CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

UBICOMP & ISWC

UbiComp and ISWC 2022 invite proposals for the workshop program of the 2022 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) and the 2022 International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC). Workshops provide an effective forum for attendees with common interests and are a great opportunity for community building. Workshops can vary in program length, size, and format depending on their specific objectives. 

This year the main conference is split across two venues to reduce long haul travel following the pandemic. The venues are Cambridge, UK and Atlanta, USA. The main conferences will run Sept 12-14th inclusive and will be bookended by workshops as follows:

Sunday 11 September: Workshops in Cambridge, UK
Thursday 15 September: Workshops in Atlanta, USA

Although it is hoped that each workshop will have many in-person attendees, online attendees are also fine if the organisers are happy to support this.

We are soliciting workshop proposals on any topic of relevance to Ubiquitous Computing and/or Wearable Computing. There are many ways in which workshops can enrich a conference, and we are aiming to accommodate diverse opportunities for the community to engage. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Workshops that provide a forum to share advances in an area of special interest to the community. Such workshops would typically solicit original research contributions and involve a peer-review process for submitted papers, but would be open to wider attendance. All accepted workshop papers can be included in the ACM Digital Library (DL) and the supplemental proceedings.
  • Workshops that aim to gather a group of researchers for a focused activity, such as hands-on prototyping, or joint development of a cross-disciplinary research agenda. Such workshops typically involve a selection process for attendance, but not necessarily a solicitation of materials for publication.

We encourage workshop organizers to consider a juried/lightweight and short review process. Workshops are not intended to be mini-conferences and we would like organizers to come up with proposals that can include and engage members from the community. To that end, having a large PC for workshop papers is probably not needed, but encouraging senior researchers and experts to attend the workshop is strongly recommended. Individual presentations are normal at the workshops, but we would also encourage proposals with other activities such as having substantial discussion time to engage workshop participants. We also encourage organizers to run an open workshop — that is, conference participants can sign up for the workshop and attend without submitting a workshop paper. This allows workshops to draw more people from the community who are interested in the subject matter. Organisers may wish to consider alternatives to full paper submission, including posters and position papers.

PRE-PROPOSAL SUBMISSION INQUIRIES

Should you wish to discuss ideas for a workshop proposal prior to the submission deadline, feel free to contact the Chairs of the Workshops Program at workshop-chairs-2022@ubicomp.org

WORKSHOP PROPOSAL CONTENT

The proposal should be prepared as a document of no more than 4 pages in the ACM sigconf format, and must in addition include a CFP (Call for Papers or Call for Participation) as text. It must describe the topic, rationale, and objectives for the workshop, the organizers’ backgrounds, an estimate of expected attendance (and whether participation will be limited), and a detailed plan for conducting the workshop (including any plans for pre-workshop preparation and/or post-workshop follow up). Some guiding questions:

  • What is the objective of the workshop and how is it achieved?
  • Why should this workshop be a part of UbiComp & ISWC 2022?
  • How will it make an impact for the community?
  • What types of submissions are you looking for and how will the papers be selected?
  • What activities are planned during the workshop?
  • What is the planned schedule and proposed duration (e.g., 1-day or half-day workshop)?
  • Where do you expect to have the workshop (e.g., Atlanta, Cambridge, online)?
  • Do you want to opt out of running an open workshop? If so, please justify why you choose to run a closed workshop (i.e., only accepted participants can attend).

Upon acceptance, the workshop description is expected to be revised and adapted for inclusion in the supplemental proceedings and ACM Digital Library.

All workshops have the option of soliciting contributions for inclusion in the ACM Digital Library and supplemental proceedings of the conference. Workshop organizers must clearly describe in their proposal whether they plan to have workshop contributions published in this way. Organizers can specify page numbers for papers they solicit, but all workshop papers must use the ACM sigconf template (https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template).

