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Call for Workshops

Submission of workshop proposals is now closed. We are now accepting position papers for participation in the scheduled workshops.

The Ubicomp 2006 Workshop Co-Chairs invite proposals for the workshop program of the 8th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. The workshops will be held in the same hotel as the main conference, the Newport Beach Marriott in California. This year, the workshop program will be extended to two days, Sunday and Monday, September 17th and 18th, 2006 prior to the main conference. Workshops can be one or two days long.

Workshops provide an opportunity to discuss and explore specific areas of ubiquitous computing research with a group of interested researchers and practitioners. Workshops may focus on any aspect of ubiquitous computing: emerging topics, established concerns, or new ideas. The goal of the workshops is to share understandings and experiences, to foster research communities, to learn from each other and to envision future directions. Some workshops produce proceedings or special journal issues.

Important Dates
Submission Deadline (workshop proposals): March 31, 2006
Acceptance Notification (workshop proposals): April 28, 2006
Distribution of Accepted Workshop CfPs: May 8, 2006
Submission Deadline (workshop position papers): June 16, 2006
Acceptance Notification (workshop position papers): July 24, 2006
Workshops: September 17-18, 2006
UbiComp Main Conference: September 19-21, 2006

Proposal Content

We are soliciting proposals for workshops that provide catalysts and opportunities for discussion that go beyond the speaker/audience setup of the main conference. We encourage having an international team of organizers from different institutions for each workshop. We will aim for a balanced workshop program avoiding overlapping themes. Organizers are expected to be active themselves in the field where they propose a workshop. Please feel free to discuss ideas for a workshop proposal by email with the workshop co-chairs prior to submission. Workshop proposals should be no longer than 4 pages in the ACM SIGCHI conference publications format, and should include:

  • Name of workshop and proposed URL of site to host CfP, program, etc.
  • An abstract-length summary (~150 words) describing the theme(s) of the workshop
  • A longer description of the workshop format, activities, and goals. E.g. will there be oral presentations, posters, discussion groups?
  • A list of the specific topics of interest
  • Names, affiliations, and research interests of the organizers
  • Length of the workshop, one or two days
  • Who do you expect to attend the workshop?
  • How do you plan to attract submissions and/or participants?
  • How many participants do you expect?
  • How will you facilitate discussion among the participants?
  • What is the expected outcome of the workshop? Will there be a tangible record?
  • How do you plan to organize the workshop (participation selection, time line, type of contributions)?
  • What is the expected agenda for the workshop?

Please email your proposal, as a PDF attachment, directly to the Workshop Chairs, at workshops-2006@ubicomp.org.

Organizers’ Responsibilities

The organizers of the individual workshops are expected to:

  • Publicize the workshop with a call for participation via the Web and email
  • Encourage potential participants to submit short position papers
  • Select participants based on position papers
  • Send accept/reject decisions on position papers by 24 July 2006
  • Distribute accepted position papers to workshop participants
  • Actively run the workshop on the designation day(s)

Workshop Support

The UbiComp 2006 organizing committee will support the workshops in the following ways:

  • Announce accepted workshops via the UbiComp 2006 email distribution list
  • Publicize abstracts of workshops on the UbiComp 2006 Web site and point to individual workshop URLs
  • Provide private rooms and A/V equipment for each workshop
  • Publish abstracts of workshops in the conference supplement that will be given to conference attendees

Workshop Co-Chairs

Ken Anderson, Intel Research, ken.anderson at intel.com
John Krumm, Microsoft Research, jckrumm at microsoft.com