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How to write CHI papers

How to write CHI papers

By Lennart Nacke, PhD
Lennart Nacke, Ph.D., Director of the HCI Games Group at the University of Waterloo, hosts this writing podcast and provides fresh insights and collects experts' perspectives into the process of writing research papers in the field of human-computer interaction, specifically targeted at the CHI conference. Every episode, he tackles different areas of the CHI paper writing process and collects helpful tips that you can apply in your own research writing. With the advice collected here, Dr. Nacke hopes to make your research writing life a little easier.
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Episode 10 - Interview with Jacob Wobbrock

How to write CHI papers

Episode 10 - Interview with Jacob Wobbrock
In our tenth episode, I finally get to meet up with Jacob Wobbrock, a Professor of human-computer interaction (HCI) in The Information School and, by courtesy, in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He was one of the people that inspired me to teach the first version of this course. The interview is full of fantastic tips for writing CHI papers, Jake's personal writing process, what it takes to get cited, lots of great anecdotes, mentoring advice for junior students and faculty, and thoughts on why reviewers should be chasing value in every CHI paper.
August 31, 2021
Episode 9 - Interview with Munmun De Choudhury
In this episode, my guest is Munmun De Choudhury, an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Munmun has a fantastic track record and high impact in citations, worked countless service hours for the CHI community, and because of her work in the health field, she has many good tips that put the human first in any CHI paper project right from the first brainstorm.
August 28, 2021
Episode 8 - Interview with Elisa Mekler
Elisa Mekler, Assistant Professor at Aalto University shares some profound paper writing strategies and tips about reviewing CHI papers. She dips into her wealth of experience of writing award-winning papers and chairing papers tracks. In addition, she talks about her mentoring approach to her own students for writing CHI papers.
August 26, 2021
Episode 7 - Interview with Kathrin Gerling
Kathrin Gerling, Assistant Professor at KU Leuven, talks about her experiences as papers and subcommittee chair in the SIGCHI world. In our interview, we explore strategies for publishing papers at CHI and she gives some excellent tips for junior Ph.D. students looking to get published.
August 25, 2021
Episode 6 - Interview with Kasper Hornbæk
In this interview from 2017 with Kasper Hornbæk, who has won on IJHCS’s most cited paper award 2006-2008, talks about his writing process in good detail. He answers the important questions about finding a good research direction and taking it from idea to manuscript. I hope you enjoy this interview.
May 14, 2021
Episode 5 - Interview with Vero vanden Abeele
In this interview with Vero Vanden Abeele, papers chair of CHI PLAY 2017 and 2018, we discuss the writing practices that have contributed to her success in writing research papers for CHI and other conferences. I hope you enjoy this interview.
May 13, 2021
Episode 4 - Interview with Regan Mandryk
In this interview with Regan Mandryk, chair of CHI 2018, we dive deep into the writing practices that have made her a successful author for the conference. Take away some tips and tricks from her prolific writing structure and learn how to bring the 'boom'. I hope you enjoy this interview.
May 12, 2021
Episode 3 - Interview with Jofish Kaye
In this interview with Jofish Kaye, former co-chair of CHI 2016, he provides some hands-on tips about cutting through to the essence of paper writing and finding good research questions. I hope you enjoy this interview.
May 12, 2021
Episode 2 - Interview with Carl Gutwin
This is an older interview when I had the pleasure of interviewing Professor Carl Gutwin from the University of Saskatchewan in 2016 for the How to write CHI papers course (Carl has been papers chair of CHI in the past and has an incredible amount of experience in writing for SIGCHI conferences). Having worked with Carl at the University of Saskatchewan before, I knew that he was going to have some excellent advice for new CHI writers. In fact, it was Carl who taught me the first CHI writing course when I was a postdoc.
May 10, 2021
Episode 1 - Interviews from CHI 2019
In this episode, Dr. Lennart Nacke introduces the podcast to listeners and conducts interviews with several people at CHI 2019 about what it takes to write CHI papers.
August 19, 2019