WORKSHOP SELECTION PROCESS

Workshop proposals will be reviewed by a jury of experts based on how compelling they expect the workshops to be to UbiComp and ISWC attendees. The jury will consider several factors during the selection process, including:

  • Potential for the workshop topic to generate stimulating discussions and useful results
  • Expected interest level of the topic in the community
  • Relevance and timeliness of the topic suggested
  • Organizers’ ability to demonstrate in the proposal a well-organized process and plan for the workshop
  • Feasibility of the planned activities and schedule
  • Overall balance of topics in the Workshops program. If multiple submissions on the same or similar topics are received, the organizers may be encouraged to merge their workshops.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, June 26, 2022 AoE (rolling basis until July 4). The submission should be a single PDF file that includes the proposal (max. 4 pages) and an appended CFP. The PDF file should use the ACM sigconf template (https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template). Please download and use the required template to prepare the proposal.

Submissions can be made via PCS at https://new.precisionconference.com/submissions. The workshop proposal page can be found via: SIGCHI -> UbiComp/ISWC 2022 -> UbiComp/ISWC 2022 Workshop Proposals.

For further questions please email the workshop chairs at workshop-chairs-2022@ubicomp.org

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission deadline for workshop proposals:
June 26, 2022 AoE (rolling basis until July 3)

Notification of accepted workshops:
June 28, 2022 AoE (rolling basis until July 5)

Distribution of all workshop CFPs:
June 30, 2022 AoE (rolling basis until July 10)

Suggested paper submission deadline:
July 29, 2022 AoE

Suggested paper notification date:
August 21, 2022 AoE

Camera-ready deadline for workshop description (ACM DL):
TBA

Workshops:
September 11 and 15, 2022

CONTACT

These 9 workshops will be held as part of the UbiComp / ISWC 2020 virtual conference:

Saturday’s Workshops


W1 HASCA 2020

8th International Workshop on Human Activity Sensing Corpus and Applications
http://hasca2020.hasc.jp

W2 BEYOND STEPS

Challenges and Opportunities in Fitness Tracking
https://beyondsteps2020.github.io

W4 UBITTENTION 2020

5th International Workshop on Smart & Ambient Notification and Attention Management
https://www.ubittention.org/2020/

W5 MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

5th International Workshop on Mental Health And Well-Being: Sensing And Intervention
https://ubicomp-mental-health.github.io

Sunday’s Workshops


W7 APPLENS 2020

3rd International Workshop on Mining and Learning from Smartphone Apps
http://www.shazhao.net/applens2020/

W8 UPA 2020

5th International Workshop on Ubiquitous Personal Assistance
https://upa20.weebly.com

W9 CPD 2020

3rd Workshop on Combining Physical and Data-driven Knowledge in Ubiquitous Computing
https://ubicomp-cpd.com/2020

W11 CML-IOT 2020

2nd Workshop on Continual and multimodal learning for Internet of Things
https://cmliot2020.github.io

W13 WELLCOMP 2020

3rd International Workshop on Computing for Well-Being
http://wellcomp.org/2020

How To Submit

Workshop papers for the accepted workshops should be submitted electronically through https://new.precisionconference.com/submissions.

  • Please select “SIGCHI” as Society, “UbiComp / ISWC 2020” as Conference / Journal and “Ubicomp 2020 / ISWC Workshop: xyz” as the track in the submission page (with “xyz” being the name of the selected workshop).

  • In the submission page, please enter the title, authors, and abstract of the paper, and upload your workshop paper, and any supplemental files as required by the specific workshop.

  • Each workshop paper (independently of the selected workshop) will have to use the same ACM template detailed in the template information page.

If you have any further inquiries, please contact workshops-2020@iswc.hosting2.acm.org, or the organizers of the specific workshop (see below).

