CHItaly 2019: Call for Papers

Designing the next interaction

The Biannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter
23 September – 25 September 2019
Palazzo Bò, Giardino delle Biodiversità and Orto Botanico – Padova, Italy

Organized by the University of Padova and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
In cooperation with ACM-SIGCHI and SIGCHI Italy

First call for papers

This edition of the Biannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter will be held from 23 to 25 September 2019 in Padova. The Chapter is an active community that brings together people working on the design, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use. The conference is open to both members and nonmembers, enlarging the participation to scholars working in the Mediterranean and central European countries, stimulating the debate in the research and design community. 

CHItaly’19 takes place in a context in which the relations between the individual self, the society, the environment and technology are deeply changing. Information and Communication Technologies offer new opportunities to sense huge amounts of data from the entities described above and to use such data to augment human knowledge, to influence behavior and to control our world. Several questions arise from this rapidly changing technological scenario: How can human society take advantage of these new opportunities? What are the risks related to trespassing the boundaries that used to be drawn? Which ethical boundaries need to be confirmed and which to be revised? CHItaly19 will pay special attention to topics such as:

  • responsibly designing the interchange with the ICT components that are progressively becoming a symbiotic part of our body and mind, and keeping the human in the loop while implementing automation in the factory of the future;
  • getting publicly engaged and able to interact with the huge amount of data related to the urban, social and natural environment, in order to stimulate proper actions within a sustainable, smart framework;
  • exploiting new interactive paradigms to augment users’ knowledge and engagement with cultural heritage, and to access different knowledge domains, including art and science, by coupling cognitive and emotional experience;
  • designing persuasive, motivating, empowering technologies that increase awareness of health issues and motivate to positive life styles.

Submission formats

All submissions must be in English and contain original work not published elsewhere.

Long papers

Long papers must not exceed eight (8) pages in length, and short papers must not exceed four (4) pages in length, with maximum two additional pages for references. Long and short papers are subject to a double-blind review process by members of the Program Committee. Submissions must be anonymous, avoiding to include information (authorship, acknowledgements, name of application or software or project) suggestive of the identity of the authors; it can be added later, to the camera ready version of the accepted papers. Both long and short accepted papers will be published in the main proceedings (application for inclusion in the ACM Digital Library is ongoing). They must be formatted using the ACM SIGCHI format. Three options are available:

Doctoral Consortium and Posters

The Doctoral Consortium (DC) is a special session of the conference where a limited number of PhD students can receive some expert feedback on their work. Applications to participate must describe the research questions, the project position with respect to the state of the art, the research plans and methodology, as well as the ideas and results achieved.

Posters are descriptions of small studies/experiences, or of recent study insights of works still in progress. Posters will be displayed and presented during a dedicated session of the conference, and will have a 1 minute presentation slot in one of the plenary sessions. In order for accepted posters to be displayed, poster presenters are required to register and be present during the poster session. 

Posters, and DC proposals are 2-page word abstracts in the ACM template and pdf format, references included. Accepted posters and dc proposals will be included in the adjunct proceedings volume (not published by ACM).

Tutorial and Workshops

Workshops are small meetings on a dedicated topic; tutorials are small courses on a specific tool or technique. Candidate organizers can submit their proposal as a 2-page description in pdf format including the name of the organizers, affiliations, motivations, organization, expected outcome, duration, material. Upon approval, the workshop/tutorial will be devoted a dedicated space on the conference website, and its description will be included in the adjunct proceedings (not published by ACM). A limited number of slots are available.


To propose a demonstration of an interactive prototype during the demo session, developers can submit a 2-page description of authors, affiliation, status of implementation and deployment, goals, equipment brought/needed. For demos of commercial products, please contact the organizers to participate as a sponsor.

Submission methods

Long and short papers are to be submitted online via EasyChair (

All other submission types are to be sent as an attachment to, specifying the format type (i.e., whether it is for a poster, demo, workshop, tutorial or dc)


Awards to the best paper, poster and dc proposal will be granted.

