Late-Breaking Work

Quick Facts

  • Important Dates:
    • Submission deadline: 13 January 2016 (12:00pm noon PST).
    • Notification deadline: 8 February 2016.
    • Publication-ready deadline: 12 February 2016 (12:00pm noon PST).
  • Submission Details:
    • Online Submission: PCS Submission System.
    • Template: Extended Abstracts Format.
    • Submission Format: a poster abstract (6-page limit) prepared in the Extended Abstracts Format. Submissions longer than 6 pages will be automatically rejected.
    • For this venue, references DO NOT count towards page length.
    • Submissions are not anonymous and should include all author names, affiliations, and contact information.
  • Selection Process: Juried.
  • Chairs: Michael Massimi, Panos Markopoulos, Helena Mentis, and Andrea Grimes Parker (
  • At the Conference: Accepted submissions will be presented as a poster during the conference. We will provide more information once the acceptance notifications are sent out.
  • After the Conference: Extended Abstracts proceedings available in the ACM Digital Library.
  • New for CHI 2016:
    • Late-Breaking Work is the new name for the submission category previously called Works-in-Progress. This new name was chosen to better reflect the content in, and format of, submissions to this venue.
    • While in previous years authors submitted a poster design in addition to their extended abstract, this year submissions will comprise an extended abstract only.


Message from the Late-Breaking Work Chairs

We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit a Late-Breaking Work extended abstract as it provides a unique opportunity for sharing valuable ideas, eliciting useful feedback on early-stage work, and fostering discussions and collaborations among colleagues. Accepted submissions will be presented as a physical poster at the conference, and the extended abstract will be made available to the CHI community through inclusion in the Extended Abstracts proceedings.

There are two updates to this venue for CHI 2016. First, in prior years, this venue was called Works-in-Progress. For CHI 2016, we have renamed the venue to Late-Breaking Work to better reflect the content of submissions to this venue. Second, while in previous years authors submitted a poster design in addition to their extended abstract, this year submissions will comprise an extended abstract only.

Michael Massimi, Facebook
Panos Markopoulos, Eindhoven University of Technology
Helena Mentis, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Andrea Grimes Parker, Northeastern University


What is Late-Breaking Work

A Late-Breaking Work submission is a concise report of recent findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work relevant to the CHI community. Late-Breaking Work submissions represent work that has not reached a level of completion or maturity that would warrant the full refereed selection process. Submissions should report on cutting edge or emerging work that has not been fully realized or developed, for which empirical data may not yet be available, or that has not yet reached a level of maturity expected for other CHI submission venues (e.g. main track papers and notes). This being said, appropriate submissions should make a contribution to the body of HCI knowledge, whether realized or promised. A significant benefit of a Late-Breaking Work derives from the discussion between authors and conference attendees that will be fostered by the face-to-face presentation of the work. Examples of work sought by this submission category include: emergent technologies, designs, empirical findings or theoretical contributions, preliminary studies, and ongoing work.

The Late-Breaking Work category aims to attract participation from a broad range of disciplines covering a spectrum of topics and methodologies. We encourage submissions from all of CHI’s communities and those new to the CHI community. This venue is also an excellent way for those new to the CHI community to share their work and become acquainted with the field. Please note that summaries of published work or reduced versions of main track CHI submissions are inappropriate as a Late-Breaking Work submission and will be rejected.

Late-Breaking Work abstracts appear in the CHI Extended Abstracts proceedings. Copyright is retained by the authors, and the material from them can be used as the basis for future publications as long as there are “significant” revisions from the original. For more information on the republishability of material appearing at CHI, along with links to relevant ACM policies, please see the section on Republishability on the main CHI CFP.


Preparing and Submitting your Late-Breaking Work

Late-Breaking Work submissions consist of an extended abstract. Please note that in previous years, authors were required to submit a poster design in addition to the extended abstract. For CHI 2016, authors should only submit their extended abstract document, per the following directions:

  1. A poster abstract must be prepared in the Extended Abstract Format and submitted as a PDF file. The paper should be at most 6 pages long. Note however that references are not counted in this page limit. The submission length should be commensurate with the scope of the work described, so submissions shorter than 6 pages are also allowed. Any submission longer than 6 pages and/or not adhering to the Extended Abstract Format will be automatically rejected.
  2. Your poster abstract should be close to camera-ready and thoroughly copy-edited. Late-Breaking Work submissions are not anonymous and should therefore include all author names, affiliations and contact information.

