The DIS 2017 Provocations and Works-in-Progress (PWiP) track is a format that allows authors to propose novel, in-progress and thought provoking research. The PWiP format is intended to facilitate discussion between authors and conference attendees. We welcome all submissions related to the design of interactive systems as well as the conference theme of BRIDGING KNOWLEDGE, CONNECTING PEOPLE.

We particularly welcome design research contributions that value:

  • Novelty over evidence (You don’t need a user study!)
  • Provocation over generalization (You don’t need to make everyone happy!)
  • Design making over design guidelines (Why not show us, rather than tell?)

While PWiP submissions need not have reached the level of completion of Full Paper submissions, they should demonstrate a contribution in terms of research and/or design knowledge.

All PWiP submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed.

Accepted PWiP submissions will be published in the DIS 2017 companion publication (adjunct proceedings).


  • March 20, 2017: Provocations & Works-in-Progress due
  • April 11, 2017: Provocations & Works-in-Progress author notifications
  • April 18, 2017: All camera ready papers due
  • May 8, 2017: Early Bird registration deadline
  • June 12-14, 2017: Conference


Preparing and Submitting

A PWiP paper should not exceed 4 pages (excluding references) formatted using the most recent SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format (US Letter).

Please include one sentence that can be used in the conference program as a stand-alone teaser or provocation related to your submission, with the aim of drawing attendees to your presentation and engage in discussion.

All submissions should be anonymised and submitted via the DIS 2017 PCS system by March 20, 2017. Deadline extensions will not be possible.



Accepted PWiPs will be required to present a poster or similar physical visual artefact as means of presenting your work and engaging conference attendees. We intend to do some innovation around the usual poster session format so we will work with authors of accepted PWiPs between the notification deadline and the conference itself to make this happen.

Provocations and Works-in-Progress Chairs

Shaun Lawson
Northumbria University 

Preben Hansen
Stockholm University
You can contact the chairs by sending an email to provocations [AT]