Call for Papers

The call for papers has been closed on March 22, 2013.

Call for papers in .txt

The 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2013) is the result of a merger of the two most renown conferences in the field: Pervasive and UbiComp. The conference will be held in this new merged format for the very first time from September 8-12, 2013, in Zurich, Switzerland.

The paper submission deadline is March 22, 2013 (23:59 EDT). This is a hard deadline - no extensions will be possible! Notification of acceptance or rejection will be in two stages: first round decisions are communicated on May 8, 2013. A subset of papers will be encouraged to prepare a "major" revision and to re-submit these by June 5, 2013. Final notifications will then sent by June 16, 2013.

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By offering a single venue for the leading worldwide research in Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing, the new format will better serve the needs of the research community by attracting more attendees (including the leading Pervasive/UbiComp researchers worldwide), and enabling more satellite events. UbiComp 2013 will be multi-track and the acceptance rate is planned to be at the higher end of previous UbiComp and Pervasive conferences (i.e., around 20%).

We welcome high quality papers, either in Full Paper format (max 10 pages, ACM double-column) or Note format (max 4 pages), that describe original and unpublished research advancing the state of the art in pervasive and ubiquitous computing. Topics for submissions will include any work that one would previously expect to find at either UbiComp or Pervasive, such as:

All work should be grounded in existing Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing literature and knowledge, and should be written for an interdisciplinary audience. Submissions should not have been previously published or be concurrently under submission for publication for any other conference, journal, workshop or other publication with an ISBN, ISSN, or DOI number.

Review process

As in previous Pervasive and UbiComp conferences, UbiComp 2013 uses a double-blind process for full papers and notes. Author names and their affiliations must not appear anywhere on the submission. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee plus at least two external expert reviewers. At a physical Program Committee meeting in May 2013, the committee will categorize submissions into three groups: "Accept (with minor revisions)", "Reject", and (the newly introduced) "Revise & Resubmit".

Authors of papers in the "Revise & Resubmit" category are encouraged to resubmit a substantially revised version of their submission four weeks later (on June 5, 2013). A detailed meta-review will outline suggested changes, which may include the need for further experiments and/or significant manuscript re-organization. Resubmissions will be re-reviewed by at least two Program Committee members. Final notification will be given 10 days later, i.e., on June 16, 2013.

Note that a resubmission does not guarantee acceptance. Even if authors of a "Revise & Resubmit" take all suggested feedback into account, the second review stage might still conclude that the obtained results do not warrant inclusion into the program!

Contribution types

Instead of having a fixed set of categories that authors need to classify their work into (e.g., "ethnographic study" or "design guidelines"), UbiComp 2013 uses three main contribution types along which a submission will be evaluated. The three contribution types are as follows:


Explorative contributions are meant to inspire. They might show less academic rigour (e.g., only a small-scale or short-term validation) yet demonstrate a potentially game changing new idea. These might also be "one-off" deployments in very specific settings that are potentially hard to reproduce by others, yet that offer intriguing ideas.


Building contributions are characterized by the considerable amount of work they involve (e.g., coding and systems work, or large and/or long-term deployments). Ideally, they offer community re-use through public code repositories and/or extensive deployment materials (e.g., checklists, validated design guidelines). While much of what went into them may to some extent be "just engineering", they offer unprecedented "real-world" insights and ideally a direct path to re-use by others.


Refinement contributions offer concrete improvements of existing work, as it is typical in more established disciplines, where a few main algorithms are constantly tested and revised. While such refinements might warrant a shorter submission size, itÂ’s not the page number that is their defining characteristic. This contribution type aims at establishing foundational algorithms and approaches through careful refinement that is commensurate with an established research discipline.

Obviously, these contribution types should concern topics of interest to the UbiComp community, as outlined above. Submissions that fail to properly address such topics may be removed prior to the review process ("quick reject"). Make sure that your work is grounded in existing Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing literature and knowledge, and that it is written for an interdisciplinary audience!

Full Papers or Notes

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. Both will be evaluated on the basis of originality, significance of the contribution to the field, quality of research, quality of writing, and technical correctness. We strongly recommend that authors carefully consider whether their submission should be a Full Paper or a Note. Guidelines for deciding whether your submission should be a Full Paper or Note are described below.

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. We explicitly encourage authors to submit shorter full papers if their length is appropriate for their content! Please download and use the required templates to prepare your submission.

A Note must report new results that provide a novel and valuable contribution to the field. Notes are not "works in progress": 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.

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.

Formatting and submission

Papers and notes should be formatted according to the Ubicomp ACM Word or Latex template. Please download and use the required templates to prepare your submission. Submissions must be in PDF format and conform to the guidelines specified in this call. Accepted Full Papers and Notes will be included in the conference proceedings published by ACM Press and included in the ACM Digital Library.

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. 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 at If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one. The deadline is firm and late submissions will not be accepted, so we encourage you to begin this process early.

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 Program Co-Chairs well in advance of the submission deadline.

Identifying prior reviews

Authors of submissions that have been previously submitted to but not accepted at a major conference in the field (such as CHI, Pervasive/UbiComp, MobiSys, CSCW, UIST, MobileHCI, or PerCom) are encouraged to include a "Note to Reviewers" as additional material in the submission process. The Note to Reviewers should a) identify the previous venue(s) (e.g. UbiComp '12); b) list the major issues identified by the reviews at those venues; and c) describe the changes made to the paper in response to those reviews. The Note to Reviewers is optional. It is meant to help authors clarify the (re-)submission status of their work. There is no format to follow, but the note should be kept short and to the point. Submission will not be penalised for excluding this information, even if they have prior submission; they will be reviewed "as they are".

The idea behind this additional information is to help reviewers who might have previously reviewed the submission at another venue identify the changes that the authors made in response to their reviews. Identifying a submission as a prior "reject" in such a fashion will not weaken its contribution. Instead, it can only strengthen it by demonstrating how the paper has been improved in response to a previous high quality round of reviews. The term "major conference" is intentionally vague - authors can decide for themselves if a previous rejection was indeed at a "major" conference, which should be synonymous to high quality review feedback.

Note that the Note to Reviewers regarding prior submissions is NOT the same as CONCURRENT submissions, which are banned.

Multi-presentation format

Supplemental materials in the form of demo descriptions, video briefs, or poster sketches can be included to communicate ideas. Lack of such supplemental materials will not result in negative scores. All paper authors are encouraged to 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 2013 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. Authors of accepted full papers or notes that indicate 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).

Important dates

Program Chairs

John F. Canny, UC Berkeley, US
Marc Langheinrich, University of Lugano, CH
Jun Rekimoto, University of Tokyo, JP