14th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
September 5-8, 2012 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Call for Posters, Demos and Videos

Posters, demos and videos are an important part of the Ubicomp 2012 adjunct program track. They provide researchers with opportunities to present their cutting-edge work in an interactive fashion. Posters can cover preliminary or exploratory work within ubiquitous computing, report smaller projects or results not mature enough for a full paper, or present any other research that would encourage discussion. Demos should exhibit novel ubiquitous computing technologies, especially in scenarios involving innovative and creative solutions that participants can try out for themselves. Videos should present practical application of research into ubiquitous computing systems, visualizing the outcome of research and development projects, or show inspiring visions of future systems.

All submissions should be submitted to the Ubicomp Online Submission System (PCS). Accepted submissions will be included in the ACM Digital Library.

Multi-Presentation Submission Process

Posters, demos and videos are an integral part of the Ubicomp conference. Following previous years' success we will be adopting a multimodal process, where the three types of submissions are integrated. This approach provides participants with more opportunities to showcase and discuss their work with others. A multimodal submission also increases its chances of acceptance. If you submit your work to multiple tracks, the individual formats will be reviewed independently according to the criteria of each track. Making a combined poster, demo and video submission thus gives you three chances at acceptance.

Submission Instructions

The basis of your Ubicomp 2012 adjunct program submission is an extended abstract. It should describe what you wish to present and discusses the novelty and distinguishing ideas or approaches that it brings to the ubiquitous computing community. Only one abstract is required for a multimodal submission. The abstract should be up to 2 pages, in the Ubicomp 2012 adjunct proceedings format, including all figures and references. It should also be self-contained, i.e., it must be understandable even without seeing the poster, demo, or video.

Please make sure that your submitted abstract complies with all the formatting guidelines and is ready for publication, since there will be no time to make major revisions. Accepted submissions will be published in a Conference Supplement that will be distributed to attendees at the conference; they will not be incorporated into the main Ubicomp 2012 Conference Proceedings. All submissions should be submitted to the Ubicomp Online Submission System (PCS).


Poster submissions should contain the following documents and be submitted as a single PDF file:

  • A two-page poster abstract prepared in the Ubicomp 2012 adjunct proceedings format. Your poster abstract should be camera-ready and thoroughly copy-edited. Poster submissions are not anonymous and should therefore include all author names, affiliations and contact information.
  • Optional: An electronic version of the poster that you will present at the conference. For the review process, your poster should be reduced to one standard page in size. The poster supplement can be used to convey to reviewers any visual aspects of the poster that may not be captured in the abstract, such as a key graphic to be used in the poster. The poster submission is for review purposes only and will not be published.

Accepted posters will be given an A0 (841 × 1189 mm) stand and will be on display throughout most of the conference. Poster authors are required to present their poster in person during at least one session (subject to the final conference schedule). Due to the short review cycle, there should be nearly no changes between your submissions and the camera-ready final documents, except in rare circumstances.

Both the poster abstract and the poster should communicate:

  • A concise description of the work Implications of the work for the Ubicomp community
  • Recommendations for further investigation and/or incorporation into practice

Poster Chairs

  • Marshini Chetty, Georgia Tech, USA
  • Karen Tang, University of California, Irvine, USA

If you have any further inquiries, please contact poster2012@ubicomp.org


In addition to a one-page abstract, demo submissions must contain additional material that details how the demo will be executed in practice, and how visitors will interact with it during the conference. The submission of an illustrative video is strongly encouraged. Additional description material may include a short usage scenario, storyboard sketches, screenshots, illustrations, and photos. In order to make a successful demo submission, you need to have a strategy to present the main points to visitors in a short time.

You must convince the committee that you are capable of installing and running the demo at the conference. The submission should include a description of the technical requirements of the demo, such as the preferred settings (lighting, acoustical constraints), the space requirements, a layout diagram, the power supply needed, the wired or wireless networking requirements, and any other special requirements. The conference will at minimum provide you with a space for your demo, including a table, chairs, and a power connection (110V). Participants should bring any special equipment or devices such as power converters, projectors or audio amplification.

Demo submissions (i.e. the one-page abstract) should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file through the PCS submission system. If the supplementary material contains video files or any other multimedia material, a single ZIP file may be used instead that contains both the PDF and those additional files. Links to online files (video, images, etc) can also be included in the PDF submission. Demo submissions should not be anonymized. Demonstration supplement materials are for the purposes of review only and will not be published. Upon acceptance you will be required to install your demonstration in the conference venue and keep it running for at least one session (subject to the final conference schedule). The one-page abstract and the video will appear in the online Adjunct Proceedings for Ubicomp 2012 (ACM Digital Library).

Demo Chair

  • Olivier Bau, Disney Research Lab, USA
  • Daniel Leithinger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Cynthia Kuo, Nokia Research Centre, USA

If you have any further inquiries, please contact demo2012@ubicomp.org


We welcome the contribution of videos which describe inspiring visions of future systems that are grounded in today's reality, demonstrate the practical application of research results and the functionality of ubiquitous computing systems, or visualize the outcome of research and development projects. We encourage the submission of videos either as new material or as supplemental to paper submissions (e.g. in order to illustrate particular aspects of a system). In order to be eligible, videos should not have been previously presented in any other formal video program.

At the conference, the video program will be interleaved into the regular paper program. Video authors will have a chance to answer questions from the audience after their video is presented.

Your submission should include:

  • a 2-page abstract: formatted according to the Ubicomp 2012 adjunct proceedings format, including all figures and references
  • a self-explanatory video: that does not require the viewer to read the abstract

Your video should adhere to these guidelines:

  • format: accepted formats include MPEG4 (e.g. H264 codecs) and Apple QuickTime. However, the MPEG4 format is strongly encouraged.
  • resolution: at least 320px x 240px.
  • length: between 1-8 minutes.
  • size: no greater than 150 MB.

Submissions (i.e., the 2-page abstract plus the video) should be submitted through the PCS submission system as a single ZIP file that contains both the PDF and the video file. Video submissions should not be anonymized.

Videos will be judged primarily on the quality of their content, the clarity of their presentation, quality of production, their interest and relevance to Ubicomp. If the video is accepted, a high-quality format, suitable for DVD production, will be required for the final version. The authors will have to grant Ubicomp 2012 the right to redistribute it freely, which means that it must not contain any material subject to copyright.

Example videos from Ubicomp 2011 can be found here:

Videos from previous years can be found in the ACM Digital Library. If authors have any questions regarding potential submissions, including copyright issues, please contact the Ubicomp 2012 video chairs at video2012@ubicomp.org

Video Chairs

  • Rafael 'Tico' Ballagas, Nokia, USA
  • Parisa Eslambolchilar, Swansea University, UK

If you have any further inquiries, please contact video2012@ubicomp.org

Important Dates

  • Video and Demo submission deadline: June 8, 2012
  • Poster submission deadline: June 15, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: June 29, 2012
  • Camera-ready version due: July 6, 2012
  • Conference: September 5-7, 2012