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workshops

Workshops provide an opportunity to discuss and explore emerging areas of ubiquitous computing research with a group of like-minded researchers and practitioners. Workshops may focus on any aspect of ubiquitous computing, established concerns or new ideas. The goal of the workshop is to share understandings and experiences, to foster research communities, to learn from each other and to envision future directions.

Workshops will be held on Tuesday. Opportunities will be available for the outcome of workshops to be reported to the rest of the UbiComp 2004 conference through posters.

Workshop proposals should be no longer than 4 pages in the ACM SIGCHI conference publications format, and should include a summary of no more than 150 words describing the theme(s) of the workshop, a longer description of the workshop activities and goals, the background of the organizer(s), the maximum number of participants, the means of soliciting participation, and the means of selecting participants.

Accepted workshops will be publicized via an announcement to the UbiComp 2004 distribution list one week after organizers are notified. Organizers of accepted workshop proposals must notify prospective participants of acceptance of position papers no later than August 2nd 2004, and are encouraged to establish position paper deadlines and timelines to accommodate this constraint.

Abstracts of accepted Workshop proposals will be published in the Conference Supplement that will be circulated to attendees at the conference; they will not be incorporated into the main UbiComp 2004 Conference Proceedings.

UbiComp 2004 requires submission in PDF attached to an email to the Workshop's Chair's email address below.

Workshops Chair Mike Fraser
(University of Bristol, UK)
Email

Page limit: 4 pages (ACM SIGCHI conference publications format)
(example template found here)

Submission Deadline (workshop proposals): May 7th, 2004
Acceptance Notification (workshop proposals): June 14th, 2004

Distribution of Accepted workshop CfP(s): June 21st, 2004
Submission Deadline (workshop position papers): July 26th, 2004
Acceptance Notification (workshop position papers): August 2nd, 2004



posters

Posters allow research to be presented in a format which facilitates discussion and debate, and enable the authors to interact directly with conference attendees. Posters are suitable for work which is late-breaking, preliminary, exploratory in nature, smaller projects not suitable for a full paper, and any other research for which the authors wish to make use of this highly interactive format.

There will be a special Demonstrations and Poster Reception on one of the evenings during the main conference, in which poster authors are encouraged to be available to discuss their work with other conference attendees. The posters themselves will be available for viewing throughout the conference.

Poster submissions should include an extended abstract of no longer than 2 pages in the ACM SIGCHI conference publications format, including all figures and references. Submissions may also include a further single page which describes the poster itself for review purposes, this may be a draft of the poster, or text describing the proposed layout. The use of this page is encouraged to convey to reviewers visual aspects of the envisioned poster which may not come across in the abstract, for example including a key graphic to be used in the poster. This supplemental page will not be published.

Accepted 2-page poster abstracts will be published in a Conference Supplement that will be circulated to attendees at the conference and be made available online; they will not be incorporated into the main UbiComp 2004 Conference Proceedings. Submissions by email to the address below. Submissions should not be anonymised.

Posters Chair James Scott
(Intel Research, Cambridge, UK)
Email

Page limit: 2 page abstract (SIGCHI) + 1 page poster description (free format) - all in PDF format (single file preferred, two files acceptable)

Submission Deadline: June 11th, 2004
Acceptance Notification: July 26th, 2004
Final Version Due: August 9th, 2004



The deadline for submitting papers has now passed.

  Papers should be high-quality technical papers presenting original, unpublished research on handheld, mobile or ubiquitous computing. Potential areas of interest includetechnologies, methodologies and formalisms to support ubiquitous computing and the development of ubiquitous computing applications (e.g. novel devices, system software, software engineering techniques and interaction methods); reports on experiences of designing, developing, deploying and living with ubiquitous computing systems; and, studies of the wider implications of ubiquitous computing. We are particularly seeking papers appropriate to the interdisciplinary community represented at the UbiComp 2004 conference. Submissions should report concrete, transferable results that contribute to our understanding of ubiquitous computing and help advance the state-of-the-art.

