Saturday, December 23, 2006

CFP: International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing

CFP: International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing

- 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
(UbiComp 2007, Sept. 16 - 19, Innsbruck, Austria)

- UbiComp 2007 Challenge
(UbiComp 2007, Sept. 16 - 19, Innsbruck, Austria)

- 3rd International Workshop on Location- and Context-Awareness
(LoCA 2007, Sept. 20 - 21, Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, Germany)

Holiday opportunity (by no means affiliated with or related to the
UbiComp conference and the LoCA symposium):
- Oktoberfest, Sept. 22 - Oct. 07, Munich, Germany ;-)

UbiComp2007 Call for Papers
UbiComp 2007 [1] will be the Ninth International Conference on
Ubiquitous Computing, held in Innsbruck, Austria, on 16-19 September 2007.

UbiComp 2007 invites original, high-quality research papers in the areas
of ubiquitous, mobile, embedded, and handheld computing. The conference
provides a forum for original research that enables new capabilities,
appropriate security and privacy, improved user experiences, and
simplified and powerful development and deployment practices. In
addition, we are interested in studies of existing and emerging
technologies, everyday use of technologies, and insightful commentary on
the state of the field.

Researchers are encouraged to submit papers on the following topics:
- Inferring the state of the user, such as location, activity,
intentions, resources, and capabilities in the past, present,
and future
- Developing ubicomp systems, including representations, architecture,
middleware, resource management, and service discovery
- Embedding computation for new user interfaces, assistive technologies,
communication, novel sensors, intelligent environments, wearable
computing, and continuous monitoring and actuation
- Building ubicomp systems for health, gaming, socializing, and other
- Ensuring user trust through privacy and security
- Understanding ubicomp and its consequences through conceptual models,
hard-won experience, user studies, business scenarios,
and real deployments

UbiComp has a history of being a very selective conference, and there is
no desire to reduce expectations on quality. In an effort to enhance the
breadth of the conference, we aim to increase the number of accepted
full papers to approximately 40 for this year, which is up from 30 last
year and 22 the year before. Presentations will be scheduled in a
dualtrack format. The conference will institute a process for nominating
and selecting awards for best paper and presentations at the conference.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of the program committee
and by selected expert reviewers. Papers will be evaluated on the basis
of originality, significance of contribution, technical correctness,
overall appeal to the general UbiComp reader, and presentation. Papers
submitted must not have been previously published nor currently under
review for any publication with an ISBN, ISSN, or DOI number. If
submitted work may appear to overlap with the authors’ previous work,
the authors should email the PC chairs [2] directly to explain how the
new work is different. All reviewers will be instructed to keep
submissions confidential, although submissions must be publishable by
the cameraready deadline.

Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in
Computer Science (LNCS), and all submissions should be formatted
according to their guidelines [3]. Misformatted submissions, or those
longer than 18 pages, are subject to rejection without review. Shorter
submissions will not be penalized, and each submission’s length should
be appropriate for its content. One author from each accepted paper will
be required to attend the conference to present their work.

Paper submissions must be anonymized to facilitate blind review. Authors
are encouraged to take care throughout the entire document to minimize
references that may reveal the identity of the authors or their
institutions. Relevant references to an author's previous research
should not be suppressed but instead referenced in a neutral way.
Papers should be submitted as PDF files through PCS at [4].

A PDF version of this CfP is also available [5].

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: March 9, 2007 (23:59 PST)
Author Notification: May 25, 2007
Camera-Ready Version: June 29, 2007
UbiComp Conference: Sept. 16-19, 2007

Program Chairs:
John Krumm, Microsoft Research, USA
Gregory Abowd, Georgia Tech, USA
Aruna Seneviratne, NICTA, Australia

Conference Chair:
Thomas Strang, University of Innsbruck and German Aerospace Center

[2] pcchairs(at)

UbiComp Challenge
UbiComp 2007 [1] will introduce a new instrument to promote and encourage
high quality research in the area of UbiComp: The UbiComp Challenge.
It is a field test intended to accelerate research, development and
applicability of UbiComp technology.

