FEBRUARY 14 - 19, 2021

ONLINE, Anywhere on Earth

Work in Progress

Work-in-Progress at TEI provides a unique opportunity for sharing novel ideas and eliciting feedback on early-stage developments.

Submission deadlineOctober 16, 2020*
Notification of acceptanceNovember 20, 2020*
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TEI2021 online conferenceFebruary 14-19, 2021

* Deadline times are midnight Anywhere on Earth (AoE)

General Information

The Work-in-Progress track in TEI2021 is the venue for presenting your cutting-edge findings, front-line innovations, or thought-provoking work that is relevant to the TEI community, and truly in progress. Work-in-Progress provides a unique opportunity for sharing ideas, eliciting feedback on early-stage work, and fostering discussions and collaborations among colleagues.

We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit intermediate reports on high-potential, original, imaginative research projects, preferably within the theme of the conference The Art of Interaction. We welcome promising results, early prototypes, inspiring problems and ideas, puzzling research data, outstanding problems, horizons, and conceptual analyses that are all grounded in solid – yet unfinished – research and design work. We encourage tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction projects that, although in progress today, promise to become hotly debated breakthroughs in the future.

We are all aware of the current difficulty in planning conferences. Many of us had to cancel studies or even cannot access their labs. Moreover, we do not know how the travel situation is developing over the next few months. However, the TEI’21 organisation team is very excited to plan a physical TEI in Salzburg. Of course, if the circumstances require it, we may switch to an alternative way to present our research and to meet with our lovely TEI community. So please do not hesitate to submit. We will find ways to run TEI’21 in a way that best fits the future situation.

Accepted submissions will be included in the ACM Digital Library proceedings.

Contribution Types

Work-in-Progress submissions should present high quality original work relevant to the TEI community. Topics and application areas are diverse, including: tangible user interfaces, physical interaction design, flexible and shape changing displays, haptic interaction, smart objects and cities, interactive surfaces, augmented and mixed reality, ubiquitous computing, interactive art and performance, social and wearable robotics, hybrid games, embodied cognition and perception, fashion and material design, furniture and architectural design, learning and education, music and sound interfaces, human-augmentation, as well as productivity and creativity tools in domains ranging from scientific exploration to artistic practice. The paper should furthermore explicitly reference (at least) one of the following tangible expressions that you will bring to the conference for display:

  • A physical prototype/demo (provide pictures in the paper);
  • AV footage of user testing and/or ethnographic materials (provide link or video stills in the paper);
  • A visualisation of a pivotal diagram, model, or framework you are developing, possibly with earlier versions to show its evolution (provide link to hi-res version, prezi, or visual animation if so needed);
  • Design-research probes or other kinds of tangible objects, toolkits, materials, research equipment that significantly contributed to your work and which you can physically bring and display at TEI (provide pictures in paper);
  • An optional video of your design/research process may help communicate your concept (if included, please provide a link in the paper).

More than one of these expressions are possible and you can choose a format that best represents your current thinking and recent insights.

Please note that TEI’21 is featuring a separate Pictorials track, so please consider which of the tracks is best for your submission/contribution.

Submission guidelines

Format Requirements

We will be using the new ACM Template (single column, same as full papers) instead of the old CHI extended abstract format (landscape).

Submissions should be up to 8 pages long in the single column submission format (not including references).

Submissions are anonymous and should not include any author names, affiliations, and contact information in the PDF.

Presentation format

All accepted submissions will showcase their WiP paper as an A1 poster (594mm x 841mm) , together with the tangible expression (prototype, video, probes, etc.) at the TEI conference. You are encouraged to include a barcode or tag in your poster to support mobile access to online versions and auxiliary materials for your work.

Review process

Submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind process, and authors must ensure that their names and affiliations do not appear on the submitted papers. The author and affiliation sections of the submission template must be left blank. In case of acceptance, authors will be asked to provide a publication-ready copy that includes this information, along with any recommended improvements as suggested by the reviewers.

Papers will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • The work is truly ‘in-progress’
  • The work presents a ‘tangible expression of the research’ that will be physically displayed at the conference
  • Relevance for conference theme
  • Overall quality (given a WiP: potential impact, research/design approach)
  • Uniqueness (innovativeness, added value)
  • Potential to enrich and provoke discussion


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.


One author of each accepted submission must register for the conference by the early registration deadline in order for the final Work-in-Progress paper to be published in the conference proceedings.

Submission process

All papers must be submitted electronically via the Precision Conference (PCS) website. The submission system will open in August, 2020.

Work in progress chairs

Tanja Döring, University of Bremen
Christopher Frauenberger, Technical University Vienna