Steering Commitee of the Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Conference Series

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.

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

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)
  • Julie Kientz (chair), University of Washington, USA (UbiComp 2014)
  • 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)

Future Conference Hosts

We are regularly soliciting hosts for future conference editions, with regional preferences alternating between the Americas, the Asia Pacific region, and Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA). Proposal deadlines are roughly 2 years prior to the conference. See below for details on the current solicitation round. 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 1-2 days of workshops and 3 days of multi-track conference, and the AV facilities required, and WiFi networking capable of handling 700+ connected devices. This need not be final but are indicative of the costs of holding the conference in that location. This should account for all typical Ubicomp and ISWC activities (see previous years' programs for a list of those activities), including, for example, the ISWC Design Exhibition.
  • Multiple sets of dates when the conference could be held.
  • Indications of potential collocation with other events. For example, we have collocated with ISWC for several conferences, and this has contributed 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. We have built an increasingly strong and synergistic relationship with ISWC, with collocation since 2012.
  • 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. See recent programs to get a sense of the scale. Innovative ideas for other sessions or sub-events are very welcome. Again, the chedule should include all typical UbiComp and ISWC activities.
  • Short bios of the general chair(s) for BOTH UbiComp and ISWC, 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 for UbiComp. UbiComp has moved to a journal publishing model, and the Editorial Board of the journal will take responsibility for the papers/notes. Diversity (region of the world, gender, ethnicity, etc.) is important when considering the potential chairs for your bid.
  • Potential local sponsors, both public bodies and local companies.

Prospective hosts are encouraged to review the ACM Conference Organizers Manual , ACM SIGCHI's Guide to Organizing a Conference, the ACM Conference Financial Management guide, and the ACM sponsored conference TMRF Guidelines (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.

The conference has 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 in the future.

Deadline for 2019 proposals: 30 October 2017 (regional preference: Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA)

If you are thinking of submitting a proposal for 2018, 2019, or beyond, please submit the following brief online form to get in touch with the chair of the steering committee, Julie Kientz jkientz@uw.edu. You may also reach out to any other member of the steering committee (see above). The SC is happy to help advise prospective hosts before a final proposal is submitted.