Call for Participation

We invite position papers for the MobileHCI 2022 Workshop on TEXT2030 – Shaping Text Entry Research in 2030. This one-day workshop will be held on October 1, 2022, in Vancouver, BC, Canada (on the last day of the conference). The workshop will address the methodological challenges arising from several decades of experience in the text entry research community. We hope to solicit views, experiences, and ideas from researchers across a range of backgrounds, with a view to formulate concrete action plans to move community practices into a strengthened position by 2030. The full proposal is available here.

Relevant topics

Relevant contribution topics include, but are not limited to, position papers that foster, demonstrate, explore, or improve:

  • Open science by a shared scientific artefact repository and digital commons space, standards for data generation and data exchange, use of common evaluation tools and environments, common frameworks for data logging and analysis.
  • Collaboration by carrying out distributed/parallel studies in multiple countries and with different target groups, by setting up ways to communicate planned research, and find collaborators with access to various population groups.
  • Ecological validity by diversifying the research methodology by using text composition instead of transcription, in-the-wild studies, autoethnography, or engagement with the open-source community.
  • Integration of new sensing technologies to capture data other than touch/keystrokes, such as eye, motion, EEG signals, other biosignals, or potentially even emotions, and discussion on how these can be shared under a common framework for open science.
  • Under-represented communities, such as text entry for people with sensory, motor control and cognitive impairments, text entry techniques for local dialects, niche or disappearing languages, and interaction, such as number entry, symbol entry, error prediction and correction, emoji entry, and text editing.

Submission Types

We anticipate two types of position paper:

  • Artifact: A two-page position paper of new research artifact that advances the state of the art in text entry, as a new technology (e.g., new input devices) or technique (e.g., new virtual keyboards, new editing methods, etc.). Accepted “Artifact” position papers will be presented in hands-on demonstrations which may be accompanied by a poster.
  • Position: A four-page position paper reporting methodological, theoretical, or empirical contributions in line with the workshop theme. Accepted “Position” papers will be presented in short talks or as part of a panel.
Both artifact and position papers must demonstrate clear linkage with the key themes set out by the workshop proposals, and inform the discussion on the state of text entry research for 2030.

Position papers may also reflect on personal experiences at all levels, touching upon the challenges of research in the field of text entry. We are particularly keen to receive experiences and views, including, but definitely not limited to:

  • Junior researchers (pre-doctoral): Main challenges during entry in the field, in terms of training, understanding research methods, finding suitable resources.
  • Young researchers (post-doctoral): Challenges trying to conduct independent or unorthodox research, or establishing a track record and new collaborations in the field.
  • Experienced researchers: Challenges in methodological issues, training of students and supervision, future of the community.

Submissions must include a dedicated section describing their work’s contribution to the workshop themes.