Publication Date

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the UbiComp / ISWC 2020 conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)

Saturday September 12, 2020

HASCA 2020: 8th International Workshop On Human Activity Sensing Corpus And Applications

http://hasca2020.hasc.jp

ORGANIZERS

Kazuya Murao (Ritsumeikan University, Japan), Yu Enokibori (Nagoya University, Japan), Hristijan Gjoreski (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia), Paula Lago (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan), Tsuyoshi Okita (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan), Pekka Siirtola (University of Oulu, Finland), Kei Hiroi (Nagoya University, Japan), Philipp M. Scholl (University of Freiburg, Germany), Mathias Ciliberto (University of Sussex, UK)

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

The recognition of complex and subtle human behaviors from wearable sensors will enable next-generation human-oriented computing in scenarios of high societal value (e.g., dementia care). This will require large-scale human activity corpuses and much improved methods to recognize activities and the context in which they occur.

This workshop deals with the challenges of designing reproducible experimental setups, running large-scale dataset collection campaigns, designing activity and context recognition methods that are robust and adaptive, and evaluating systems in the real world. We wish to reflect on future methods, such as lifelong learning approaches that allow open-ended activity recognition.

The objective of this workshop is to share the experiences among current researchers around the challenges of real-world activity recognition, the role of datasets and tools, and breakthrough approaches towards open-ended contextual intelligence. This year HASCA will also welcome papers from participants to the Third Sussex-Huawei Locomotion and Transportation Recognition Competition (http://www.shl-dataset.org/activity-recognition-challenge-2020/) as part of a special session.

Beyond Steps: Challenges And Opportunities In Fitness Tracking

https://beyondsteps2020.github.io

ORGANIZERS

Rushil Khurana (CMU, USA), Abdelkareem Bedri (CMU, USA), Patrick Carrington (CMU, USA), Daniel A. Epstein (UC Irvine, USA), Rúben Gouveia (University of Twente, The Netherlands), Jochen Meyer (OFFIS Institute for Information Technology, Germany), Julian Ramos (CMU, USA), Jason Wiese (University of Utah, USA), Paweł Woźniak (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

The quantified-self is a positive and prevalent aspect of our culture that has progressed during the last decade propelled by technological advances in health and fitness tracking. Prior research has shown that self tracking has a myriad of benefits. And we have the ability to sense and track various aspects of fitness and well-being. However one key challenge that remains is what data needs to be shown to the user, and how to present it to the user. Moreover, when is the right time to deliver key information to the user. Secondly, we have noticed that self-monitoring and tracking research has mostly evolved in isolation i.e., researchers have separately studied or built systems for various aspects of fitness like exercise tracking, diet or sleep monitoring. While in reality many of these areas are intertwined and depend on each other: Poor sleep can lead to overeating and consequently weight gain.

In this workshop, we propose to highlight and address these two challenges and explore opportunities to expand beyond the current paradigm of single health factors tracking to a more comprehensive fitness tracking.

UbiTtention 2020: 5th International Workshop On Smart & Ambient Notification And Attention Management

https://www.ubittention.org/2020

ORGANIZERS

Anja Exler (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany), Alexandra Voit (Adesso AG, Germany), Martin Gjoreski (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia), Tine Kolenik (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia), Niels van Berkel (Aalborg University, Denmark), Tadashi Okoshi (Keio University, Japan), Veljko Pejovic (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

In the advancing ubiquitous computing, users are increasingly confronted with a tremendous amount of information proactively provided via notifications from versatile applications and services, through multiple devices and screens in their environment. Thus, human’s attention has been getting a new significant bottleneck. Further, the latest computing trends with emerging new devices including versatile IoT devices, and contexts, such as smart cities, attention representation, sensing, prediction, analysis and adaptive behavior in the computer systems, are needed in our computing systems.

Following the successful UbiTtention 2016 to 2019 workshops, the UbiTtention 2020 workshop brings together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to explore the management of human attention and smart and ambient notifications with versatile devices and situations to overcome information overload and overchoice. In this workshop, we want to focus on a larger understanding of the different roles notifications can play in a wide variety of computing environments including the office, the home, in cars, and other smart environments. In addition, we introduce an open-data machine learning challenge to advance the field of cognitive load inference in ubiquitous computing. The dataset is the first labelled dataset for cognitive load monitoring with a wristband and it will be fully released after the challenge.

