workshops

Workshops

From the 17 submitted workshop proposals, we are happy to announce that we were able to accept the following 13. More detailed information about scope, submission procedure etc. are available at the given URL.

All workshops (as well as the doctoral colloquium) are scheduled for Sunday September 16th, 2007. The venue for the workshops and the DC will be the SOWI building which is a building next to the congress center as as indicated on the venue map.

We defined a "framework schedule" for all workshops which the workshop organizers may use to set up their individual schedules (food and drinks provided):

 08:00 - 09:00 Registration
 09:00 - 10:30 Sessions
 10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break (on floor)
 11:00 - 12:30 Sessions
 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break (cafeteria on ground floor)
 13:30 - 15:00 Sessions
 15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break (on floor)
 15:30 - 17:00 Sessions

After the workshops all workshop attendees, DC attendees and conference participants are invited to socialize at the Conference Warm-Up & Workshop Reception in the "Orangerie" of the Congress Center.

 

WS-A (01): Attention Management in Ubiquitous Computing Environments (AMUCE 07)

One of the challenges of ubiquitous computing is the coordination of different devices so that their interventions with the user(s) take into account ongoing (inter)actions and avoid overloading their sensory systems. To this end, devices of different complexity levels must gain a coherent understanding of users' past and current (inter)actions, goals, preferences, social relationships, etc. in order to model users' attentional states.
Attention awareness has the special target of minimizing cognitive load by addressing issues such as: interruption management / notification optimization, individual versus group interaction, just-in-time information selection. Whilst "disappearing", i.e. minimizing cognitive load, has been the chief objective of ubiquitous computing, we feel that true adaptation to human cognitive abilities requires a better understanding of the reactive, deliberative, social, and aesthetic processes controlling attention allocation and of how they can be supported by technologies. Improving such understanding is the primary objective of this workshop.

Deadline: June 5th, 2007 (extended)
URL: http://ac.aup.fr/roda/attention/Ubicomp2007/

 

WS-B (02): Second Workshop on Requirements and Solutions for Pervasive Software Infrastructures (RSPSI)

One of the most interesting research areas in Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing are applications that are orchestrated by a variety of different components. Here the cooperation and interplay of distributed and dynamic devices and applications are defining the overall system behaviour. Prominent examples are smart environments resp. applications that realize assisted living ambience, where people are assisted unobtrusively in their daily environment by the cooperation of a variety of different devices and applications. Different blueprints of functional architectures seem to exist in parallel and it seems very difficult to identify consolidated approaches for the definition of needed components, their internal functions, their interrelationships and their diversified co-operations as well as their basic communication principles. Consequently the workshop seeks to discuss different system architectures from a top down approach and to discuss their implications on the selection of the applied functional components as well as their interrelationships. Furthermore the involvement of the user within distributed environments and its consideration while defining the functional architecture should be discussed.

Deadline: June 1st, 2007
URL: http://www.igd.fhg.de/igd-a1/RSPSI2/

 

WS-C (04): Embodied Meeting Support: Mobile, Tangible, Senseable Interaction in Smart Environments (UBIMEET)

The past two years at UbiComp, our workshops on design and usability in next generation conference rooms engendered lively conversations in the community of people working in smart environments.  The community is clearly vital and growing. This year we would like to build on the e nergy from previous workshops while taking on a more interactive and exploratory format. The theme for this workshop is embodied meeting support and includes three tracks: mobile interaction, tangible interaction, and sensing in smart environments. We encourage participants to present work that focuses on one track or that attempts to bridge multiple tracks.

Deadline: June 1st, 2007
URL: http://www.fxpal.com/UbiComp2007

 

WS-D (05): Ubicomp in the Office (UCITO)

Office spaces were among the envisioned settings of early ubiquitous computing scenarios. For example, researchers at Xerox Parc described how portable and pervasive computing technologies would be integrated into the existing office ecologies for formal and informal communication amongst colleagues.
Despite the ready availability of the hardware and systems solutions envisioned by the original Ubicomp motivators, the integrated use of these technologies in modern office spaces is often marginal.
This workshop seeks to get an understanding of the current status quo of Ubicomp-in- the-office research by inviting researchers to talk about positive and negative experiences in this area. We invite researchers to present analyses and attempts to address actual problems in this field with the use of novel technological concepts.

