UbiComp / ISWC 2023
Conference Program

UbiComp / ISWC 2023 is an in-person conference. Attendees from around the world will meet in beautiful Cancun (Mexico) to experience an amazing program and incredible opportunities for interaction, engagement and discussion.

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Preliminary Program

The Preliminary Program is now available and can be accessed below. A PDF version is available here.

Pre-Conference Program – Oct 8-9, 2023

Workshops and Symposia: On Sunday and Monday October 8-9, 2023, UbiComp/ISWC 2023 features 8 workshops and 3 symposia, either as a half-day or a full-day event. Workshop organizers set up their specific activities, including presentations of the accepted workshop papers and other engaging activities. Please check individual websites for further details.

Tutorials: UbiComp/ISWC 2023 will also feature 4 tutorials on specific areas by expert researchers spanning across Sunday and Monday, October 8-9, 2023.

Doctoral Colloquium: On Sunday October 8, 2023, UbiComp/ISWC 2023 features a the Doctoral Colloquium program. The DC is a unique opportunity for PhD students to present their key concepts and ideas to a premier scientific panel and receive top-quality feedback from excellent external reviewers.

Main Conference Program – Oct 10-12, 2023

A rich mixture of plenary/keynotes and parallel sessions will be featured at the conference, and they will all occur each day October 10-12, 2023.


UbiComp / ISWC 2023 will feature numerous IMWUT papers, ISWC Notes and Briefs across sessions distributed from October 10-12, 2023. Details about sessions will be updated soon.

Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Several Keynote Speakers and Panelists are engaging attendees throughout the conference. The opening keynote sets the tone for UbiComp / ISWC 2023, our Plenary Panel engages the audience on key UbiComp/ISWC topics from a variety of perspectives, and the closing keynote panel helps the community reflect how technology can help in this time of crisis.

Fernanda Viégas co-leads Google’s PAIR (People+AI Research) initiative and the Big Picture team, part of Google Brain, and she is a Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University.

Renowned for her groundbreaking work in data visualization, Prof. Viégas’s contributions have notably impacted the field of social and collaborative visualization. The software systems developed by her team, are utilized daily by millions of individuals.

Within the academic realm, she co-leads the renowned Insight and Interaction Lab alongside Professor Martin Wattenberg. Her expertise also extends to her role as a Sally Starling Seaver Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. With a primary focus on machine learning, she is dedicated to enhancing the interaction between humans and AI while simultaneously working toward the democratization of AI technology. She is deeply invested in integrating societal expectations and values into the design and evaluation of AI systems.

Her personal experiences as a Latina with a non-technical background have shaped her commitment to promoting diversity in technological fields. Prof. Viégas actively collaborates with leaders and students, engaging in constructive dialogues and addressing the underrepresentation of women and minorities in computer science.

For further information please visit her personal website.

Martin Wattenberg is a Professor at Harvard University and a part-time member of the PAIR (People + AI Research) initiative at Google, he dedicated his research to democratizing AI technology and ensuring its alignment with human values.

Together with his long-time collaborator, Fernanda Viégas, he has created user-friendly visualizations for prominent Google products such as Search, YouTube, and Google Analytics.

Prior to his tenure at Google, he and Prof. Viégas established Flowing Media, Inc., a visualization studio that focused on media and consumer-oriented projects. He also held leadership positions at IBM’s Visual Communication Lab, where he spearheaded the development of the groundbreaking Many Eyes public visualization platform. Additionally, he served as the Director of Research and Development at SmartMoney.com, a division of Dow Jones, where he played a pivotal role in pioneering interactive journalism.

Prof. Wattenberg is renowned for his visualization-based artwork, which has been showcased at esteemed venues including the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Please visit his personal homepage for further information.