Papers will be evaluated on the basis of originality, significance of the contribution to the field, technical correctness and presentation. All papers will be peer-reviewed by members of the UbiComp 2004 program committee and by additional members of the ubiquitous computing research community. Papers submitted to UbiComp 2004 must not be under simultaneous review for any other conference, journal, workshop or other publication. Technical papers should be no longer than 18 pages, including an abstract of no more than 100 words, all figures and references, and should be formatted according to the Springer-Verlag LNCS format. In contrast to previous Ubicomp conferences there are no separate categories for long and short papers; all papers will be considered as full papers and should be an appropriate length for their content. Accepted papers will be published in the UbiComp 2004 Proceedings and authors are, of course, required to attend the conference to present their work.

UbiComp 2004 submissions should be properly anonymized to facilitate blind reviewing: papers being submitted should not list the authors, affiliations or addresses on the first page - to preserve formatting, it would be best to leave these sections blank. Author, affiliation and address information should still be filled out on the electronic form for submitting the paper, and final camera-ready copies should have this information included. Authors are also encouraged to take care throughout the entire document to minimize references that may reveal the identity of the authors or institutions.

All paper submissions will be handled eletronically by the EDAS system. Please use this link to submit your paper. Note that submission is a two stage process - you will need to register your paper first and then submit the final manuscript. Submissions must be in Adobe PDF format and conform to the guidelines specified in the call for papers. Authors without EDAS user names will be required to register with the system using the same link as above. The site will open for submissions on March 4th and close at midnight GMT on March 12th.

   Reviewers will be instructed to maintain the confidentiality of all materials for submitted papers throughout the entire reviewing process. Submissions should contain no information that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication.

  
Co-Chairs: Nigel Davies
(Lancaster University, UK/University of Arizona,USA)
Email

  

Elizabeth Mynatt
(Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Email

  

Itiro Siio
(Tamagawa University, Japan)
Email TBC

  


Page limit: 18 pages (Springer-Verlag LNCS format)

Videos are a great way to present innovations in ubiquitous computing, especially for those systems that would be particularly difficult to deploy at the conference for a live demonstration. Authors who are considering submissions in other participation categories are also encouraged to consider submitting formal videos that illustrate their work. As with other submission categories, Video submissions should not have been previously presented in any other formal video program.

The video program will be playing continuously at the conference and on the conference hotel television channel, and will be published on a DVD+R and distributed to conference attendees (although copyright will be retained by the authors). A panel of international reviewers will review videos for their technical content, interest and relevance to the ubiquitous computing community, communication effectiveness, and production quality.

Accepted electronic formats are: MPEG1 and MPEG2, AVI file with MPEG4, DivX codecs used, and Apple QuickTime with high resolution. MPEG2 format is strongly encouraged. For other electronic formats and for tape formats please contact the video chair.

Final electronic format will be: MPEG2; Video with PAL encoding, 4:3 Ratio, 25 fps with average bitrate of 3.2 MBit/s; Audio as MPEG1 Layer II with 224 kbit/s bitrate and 48 kHz. A video preference file for Adobe Premiere can be downloaded here .

If the video is accepted, a high quality format, suitable for DVD production, will be required for the final version. Video submissions should be 4 to 8 minutes long. Longer videos will be subject to stricter review criteria. Rough videos in progress will be considered, but will (if tentatively accepted) be subject to a second review process after final production.

In addition to submitting a videofile, authors must also submit a short paper with a maximum of 2 pages in the ACM SIGCHI conference publications format, including all figures and references, for each video submission. This should include the title, authors, affiliations and an abstract of no more than 150 words.

Abstracts of accepted Videos will be published in the Conference Supplement that will be circulated to attendees at the conference; they will not be incorporated into the main UbiComp 2004 Conference Proceedings.

Video submissions may be uploaded onto an ftp server; contact the Video Chair via email for more detailed instructions on how to access the ftp server to upload video files and abstracts. Submissions may also be submitted on physical media (tape or CD/DVD) to the address listed below; abstracts for these submissions should be submitted electronically. Please do NOT send video files as an email attachment under any circumstances!

