Work in progress


A Work in Progress (WiP) is a concise report of late-breaking findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work relevant for the AutoUI community. They represent work that either has not reached a level of completion expected of a conference paper or for which a conference paper is not the most effective communication method. That said, appropriate submissions should make a contribution to the body of AutoUI knowledge, whether realized or promised.

Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts formatted in accordance with the new single-column ACM SIGCHI format. Submissions will be accepted through the Precision Conference Submission system. Accepted Work-in-Progress extended abstracts will be made available in the AutoUI Adjunct Proceedings, distributed by the conference (e.g., on the conference website) and will secure publication in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to researchers and practitioners worldwide.

A significant benefit of a Work in Progress derives from the discussion between the author and conference attendees fostered by the “face-to-face” presentation of the work. In this spirit, authors of accepted WiP submissions will: (a) create and submit posters of their work; and, (b) virtually “present” these posters in an interactive virtual forum during the virtual conference.

For each submission, one of the authors (usually the contact author) must be nominated to act as a reviewer for other WIP submissions. Each nominated reviewer will be expected to review two proposals. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about cutting-edge research. In addition, for PhD students, it may be an excellent first exposure to the review process. 

Jim Jenness, Yi-Ching Lee, Anuj Pradhan, and Bruce Walker

Important Dates

COVID-19 Update

Submission deadline: June 5, 2020
Decision notification: July 8, 2020
Final formatted version: July 24, 2020
Virtual sessions: September 21-22, 2020
All deadlines are AoE (anywhere on earth) on the date shown.

Further details


Submissions require one document, as outlined below:

  1. Extended Abstract: An extended abstract must be formatted in accordance with the new single-column ACM SIGCHI format.
    • The length of each extended abstract must not exceed 2,000 words, including all main body text. Figures and tables each count as 250 words. For example, an extended abstract with 2 figures (2 x 250 = 500) should not exceed 1,500 words (i.e., 2,000 minus 500). The abstract does not count towards the overall word limit, but should be 150 words or less. References do not count towards the word limit.
    • Template. For Work in Progress submissions, please use the single-column ACM SIGCHI template.
      1. Word: Write your extended abstract using the Submission Template (Review Submission Format). Follow the embedded instructions to apply the paragraph styles to your various text elements. The text is in single-column format at this stage and no additional formatting is required at this point. A video demonstration of the new template can be found here:
      2. LaTeX: Please use the latest version of the Master Article Template - LaTeX (1.71; published April 30, 2020) to create your article submission. With the “sample-sigconf.tex” template, use the “manuscript” call to create a single column format, i.e., setting \documentclass[manuscript]{acmart}. Please review the LaTeX documentation and ACM’s LaTeX best practices guide should you have any questions.

More details regarding the new ACM workflow for publications can be found here:

    • Any submission exceeding the word limits and/or not adhering to the template will be automatically rejected.
    • Anonymization: The submissions need to be anonymized for double-blind review. We use a relaxed model that does not attempt to conceal all traces of identity from the body of the paper. However, you do need to completely remove identifying information from the title/header area of the paper, and also make sure that it does not appear in the document’s metadata. Citations to your own previous work must NOT be anonymized so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account. We encourage authors to refer to their previous work in the third person. Further suppression of identity in the body of the paper, while encouraged, is left to the authors’ discretion.
    • Papers should be submitted in the English language and be free of spelling or grammar errors. This includes text embedded in figures. We recommend having your article proofread by native speakers of English before submission.

The Extended Abstract should explicitly communicate:

  1. A concise description of the work
  2. Implications of the work for the AutoUI community
  3. Recommendations for further investigation and/or incorporation into practice

Also, please consider the following policies and guidelines:

Please submit your work using the Precision Submission System and prepare it according to the requirements stated above.


The submissions will be selected using a double-blind review process. Neither the reviewers will know the names of the authors, nor will the authors know the names of the reviewers. After the initial reviewers make their recommendation, the final decision will be made by the Work in Progress Chairs. Accepted submissions will be made available in the AutoUI Adjunct Proceedings, distributed by the conference (e.g., through USB sticks and on the conference website) and will appear in the ACM Digital Library.  All submissions are considered confidential during the review process.

Each submission will be reviewed on the following criteria, acknowledging the early-stage nature of the work:

  • 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 Work-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?
  • Written Presentation: How understandable is the writing in the poster abstract? To what extent does the poster abstract conform to all Extended Abstract formatting requirements and the word limits? Is the paper well written (e.g., no grammatical errors, references are formatted properly)?
  • The 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?

During the WIP review, the first and the last criteria listed here ('significance' and ‘engender discussion') will be considered to be twice as important as the other criteria, and therefore will be weighted accordingly.

The extended abstract shall not contain sensitive, confidential, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. 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. Summaries of completed work or reduced versions of main track AutoUI submissions are inappropriate as a Work-in-Progress submission and will be rejected.


WiP submission authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by July 8, 2020. Authors of accepted submissions will receive instructions on how to prepare and submit the final formatted version and details on the virtual poster, online poster presentation, and scheduling at the conference.

  1. Upon acceptance, you will receive a (digital) ACM eRights form, which you are required to complete. You cannot change the title of your submission after you submitted the ACM eRights form.
  2.  After the ACM eRights form is submitted, ACM we will provide you with the rights information you must insert into your submission via email.
  3. Follow the instructions to transform the submitted (and revised) manuscript into the final, formatted version. Detailed instructions along with a video tutorial will be sent to authors regarding this stage. The final formatted version will then be uploaded through the production system.

A member of the program committee and the publication chairs will check that your final output meets the requirements for publication and, if so, will finalize the acceptance. Authors are encouraged to submit their final revision earlier than the deadline, in case it is judged that the paper does not meet the committee requirements. If authors are unable to meet these requirements by the deadline, the program chairs will be notified and may be required to remove the paper from the program.

Upon acceptance, at least one author must register for the conference by the early registration deadline in order for the work in progress abstracts to be published.


Authors are required to prepare a poster and present this poster in an online forum where audience members can virtually interact with presenters and ask questions. Full details and guidelines will be provided following the submission decisions. Organizers will attempt to accommodate authors in time slots that are most ideal given their time zone or the time zone of their intended audience. However, given the global diversity of attendees, poster sessions for Work in Progress may be scheduled for a time that is not ideal for a presenter. We hope that presenters will take this in stride and make all attempts to participate despite time differences. 

Authors who do not participate in the live session may have their submission removed from the proceedings and the digital library.