Yeshimabeit “Yeshi” Milner is the Founder & CEO of Data for Black Lives. She has worked since she was 17 as a movement builder, technologist and data scientist. She started Data for Black Lives because for too long she straddled the worlds of data and organizing and was determined to break down the silos to harness the power of data to make change in the lives of Black people. In five years Data for Black Lives has changed the conversation around big data & technology across the US and globally.Yeshi has received much recognition for her work. She is an Echoing Green Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow and in 2019 became a Forbes Under 30 social entrepreneur. In 2020 she received a New York Times Good Tech Award for Data for Black Lives’s COVID- 19 database, and in 2021 was awarded the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, which recognizes leaders under 40 who have made significant contributions to politics and public service.

Max Mühlhäuser is a Full Professor of Computer Science and the head of the Telecooperation Lab (TK for short) at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Informatics Dept. His lab conducts research on smart ubiquitous computing environments in the Future Internet – from smart mixed-reality rooms to smart cities and smart & resilient critical infrastructures. He has extensively contributed towards these fields through innovations across Networks & Distributed Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Proactive Intelligent Systems and Privacy, Trust & Cybersecurity.

Jose Ramirez-Marquez | Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Ramirez Marquez research efforts focus on the development of mathematical models for the analysis and computation of system operational effectiveness – reliability and vulnerability analysis as the basis for designing system resilience. He also works at the intersection of evolutionary computation for the optimization of complex problems associated with system performance and design. His most recent research explores the interplay between data visualization and analytical decision-making. In these areas, Dr. Ramirez-Marquez has conducted funded research for both private industry and government and, has published over 100 refereed manuscripts in technical journals, book chapters and industry reports.

Aleksandra Krstikj | Tecnológico de Monterrey

Dr. Aleksandra Krstikj is a full-time research professor at the School of Architecture, Art, and Design of Tec de Monterrey. She is leading the national research group “Sustainable Territorial Development¨, where she organizes a monthly research seminar and coordinates research projects. She has a master’s degree in architectural engineering from the Kyoto Institute of Technology and a doctorate from the Osaka University´s School of Engineering. Her research focuses on sustainable land use, spatial equity, and urban conservation of historic centers, with a total of 10 years of research experience. She has active research collaborations with researchers from Design University Kobe (Japan), University of Colorado Boulder (USA), Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics (China), and UNAM (Mexico). She has published her work in the best international scientific journals such as Habitat International and the Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering.

Kota Tsubouchi | Yahoo Japan Corporation

Kota Tsubouchi received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2010. Until March 2012, he did research about on-demand traffic systems at the University of Tokyo. Since April 2012, he became a data scientist and senior researcher at Yahoo JAPAN Research. His research interest is data analysis with a focus on human activity logs (location information, search logs, shopping history, sensor data, etc.). Kota performed large-scale Human mobility data analysis for urban resilience.

– Kelsey Stoddard | US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Kesley Stoddard is a Senior Researcher at The US Army Corp of Engineers – Engineering Research and Development Center. She has a strong background in data analysis and data-driven methods, including AI, optimization, statistical methods, and others.  Her work has focused on applying these methods to answer the question: How do we increase the resilience of different real-world complex systems? This work has been in a broad range of applications, including zero-trust architecture, hydrogen infrastructure, supply chains, communication networks, and more.  Her work integrates AI and Resilience in many applications.

Additional Conference Activities – Oct 10-12, 2023

Demos/Posters: Various posters and demos will be at display during the the main sessions of the UbiComp/ISWC conference from October 10-12, 2023.

Student Challenges: Student Challenge showcase students work and creativity to esteemed leaders in the field, and how they transformed their innovative ideas into tangible reality.

ISWC Design Exhibition: Design Exhibition showcase original works related to technology worn on the body, such as on-body sensing and sensor networks; responsive technologies for fashion and aesthetics; body extensions such as bionic limbs and smart prosthetics; wearables for professional use, mobile healthcare, or entertainment; wearability and interaction; and mobile interaction with devices and systems.

ISWC Gadget Show: The Gadget Show is a free format where members of the Wearable and UbiComp community present the latest Gadgets to the audience. It is always enjoyable and funny, and it’s spontaneous.

Awards: Several awards are presented at UbiComp/ISWC 2023. The Awards session includes the introduction of the awardees, as well as a series of short speeches, and talks.

Social and Networking Activities

Coming soon!

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.