5th International Workshop On Mental Health And Well-Being: Sensing And Intervention

https://ubicomp-mental-health.github.io

ORGANIZERS

Varun Mishra (Dartmouth College, USA), Akane Sano (Rice University, USA), Saeed Abdullah (Penn State, USA), Jakob E. Bardram (TU Denmark, Denmark), Sandra Servia (University of Cambridge, UK), Elizabeth L. Murnane (Stanford University, USA), Tanzeem Choudhury (Cornell University, USA), Mirco Musolesi (UC London, UK), Giovanna Nunes Vilaza (DTU, Denmark), Rajalakshmi Nandakumar (Cornell Tech, USA), Tauhidur Rahman (UMass Amherst, USA)

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

Mental health issues affect a significant portion of the world’s population and can result in debilitating and life-threatening outcomes. To address this increasingly pressing healthcare challenge, there is a need to research novel approaches for early detection and prevention. Toward this, ubiquitous systems can play a central role in revealing and tracking clinically relevant behaviors, contexts, and symptoms. Further, such systems can passively detect relapse onset and enable the opportune delivery of effective intervention strategies.

However, despite their clear potential, the uptake of ubiquitous technologies into clinical mental healthcare is rare, and a number of challenges still face the overall efficacy of such technology-based solutions. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in identifying, articulating, and addressing such issues and opportunities. Following the success this workshop in the last four years, we aim to continue facilitating the UbiComp community in developing novel approaches for sensing and intervention in the context of mental health.

Sunday September 13, 2020

AppLens 2020: 3rd International Workshop On Mining And Learning From Smartphone Apps

http://www.shazhao.net/applens2020/

ORGANIZERS

Sha Zhao (Zhejiang University, China), Yong Li (Tsinghua University, China), Sasu Tarkoma (University of Helsinki, Finland), Zhiwen Yu (Northwestern Polytechnical University, China), Anind Dey (University of Washington, USA), and Gang Pan (Zhejiang University, China)

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

Smartphone apps are becoming ubiquitous in our everyday life. Apps on smartphones sense users’ behaviors and activities, providing a lens for understanding users, which is an important point in the community of ubiquitous computing.

The 3rd International workshop AppLens 2020 at UbiComp/iSWC 2020 will fosters discussions covering methodologies and tools, theories and models, design, descriptions or analysis of smartphone app data. We seek participants interested in profiling users from their use of smartphone apps, discovering cultural and social phenomenon by analyzing app usage, modeling app usage behaviors, studying smartphone apps, user privacy issues, etc.

In order to attract more participants, we will open two app datasets consisting of app usage records. This workshop will include paper sessions, invited talks, a panel session, and Best Paper Award, to provide a forum for the participants to communicate and discuss issues to promote the emerging research field. Moreover, we will select a few accepted papers to be extended and published in a prestigious journal special issue.

AppLens 2020: 3rd International Workshop On Mining And Learning From Smartphone Apps

http://www.shazhao.net/applens2020/

ORGANIZERS

Sha Zhao (Zhejiang University, China), Yong Li (Tsinghua University, China), Sasu Tarkoma (University of Helsinki, Finland), Zhiwen Yu (Northwestern Polytechnical University, China), Anind Dey (University of Washington, USA), and Gang Pan (Zhejiang University, China)

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

Smartphone apps are becoming ubiquitous in our everyday life. Apps on smartphones sense users’ behaviors and activities, providing a lens for understanding users, which is an important point in the community of ubiquitous computing.

The 3rd International workshop AppLens 2020 at UbiComp/iSWC 2020 will fosters discussions covering methodologies and tools, theories and models, design, descriptions or analysis of smartphone app data. We seek participants interested in profiling users from their use of smartphone apps, discovering cultural and social phenomenon by analyzing app usage, modeling app usage behaviors, studying smartphone apps, user privacy issues, etc.

