September 11—14, 2005 | Tokyo, Japan
The Seventh International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing

Seeing is Believing!

Demonstrations have become a staple in the Ubicomp conference series, providing a unique opportunity for conference attendees to experience firsthand how a future full of ubiquitous computing will actually feel like.

By seeing and interacting with the latest and greatest in ubiquitous computing systems and technology, both delegates and presenters will be able to significantly broaden their understanding of the field by going beyond the thorough theoretical analyses presented at the paper sessions. Trying out new interaction techniques, discussing programming performance issues, and getting practical advice when it comes to creating smart artifacts -- all this and more is what makes the Demo session such an essential part of any Ubicomp conference!

Call for Demos

We invite you to contribute your vision of the ubicomp experience to the Demonstrations Program at the UbiComp 2005 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. around us.

Demonstrations can provide hands-on experience with the latest innovations and ubiquitous computing technologies, such as showing off the newest sensor technology, demonstrating cool new interaction techniques, or presenting novel miniature displays. They can also visualize how ubiquitous computing can make a difference in the real world: be it in plants or in emergency rooms, at school or in the office. 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.

Of course, good demos should not only provide answers - they can also pose questions. We specifically welcome speculative and provocative demonstrations that put ubicomp technology in a new light, pushing the field forward just as much as technological inventions.

As usual, your hard work will not only be on display throughout the main conference, but also specifically highlighted during our special Demonstrations and Poster Reception.


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.

We particularly encourage demonstrations that include participation by conference attendees and provoke discussion about issues within the field of ubiquitous computing. 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 two 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: The subject line should read: UbiComp Demo Submission - NAME OF MAIN CONTACT. The name of the attached file should similarly 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 11, and have it packed away by the end of the conference, on September 14.

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.

Demo Co-Chairs: Yasuto Nakanishi
Keio Univ., Japan
Marc Langheinrich
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Formats accepted: Please use the SIGCHI conference publications format (see The Demonstrations Supplement template can be downloaded from here.
Abstract Page limit: 2 pages (ACM SIGCHI conference publications format)
Submission Deadline: June 10, 2005
Acceptance Notification: July 22, 2005
Final Version Due: August 5, 2005




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