UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairAfter last week’s look behind the scenes of UbiComp finances (kudos to Silvia for that lucid explanation of where our money actually goes!) we continue our backstage tour with a set of interviews – spread out over the next weeks – that involve the local arrangement team, i.e., the people who actually make this conference “work”.

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UbiComp 2013 General Co-ChairMany people ask us about our registration rates. You might have asked yourself why attending a bunch of talks for three days in a University should cost USD700,- (early rate for ACM/IEEE members), or why the non-member rate is almost twice as much as the student rate, or why we’re even charging in US Dollar. With the early registration deadline less than 24 hours away, I wanted to briefly answer some of these questions. Read the rest of this entry »

UbiComp 2013 PC Co-ChairWe just pulled the trigger and sent 394 emails to the authors of all UbiComp 2013 submissions! After more than 5 weeks of reviewing and 2 days of intense discussions at the PC Meeting in Paris, the 75 members of the Program Committee selected 71 submissions for acceptance (conditional upon addressing various issues identified in the reviews). This is about 18% of the total number of submissions!

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UbiComp 2013 PC Co-ChairDear UbiComp community, thank you so much for all your hard work in preparing your UbiComp 2013 submissions. Thanks to you, we have a record number of submissions this year: 89 Notes and 305 Full Papers, for a total of 394 submissions!

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UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairThis is the last part of an interview with one of the UbiComp 2013 Program Chairs – Marc Langheinrich – regarding the newly opened submission site. After going over how to properly indicate one’s preferred reviewer expertise in part 1, and how to indicate one’s interest in doing a multi-presentation format in part 2, we talk about another new item on the submission form – the “Note to Reviewers” – today. Read the rest of this entry »

UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairThe UbiComp Program Chairs just opened up the submission page last Friday, so I decided to take this opportunity to interview one of the PC Chairs, Marc Langheinrich, for the “low-down” on the process. We published part #1 of the interview on Sunday, where Marc explained the new “build your ideal reviewer” keyword selection process. In this part, we talk some more about the “supplemental material” that one can submit in addition to the actual Full Paper or Note. Read the rest of this entry »

UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairThe UbiComp Program Chairs just opened up the submission page, and I went there to check it out. The submission form is a tad longer than the usual ones, so I decided to take this opportunity to follow up on this with one of the PC Chairs, Marc Langheinrich. Read the rest of this entry »

UbiComp 2013 PC Co-ChairWe just pressed the big red button ™ and opened up the UbiComp 2013 submission page! While the submission deadline is still two weeks away (March 22, at 23:59 EDT), I nevertheless encourage you to visit it right now, register for an account (if you don’t have one already), and start the submission process by clicking on “new submissions” in the header. Read the rest of this entry »

UbiComp 2013 General Co-ChairThe new promotional materials are all packed and ready to be sent to members of the UbiComp 2013 Organizing Committee! Hopefully the packages will be arriving at their desks by the end of the week…

P.S. If you would like to help us spread the word about UbiComp 2013 and could use our promotional materials, drop me an e-mail at chairs2013@ubicomp.org!!

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UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairAnother week(end), another interview write-up! Last week I managed to have a brief Skype call with this year’s Demo chairs, Antonio Krüger from DFKI in Germany and Yoshito Tobe from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan. Scheduling was much easier than with my last interview, as Antonio is currently spending his sabbatical in Down Under, thus putting him in pretty much the same time zone as Yoshito.

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