Open house

HCI 2009 - Conference Archive Homepage
The 23rd BCS conference on Human Computer Interaction celebrated the people who use technology, the people who create new technologies, and the relationship between them. A centrepiece of the conference was an Open House Festival involving the many Cambridge laboratories and startup companies now creating new displays, devices, games, communications and ubiquitous computing technologies. New developments in HCI depend on technology, and interchange between the communities provided influence in both directions.

The scientific programme of the conference had a special focus on the priorities of UK and European research. In addition to scientific quality, we emphasised creativity, originality and relevance to real problems. By aligning recognition of the best HCI research with peer review criteria for career development and research funding, HCI 2009 was dedicated to enhancing and supporting the HCI research community.

HCI 2009 was hosted by Cambridge University and Microsoft Research Cambridge. General chairs were Alan Blackwell (CU) and Ken Wood (MSRC). Keynote speakers included Bill Buxton, author of Sketching User Experiences, and Anthony Dunne, Head of Design Interaction at the Royal College of Art and author of Design Noir: The Secret Life of Electronic Objects.

The proceedings of HCI 2009 are available from the ACM Digital Library and the BCS publication archive.

Acceptance statistics
HCI 2009 pioneered an alternative review process, in which all submissions were reviewed in a single pool, and those papers ranked highest by an extended review community (7 reviewers per paper) and external advisory council were given special recognition. In order to gain credit for those high ranked papers, acceptance rates can be quoted as follows:

  • Archival highlight prize: acceptance rate 7%
  • Full length presentation: acceptance rate 15%
  • Mid length presentation: acceptance rate 25%
  • Encounter session presentation: acceptance rate 56%