Important Dates

  • Full and short papers
    • March 30, 2019 – Submission deadline
    • June 1, 2019 – Notification to authors
  • Posters
    • June 15, 2019 – Submission deadline
    • July 1, 2019 – Notification to authors
  • Workshops and Tutorials proposals
    • June 15, 2019 – Submission deadline
    • July 1, 2019 – Notification to proponents
  • Doctoral Consortium
    • June 1, 2019 – Submission deadline
    • July 1, 2019 – Notification to authors
  • Early registration deadline
    • July 30, 2019
  • Conference
    • September 23-24-25, 2019

(Deadlines are meant till 11.59 pm CET)

Organizing Committee

  • Luciano Gamberini, Università di Padova, Italy 
  • Fabio Pittarello, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, Italy 
  • Anna Spagnolli, Università di Padova, Italy

Programme Committee

  • Margherita Antona, ICS-FORTH (Greece) 
  • Liliana Ardissono, University of Torino (Italy)
  • Barbara Arfe, University of Padova (Italy) 
  • Barbara Rita, Barricelli University of Milan (Italy)
  • Vittoria Bruni, Dept. of SBAI, University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy)
  • Paolo Buono, University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy) 
  • Stefano Burigat, University of Udine (Italy) 
  • Maria Claudia, Buzzi IIT-CNR (Italy) 
  • Marina Buzzi, IIT-CNR (Italy) 
  • Fabio Marco Caputo, University of Verona (Italy) 
  • Alessandro Carcangiu, University of Cagliari (Italy) 
  • Fabio Casati, University of Trento (Italy) 
  • Tiziana Catarci, Universita’ di Roma “la Sapienza” (Italy) 
  • Augusto Celentano, Universita’ Ca’ Foscari Venezia (Italy) 
  • Luca Chittaro, HCI Lab, University of Udine, Italy (Italy) 
  • Florian Daniel, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) 
  • Maria De Marsico, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) 
  • Giorgio De Michelis, Univrsity of Milano – Bicocca (Italy) 
  • Giuseppe Desolda, Dipartimento di Informatica – University of Bari (Italy) 
  • Emmanuel Dubois, IRIT- Elipse – University of Toulouse (France) 
  • Daniela Fogli, Università di Brescia (Italy) 
  • Rita Francese, University of Salerno (Italy) 
  • Luciano Gamberini, University of Padova (Italy) 
  • Franca Garzotto, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) 
  • Cristina Gena, Department of Computer Science, University of Torino (Italy) 
  • Rosella Gennari, Free U. of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy) 
  • Walter Gerbino, University of Trieste (Italy) 
  • Giuseppe Ghiani, ISTI-CNR (Italy) 
  • Andrea Giachetti, University of Verona (Italy) 
  • Tsvi Kuflik, The University of Haifa Israel 
  • Rosa Lanzilotti, Dipartimento di Informatica – University of Bari (Italy) 
  • Barbara Leporini, ISTI – CNR (Italy) 
  • Alessio Malizia, Brunel University (United Kingdom) 
  • Marco Manca, HIIS ISTI CNR (Italy) 
  • Maristella Matera, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) 
  • Giulio Mori, ISTI – CNR (Italy) 
  • Valentina Nisi, Carnagie Mellon| Portugal, University of Madeira (Portugal) 
  • Elena Not, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy) 
  • Emanuele Panizzi, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) 
  • Fabio Paterno, CNR-ISTI (Italy) 
  • Antonio Piccinno, University of Bari (Italy) 
  • Fabio Pittarello, Universita’ Ca’ Foscari Venezia (Italy) 
  • Marco Porta, University of Pavia (Italy) 
  • Daniele Riboni, University of Cagliari (Italy) 
  • Laura Anna Ripamonti, University of Milan (Italy) 
  • Carmen Santoro, ISTI-CNR (Italy) 
  • Giuseppe Santucci, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) 
  • Riccardo Scateni, University of Cagliari (Italy) 
  • Adalberto Simeone, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) 
  • Alessandro Soro, Queensland University of Technology (Australia) 
  • Anna Spagnolli, University of Padova (Italy) 
  • Lucio Davide Spano, University of Cagliari (Italy) 
  • Genny Tortora, Department of Computer Science- University of Salerno (Italy) 
  • Stefano Valtolina, University of Milan (Italy) 
  • Gualtiero Volpe, InfoMus-DIST-University of Genoa (Italy) 
  • Massimo Zancanaro, FBK-cit (Italy) 