Using an "eating your own dog's food" approach, the UbiComp2007
Challenge is seeking for submissions of how to implement an audience
voting system to finally determine the winner of the "Best Presentation
Award" which will be given at UbiComp2007 for the first time. The
central requirement is that the proposed solution makes clever and
efficient use of UbiComp technology, and can actually be implemented
by the proposers before and used at the conference in September 2007.
The conference organizers reserve a grant of up to 2000 EUR to buy
necessary equipment claimed and justified by the best proposal.

The challenge call [2] is intentionally underspecified in terms of
approaches and technologies to allow for a creative and innovative
scientific solution employing all kinds of ubiquitous computing
technologies and techniques that are appropriately addressing the
problem space.

The challenge offers an excellent way to showcase tangible results of
ubiquitous computing research and development to approx. 500 attendees
from academia and industry, which is also the amount of people which
are expected to use the winner's system at the same time, so it should
scale adequately. We believe that the experiences and findings from
developing and running a system of this scale provide valuable results
to the UbiComp community.

The UbiComp Challenge committee will carefully review all submissions
to identify the most appealing approach, which is still realistic to be
implemented in the given timeframe:

Submission Deadline: Feb 01, 2007
Notification: Mar 15, 2007
Conference: Sep 16-19, 2007

We expect submissions in form of an abstract that describes the ubicomp
technology being adopted and discusses the novelty and distinguishing
ideas, but also provide justification for the feasibility of the
approach and cost estimates. The challenge abstract of the best five
submissions will be published in the Conference Supplement and should
therefore be self-contained. The best submissions are also given the
opportunity to showcase their approaches in the UbiComp demo program.

The abstracts should be a maximum of 8 pages, in the LNCS conference
publications format, including all figures and references and one
additional page for the review process summarizing all pieces of
equipment you expect to use and a complete cost estimation of your

Submit your proposals as PDF document to challenge(at)

We are looking forward to your submissions!

UbiComp 2007 Challenge Chair
Matthias Kranz, University of Munich

LoCA 2007 Call for Papers
3rd International Symposium on Location and Context Awareness
September 20th-21st. Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, Germany
(right after UbiComp 2007 in Innsbruck, right before the Oktoberfest in Munich)

The 2007 Symposium on Location and Context Awareness seeks new and
significant research on systems, services, and applications to detect,
interpret and use of location and other contextual information.
Context includes users’ activities, goals, abilities, preferences,
interruptibility, affordances, and surroundings. With context, we can
expect computers to deliver information, services, and entertainment
in a way that maximizes convenience and minimizes intrusion.
Developing awareness involves research in sensing, inference, data
representation, and design.

Topic Areas:
We seek technical papers describing original, previously unpublished
research results. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Sensing location and context
- Inference techniques for context from low-level sensor data
- Privacy and sharing of location and context information
- User studies of location- and context-aware systems

Submission Deadline: May 29, 2007
Author Notification: July 3, 2007
Camera-Ready Version: July 10, 2007
Symposium: Sept. 20-21, 2007

Paper Submission Guidelines:
All papers will be reviewed by an international program committee with
appropriate expertise. LoCA 2007 aims to be selective and the committee
will favor a technically robust program. The ideal LoCA submission
should provide an insightful survey of existing work, introduce a
radically new concept, or present concrete, significant, transferable
research based on the implementation and evaluation of a working system.

Accepted papers will be presented by their authors at the LoCA Symposium
in Munich and published in the Springer Lecture Notes on Computer
Science. Submissions must be formatted in Springer LNCS style, limited
to 18 pages.
Submit papers via
Preparation of the camera-ready version of accepted papers may be
shepherded by the program committee.

Demonstration Submission Guidelines - New this year!
New this year, we will have a demonstration session. We solicit
proposals for demos of location and context technologies or
applications. Demo proposals should include a brief 2-3 page
description of the demo and describe the key research results or
innovation. Demo submissions will follow the same review timeline as
the papers.

Best Paper and Presentation Awards:
One paper will be elected for a Best Paper Award by the LoCA program
committee. In addition, a combination of the LoCA program committee and
all symposium participants will elect the recipient of the
Best Presentation Award following the symposium.

General Chair:
Thomas Strang, DLR and UIBK

Program Co-Chairs:
Jeffrey Hightower, Intel Research
Bernt Schiele, TU Darmstadt