Summer School on Write a paper for CHI 2021

July 18-20, 2019 | IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

The influx of information technology is rapidly changing societies in Asia. Individuals and communities are adapting to and appropriating these technologies for their own purposes. As a result, there is a greater need for understanding research in these areas. Concomitantly, to support IT research in Asia, there is a need for capacity building and mobilization of researchers who work with humans, computers and their interaction.

ACM SIGCHI ( is the premier international society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in human-technology and human-computer interaction (HCI). ACM SIGCHI has been organising several conferences and events related to human-computer interaction (HCI). The CHI conference is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction (see the latest edition here: In year 2021, the CHI conference will be organised in Asia.

Under this purview, ACM SIGCHI Asian Development Committee would like to increase its engagement with researchers and practitioners from Asia. We are organizing a summer school to support SIGCHI's goal of encouraging researchers from Asia. This summer school will enable Asian researchers to frame their research and take active part in the CHI research community. The venue of the summer school will be in Mumbai and the dates will be July 18-20, 2019.

About the Summer School

We aim to facilitate the following activities through this summer school, leading to a submission to CHI 2021.

  • Enable engagement among emerging researchers in the HCI community in Asia
  • Train researchers on developing HCI research questions, planning and carrying out the research, and writing strong papers
  • Follow-up with 6 virtual bi-monthly group meetings to peer review the ongoing work over the following year
  • Pair each participant with a senior, widely-published mentor to advise them on their work over the following year

The summer school will be instructed by 5-6 senior researchers including three international researchers and two or three local researchers. During the summer school participants will have an opportunity to attend lectures, present their research questions, draw up a research plan, receive preliminary feedback, and refine their ongoing work. After the summer school, participants are expected to continue their work. Each participant will be assigned to a mentor. It is expected that the mentors and mentees will meet once a month, or bi-monthly, virtually till September 2020, when they will hopefully submit their papers to CHI 2021.


Following are the tentative topics of the summer school. Detailed contents will be updated in due course.

  • Planning and conducting a research project
  • Structure of a paper
  • Writing a paper
  • Choosing a venue to submit
  • The CHI review process for papers
  • Interpreting reviews and writing a rebuttal
  • Camera ready papers

While the summer school may include some discussions on research methods, it will mostly concentrate on converting research into a paper. Participants are expected to have some background and experience with research methods.

Call for Participation

We seek about a total of about 20 participants. Interested participants are requested to submit a statement of purpose through this form:

While all participants (students and professionals) must fill out the form, we encourage students who are interested in getting grants (see below) to fill out the form as soon as possible.While all participants (students and professionals) must fill out the form, we encourage students who are interested in getting grants (see below) to fill out the form as soon as possible.

There will be two deadlines for applications (see the important dates below). After the first deadline, the organisers will review the applicants and will inform the selected participants. Selected participants must register and pay fees for the summer school by the given date. Vacant seats, if any, after the first deadline deadline will be rolled over to the second deadline where a similar process will be followed.

While the summer school will be open to everyone including students, practitioners and college teachers, we encourage participants with a strong interest and some experience in HCI research. Priority will be given to those who have either recently finished their masters and are contemplating a PhD, or current PhD students who are still early in their research. Researchers from Asia, specifically from India and neighbouring countries are highly encouraged to apply. The ACM SIGCHI Asian Development Committee is planning similar summer schools in China and South-east Asia focussing on participants in those regions.

ACM SIGCHI will provide grants to cover travel (economy class return airfare to Mumbai) and accommodation (specified accommodation) to about 10 participants who are full-time students. The participation fees for these students will also be waived by the organisers. Professionals and part-time students will not be considered for the grants, though they are welcome to participate by paying the regular fees.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis based on research experience. Applicants will need to specifically apply for this grant in the above form. The organisers will review the applications and select up to 10 participants for the award after the first deadline. Selected participants are expected to buy travel tickets and inform the organisers by a specific date. If there are more valid applicants than selected after the first round, a waiting list will be maintained. Applicants in the waiting list not shortlisted in the first round will be automatically considered for the second round. A similar process will be followed for the second round.

Subsidised accommodation has been booked for grantees. Grantees will need to pay for travel and accommodation by themselves at first. ACM will reimburse the grantees these costs after the summer school.


Fees₹14,000 + GST
Application Form

Important dates

20 MayDeadline for submitting complete applications for the first round (applications close 23:59 PST)
1 JuneIntimation to selected participants and grant information in the first round
10 JuneDeadline for registration for participants selected in the first round and deadline for informing the organisers about the travel plans for those receiving grants
11 JuneApplication form reopened
20 JuneDeadline for submitting complete applications (applications close 23:59 PST)
1 JulyIntimation to selected participants and grant information in the second round
18-20 JulySummer school


  • Janet Read

    University of Central Lancashire

  • Keith Vertanen

    Michigan Technological University

  • Byungjoo Lee


  • Neha Kumar

    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Vivek Kant

  • Manjiri Joshi