Seeing is Believing!
Demonstrations have become a staple in the Ubicomp
conference series, providing a unique opportunity for
conference attendees to experience firsthand how a
future full of ubiquitous computing will actually
By seeing and interacting with the latest and greatest in
ubiquitous computing systems and technology, both delegates
and presenters will be able to significantly broaden their
understanding of the field by going beyond the thorough
theoretical analyses presented at the paper sessions.
Trying out new interaction techniques, discussing programming
performance issues, and getting practical advice when it
comes to creating smart artifacts -- all this and more is
what makes the Demo session such an essential part
of any Ubicomp conference!
Call for Demos
We invite you to contribute your vision of the ubicomp experience
to the Demonstrations Program at the UbiComp 2005 conference.
Demonstrations are a way to show tangible results of ubicomp
research and development. A successful demo will communicate ideas
and concepts in a way that a regular presentation cannot.
Demonstrations can provide hands-on experience with the latest
innovations and ubiquitous computing technologies, such as showing
off the newest sensor technology, demonstrating cool new interaction
techniques, or presenting novel miniature displays. They can also
visualize how ubiquitous computing can make a difference in the
real world: be it in plants or in emergency rooms, at school or in
the office. This kind of demo does not have to contain cutting-edge
technology, but should show how ubicomp technology can be adapted
and used in actual applications.
Of course, good demos should not only provide answers - they can also
pose questions. We specifically welcome speculative and provocative
demonstrations that put ubicomp technology in a new light, pushing
the field forward just as much as technological inventions.
As usual, your hard work will not only be on display throughout the
main conference, but also specifically highlighted during our
special Demonstrations and Poster Reception.
Each demonstration will be reviewed by at least two members of the
demonstration committee. In an electronic meeting, the committee
will make final decisions on which submissions to accept.
We particularly encourage demonstrations that include participation
by conference attendees and provoke discussion about issues within
the field of ubiquitous computing. To make a successful demo
submission, you furthermore need to have a strategy to give
visitors the main points in a short time. You must also convince
the committee that you are capable of installing and running the
demo at the conference.
Demonstrations do not have the same requirements on originality as
papers and posters. It is acceptable to submit a demonstration even
if the main points have been published at the UbiComp conference
(including this year) or elsewhere. However, the demonstration
format should still add significantly to any previous
presentations. To make it easier to judge this, you must provide a
complete history of previous presentations of the submitted work
and work directly related to it.
A demonstration is not the right forum to promote commercial
products. In this case, please instead consider becoming a sponsor
A demonstration submission requires two parts:
- A demonstration abstract that describes the technology being
exhibited and discusses the novelty and distinguishing ideas or
approaches it brings to the ubiquitous computing community. The
demonstration abstract will be published in the Conference
Supplement and should therefore be self-contained. It should be a
maximum of 2 pages, in the ACM SIGCHI conference publications
format, including all figures and references. Please make sure that
your submitted abstract complies to all the formatting guidelines
and is ready for publication, since there will be no time to make
- A demonstration supplement that details how the demo will be
executed in practice, and how visitors will interact with it during
the conference. The interaction can be described in the form of a
short usage scenario, storyboard sketch, screenshots,
illustrations, photos, and/or video documentation. The
demonstration supplement should also include the various technical
requirements such as preferred setting, space, power, networking,
lighting, acoustical, and other special equipment. A demonstration
supplement submission template is available at the bottom of this
webpage. Demonstration supplement materials are for the purposes of
review only and will not be published. A template for demonstration
supplements is provided below.
Your submission should be sent as a single PDF file to the
following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line
should read: UbiComp Demo Submission - NAME OF MAIN CONTACT.
The name of the attached file should similarly be: NAME OF MAIN
CONTACT.pdf. Links to additional material (videos, etc.) should
be included both in the mail and in the supplement.
You will be required to install your demonstration in the
conference venue on September 11, and have it packed away by the end
of the conference, on September 14.
You are required to have your demonstration up and running
throughout the Demonstrations and Poster Reception. In addition, we
strongly encourage you to have your demo staffed and available
throughout the conference, especially during breaks.
The conference will at minimum provide a space for your demo, a
table and chairs, and a power connection. If you need any special
equipment you should provide that yourself, including projectors,
audio amplification, wireless LAN, etc. Please specify all needs in
your demonstration supplement so that we can plan the demo area