Maristella Matera is the new SIGCHI-Italy chair

The elections for the new SIGCHI-Italy chair were held between October 22 and 26, and the role has been appointed to Professor Maristella Matera of Polytechnic of Milan.

Prof. Matera was one of the first group members since its foundation in 1996. Since her PhD, her research has focused on the intersection between web engineering and human-computer interaction, in particular on conceptual models designing systems for different platforms (web, mobile, internet of things). Since 2010 she is an Associate Professor in the ING / INF-05 sector and, in recent years, she contributed to the Polifactory, a maker space and fab lab, driven by the collaboration between Design and Mechanical Engineering professors.

Her ideas on the group’s future include the reinforcement of the education in HCI, for both the Computer Science and the Computer Engineering degrees. Furthermore, the group will promote the research results in this area and it will strengthen the organized events, in synergy with other associations working on similar topics.

The whole chapter thanks Massimo Zancanaro, the former chair, for his efforts and for the excellent work done in these years.

Maria Francesca Costabile received the SIGCHI Lifetime Service Aware

We are proud to announce that Prof. Maria Francesca Costabile,  received the SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award, a prestigious conferment granted to “individuals who have contributed to the growth and success of SIGCHI”.

Maria Francesca is one of the founding members of the Italian Chapter of ACM SIGCHI, and served as the first Chair from 1996 to 2000.

The whole group congratulates Francesca for such a remarkable achievement.

Read more on the University of Bari website.


Venue announced for CHItaly 2017

The 12-th edition of CHItaly, the biannual conference of the SIGCHI Italian chapter will be held in Cagliari. The conference will be organized by Davide Spano (University of Cagliari) and Fabio Paternò (ISTI-CNR), the program co-chairs will be Carmen Santoro (ISTI-CNR) and Carmelo Ardito (University of Bari). The conference will be held in mid-September 2017.

Agreement between SIG CHI Italy and SIE

The Italian Ergonomics Community (Società Italiana di Ergonomia, SIE) and the Italian chapter of ACM SIG CHI, recognizing the complementarity and the affinity of their interests, signed an agreement in December the 4th, in order to strengthen their common interests in Italy.
The objective of the Italian Ergonomics Community (SIE, is to promote advancements in ergonomics and the study of human factors (due to its anthropocentric focus), the dissemination and the systematization of both the experience and the knowledge about ergonomics, with a close relationship with social, environmental and productive activities where human being live, together with schools and universities.
The agreement aims to define and to support joint initiatives. The first one took place in the last weeks:
  • WORLD USABILITY DAY 2016: the reciprocal participation to the events organized by the two partners (WUD Torino 2014 and 2015, CHI Italy Rome 2015) highlighted the interest in organizing a joint event under the umbrella of the WUD, which will be extended in 2016 both from a geographic and thematic point of view.
  • PROGETTO ITALIA LOGIN: as part of the government strategy for innovation, some members of the two associations have been involved in the management of a community of experts whose aim is to collaborate and share a set of best practices in projects. The aim is to improve the consultation content and efficiency of the online services provided by different government departments and keep updated the usability guidelines.

On this basis, an initial working group was set up with Cristina Gena SIG CHI Italy, Daniela Fogli SIG CHI Italy/SIE, Rossana Actis-Grosso SIG CHI Italy/SIE,  Silvia Gilotta SIE.

The agreement text is available at the following URL (in Italian only):