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Call for Papers, Posters, Videos, Demos, Tutorials and Workshops

ISWC'09, the thirteenth annual IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers, is the premier forum for wearable computing and issues related to on-body and worn mobile technologies. ISWC'09 will bring together researchers, product vendors, fashion designers, textile manufacturers, users, and related professionals to share information and advances in wearable computing. ISWC'09 explicitly aims to broaden its scope to include cell phones and cell phone applications as they have become the most successful wearable computer to date.

We invite you to attend ISWC 2009 and submit your work to one or more of the following: long papers, short papers, posters, demonstrations, videos, late breaking results poster, tutorials and workshops.

For first time, ISWC'09 will publish adjunct proceedings which will include the late breaking results, video papers, demonstrations, design papers of selected workshops.

Download a PDF version of the CFP to print and distribute.

We solicit papers on:

Wearable Systems

  • Wearable system design, wearable displays and electronic textiles
  • Wearable sensors, actuators, input/output devices and power management systems
  • Interaction design, industrial design of wearable systems
  • Wearable sensor networks for sensing context-awareness, activity or cognitive state
  • Software and service architectures, infrastructure based as well as ad-hoc systems
  • Operating systems issues related to wearable computing, including issues such as dependability, fault-tolerance, security, trustworthiness and power management
  • Networks, including wireless networks, on-body networks, and support for interaction with other wearables, pervasive and ubiquitous computing systems or the Internet
  • Cooperative wearables, ensembles of wearable artefacts, coordination or wearables
  • Techniques for power management and heat dissipation, and manufacturing issues

Usability, HCI and Human Factors in Wearable Computing

  • Human factors issues with and ergonomics of body worn computing systems
  • User modeling, user evaluation, usability engineering of wearable systems
  • Systems and designs for combining wearable and pervasive/ubiquitous computing
  • Interfaces, including hands-free approaches, speech-based interaction, sensory augmentation, haptics, and human-centered robotics
  • Social implications, health risk, environmental and privacy issues
  • Wearable technology for social-network computing, visualization and augmentation
  • Experience design

Applications of Wearable Systems

  • Wearable systems in consumer, industrial, work, manufacturing, environmental, educational, medical, sports, wellness, health care and ambient assisted living domains
  • Wearable systems in culture, fashion and the arts
  • Smart clothing, for people with disabilities, and for elderly enablement
  • Use of wearable computers as components of larger systems, such as augmented reality systems, training systems and systems designed to support collaborative work
  • Formal evaluation of performance of wearable computer technologies, and comparisons with existing technologies

Mobile Phones as Wearables

  • Mobile applications designed for / delivered through cell phones
  • Cell phone services, cell phone designs, cell phones as personal computers
  • Cell phone technologies, e.g. combining short and long range radios, multimedia streaming
  • Extending cell phone hardware e.g. sensing, novel IO modalities, embeddings
  • Cell phone interaction, cooperative cell phones, grids and clouds of cell phones
  • Studies based on cell phone deployments (especially large scale)


The ISWC'09 Proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press as print proceedings, and on-line via IEEE XPlore Digital Library (approval pending). The ISWC'09 Adjunct Proceedings will be published by the OCG, an ISBN carrying publisher, in the book "Advances in Wearable Computing".

Reviewing Process for Papers, Notes, Posters, LBRs and Video Papers

ISWC'09 will adopt a double-blind process for full papers, notes and posters - as well as for late breaking results and video papers. Authors' names and their affiliations must not be revealed or mentioned anywhere in the submission. Please refer to the paper submission link at the conference website ( Questions about the papers, notes and posters should be directed to, about late breaking results submissions to, and about video papers to