Deadline: June 15th, 2007 (extended)
URL: http://www.dus.ibr.cs.tu-bs.de/events/ucito

 

WS-E (07): Interaction with Ubiquitous Wellness and Healthcare Applications (UbiWell)

Research on wellness and healthcare employing mobile and ubiquitous computing has emerged during recent years, and new application concepts, technical solutions and services have been suggested and demonstrated. When ubiquitous wellness and healthcare systems are developed, severe amount of attention has to be paid for the interaction and user interface design, as intuitive and usable way of interacting with applications is an essential requirement for applications. UbiWell workshop will bring together researchers with different backgrounds that relate to human-computer-interaction research in ubiquitous wellness and healthcare. The workshop will provide a venue to present novel research in this field and to openly discuss ideas and problems on the topic.

Deadline: June 10th, 2007
URL: http://www.piksu.com/ubiwell/

 

WS-F (06): Mobile and Ubiquitous User Experience: Principles and Best Practices (MUX)

Over the past decade there has been significant development in the domain of mobile and ubiquitous devices, services and applications. From the initial ideas and prototypes in the late 90s, things have moved to pilot deployments and finally commercial endeavors. Yet only a few early ideas that have been put to test have reached univocal successes and broad adoption, while many others have languished around and have eventually been abandoned. In this workshop we would like to provide a forum for discussion of design principles and best practices for mobile and ubiquitous user experience, especially focusing on applications and services. We would like to share successes, failures and lessons learned and, as a community, suggest new venues for research.

Deadline: June 10th, 2007 (extended)
URL: http://mux.adaptivepath.com

 

WS-G (12): Ubiquitous Systems Evaluation (USE 07)

The complexity and scope of UbiComp research brings together practitioners from a wide range of disciplines. Recognised evaluation strategies are essential in order that the contribution of new techniques can be quantified objectively. Experience has shown that evaluating ubiquitous systems is extremely difficult. Approaches tend to be subjective, piecemeal or both. Individual approaches to evaluation risk being incomplete and comparisons between systems can be difficult. This workshop will bring together UbiComp researchers to discuss their experiences in the evaluation of UbiComp systems with the aim of identifying specific techniques that could form essential elements of an overall evaluation framework.

Deadline: June 8th, 2007
URL: http://www.useworkshop.org/

 

WS-H (10): 1st International Workshop on Design and Integration Principles for Smart Objects (DIPSO 2007)

Tagging everyday objects with sensors/actuators and building an instrumented environment are recent practices in industry and academia. Infact, the smart object domain has matured over the years. Several successful prototypes and applications have already been demonstrated and deployed. However there is minimal interoperability among the design practices of these projects and underlying infrastructures can rarely be shared among isolated applications. We believe the primary reason behind this phenomenon is the missing rationale of design and integration of smart artefacts. Now it is the time to focus on current practices and align on some key issues to continue the further progress of smart objects. The primary motivation of this workshop is to look at the existing systems, to extract and extrapolate the best practices, using the lessons learned from those projects to rationalize the design and integration approaches towards smart objects.

Deadline: June 10th, 2007
URL: http://workshop.dcl.info.waseda.ac.jp/dipso2007

 

WS-I (08): 5th International Workshop on Privacy in UbiComp (UbiPriv'07)

Privacy has been recognized as a major challenge for the acceptance of Ubiquitous Computing. From 2002 to 2005, a workshop on Privacy Issues in Ubiquitous Computing was organized each year at the UbiComp Conference. The workshop is reknown to be one of the primary sources for academic privacy research in the Ubiquitous Computing field. For 2007, a special format of the workshop is sought in conjunction with the prestigious Personal and Ubiquitous Computing journal (PUC), published by Springer. Major expertsin the field are invited so summarize state-of-the-art insights on the topic from different angles, as well as with a view to the different underlying technologies. In addition to these invited contributions the workshop is issuing a call for short research papers (6 pages) describing latest research insights and important state-of-the art activities in individual topics. Both types of contribution are considered for journal publication.

