ACM ISS 2022
Sun 20 - Wed 23 November 2022 Wellington, New Zealand


Welcome to the 2022 ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces Conference (ACM ISS 2022). The event will take place from 20-23 November 2022 in Wellington, New Zealand (Aotearoa). ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces is the premier venue for research in the design, development, and use of new and emerging interactive surface technologies and interactive spaces.

Wellington is the capital and second-largest city in New Zealand. The city offers a vibrant atmosphere and an eclectic, multicultural heritage to explore. The conference will be a hybrid event. The in-person part of the event will take place on the campus of the Business School at Victoria University of Wellington. We will make final decisions on the exact format of the conference in late summer 2022. We will ensure that anyone can effectively contribute to ISS regardless of what the circumstances in November will be. ISS will offer virtual attendance opportunities.

ISS 2022 General Co-Chairs
Craig Anslow - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Judy Kay - University of Sydney, Australia

Keynote Speakers

Papers: Call for Contributions - July

View track page for all details

ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ACM ISS) is the premier venue for research on the design, development and use of new and emerging interactive surface and space technologies. ACM ISS welcomes original, high-quality research and industry contributions that advance the state-of-the-art for interactive surfaces and spaces and across a wide variety of domains including design, software, hardware, understanding of use, and applications or deployments of such interactive systems.

To support diverse and high-quality contributions, ACM ISS uses a rigorous review process with opportunities for revisions reviewed by the same reviewers. Additionally, no arbitrary length limit is imposed on submissions. Accepted papers are published in the Proceedings of the ACM: Human Computer Interaction (PACM HCI) journal.

We welcome contributions on a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Novel interactive surfaces and/or spaces Hardware, architectures, interaction design, technical foundations, algorithms, and/or toolkits that enable the building of new interactive surfaces or spaces.
  • Methodologies and tools Novel methods, or combinations of approaches and tools used in building collaborative systems or studying their use.
  • Empirical investigations Findings, guidelines, and/or studies of practices, communication, collaboration, or use of interactive surfaces and/or spaces.
  • Domain-specific applications Including applications to health, art, transportation, gaming, sustainability, education, accessibility, science, business, collaboration, or other domains.
  • Theory Critical analysis or theory with clear relevance to the design or study of interactive surfaces and/or spaces.

In recent years, successful ISS submissions have explored a variety of research techniques, methods, approaches, and domains, including: mixed, augmented, and virtual reality; gesture-based, multi-modal, and tangible user interfaces (hands, finger, body, … ); mobile and body-worn devices; large and multi-display environments; interactive architecture and outdoor interactive spaces (projected interfaces, drones, …); immersive information visualization; hardware, including sensing and input technologies with novel capabilities, and results from maker communities; haptic and tactile interfaces; ubquitous computing; accessibility; social interaction; and computer-supported cooperative work.


Accepted papers are invited to present at ISS 2022, and authors can choose whether or not they wish to present. Because of the evolving situation with COVID-19, ACM ISS will allow remote participation. While we do not know the exact format, we will ensure everyone can present their research at ISS.


Full papers are selected using a refereed process, meeting the ACM’s highest requirements for rigorous review by the ISS Editorial Board, its associate editors, and peer experts. Papers accepted in any round of submission will be published in the Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction (PACMHCI),, and will be invited for presentation at ISS 2022.

ISS 2022 retains its workshop, poster, and demo tracks, which will have their own publication outlet. The call for workshops, posters, and demos will be included in the July round.

Submissions will be done through


Submissions to PACMHCI ISS should present original and mature research work. High-quality, elaborated case studies and practice reports with generalizable findings will also be considered.


ACM authoring templates and detailed instructions on formatting can be found at

Authors should submit manuscripts for review in a single column format, which is available for Word and LaTeX. Manuscripts should be converted to PDF before submission.

  • Word users: if the typefaces are not showing up correctly, be sure you have installed the fonts included in the ACM template download.

  • LaTeX authors: On Overleaf authors can use the provided ACM templates. Authors can use the settings \documentclass[manuscript, review, anonymous]{acmart} to remove author information and add line numbers for the review process.

Please use inclusive language throughout your papers. Some commonly-used charged terminology and alternative suggestions can be found at: Please avoid using gendered language, ableist language, and racialized terminology.

You are asked to provide alt-text descriptions for all figures in your submission. Writing good descriptive text is important, so please look at for guidance and examples.


Submissions should be anonymized. Primarily, this means that submissions must remove all author and institutional information from the title and header area of the first page. Author information should also be removed from submitted supplementary materials, in particular, videos. Submissions that do not do so may be rejected without review.

Furthermore, all references must remain intact. If you previously published a paper and your current submission builds on that work, the complete reference with the author’s name must appear in the references. Authors must refer to their previous work in the third person (e.g., “We build on prior work by Smith et al. [X] but generalize their algorithm to new settings.”) and avoid blank references (e.g., “12. REMOVED FOR REVIEWING”). Further suppression of identity in the body of the paper (for example, in an Acknowledgements section), while encouraged, is left to the authors’ discretion.


No minimum or maximum length is imposed on papers. Rather, reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length when making decisions about acceptance and revisions. Shorter, more focused papers will be reviewed with the expectation of a small, focused contribution. Papers whose length is incommensurate with their contribution will be rejected.

We recommend a page length of between 5-15 pages and any additional pages for references. Typical papers are under 8,500 words.


ISS will be returning submissions to the primary contact author with one of the following decisions, along with the reviews, after the first review cycle of this submission round:

  • Accept: Submissions that receive this decision are ready or nearly ready for publication, though they may require a few small changes. The final version of the paper must be submitted by the camera-ready deadline of ISS 2022 for verification by the corresponding associate editor.

  • Minor revision: Submissions that receive this decision will require some revisions before being accepted for publication during this submission round. The revised submission must be submitted at the revision deadline to enter this round’s second review cycle, along with a brief response to the reviewers’ comments. The revision will be verified by the corresponding associate editor in collaboration with the external reviewers, and if approved, the submission will be promoted to an accepted paper.

  • Major revision: Submissions that receive this decision have real potential, but will require major portions rewritten or redone before acceptance is possible. To allow extra time for such new work, e.g., conducting a new evaluation, they need to be resubmitted and re-reviewed in a future ISS submission round. Resubmissions of revised manuscripts with a “major revision” from previous rounds to future rounds will not receive another “major revision” and will be either accepted or rejected. Where possible, resubmissions will be assigned the same associate editors and reviewers for re-review.

  • Reject: Submissions that receive this decision have been determined to be not acceptable in their current form and also not able to complete the needed revisions for ISS 2022. However, authors are encouraged to resubmit strongly revised versions of their work to ISS 2023.

  • Desk / Quick Reject: Authors should only submit completed work of publishable quality and within the scope of ISS. The Associate Editors and Papers Chairs may Quick Reject any submission that they believe has little chance of being accepted if it goes through the peer review process. Incomplete or otherwise inappropriate submissions will be desk rejected without review.


Authors are encouraged to submit supplementary material when possible and when aligned with their methods. Authors are encouraged to submit links to preregistrations on the Open Science Framework (OSF) when appropriate for their work. Authors are also encouraged to use open access repositories and make their data and other material FAIR when appropriate for their work. Authors are encouraged to describe efforts to make their work more reproducible. Reviewers are encouraged to support evolving approaches to supporting open and transparent research practices. Supplementary material is not considered to be peer reviewed.

Jim Wallace
Andres Lucero
ACM ISS 2022 Papers Chairs