Videos Chair Michael Beigl
(TecO, University of Karlsruhe, Germany)
Email

Formats accepted:   MPEG, AVI or QuickTime files. VHS, SVHS, Mini-DV tape (NTSC or PAL).
Abstract Page limit:   2 pages (ACM SIGCHI conference publications format)
Submission Deadline: May 20th, 2004
Acceptance Notification:
Final Version Due:



UbiComp 2004 Student Volunteer Request Form
UbiComp 2004 Student Volunteers Request Form



To apply to be a student volunteer for UbiComp 2004, please fill in the following information and submit it.
Elaine Huang will reply to let you know that your request was received.
If you have any questions/problems, please send mail to Elaine Huang.



Name:
Email:
University Name:
University Address:
Academic Advisor/Supervisor:
Years in program:
Degree program:
Number of previous UbiComps (HUCs) attended:
Have you been a UbiComp (HUC) student volunteer before:
List "special skills":
(e.g., any foreign language beyond English, knowledge of the Nottingham area, etc.)
Note to applicants: Please be aware that selected SVs will be responsible for obtaining their own visas as necessary to attend the conference. UbiComp is unable to provide official conference invitations or support for the purposes of obtaining visas to enter the UK.



DC

The Doctoral Colloquium is a forum in which Ph.D. students can meet and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced UbiComp researchers and practitioners.

We welcome applicants from a broad range of disciplines and approaches that inform ubiquitous computing, including computer science, engineering, cognitive science, sociology, and related fields. Applicants should be beyond the proposal stage and into their dissertation research. The Colloquium committee will select approximately 10 participants who will be expected to give short, informal presentations of their work during the Colloquium, to be followed by a discussion.

Submissions should be no longer than 2 pages including an abstract of no more than 100 words and a description of the work in progress. In addition, a 2-3 paragraph biographical sketch should be supplied, indicating the name and affiliation of any advisors/co-advisors for the research, and including the anticipated date of completion of thesis research. Submissions should be formatted according to theACM SIGCHI conference publications format.

The Doctoral Colloquium will be held on Tuesday. Doctoral Colloquium participants will also have an opportunity to participate in the Posters session on Wednesday. Doctoral Colloquium papers will be published in the Conference Supplement that will be circulated to attendees at the conference; they will not be incorporated into the main UbiComp 2004 Conference Proceedings.

Submission requests should be made directly by email to the DC chair (below).

Doctoral Colloquium Chair Gregory Abowd
(Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Email

Page limit: 2 pages (ACM SIGCHI conference publications format)
Deadline: June 11th, 2004
Acceptance Notification:
Final Version Due:



Student volunteers provide the backbone of any successful conference. Accepted volunteers are expected to work in scheduled sessions during the conference, but will also be given great opportunities to attend the program and socialize. All student volunteers will receive a free registration to the conference (including meals & special events).

The deadline for SV applications for UbiComp 2004 has passed. Applicants will be notified shortly regarding SV selection decisions. If you would like to be placed on waiting list for an SV position, please send email to the Student Volunteers Co-Chairs below. Thank you for your interest in the Student Volunteer program, and we encourage you to apply for SV positions in future UbiComp conferences.


Student Volunteers Co-Chairs
Elaine May Huang
(Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Email

    

  Holger Schnädelbach
(University of Nottingham, UK)
Email

    Deadline: June 11th, 2004 closed

Demonstrations: The Ubicomp Experience

Ubiquitous computing promises a future where computation is seamlessly integrated with the world around us. Smart objects, responsive environments and personal technologies for work and everyday life are all part of this vision. The UbiComp conference is the premier venue for presentation of research results in ubiquitous computing, with around 500 attendees from academia and industry. The conference already has a successful and highly competitive paper presentations track. But it is not enough to talk about the future world of ubiquitous computing - it must be seen, felt, experienced.

We invite you to contribute your vision of the ubicomp experience to the Demonstrations Program at the UbiComp 2004 conference. Demonstrations are a way to show tangible results of ubicomp research and development. A successful demo will communicate ideas and concepts in a way that a regular presentation cannot. For this year's UbiComp conference, we invite demonstrations that push the limits of experience in a world where computation is everywhere around us.

Demonstrations can provide hands-on experience with future ubiquitous computing technology. From the newest sensor technology and the best way to save battery power, to the coolest interaction techniques and tiniest displays, demonstrations provide the perfect venue to show the latest innovations and techniques.

