Steering Committee

History of the Conference Series

In 1999, the Handheld and Ubiquitous Computing conference was held in Karlsruhe, Germany, and this was held again in 2000, in Bristol, UK. In 2001, the conference changed its name to the International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and was held in Atlanta, USA. This conference series continued through to 2012, in Pittsburgh, USA. In 2002, a conference series was established on Pervasive Computing, with the inaugural conference being held in Zurich, Switzerland. This conference series also continued through to 2012, in Newcastle, UK. In 2012, the community decided to merge the Pervasive Computing conference and the Ubiquitous Computing conference, to offer a single venue for the leading worldwide research in Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing. The first joint conference (International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing aka UbiComp) was held in 2013, in Seattle, USA, and the joint conference series continues today. In 2017, the content for talks at the UbiComp conference converted to being drawn from papers published in the new journal Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable, and Ubiquitous Technologies (PACM IMWUT).

Steering Committee Responsibilities

The Steering Committee is responsible for the following:

  • promoting and maintaining the UbiComp conference as the premiere venue for researchers and practitioners interested in all aspects of ubiquitous and pervasive computing;
  • ensuring the highest quality for the contents of the event;
  • deciding where the UbiComp conference is held each year;
  • providing advice to the current and future chairs of the Ubicomp conference;
  • resolving general issues involved with the UbiComp conference;
  • running the 10-year best paper selection process;
  • awarding the outstanding student award

Steering Committee Membership

The Steering Committee is comprised of up to three program or general chairs from each of the five most recent (Pervasive and UbiComp or joint) conferences, plus chair and vice-chair of the ISWC conference series steering committee. Since the UbiComp conference moved to a journal-style publishing model in 2017, future "program chair" members will be drawn from the journal's (PACM IMWUT) editorial board. The inaugural editors have already joined the committee in early 2017. The current members thus are:

  • Gregory Abowd, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (IMWUT EiC, 2016)
  • Andreas Bulling, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany (UbiComp 2016)
  • A.J. Brush, Microsoft Research, USA (UbiComp 2014)
  • Tanzeem Choudhury, Cornell University, USA (UbiComp 2015)
  • Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia (IMWUT EB 2018)
  • Julie Kientz (chair), University of Washington, USA (UbiComp 2014, IMWUT EB 2018)
  • Vassilis Kostakos, University of Melbourne, Australia (IMWUT EB, 2016)
  • Kai Kunze, Keio University, Japan (ISWC SC Vice-Chair)
  • Marc Langheinrich, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland (UbiComp 2013, 2015)
  • Seungyon "Claire" Lee, Google, USA (UbiComp 2017)
  • Paul Lukowicz, DFKI, Germany (UbiComp 2016)
  • Kenji Mase, Nagoya University, Japan (UbiComp 2015)
  • Friedemann Mattern, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (UbiComp 2013)
  • Shwetak Patel, University of Washington, USA (UbiComp 2016)
  • Silvia Santini, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland (Ubicomp 2013, IMWUT EB 2016)
  • James Scott, Microsoft Research, UK (IMWUT EB 2016)
  • Junehwa Song, KAIST, South Korea (UbiComp 2014)
  • Thad Starner, Google/Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (ISWC SC Chair)
  • Leila Takayama, UC Santa Cruz, USA (UbiComp 2017)
  • Koji Yatani, University of Tokyo, Japan (UbiComp 2015, IMWUT EB 2016)