Deadline: June 8th, 2007 (extended)
URL: http://www.vs.inf.ethz.ch/events/uc07privacy/

 

WS-J (09): First International Workshop on Security for Spontaneous Interaction (IWSSI 2007)

One of the cornerstones in Mark Weiser's vision of ubiquitous computing is the potential for interacting with services, anywhere, anytime. Advances in mobile computing, ad hoc networks, context awareness, and human computer interaction now facilitate a seamless, spontaneous interaction between users, devices, and services. However, securing such interactions is difficult, because typically there will be no a priori shared information such as passwords, addresses, or PIN codes. Neither can we assume a globally trusted third party for certifying users, devices, and services. A few different approaches to securing spontaneous interactions have recently been suggested, and some of them have already been adopted for standardization. However, many research challenges still remain as none of the known solutions is fully satisfactory with respect to security, on the one hand, and usability, on the other hand. This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on the topic, to define open issues, clarify the used terminology, and foster cooperation between researchers in this area.

Deadline: June 1st, 2007
URL: http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/iwssi2007/

 

WS-K (13): Transitive Materials: Towards an Integrated Approach to Material Technology (Transitive)

We strongly believe that the distribution of computation within the a space should be "functionally transparent". Rather than overlaying computation using add-on patches or gadgets, we seek to define and emphasize the integration of novel "transitive materials" that blur the gap between computation and structure, and between disciplines that have traditionally stood apart. One of the crucial capabilities of such materials is the ability to create truly ubiquitous and cohesive computational systems that extends invisibly from on-body to indoor environment to urban-scale structures.
The workshop will focus on challenges and implications inherent in creating ubiquitous interaction via the augmentation of materials and structures, and aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from the design (architecture, fashion, textiles) and scientific disciplines (ubicomp, wearables, computation, materials) to discuss cohesive scenarios and methodologies for ubicomp applications mediated by transitive materials that serve form, function, and computation at the same time.

Deadline: June 22th, 2007
URL: http://ambient.media.mit.edu/transitive/

 

WS-L (11): Ubiquitous Sustainability:Technologies for Green Values (USTGV)

This workshop will explore the ways in which research within the Ubicomp community intersects with values and practices linked to environmental sustainability. Growing concern about resource depletion, global warming, and environmental degradation have led increasing numbers of people to reconsider their actions and the impact they have on the planet. This upswing in public interest in making positive change for the environment has substantial implications for how the Ubicomp community frames and executes the design of technologies in realms as diverse as energy conservation, healthcare, home systems monitoring and automation, environmental monitoring, community planning, and social networking. The goals of the workshop are to 1) gain an understanding of emerging practices in which technologies align with emerging environmental values; and 2) to distill a set of challenges for the Ubicomp community that are synchronous with those developments.

Deadline: June 11st, 2007 (extended)
URL: http://www.sustainableinteraction.net

 

Note for authors

All accepted workshop papers will be published in a printed common workshop proceedings volume with an ISBN. We will use a  2-column springer-verlag format (template, example) which allows for a reasonable density of information within the given page number limits. You can use the LaTeX macro package on

ftp://ftp.springer.de/pub/tex/latex/svjour2/global/svjour2.cls
ftp://ftp.springer.de/pub/tex/latex/svjour2/global/svglov2.clo

You are welcome to use any other typesetting processor, please make sure that the paper follows exactly the same paper outline: two-columns, A4-size, no page numbers (need to measure the columns). The camera ready papers should be PDF files that follow the specified format. They will be bundled into a single proceedings.

It is required that at least one author per paper signs a right to publish form which should be sent to the workshop chairs together with the camera ready version of the paper.

 

Canceled Workshops

W02 - Personalized Context Modeling and Management for ubiComp Applications (ubi-PCMM07)

The objective of ubiPCMM is to facilitate intellectual exchange on current research activities in user-centric context modeling and group context management for multi-user scenarios in ubiquitous computing (ubiComp) environment. The main foci of discussion include user-centric context modeling and management to seamlessly provide personalized services in mobile computing environments and group context management to harmonize multi-user services in ubiComp environment. Especially in this year, the ubiPCMM07 will highlight on the detection or activeness of the personalized service for user or group. This includes those issues of defining the boundary of personalized service and grouping the individual personalized service. It also covers how to recognize what is active among several personalized services. We solicit workshop participants to identify current trends and useful methods, discuss possible killer applications, and explore relevant future research
directions.

Deadline: June 10th, 2007 (extended)
URL: http://mase.itc.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ubiPCMM07/