Call for papers

"Rise into a new future"

September 5 - 8, 2021 at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI)


Important Dates/Deadlines

Track Contribution Type Submission Acceptance Notice Deadline
MCI Workshops 14. March 2021 26. March 2021 9. Juli 2021
MCI Full Papers 11.    16. April 2021 04. Juni 2021 25. Juni 2021
MCI Short Papers, Tutorials 11.  Juni 2021 2. Juli 2021 9. Juli 2021
MCI Demos 11.    25. Juni 2021 2. Juli 2021 9. Juli 2021
MCI Submissions to the Doctoral Colloquium 2. Juli 2021 30. Juli 2021 6. August 2021
UP Workshop-/Tutorial suggestions 25. April 2021 04. Juni 2021 01. August 2021


Main Topics of the Mensch und Computer conference


Methodology and Modeling

  • Adaptive User Interfaces
  • User Modeling
  • Agile Methods
  • User Experience and Usability Research
  • Novel Evaluation Methods
  • Prototyping and Interaction Modeling
  • User Experience Design
  • Crisis Proof User Studies

Interaction techniques

  • Tangible Interaction
  • Haptics, Touch, and Gestures
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Look, Point, Touch – Multi-Device Interaction
  • Mobile Interaction Techniques
  • Eyetracking und Gaze Interaction
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • Wearable und Nomadic Computing
  • Multimodal Interaction
  • Assistive Technologies / Accessibility

Application Areas

  • Internet of Things and Industry 4.0
  • Interaction with Embedded and Ambient Systems
  • Smart Homes
  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • Automotive User Interfaces
  • CSCW and Social Computing
  • Digital Humanities and UX
  • Entertainment Computing
  • Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality
  • Virtual Characters and Avatars
  • Gamification and Serious Games
  • Usable Security
  • Health and Well-being
  • Learning Technologies

Reflection And Perspectives: Individuals And Society

  • Affect, Aesthetics, and Emotion
  • Designing for Gender and Diversity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Refugee Informatics
  • Economic Perspectives of UX
  • Fairness, Ethik
  • Universal Design
  • The role of HCI in times of crisis
  • User studies in times with contact restrictions (COVID-19)

Scientific Track

For the scientific part Human-Computer Interaction, the submission of long papers, short papers, demos, tutorials, workshops and contributions to the PhD seminar is invited. The scientific long and short papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library and will each receive their own Digital Object Identifier (DOI). All accepted contributions will also be published, as before, in the Digital Library "Mensch-Computer Interaktion" of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (Society for Computer Science) as open access publications.

Contribution forms

Long papers

Long papers are expected to be novel scientific contributions with concrete research results. Accepted long papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library and the GI Digital Library and presented in the form of a talk at the conference. There is no page limit for this type of paper, but the length of the paper must be commensurate with its usefulness to the professional community. Papers will be submitted and reviewed anonymously (peer review, min. 3 reviews). The MuC Research Award (Best Paper Award) will be presented at the conference for the best long paper.

Short papers

In short contributions, ideas or first partial results of a research project should be shared and discussed with the scientific community. These do not have to be fully implemented or investigated yet, but should make a clear contribution compared to the current state of research or practice. Short papers are up to 6 pages (in single column format) in length plus the bibliography. Contributions will be submitted and reviewed anonymously (min. 3 reviews). Accepted short papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library and the GI Digital Library. In addition, they will be presented at the conference in a poster session and can be discussed in the exhibition at the posters. Furthermore, for each accepted short paper a short video (max. 3 minutes) will be created and published online. In case of a face-to-face conference: The short contributions will be presented in the form of a poster presentation. The posters are to be prepared in DIN A0 portrait format, but do not have to be submitted in advance for the review of the contribution. The posters will also be made available to participants online in an accessible version. In the case of an online conference: the short contributions will be presented in the form of the short video and additionally discussed in smaller sessions. The authors will receive further information about the procedure together with the acceptance notification of the contribution.


In this category, innovative technology demos, novel forms of interaction, and also interactive artistic works can be submitted.

