Important Dates

  • November 6, 2015: Submissions due
  • December 15, 2015: Notification of acceptance
  • February 29 – March 2: Panels take place during the CSCW conference

What is a panel?

A panel is a collection of people discussing an important topic to our field with energy, insight, and verve—they need not be dull and boring.

Great panels are an excellent way to generate debate, raise new and interesting issues at CSCW, and hear multiple points of view on a given topic. CSCW panels are a forum for discussing provocative, controversial, innovative, emerging, boundaryspanning and boundary-breaking issues.

While paper sessions provide detailed discussions of work recently completed, panels provide an opportunity to hear from research leaders about what is on the horizon — or what is already here but not yet recognized, acknowledged or discussed.

Criteria for Successful Panels

The best panels provide opportunities for audience participation. We especially encourage proposals for panels that will:

  • Discuss relevant, important, and critical topics
  • Engage the audience and provoke discussion
  • Blend several disciplines in productive conversation

Submitting a Proposal

Panel proposals should be no longer than 4 pages in the SIGCHI Extended Abstract Format (Word, Latex). They should include:

  • The panel topic
  • One-paragraph biographical sketches of the panelists describing their expertise
  • Proposed structure and format of the panel, including how you intend to encourage interaction with the audience
  • Any technical requirements

Panel submissions should be e-mailed to the Panels Co-Chairs at

All panel submissions are due by 11:59pm PDT on November 6, 2015.

Accepted Proposals

Accepted proposals will be published in the ACM Digital Library and distributed to attendees as part of the Conference Extended Abstracts.

The final photo-ready abstract should be no longer than 4 pages and should include a description of the panel topic, one-paragraph biographical sketches of the panelists, a position statement by each panelist and an overview of the ways in which the position statements relate to each other. When a panel submission is accepted it is the panel organizer’s responsibility to receive confirmation from the panelists.

Please note that presenting panelists are responsible for their own conference registration fee, travel, and accommodation costs.

Panels Co-Chairs

Daniel M. Russell, Google
Jacki O’Neill, Microsoft Research India