Call for Papers and Notes

Ubicomp 2010 welcomes original, high-quality research contributions that advance the state of the art in the design, development, deployment, evaluation and understanding of ubiquitous computing systems and their applications. Ubicomp is an interdisciplinary field that includes technologies that bridge the digital and physical worlds, systems and applications that incorporate such technologies, infrastructures that support them, human activities and experiences these technologies facilitate, and conceptual overviews that help us understand – or challenge our understanding of – the impact of these technologies.

The Ubicomp conference is the premier international venue in which novel results in these areas are presented and discussed among leading researchers, designers, developers and practitioners in this field. Ubicomp 2010 will include a highly selective single-track program of full papers and notes. Relevant topic areas for full papers and notes include, but are not limited to:

  • devices & techniques – descriptions of the design, architecture, usage and evaluation of devices and techniques that create valuable new capabilities for ubiquitous computing
  • systems & infrastructures – descriptions of the design, architecture, deployment and evaluation of systems and infrastructures that support ubiquitous computing
  • applications – descriptions of the design and/or study of applications that leverage Ubicomp devices and systems
  • methodologies & tools – new methods and tools applied to studying or building Ubicomp systems and applications
  • theories & models – critical analysis or organizing theory with clear relevance to the design or study of Ubicomp systems
  • experiences – empirical investigations of the use of new or existing Ubicomp technologies with clear relevance to the design and deployment of future Ubicomp systems

Ubicomp 2010 encourages full papers and notes that reflect the breadth and scope of Ubicomp research, including conceptual development, empirical investigations, technological advances, user experiences, and more. Although it is expected that papers will focus on one or a small number of the aforementioned areas, authors should write for the broader Ubicomp audience, and make clear how the work contributes to the Ubicomp field as a whole.

Full Papers (10-page submissions) and Notes (4-page submissions that are not works in progress) are due at the same time and will be reviewed by the same committee using the same review process to ensure a uniform quality between Full Papers and Notes. We strongly recommend that authors carefully consider whether their submission should be a Full Paper or a Note based on the amount of contribution or scope of the work, as there will be no mechanism for re-considering a submitted Full Paper as a shorter Note. Guidelines for deciding whether your submission should be a Full Paper or Note are described below.

Full Papers



A Full Paper must break new ground and provide substantial support for its results and conclusions as a significant contribution to the field. Successful submissions typically represent a major advance for the field of ubiquitous computing. As such, Full Papers should include a thorough survey of related work; a comprehensive, detailed and understandable explanation of a device, system, study, theory or method; and a compelling validation of the work. Accepted Full Papers will be allocated longer presentation time slots at the conference than accepted Notes. Full Papers must be no longer than 10 pages, including the abstract (no more than 150 words), all figures and references. Please download and use the required templates to prepare your submission.   A Note must report new results and provide support for the results as a novel and valuable contribution to the field. Notes are not ìworks in progressî: they are intended for more succinct work that is nonetheless in a mature state ready for inclusion in archival proceedings. They will be held to the same standard of scientific quality as Full Papers, albeit for a shorter contribution, and must still state how they fit with respect to related work, and provide a compelling explanation and validation. Notes must be no longer than 4 pages, including the abstract (no more than 150 words), all figures, and references. Please download and use the required templates to prepare your submission.

All papers (Full Papers and Notes) should clearly compare and contrast how the work relates to previous research or experience, what aspects of the work are new, and the major contributions it makes. They will be evaluated on the basis of originality, significance of the contribution to the field, quality of research, quality of writing, and technical correctness. Submissions that indicate a multi-presentation format can additionally use demo descriptions, video briefs, or poster sketches to communicate their ideas. Lack of such supplemental materials will not result in negative scores. See the description on multi-presentation formats below for details.

Submissions must not have been previously published or be under simultaneous review for any other conference, journal, workshop or other publication with an ISBN, ISSN, or DOI number. Authors with questions about whether previous publications would disqualify a prospective submission are encouraged to contact the Programme Co-Chairs well in advance of the submission deadline. If a submitted paper may appear to overlap with the previously published or simultaneously reviewed work, the authors should email the Programme Co-Chairs at to explain how the new work represents a unique and substantial new contribution.

Papers should be formatted according to the Ubicomp ACM Word or Latex template. Accepted Full Papers and Notes will be included in the conference proceedings published by ACM Press and included in the ACM Digital Library. At least one author is required to attend the conference to present accepted work. Papers must include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Paper submissions have to be anonymized to facilitate double blind review. Authors should take care throughout their paper that their and their institution's identity is not revealed. However, relevant references to an author's previous research (which may be required for reviewers to understand and evaluate the paper's contribution) should not be suppressed but instead referenced in a neutral way. Reviewers will be instructed to maintain the confidentiality of all materials for submitted papers throughout the entire reviewing process. Submissions should contain no information that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication. All paper submissions will be handled electronically by the Precision Conference Support (PCS) system. Submissions must be in Adobe PDF format and conform to the guidelines specified in this call. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one. You will be able to modify your submission up until the deadline. The deadline is firm and late submissions will not be accepted, so we encourage you to begin this process early.

UbiComp has a history of being a very selective conference. In an effort to enhance the breadth of the conference, we aim to increase the number of accepted full papers and notes to approximately 45 for this year as long as Ubicomp's overall high standard can be maintained. The conference will institute a process for nominating and selecting awards for best paper and presentations at the conference.

Multi-Presentation Format

While papers and notes will be presented primarily as talks, we encourage all paper authors to also consider how they could present their work in an additional format: as a demo, a poster, or through a video of the prototype being used in a real environment. In this way, presenters will get more “participant face-time” while conference attendees will have the opportunity to better understand details of the work in a more interactive setting. The Ubicomp 2010 submission system will allow authors to indicate additional formats in which they would be able to present their work, and to upload supplemental material as needed. While the presence of supplementary material can increase the chances of acceptance (e.g., by adding a poster sketch, a rough low-quality video, or a demo description), the review process will not penalize submissions for lacking such additional formats, nor if these formats are not “first-rate”. In short: having supplemental materials can only increase the chances for acceptance; not having supplemental materials will never decrease these chances. Authors of accepted full papers or notes that indicated a multi-presentation format will have their poster, video, and/or demo automatically accepted into the corresponding adjunct program tracks (no need for the 2-page abstract that is otherwise required for regular adjunct program submissions).

Questions about this call can be directed to Paddy Nixon and Khai Truong via

Important Dates:

  • March 12, 2010 - Submission deadline (11:59PM PST)CLOSED
  • May 31, 2010 -  Accept/reject notifications
  • June 30, 2010 - Camera-Ready version due, incl. any supplementary material
  • Sep. 26, 2010 - Conference

Programme Co-Chairs:

  • Paddy Nixon, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Khai Truong, University of Toronto, Canada