Please note: We are currently planning in-person demos at the conference venue. Remote participants will be able to experience the demos via video streams live from the demo session and documentary video clips. If you cannot participate in person, you may also give a virtual live demo that will be streamed to the demo session in Ingolstadt and via the conference platform. If the epidemic situation should change, we will adjust the presentation formats accordingly.

The following types of demos are possible:

  • Interactive systems. These can be novel hardware solutions, interaction concepts, or interesting software solutions from a wide range of application areas. The only condition is that they must be non-commercial contributions. We also welcome the submission of demonstrators that accompany a long paper submitted in the scientific program.

  • Design Artifacts. Innovative examples of digital media or interactive systems as well as interactive, multimedia, or artistic works (e.g. art installations, games).

The demo contributions will be presented in a separate demo session and are intended to encourage people to get to know each other, try them out, get inspired by them, discuss them, and generally exchange knowledge. In a preceding demo slam, presenters create audience attention for their own demo.

Demo Paper

A brief description of the system or design/artistic work in a concise form on 2 to 4 pages plus a bibliography. The papers should follow the author guidelines, but should not be submitted anonymously. Demo papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library and the GI Digital Library.

Demo Datasheet

A concise, structured description of technical and organizational requirements for your demo (space, infrastructure, sound, lighting conditions, furniture, virtual presentation, hygienic aspects, etc.). It should also describe how attendees might interact with the demo/installation. Where appropriate, the document should contain sketches and photos. It will not be published and only used for planning the demo session. Please use the provided Word template (German/ English).


Please register for submission in ConfTool and upload the paper as PDF, short video as mp4 (1080p), and demo datasheet as PDF or Word document under "MCI Demos: Interactive Systems or Demonstrators". In case of problems with the upload of the demo video (the ConfTool, unfortunately, allows only 150MB per file), there is the possibility to send big files directly via a download link to

The evaluation of the demo contributions is less strict than for long scientific contributions and is primarily based on the degree of innovation, the exciting solution to a problem, the technical novelty, or the creative quality. Another important criterion is how interactive and inspiring a demo will be for the conference visitors. There will be an audience award for the best demo contributions.


Workshops provide an open forum for short presentations, discussions or collaborative work on a specific topic. The organization of contributions to a workshop from invitation to selection is up to the organizers of a workshop.  A written contribution for the conference proceedings is possible, but not a requirement for implementation. Please consider supplemental information for publication below.

Workshop Submission:

Proposals for workshops will not be anonymized. Proposals are submitted via ConfTool and include two parts:

  • Description of the workshop:
    • Explanation of the topic and content of the workshop, the objectives and planned implementation, and the target audience.
    • Information about the organizing team (research area, previous experience in the topic area, etc.)
    • Template: format template for long papers (Word or LaTeX), maximum 2 pages excl. biographical information and references
  • Workshop information sheet:
    • Provide organizational information (scheduled deadlines, room requirements, materials needed, ...).
    • For planning purposes only, will not be published
    • Template: Information sheet (Word)


Workshop Publication:

After acceptance: the contributions of the accepted workshops can be published with in the proceedings as workshop volume. In this context, submission has to be managed via a separate track in ConfTool, as this simplifies the subsequent organization. x)For publication, the 2 page-submission should be extended to 4 pages and should include the following context:

  • Covertext about the workshop content:
    • Explanation of the topic and content of the workshop, the objectives and planned implementation, and the target audience.
    • Short descriptions of the accepted submissions of the workshop
  • Information about the organizing team (research area, previous experience in the topic area, etc.)

Template: format template for long papers (Word or LaTeX), maximum 4 pages excl. biographical information and references.


Tutorials offer participants the opportunity to learn new skills, deepen knowledge, or explore new approaches and technologies. They can be half-day or full-day sessions on a variety of topics. The presentations can be introductory or in-depth in nature. Prior to the actual conference, a tutorial and workshop day will be held on Sunday. Proposals for tutorials will not be anonymous and will include the following information:

  • Title of the tutorial
  • short content description description and didactic conception (max. two pages)
  • information about the person(s) carrying out the tutorial
  • Information about the organization and implementation (desired day, duration, room requirements, etc.)
  • target group and, if applicable, maximum number of participants


Submission, authoring guidelines and templates

Submission, authoring guidelines and template

VISA Information

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