Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

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Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Logo of the 2020 conference
DisciplineHuman–computer interaction
Publication details

The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) series of academic conferences is generally considered the most prestigious in the field of human–computer interaction and is one of the top-ranked conferences in computer science.[1] It is hosted by ACM SIGCHI, the Special Interest Group on computer–human interaction. CHI has been held annually since 1982 and attracts thousands of international attendees. CHI 2020, which was originally planned to take place on April, was cancelled due to COVID-19, and CHI 2021[2] will be held online as a virtual conference chaired by Yoshifumi Kitamura and Aaron Quigley. CHI 2021 “making waves, combining strengths” was originally scheduled to take place in Yokohama.


The CHI conference series started with the Human Factors in Computer Systems conference in Gaithersburg, Maryland, US in 1982, organized by Bill Curtis and Ben Shneiderman.[3] During this meeting the formation of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction (SIGCHI) was first publicly announced. ACM SIGCHI became the sponsor of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The first CHI conference was held in Boston, Massachusetts, US, in 1983. The second conference took place in San Francisco, in 1985.[4] Since then, CHI conferences have been held annually in spring each year. Until 1992 the conference was held in Canada or the US. In 1993 CHI moved to Europe for the first time and was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.[5]

Over the years, CHI has grown in popularity. The 1982 meeting drew 907 attendees. CHI 90 attracted 2,314. Attendance has been fairly stable since then.[6] After the early years CHI became highly selective. Since 1993 the acceptance rate for full papers was consistently below 30 percent. After 1992 the average acceptance rate was around 20 percent. The number of accepted full papers is slowly increasing and reached 157 accepted papers with an acceptance rate of 22 percent in 2008.[7] CHI continues to grow, reaching over 3,300 attendees in 2013[8] and 3,855 in 2019.[9]


The CHI conference consists of multiple tracks, including:

Past and upcoming CHI conferences[edit]

Past[10] and future[11] CHI conferences include:

Year City Country Link Total attendance[12]
2021 Yokohama, Japan Japan Japan TBD
2020 Honolulu, Hawaii United States US Canceled due to Covid-19[13]
2019 Glasgow United Kingdom UK 3,855
2018 Montreal Canada Canada 3,372
2017 Denver United States US 2,939
2016 San Jose United States US 3,624
2015 Seoul South Korea South Korea 2,896
2014 Toronto Canada Canada 3,001
2013 Paris France France 3,443
2012 Austin, Texas United States US 2,616
2011 Vancouver Canada Canada 2,822
2010 Atlanta United States US 2,384
2009 Boston United States US 2,358
2008 Florence Italy Italy 2,361
2007 San Jose United States US 2,620
2006 Montreal Canada Canada 2,250
2005 Portland United States US 1,947
2004 Vienna Austria Austria 1,815
2003 Fort Lauderdale United States US 1,435
2002 Minneapolis United States US 1,726
2001 Seattle United States US 2,832
2000 The Hague Netherlands Netherlands 2,628
1999 Pittsburgh United States US 2,264
1998 Los Angeles United States US 2,310
1997 Atlanta United States US 2,081
1996 Vancouver Canada Canada 2,344
1995 Denver United States US 2,254
1994 Boston United States US 2,618
1993 Amsterdam Netherlands Netherlands 1,608
1992 Monterey United States US 2,350
1991 New Orleans United States US 1,762
1990 Seattle United States US 2,263
1989 Austin United States US 1,611
1988 Washington United States US 1,450
1987 Toronto Canada Canada 1,300
1986 Boston United States US 1,275
1985 San Francisco United States US 1,250
1983 Boston United States US 1,000
1982 Gaithersburg United States US 906


  1. ^ Boris Schauerte. "Conference Ranks".
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  3. ^ "No Members, No Officers, No Dues". ACM SIGCHI Bulletin. ACM. October 1986.
  4. ^ Pemberton, Steven (1996). "The CHI Conference: Interviews with Conference Chairs". SIGCHI. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Past CHI Conferences". CHI 2007 website. SIGCHI. 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2008.
  6. ^ Wixon, Dennis (2006). "CHI 2006 Registration Statistics". CHI 2007 website. SIGCHI. Retrieved 29 September 2008.
  7. ^ "CHI: Papers Acceptance Statistics". ACM Digital Library. ACM. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  8. ^ "ACM CHI Conference". Twitter.
  9. ^ "ACM CHI Conference". Twitter.
  10. ^ "Past CHI Conferences". SIGCHI. 2009. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  11. ^ "Conferences".
  12. ^ "CHI Conference History". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  13. ^ "CHI 2020 and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)". 13 March 2020.

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