The theme of DIS 2018 is diversity and design. Diversity is reflected in the choice of Hong Kong as the site of the DIS 2018 conference. Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people come from different ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds to form a multiplicity of communities, beliefs, and practices. Interactive systems can be designed to take into account diversity, but also the universal landscape as the recent success of many Silicon Valley companies so clearly show. When faced with diversity, designers face a classic philosophical question about particulars and universals: should design build on diversity and be particular, or should it go after universal applications, technologies and experiences? Every designer has to find a way around this question in defining their view of experience, methods, applications and technologies.


ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems conference 2018

DIS 2018 invites submissions that address the following questions: Are our current models of user experience adequate in addressing diversity? What kinds of methods and processes are needed for designing for diversity? How can applications and technologies be designed to address diversity and even add to it in this era of giant global corporations? What are the ethical limits designers have to face when designing for diversity? 

These questions are meant as inspiration and they are by no means a condition for a paper being accepted to the conference. When submitting, you must select one or two of the following subcommittees:

  • Design theory, methods, and critical perspectives:
    Do our design methods, processes and critical perspectives support diversity? How could they be improved and what are the limits? – When submitting to this subcommittee, your paper may focus on methods, tools, and techniques for engaging people; researching, designing, and co-designing interactive systems; participatory design, design artifacts, research through design; documenting and reflecting on design processes etc.
  • Experience:
    Are our current models of user experience adequate in addressing diversity – or it is better to go universal? - This subcommittee focuses on places, temporality, people, communities, events, phenomena, aesthetics, user experience, usability, engagement, empowerment, wellbeing, designing things that matter, diversity, participation, materiality, making, etc.
  • Application Domains:
    How to design applications that take into account diversity – or should we design universal applications? - This subcommittee seeks submissions that focus on health, ICT4D, children-computer interaction, sustainability, games/entertainment computing, digital arts, etc.
  • Technological Innovation:
    When designing systems, tools, and artifacts, should we design for particular situations and communities or go global? – This subcommittee is interested in sensors and actuators, mobile devices, multi touch and touchless interaction, social media, personal, community-based, and public displays, etc.

We welcome and encourage theoretical contributions to DIS 2018. 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 2018 are published by the ACM in the ACM Digital Library and have in the past attracted high impact, visibility and citations.

Authors take note

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)

Important Dates

First act submissions:

  • 8 January 2018: Submission: Papers, Notes, Pictorials full submission due
  • 8 January 2018: Workshop proposals due
  • 5 March 2018: Papers, Notes, Pictorials, Workshop proposals author notifications
  • 30 March 2018: Papers, Notes, Pictorials camera ready due

Second act submissions:

  • 12 March 2018: Submission of Provocations & Works-in-Progress, Demos, Doctoral Consortium full submission due
  • 12 March 2018: Student Volunteer applications due
  • 4 April 2018: Provocations & Works-in-Progress, Demos, Doctoral Consortium & Student Volunteer notifications
  • 9 April 2018: Provocations & Works-in-Progress, Demos, Doctoral Consortium camera ready due

Conference dates:

  • June 9-10, 2018: Workshops and Doctoral Consortium
  • June 11-13, 2018: Conference
  • June 12, 2018: Extra program – a trip to Shenzhen, China

Conference Chairs

Ilpo Koskinen,
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Youn-kyung Lim,
Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Mail to conference chairs: chairs [AT] dis2018.org

Technical Program Chairs

Teresa Cerratto-Pargman,
Stockholm University
Ka Nin (Kenny) Chow,
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
William Odom,
Simon Fraser University
Mail to Technical Program Chairs: program [AT] dis2018.org