We also want to see where ubicomp can make a difference in the real world. We welcome demonstrations that put the technology in context - be it on oilrigs or in ambulances, at the kindergarten or in the home. This kind of demo does not have to contain cutting-edge technology, but should show how ubicomp technology can be adapted and used in actual applications.

Finally, good demos should not only provide answers - they can also pose questions. Speculative and provocative demonstrations can put ubicomp technology in a new light, and push the field forward as much as technological inventions. We invite design projects, interactive installations, and other presentations that debate and critique ubicomp technology and the world that it will create.

To highlight the demos section, there will be a special Demonstrations and Poster Reception during the main conference, when conference attendees will be able to interact with all demonstrations.

Don't miss this chance to be part of the UbiComp experience at UbiComp 2004!

REVIEWING AND COMMITTEE
Each demonstration will be reviewed by at least two members of the demonstration committee. In an electronic meeting, the committee will make final decisions on which submissions to accept.

Committee chair:
Lars Erik Holmquist, Viktoria Institute, Sweden

Committee members:
Stefan Agamanolis, Media Lab Europe, Ireland
Steve Benford, University of Nottingham, UK
Bill Buxton, Buxton Design, Canada
Tom Djajadiningrat, TU Eindhoven, Holland and University of Southern Denmark
Ken Fishkin, Intel Research, USA
Bill Gaver, Royal College of Art, UK
Hans Gellersen, Lancaster University, UK
Tom Igoe, ITP-NYU, USA
Yasuto Nakanishi, Tokyo Univ. of Agri. & Tech., Japan
Joe Paradiso, MIT, USA
Eric Paulos, Intel Research, USA
Jun Rekimoto, Sony CSL, Japan
Bernt Schiele, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Phoebe Sengers, Cornell University, USA
Allison Woodruff, PARC, USA

Proposals will be judged on their level of innovation, technical merit, conceptual contribution, and relevance for the ubicomp community. To make a successful demo submission, you furthermore need to have a strategy to give visitors the main points in a short time. You must also convince the committee that you are capable of installing and running the demo at the conference.

Demonstrations do not have the same requirements on originality as papers and posters. It is acceptable to submit a demonstration even if the main points have been published at the UbiComp conference (including this year) or elsewhere. However, the demonstration format should still add significantly to any previous presentations. To make it easier to judge this, you must provide a complete history of previous presentations of the submitted work and work directly related to it.

A demonstration is not the right forum to promote commercial products. In this case, please instead consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
A demonstration submission requires the following parts:

  1. A demonstration abstract that describes the technology being exhibited and discusses the novelty and distinguishing ideas or approaches it brings to the ubiquitous computing community. The demonstration abstract will be published in the Conference Supplement and should therefore be self-contained. It should be a maximum of 2 pages, in the ACM SIGCHI conference publications format, including all figures and references. Please make sure that your submitted abstract complies to all the formatting guidelines and is ready for publication, since there will be no time to make major revisions.
  2. A demonstration supplement that details how the demo will be executed in practice, and how visitors will interact with it during the conference. The interaction can be described in the form of a short usage scenario, storyboard sketch, screenshots, illustrations, photos, and/or video documentation. The demonstration supplement should also include the various technical requirements such as preferred setting, space, power, networking, lighting, acoustical, and other special equipment. A demonstration supplement submission template is available at the bottom of this webpage. Demonstration supplement materials are for the purposes of review only and will not be published. A template for demonstration supplements is provided below.

Your submission should be sent as a single PDF file to the following address: leh@viktoria.se
The subject line should read: UbiComp Demo Submission - NAME OF MAIN CONTACT
The name of the attached file should be: NAME OF MAIN CONTACT.pdf
Links to additional material (videos, etc.) should be included both in the mail and in the supplement.

UPON ACCEPTANCE
You will be required to install your demonstration in the conference venue on September 7, and have it packed away by the end of the conference, on September 10.

You are required to have your demonstration up and running throughout the Demonstrations and Poster Reception. In addition, we strongly encourage you to have your demo staffed and available throughout the conference, especially during breaks.

