Workshop & Tutorials

Quick Facts

AutoUI focuses on research related to the development and use of automotive user interfaces (AutoUI).  Workshop and tutorials provide the opportunity to address topics that are of common interest to a selective group of AutoUI attendees.

Submission: Precision conference submission system

Submission format: Submissions should use the new single-column ACM SIGCHI template. See below for further information.

Selection process: Review by Chairs

Chairs: Winnie Chen, Ian Reagan, and Jaka Sodnik


Important Dates

Submission deadline: June 5, 2020
Decision notification: July, 2020
Final formatted version: July 17, 2020
Workshops/Tutorials: September 20, 2020

All deadlines are AoE (anywhere on earth) on the date shown.

Fees: Workshops and tutorials are free of charge to all those who have registered for the main conference, with preferences being indicated on the registration form. Admission to workshops and tutorials is on a first-come, first-served basis.

At the Conference: Workshop organizers are expected to attend their own workshops. All Workshops/Tutorials will have a length of 3.5 hours (morning or afternoon).

After the Conference: All accepted workshop proposals/descriptions will be accessible in the Adjunct Proceedings, available on the ACM Digital Library. The Publication of workshop papers and presentations will be at the organizers’ discretion.

What is a Workshop or Tutorial?

A workshop is a meeting to address a topic or method of common interest to a selective group of AutoUI attendees. Typically, there is a focus on contemporary challenges. For example, previous workshops have addressed natural user interfaces, situational awareness, trust in automated driving, and the use of virtual and augmented reality in vehicle studies. You can find more detailed examples on the pages of previous years, for example workshops and tutorials in 2019 and 2018.

Workshops are 3.5 hours and held either in the morning or afternoon. Workshops may include keynotes, hands-on activities, practice sessions, group discussions, and panel discussions.  The intent is to develop a common understanding of research questions or methods, share different approaches to common questions, or serve to build and foster a (new) research community. Workshops can, but are not required to, include solicited position papers and presentations.

A Tutorial is a session in which specific material is taught, either by one person or several people. For example, previous tutorials have addressed automotive user design standards, ambient notification prototyping, eye-tracking and EEG methods. It is a half day class (i.e. 3.5 hours).

In addition to individuals and groups proposing workshops and tutorials on their own initiative, the workshop/tutorials chairs might be able to “match make” potential contributors with similar interests. Those with ideas for such topics should contact the workshops & tutorial chairs directly. Preference will be given to workshop & tutorial proposals that identify new topics that have not been addressed in previous years.

Winnie Chen, Ian Reagan, and Jaka Sodnik


Further details


The topic of submissions to the workshop and tutorial category must fit into the general topics and goals of the conference. In particular, we favor topics that bring together groups that are, until now, under-represented at the AutoUI conference.

The following topics are examples of topics that are typically of interest to the AutoUI community and submissions tackling these topics are especially welcome (in a random order):

  • Design Thinking and maker spaces for HMIs
  • User Evaluation and Measurements (e.g., UX, reaction times, eye-tracking)
  • User Modelling
  • Field studies (frameworks, best-practices, international issues, ethics, etc.)
  • Automotive HMI design
  • Multi-modal HMIs (incl. speech, gesture, natural interaction)
  • Simulator studies (frameworks, best-practices, scenario development, etc.)
  • Integration of personal mobile computing devices into the automotive eco-system
  • Standards, norms and guidelines for automotive user-interfaces
  • Usage and user experience aspects of autonomous driving
  • Novel information displays

Submissions Content

Submissions consist of two documents (extended abstract and short organizer/presenter biographies) uploaded to the Precision conference submission system:

  1. Extended Abstract:
    • 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.
    • 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 (1.65; published October 21, 2019) to create your article submission. With the “sample-sigchi.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:

Proposals must contain the following:

  • Type of submission: workshop or tutorial
  • Goal and topics of the workshop and compatibility to the conference
  • Outcome of the workshop/tutorial – What will be different after the workshop/tutorial? How does this advance the state-of-the-art?
  • Tentative Schedule 
  • Biographies: Organizer(s) and presenter(s)
  • Attendance: please estimate 5 attendees or more per organizer
  • Support Requests: (furniture, power, hardware and software, etc.).

Selection Criteria

The following will be considered in selecting workshops/tutorials, whether:

  • The topic is compatible with the conference goals and topics.
  • For workshops, it allows attendees to advance a topic of interest to AutoUI attendees and to arrive at a formal statement (e.g., roadmap).
  • For tutorials, it educates attendees on a relevant topic (e.g., research methods, techniques, or tools).
  • It engages attendees and allows for constructive interaction.
  • It be completed in the time frame allowed (3.5 hours) and effectively utilizes that time to cover a topic in depth.
  • It only requires facilities and equipment that are available.
  • It will attract enough attendees to fill the available space.
  • It is likely to yield outcomes (e.g., special issues, new AutoUI research track)

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the Workshop and Tutorials Chairs and selected based upon their content, the organizers’ qualifications, and logistical constraints.

Accepted workshops will be advertised with the organizers' names. Thus, we expect all organizers of accepted proposals to be present at the workshop.  In addition, we expect workshops to accept attendees commensurate with the number of organizers (approx. 5 attendees per organizer). If otherwise, please inform the workshop chairs prior to submission.

Organizers from outside of the U.S. are urged to verify their visa requirements as early as possible ( The AutoUI Organization, ACM and SIGCHI do not issue formal invitation letters for visas to attend ACM sponsored conferences. ACM can however issue a visa support letter. Please see our visa support section for more information.

Equipment and Resources

Participants are expected to bring the necessary equipment to the conference site with them. The conference will provide:

  • Tables/chairs
  • Projector
  • Power (in local voltage; no power converters)
  • Internet (Wi-Fi)

Additional resources may be available upon request.