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Steering Committee of the Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Conference Series

NOTICE OF PERVASIVE & UBICOMP MERGER

The Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Steering Committee (SC) has decided to hold a single conference in 2013 instead of two separate events. By offering a single venue for the leading worldwide research in Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing, we hope to better serve the needs of our research community by attracting more attendees (including the leading Pervasive/UbiComp researchers worldwide), and enabling more satellite events.

The aim is not to reduce publication opportunities but to coalesce them - the conference will be multi-track and the acceptance rate is planned to be at the higher end of previous UbiComp and Pervasive conferences (~20% or more). Topics for submissions will include any work that one would previously expect to find at either UbiComp or Pervasive. We also aim to attract attendance at the high end of previous conferences - the current record being held by UbiComp 2005 (Tokyo) with over 600 attendees.

The merged conference will be an ACM sponsored conference, co-sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE and ACM SIGCHI (as recent UbiComps have been). The short name of this merged event will be "UbiComp" in recognition of the visionary work of Mark Weiser. The long name of the event will become "The 20XX ACM International Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing" in recognition of the dual history of the event.

The UbiComp conference series was founded in 1999 as HUC'99 and the last pre-merger conference was the 14th, in Pittsburgh, USA in September 2012. The Pervasive conference series was founded in 2002 and the last pre-merger conference was the 10th, in Newcastle, UK in June 2012. Pervasive and UbiComp have typically taken place over a 4-day programme, featuring technical papers and notes in the archival proceedings, specialized workshops, live demonstrations, posters, video presentations, panels, doctoral colloquia, and tutorials, and we expect the merged conference to both continue and expand on this legacy.

 

Membership of the Steering Committee

The SC is comprised of two of the senior (program or general) chairs from each of the five most recent Pervasive and UbiComp conferences.

The current members are:

·       Silvia Santini, TU Darmstadt, Germany (UbiComp 2013)

·       Friedemann Mattern, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (UbiComp 2013)

·       Thad Starner, Google and Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (ISWC SC Chair 2013)

·       Tom Martin, Virginia Tech, USA (ISWC SC Vice-Chair 2013)

·       Anind Dey, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (UbiComp 2012)

·       Gillian Hayes, University of California, Irvine, USA (UbiComp 2012)

·       Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia (Pervasive 2012)

·       Patrick Olivier, University of Newcastle, UK (Pervasive 2012)

·       James Landay, University of Washington, USA (UbiComp 2011)

·       Xing Xie, Microsoft Research, China (UbiComp 2011)

·       Jeffrey Hightower, Google, USA (Pervasive 2011)

·       Elaine M. Huang, University of Zurich, Switzerland (Pervasive 2011)

·       Jakob Bardram, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark (UbiComp 2010)

·       Marc Langheinrich, Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland (UbiComp 2010, 2013)

·       Patrik Floreen, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, Finland (Pervasive 2010)

·       Antonio Krueger, Saarland University, Germany (Pervasive 2010)

·       Sunny Consolvo, Google, USA (UbiComp 2009)

·       Hans Gellersen, Lancaster University, UK (UbiComp 2009)

·       A.J. Brush, Microsoft Research, USA (Pervasive 2009)

·       Hide Tokuda, Keio University, Japan (Pervasive 2009)

Executive Roles

Some of the steering committee members have specific responsibilities:

·       Chair and Information Director: Judy Kay (judy.kay@sydney.edu.au)

·       SIGCHI liaison: A.J. Brush (ajbrush@microsoft.com)

·       Awards: Jakob Bardram (bardram@itu.dk)

·       Diversity: Elaine M. Huang (huang@ifi.uzh.ch)

·       SIGMOBILE liaison: James Scott (jws@microsoft.com)

 

Future hosts

After competitive bidding, the Steering Committee is pleased to announce the up-coming conferences:

 

UbiComp 2014 – Seattle, USA.

Sept 13 - 17, 2014

General chairs: A. J. Brush (Microsoft Research) and Adrian Friday (Lancaster University).

Program chairs: Julie Kientz (University of Washington), James Scott (Microsoft, Cambridge, UK), Junehwa Song (KAIST, Korea)

UbiComp 2015 – Osaka, Japan.

General chairs: Kenji Mase (Nagoya University), Koji Yatani (Microsoft Research Asia), Hideo Miyahara (Knowledge Capital Association and Executive Advisor of KMO Corporation),

 

 

We are actively soliciting hosts for 2016, with preference to bids from Europe, with a host proposal deadline in mid-2014 (see below).

The host proposal process is intended to be lightweight as possible while allowing the SC to conduct an informed review, and need not be a "polished" document, but should include:

- Details of the city, including typical hotel costs
- Details of at least one possible venue, including an indication of the cost of hiring the venue for 1 day of workshops and 3 days of multi-track conference, and the AV facilities required, and WiFi networking capable of handling 600+ connected devices. This need not be final but are indicative of the costs of holding the conference in that location.
- Doable dates.
- Indications of potential collocation with other events. For example, we have collocated with ISWC for several conferences, and this has contribited to the enriching and inspiring breadth of work presented. Pervasive 2012 also collocated with DIS. The SC actively encourages collocation as an opportunity for our community to exchange ideas with other research audiences.  It is likely that the ISWC collocation will continue into 2015.
- A possible schedule of the conference, which should be based on recent UbiComps or Pervasives but should include 3 simultaneous paper tracks to accommodate an expected total of 12-15 paper sessions. Innovative ideas for other sessions or sub-events are very welcome.
- Short bios of the general chair(s) and any local chairs or other community members who have indicated their willingness to serve. Program Chairs for the archival papers/notes track should NOT be specified. The SC will work with the general chairs to choose program chairs after the host is chosen.
- Potential local sponsors, both public bodies and local companies.

Prospective hosts are encouraged to review the ACM Conference Organizers Manual http://www.acm.org/sigs/volunteer_resources/conference_manual/conference_manual-toc , the ACM Conference Financial Management guide http://www.acm.org/sigs/volunteer_resources/conference_manual/3-1cfm , and the ACM sponsored conference TMRF Guidelines http://www.acm.org/sigs/volunteer_resources/conference_manual/1-2-1guide (though a TMRF is not necessary at this stage). As an ACM sponsored conference, the ACM takes on financial liability (e.g. signing contracts for the venue) and will assist the general chair(s) with negotiations with a suitable venue as necessary.

As with previous conferences, it is important to keep the registration costs and other costs associated with attending the conference as low as possible, so that attendance is open to as many as possible. Please focus on keeping costs such as food modest, and on listing low-cost accommodation possibilities.

UbiComp and Pervasive in the past have regularly moved around three regions: Asia/Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Americas. There is a strong intention to continue to do this with the merged conference, hence a preference for Europe in 2016.

Deadline for proposals: 3 June 2014
Notification of decisions: 15 July 2014 (at the latest)


If you are thinking of submitting a proposal, please get in touch with Judy Kay, Judy.Kay@sydney.edu.au or any other member of the SC (http://www.ubicomp.org/sc/) The SC is happy to help advise prospective hosts before a final proposal is submitted.

 (last updated by Marc Langheinrich, 2014-04-13)