The conference will at minimum provide a space for your demo, a table and chairs, and a power connection. If you need any special equipment you should provide that yourself, including projectors, audio amplification, wireless LAN, etc. Please specify all needs in your demonstration supplement so that we can plan the demo area accordingly.

SUBMISSION TEMPLATES
The SIGCHI conference publications format can be found at: http://sigchi.org/chipubform/.
The Demonstrations Supplement template can be downloaded by clicking here.


CONTACT DETAILS
Chair: Lars Erik Holmquist, Future Applications Lab, Viktoria Institute, Sweden
http://www.viktoria.se/~leh
E-mail

Page limit: 2 pages (ACM SIGCHI conference publications format)
Demonstration Supplement Template: no limit - will not be published

Deadline: June 11
Acceptance Notification: July 23
Final Version Due: August 6


Critical Dates


March 12th, 2004: Registration Deadline for Full Papers
March 16th, 2004: Submission Deadline for Full Papers
May 7th, 2004: Video submission date now 20th May. Submission Deadline for Panels, and Workshop Proposals
June 11th, 2004: Submission Deadline for Posters, Demonstrations, Doctoral Colloquia, and Student Volunteers


Panels provide a forum in which to examine innovative, provocative, controversial, or late-breaking issues. The best panels are often structured as a debate with an opportunity for audience participation. We are open to innovative formats including live demonstrations and/or technology competitions.

Panel proposals should be no longer than 4 pages in the ACM SIGCHI conference publications format, and should include the panel topic, the names of panelists who have agreed to participate, one paragraph biographical sketches describing each panelists’ expertise, a position statement by each panelist, an overview of the ways in which the position statements relate to each other, and the proposed structure or format of the panel. If supporting technologies are required, proposals should clearly list these.

Abstracts of accepted Panel proposals will be published in the Conference Supplement that will be circulated to attendees at the conference; they will not be incorporated into the main UbiComp 2004 Conference Proceedings.

UbiComp 2004 requires electronic submission.

Chair: Matthew Chalmers
(University of Glasgow, UK)
Email

Page limit: 4 pages (ACM SIGCHI conference publications format)
Submission Deadline: May 7th, 2004
Acceptance Notification:




submission

You are invited to contribute original and exciting ideas to UbiComp 2004, the Sixth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. UbiComp is the premier venue for presenting research and development achievements in the design, implementation, deployment and evaluation of computing technology that migrates beyond our desktops onto our hands, heads and clothing, and becomes increasingly embedded in a wide variety of other objects, such as walls, cars and appliances.

We welcome submissions that report on innovations in ubiquitous, mobile and pervasive computing, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • New technologies and devices for ubiquitous computing

  • New applications of ubiquitous computing technologies

  • New interfaces and modes of interactions between people and ubiquitous computing devices, applications or environments

  • New infrastructures and architectures for supporting ubiquitous computing applications

  • Evaluations, and evaluation methodologies, for assessing the impact of ubiquitous computing devices, applications or environments

  • Social issues and implications of ubiquitous computing


PARTICIPATION CATEGORIES AND FORMATS

Submissions to UbiComp 2004 must be original, unpublished work and may not be simultaneously submitted to any other conference or journal.

All paper submissions will be handled eletronically by the EDAS system. Please use this link to submit your paper. Note that submission is a two stage process - you will need to register your paper first and then submit the final manuscript. Submissions must be in Adobe PDF format and conform to the guidelines specified in the call for papers. Authors without EDAS user names will be required to register with the system using the same link as above. The site will open for submissions on March 4th and close at midnight GMT on March 12th.

Papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings published by Springer-Verlag in the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Each conference attendee will receive a printed copy of the proceedings; additional copies can be purchased through Springer-Verlag. The proceedings will also be made available through digital libraries. Submissions must be in the LNCS format; full instructions and templates are available at: http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html

A Conference Supplement, containing extended abstracts for Interactive Posters, Demonstrations, Videos, Doctoral Colloquium papers, and Workshop and Panel descriptions, will be printed and given to conference attendees. Electronic versions of these materials will also be posted on the UbiComp 2004 web site. Submissions for these participation categories must use the ACM SIGCHI conference publications format.






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