The Extended Abstract should communicate:

  • A concise description of the work
  • Implications of the work for the CHI community
  • Recommendations for further investigation and/or incorporation into practice

Examples of Extended Abstracts can be found in the ACM DL.

Due to the short selection cycle, there should be very, very few changes between your submission and the camera-ready final document, except in rare circumstances. Furthermore, due to the very rapid selection process we cannot offer any extensions to the deadline.


Late-Breaking Work Selection Process

Late-Breaking Work submissions are selected through a Juried process. The process has been designed to acknowledge the early-stage nature of the work. All submissions are considered confidential during the review process.

Each submission will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Significance: How important is the problem or question that this submission addresses? How important is the output of this work in contributing to the identified problem or question? How greatly can others benefit from this work?
  • Originality: How novel is the contribution? How clearly does the submission communicate the ways that it differs from and goes beyond the most relevant previous work in this area? (Note that for a Works-in-Progress submission, full literature searches are not expected, although the most relevant citations should be included.)
  • Validity: How appropriate are the chosen methods for the work being undertaken? How well are the submission’s claims and conclusions supported by the results?
  • Written Presentation: How clear and understandable is the writing in the poster abstract? To what extent does the abstract conform to all Extended Abstract formatting requirements and the 6-page limit?
  • Ability of the Work to Engender Discussion: To what degree will the presentation of this work stimulate interesting conversation among researchers or practitioners? To what extent will the presenters benefit from being able to discuss their work and receive feedback at this stage?

The extended abstract should contain no sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, with the exception of title and author information which will be published on the website prior to the conference.


Upon Acceptance of Your Late-Breaking Work Submission

Late-Breaking Work authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on 8 February 2016. Authors of accepted submissions will receive instructions of how to prepare and submit the publication-ready version, and details on the poster presentation and scheduling at the conference.

Examples of posters can be found in the ACM DL. Please note that in previous years, the Late-Breaking Work venue was named Works-in-Progress (WiPs). Some of the previous WiPs with good posters are the following:


Schedule of Groups

The new updated version of the Scheduled Display of Late-breaking Work posters can be seen here.


At the Conference

At least one author must attend the conference to present the poster. Authors will be assigned a time and location to present their poster to conference attendees. Note that it is possible that each poster may be presented over two consecutive days, so please keep that in mind while making travel plans. Late-Breaking Work submissions whose authors are not at the conference to present their poster may be withdrawn from the ACM Digital Library. Please see previous year’s CHI programs for examples of typical poster schedules.

LBW posters will rotate halfway through the conference. Groups will be assigned, and authors will be informed of which group they belong to before the conference.

Specific guidelines for preparing posters

  • Each poster will have a display space approximately 48 inches wide x 48 inches high. Each board holds two posters on each side, so your poster may not be any larger than these dimensions.
  • Audiovisual and computing equipment will not be supplied. Power outlets will not be available. The participants may include QR codes in the poster to link to supplementary material online (such as scenario videos or interactive prototypes).
  • Please note that posters must be secured with pushpins (which will be provided). If you prefer, you may also bring velcro.

The poster must include…

  • Title, name, co-author names, affiliation
  • A concise description of the research
  • Clear illustrations of key aspects of your work
  • Compelling, effective visual design

Logistics for LBW posters are as follows:

Group #1

  • Poster setup Monday, May 9 from 13:00 – 16:00
  • Open for Monday evening reception (18:00 – 19:30), and Tuesday coffee breaks (10:50 – 11:30 and 15:50 – 16:30), as well as Tuesday lunch.
  • The posters will be displayed the whole time, but usually authors are expected to be by their posters for one or two specified break periods so people can ask them questions
  • Posters must be removed by Tuesday, May 10 by 18:00

Group #2

  • Poster setup Wednesday, May 11 from 8:30 – 10:30
  • Open for Wednesday coffee breaks (10:50 – 11:30 and 15:50 – 16:30), Wednesday lunch, Thursday morning coffee break (10:50 – 11:30) and Thursday lunch.
  • The posters will be displayed the whole time, but usually authors are expected to be by their posters for one or two specified break periods so people can ask them questions
  • Posters must be removed by Thursday, May 12 by 13:30


After the Conference

Accepted Late-Breaking Work submissions will be made available in the CHI Extended Abstracts, distributed by the conference and in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to researchers and practitioners worldwide.