touchless interaction, social media, personal, community, public displays etc.

We welcome and encourage theoretical contributions to DIS 2017. Rather than its own subcommittee, please consider submitting theory contributions to any of the above four subcommittees.

Papers and Notes accepted for presentation at DIS 2017 are published by the ACM in the Digital Library and have in the past attracted high impact, visibility and citations.


Formatting and Length

All submissions should be formatted using the SIGCHI Conference Publications Format. Please use the most recent SIGCHI Papers template in either Word or LaTeX format. Papers should be no longer than 10 pages, while Notes should be no longer than 4 pages. This includes all figures, tables, appendices, and an abstract of less than 150 words. References do not count towards the page limits. Submissions that are over the required length will be rejected.

All Papers and Notes must present original, unpublished research. Papers and Notes are not allowed to be under concurrent review with other conferences, journals, or venues.

When considering whether to write a Paper or Note, please think about the breadth of contribution that your work presents to the field. Both Papers and Notes should be substantial contributions. A Paper allows authors with particularly novel or high-impact work to outline new approaches, philosophies, or findings in greater depth. A Note allows work that is significant and novel but incremental to be added to the field.



Both Papers and Notes should be anonymised for blind peer review. Authors are expected to remove author and institutional identity from the title and header of the paper, as well as any information embedded within the meta-data of the submission file. Suppression of identity in the body of the paper is left up to the discretion of authors. However, reviewers must be able to compare your current submission to other related work in the area. In many situations, this is the author’s own work found in other papers. We ask that if you are citing your own work, that you refer to it in the third person as opposed to removing it completely because of blind review. For example, rather than stating, “This study builds on our prior work [removed for anonymity],” please refer to it in the third person, such as, “This study builds on prior work by <authors, where you list your names> [2].”



You must submit your Notice of Intent (NOI) to submit a Paper, Note or Pictorial to the PCS submission system by 9 Jan 2017.

The NOI is submitted as an entry in the PCS (Precision Conference System) with tentative author names, title, abstract and, CRUCIALLY, the primary and secondary theme. The NOI is used by the reviewing committee to ensure we have an appropriate balance of reviewers across the themes for final submissions.

You can make changes as many times as you like before the final submission deadline of 16 Jan 2017. Note that this represents a compromise between the tight review schedule this year and the submission deadline being close to the public holidays. There will be no further extensions!

As part of the submission process, authors must submit an abstract, keywords, and meta-data related to the submission’s contents. Authors will also be asked to select a ranked list of between one and three themes that fit their paper. Themes include the following:

  • Design Methods and Processes
  • Experience
  • Application Domains
  • Technological Innovation (systems, tools, and/or artifact designs)

Details for each theme are listed above in the Call for Papers. Theme selection will be used to assign your Paper or Note to one of the review subcommittees.

 Sub-Committee Chairs

Design Methods and Processes
Steve Harrison, Virginia Tech
Mark Blythe,  Northumbria University

Sarah Kettley, Nottingham Trent University
Ron Wakkary, Technical University Eindhoven 

Application Domains
Wendy Moncur, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee
Licia Calvi, University of Applied Sciences, Breda

Technological Innovation (systems, tools, and/or artifact designs)
Floyd Muller, RMIT University
Nuno Nunes, University of Madeira


 Review Process

Papers and Notes follow the same rigorous blind peer review process. This process is managed by the Technical Program Chairs (TPC), the Subcommittee Chairs (SCs) for each theme, and Associate Chairs (ACs). Confidentiality of submissions is maintained throughout the review process.

  1. After the submission deadline, each paper will be assigned to a subcommittee based on the themes selected during the PCS submission process, and at the discretion of the program chairs.
  2. SCs will then assign each paper to a primary AC (1AC) as well as a secondary AC (2AC). Each AC will find one external reviewer for each of their assigned papers. Thus, each paper will be assigned two ACs (one 1AC and one 2AC) along with two external reviewers. As part of this process, we strive to find ACs and reviewers who are experts in the topic area of each submission.
  3. During the review period, external reviewers will write a detailed review of their assigned papers and assess the contribution of the research to the field. The 2AC will also write a detailed review of their assigned papers. Thus, each submitted paper will receive three detailed reviews in total.
  4. After the reviews have been written, the 1AC for a paper will write a meta review of the paper that summarises the reviews from the two external reviewers and the 2AC. The 1AC will then present a recommendation for the paper’s acceptance or rejection to the SC responsible for the paper.
  5. SCs will review the scores and meta reviews for each of their assigned papers and make preliminary decisions, at the recommendation of the 1ACs.
  6. SCs will meet at an in-person program committee meeting with the TPC to discuss the final acceptance of papers for inclusion in the DIS 2017 program.


 Upon Acceptance of Your Paper or Note

Authors will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection of their Paper or Note on or before the notification date of 13 March 2017. Meta reviews will describe any further changes that the authors are expected to make to the paper prior to its publication. These should be made as part of a “camera ready submission” into PCS by the deadline of 7 April 2017. Final changes will be checked by members of the program committee prior to making a final acceptance of the paper. If authors are unable to meet the requirements for changes, the program chairs will be notified and may reject the paper.

All accepted submissions require a signed form assigning copyright or licence to the ACM, or an upfront fee to ACM to enable Open Access. Responsibility for obtaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author, not the ACM or the DIS conference.

Additionally, each accepted submission requires a full conference registration fee to be paid, unless the person presenting the Paper or Note is a first-author student, in which case, a student registration fee has to be paid.

All published papers will appear online in the ACM Digital Library and be distributed digitally to conference delegates as part of the conference proceedings.

At the conference, authors of accepted papers must be in attendance to present their papers and answer questions from the audience. Presenters of Papers have a 20-minute slot including questions, and presenters of Notes have a 10-minute slot including questions. Papers and Notes whose authors are not at the conference to present may be removed from the ACM Digital Library and the conference proceedings.

Technical Program Chairs:
Michael Smyth, Edinburgh Napier University
Peter Dalsgaard, University of Aarhus