In order to attract more participants, we will open two app datasets consisting of app usage records. This workshop will include paper sessions, invited talks, a panel session, and Best Paper Award, to provide a forum for the participants to communicate and discuss issues to promote the emerging research field. Moreover, we will select a few accepted papers to be extended and published in a prestigious journal special issue.

AppLens 2020: 3rd International Workshop On Mining And Learning From Smartphone Apps

http://www.shazhao.net/applens2020/

ORGANIZERS

Sha Zhao (Zhejiang University, China), Yong Li (Tsinghua University, China), Sasu Tarkoma (University of Helsinki, Finland), Zhiwen Yu (Northwestern Polytechnical University, China), Anind Dey (University of Washington, USA), and Gang Pan (Zhejiang University, China)

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

Smartphone apps are becoming ubiquitous in our everyday life. Apps on smartphones sense users’ behaviors and activities, providing a lens for understanding users, which is an important point in the community of ubiquitous computing.

The 3rd International workshop AppLens 2020 at UbiComp/iSWC 2020 will fosters discussions covering methodologies and tools, theories and models, design, descriptions or analysis of smartphone app data. We seek participants interested in profiling users from their use of smartphone apps, discovering cultural and social phenomenon by analyzing app usage, modeling app usage behaviors, studying smartphone apps, user privacy issues, etc.

In order to attract more participants, we will open two app datasets consisting of app usage records. This workshop will include paper sessions, invited talks, a panel session, and Best Paper Award, to provide a forum for the participants to communicate and discuss issues to promote the emerging research field. Moreover, we will select a few accepted papers to be extended and published in a prestigious journal special issue.

CML-IOT 2020: 2nd Workshop On Continual And Multimodal Learning For Internet Of Things

https://cmliot2020.github.io

ORGANIZERS

Susu Xu (Qualcomm AI Research, USA), Tong Yu (Samsung Research America, USA), Shijia Pan (UC Merced, USA)

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

With the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT), a large number of sensors are connected to the Internet, providing large-amount, streaming, and multimodal data. These data have distinct statistical characteristics over time and sensing modalities, which are hardly captured by traditional learning methods. Continual and multimodal learning allows integration, adaptation, and generalization of the knowledge learned from experiential data collected from distributed and heterogeneous IoT devices to new situations. Therefore, continual and multimodal learning is an important step to enable efficient ubiquitous computing on IoT devices.

We aim at bringing together researchers from different areas to establish a multidisciplinary community and share the latest research in continual learning and multimodal learning for various IoT applications.

WellComp 2020: 3rd International Workshop On Computing For Well-Being

http://wellcomp.org/2020/

ORGANIZERS

Tadashi Okoshi (Keio University, Japan), Jin Nakazawa (Keio University, Japan), JeongGil Ko (Yonsei University, Republic of Korea), Fahim Kawsar (Nokia Bell Labs, UK), Susanna Pirttikangas (University of Oulu, Finland)

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

We have been experiencing that much of the influence from ubicomp technologies are both contributing to a better quality of life (QoL) of our individual and organizational lives, and causing new types of stress and pain at the same time. The term “well-being” has recently gained attention as a term that covers our general happiness and even more concrete good conditions in our lives, such as physical, psychological, and social wellness. Active research in various ubicomp research areas (systems, mobile/wearable sensing, persuasive apps, different viewpoints and layers of computing.

After two consecutive successful workshops in 2019 and 2020, WellComp2020 will share the latest research in such various areas related to users’ physical, mental, and social well-being. Especially this year’s special attention will be paid for “Well-Being Metrics” and “Well-Being Intervention towards behavior change”.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission deadline:
July 06, 2020 at 11:59 PM HAST


Notification date:
July 24, 2020


Camera-ready deadline:
July 31, 2020


Virtual Conference:
September 12-16, 2020