UbiComp / ISWC 2023
Call for Workshop Proposals

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2023

UbiComp/ISWC 2023 invite proposals for the Workshops program of the 2023 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) and the 2023 International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC). Workshops provide an effective forum for attendees with common interests and are a great opportunity for community building. Workshops can vary in program length, size, and format depending on their specific objectives.

All Workshops will be held on Sunday, October 8, and Monday, October 9, 2023 before the main conference.

*Workshops, as any other track at UbiComp/ISWC 2023, will be in-person only.
More details for exceptions can be found here.

We are soliciting workshop proposals on any topic of relevance to Ubiquitous Computing and/or Wearable Computing. There are many ways in which workshops can enrich a conference, and we are aiming to accommodate diverse opportunities for the community to engage. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Workshops that provide a forum to share advances in an area of special interest to the community. Such workshops would typically solicit original research contributions and involve a peer-review process for submitted papers, but would be open to broader attendance. All accepted workshop papers can be included in the ACM Digital Library (DL) and the Adjunct Proceedings.
  • Workshops that aim to gather a group of researchers for a focused activity, such as hands-on prototyping, or joint development of a cross-disciplinary research agenda. Such workshops typically involve a selection process for attendance, but not necessarily a solicitation of materials for publication.

We encourage workshop organizers to consider a juried/lightweight and short review process for contributions submitted to their workshops. Workshops are not intended to be mini-conferences, and we would like organizers to come up with proposals that can include and engage members of the community.

To that end, having a large PC for workshop papers is probably not needed, but encouraging senior researchers and experts to attend the workshop is strongly recommended. Individual presentations are normal at the workshops, but we would also encourage proposals with other activities, such as having substantial discussion time to engage workshop participants. We also encourage organizers to run an open workshop — that is, conference participants can sign up for the workshop and attend without submitting a workshop paper. This allows workshops to draw more people from the community who are interested in the subject matter. Organizers may wish to consider alternatives to full paper submission, including posters and position papers.

Summary of Key Dates

  • March 31, 2023: Submission deadline for Workshop proposals
  • April 14, 2023: Notification of accepted proposal
  • April 18, 2023: Distribution of all accepted workshop CFPs
  • May 26, 2023: Deadline for the camera-ready version of the workshop description (from the proposal) for inclusion in the ACM DL
  • May 26, 2023: Submission deadline for Workshop papers
  • June 30, 2023: Notification of Workshop papers by each accepted Workshop
  • July 31, 2023: Deadline for camera-ready version of workshop papers to include in the ACM DL
  • October 8-9 , 2023: Workshops in Cancun, Mexico

Pre-Proposal Submissions Inquiries

Should you wish to discuss ideas for a workshop proposal prior to the submission deadline, feel free to contact the Chairs of the Workshops Program at workshops-2023@ubicomp.org

Workshop Proposal Content

The proposal should be prepared as a document of no more than 4 pages (including any reference) following the 2-columns UbiComp/ISWC overall template instructions.

The proposal must describe:

  • The topic, rationale, and objectives for the workshop
  • The organizers’ backgrounds
  • An estimate of expected attendance (and whether participation will be limited)
  • A detailed plan for conducting the workshop (including any plans for pre-workshop preparation and/or post-workshop follow up).
  • The Workshop submission must, in addition, include a text-based version of the CFP (Call for Papers or Call for Participation), as an appendix (not counted in the 4-page limit).

Some guiding questions:

  • What is the objective of the Workshop, and how is it achieved?
  • Why should this workshop be a part of UbiComp/ISWC 2023?
  • How will it make an impact to the community?
  • What types of submissions are you looking for, and how will the papers be selected?
  • What activities are planned during the workshop?
  • What is the planned schedule and proposed duration (e.g., 1-day or half-day workshop)?
  • Do you want to opt out of running an open workshop? If so, please justify why you choose to run a closed workshop (i.e., only accepted participants can attend)

Upon acceptance, the submitted workshop proposal is expected to be revised and adapted for inclusion in the Adjunct Proceedings and ACM Digital Library.

All workshops have the option of soliciting contributions for inclusion in the ACM Digital Library and Adjunct Proceedings of the conference. Workshop organizers must clearly describe in their proposal whether they plan to have workshop contributions published in this way. Organizers can specify page numbers for papers they solicit, but all workshop papers must use the UbiComp/ISWC 2023 templates and formatting instructions.

Workshop Selection Process

Workshop proposals will be reviewed by a jury of experts based on how compelling they expect the workshops to be to UbiComp/ISWC attendees. The jury will consider several factors during the selection process, including:

  • Potential for the Workshop topic to generate stimulating discussions and useful results
  • Expected interest level of the topic in the community
  • Relevance and timeliness of the topic suggested
  • Organizers’ ability to demonstrate in the proposal a well-organized process and plan for the workshop
  • Feasibility of the planned activities and schedule
  • Overall balance of topics in the Workshops program. If multiple submissions on the same or similar topics are received, the organizers may be encouraged to merge their workshops

Proposal Submission

The deadline for submission is Friday, March 31, 2023 AoE. The submission should be a single PDF file that includes the proposal (max. 4 pages, in 2-columns, including any reference) and an appended CFP (not counted in the 4-page limit). Please refer to the UbiComp/ISWC 2023 Template and Formatting Instructions.

Submissions can be made via PCS at http://new.precisionconference.com/sigchi.

On the submissions tab, please select SIGCHI society, the UbiComp/ISWC 2023 conference, and the “UbiComp/ISWC 2023 Workshops Proposals” track.

For further questions, please email the workshop chairs at workshops-2023@ubicomp.org


Submission Deadline:
March 31, 2023

Author Notification Date:
April 14, 2023

CFPs for accepted workshops
April 18, 2023


UbiComp / ISWC

Past Conferences

The ACM international joint conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) is the result of a merger of the two most renowned conferences in the field: Pervasive and UbiComp. While it retains the name of the latter in recognition of the visionary work of Mark Weiser, its long name reflects the dual history of the new event.

The ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC) discusses novel results in all aspects of wearable computing, and has been colocated with UbiComp and Pervasive since 2013.

A complete list of UbiComp, Pervasive, and ISWC past conferences is provided below.