Attending Ubicomp 2014


Registration is now open.

More information about how to register for Ubicomp 2014.

To encourage and support student attendance at UbiComp 2014 we have a student travel grant program.


An advance program is now available.

We are pleased to announce that the closing Keynote will be given by Gaetano Borriello, Jerre D. Noe Chair of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.

Venue & Accommodation

UbiComp 2014 will be held at the Motif Seattle Hotel (previously the Red Lion hotel) in Downtown Seattle, Washington, US.

The negotiated discount-rate rooms at the hotel are now fully booked.

Alternative hotels nearby include:

Accessibility: The Motif Seattle has a total of 15 ADA-compliant accessible rooms (10 with roll-in showers) at various price points throughout the hotel. When booking online, select “ADA” under “Choose Your Room,” and make sure to book well in advance to ensure availability. Two of the ADA rooms (along with several other non-ADA rooms) are located within about 30 feet of the main conference rooms, convenient for those who may need to take intermittent breaks (e.g. nursing or fatigue issues).

The conference venue itself is spread across two floors, with elevators extremely close by and an ADA bathroom on each floor.

So that we may facilitate, if you have any accessibility issues please send your name, arrival and departure dates, and reservation confirmation number to our accessibility team at

Parking: Guest parking is available in the hotel for a daily surcharge.

Transportation to Motif Seattle Hotel

From the Airport

By Light Rail: By far the easiest and least expensive way to get to downtown Seattle is via Sound Transit Light Rail. The fare is $2.50 per person The train stops just 2 ½ blocks from Motif. The stop is named ‘Westlake'. Exit the station and walk south on 5th street to the hotel. Purchase your tickets at the automatic ticket dispensers; it will take VISA, MasterCard, or cash. Sound Transit trains are fully ADA accessible. For more information see

By Taxi: Yellow cab is the exclusive taxi service provider from Seatac airport. At the time of this writing the cost to take a taxi from the airport to the Motif Seattle Hotel is approximately $43. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

By Car: Directions to the conference venue by car and from the airport are available here. Wheelchair-accessible minivan rentals are available from several local companies (e.g. Absolute Mobility and AMS) for a stiff price (>$100/day).


Our goal is to make Ubicomp/ISWC 2014 accessible and inclusive for anyone who would like to attend. Our accessibility page includes a full list of specific steps that we are taking to try to accommodate a wide range of accessibility needs. We encourage attendees who may want to take advantage of reasonable accommodations, or simply want to know more about the current arrangements, to contact the accessibility chairs (

More information about accessibility at Ubicomp 2014.


Coffee Breaks

Complimentary morning and afternoon coffee breaks will be offered every day during both conference and workshops at the Motif Seattle Hotel.


Lunch will not be provided. Seattle however offers a large number and variety of restaurant and bars.

Below is a list of nearby popular restaurants recommended by the local organizing committee.


Welcome Reception

The UbiComp/ISWC 2014 Welcome Reception takes place on Monday, September 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the main conference venue. The Posters and Demos session will take place during the Welcome Reception.

Food: Finger foods, soft and alcoholic drinks will be served during the reception.

Main Conference Reception

The UbiComp/ISWC 2014 main conference reception will be held at the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum on September 16, from 6:30 – 10:30 pm.

  EMP Museum
  325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

How to get here?

Walk about 0.2 miles to Westlake Center from the Motif Seattle Hotel. Take a ride at the Seattle Monorail to get off at EMP Museum (Seattle Center). Conference badges will function as a ticket for the monorail. Board the monorail from EMP back to Westlake Center to return to the hotel.

Food: A buffet dinner along with soft and alcoholic drinks will be offered. Attendees that have explicitly expressed vegan, gluten-free, or other preferences in their registration forms should contact catering employees serving food during the dinner. They will provide the requested special meals. Please note that special meals will only be provided to attendees that have explicitly requested them in their registration forms.

Accessibility: The Westlake Center monorail platform is accessible by elevator. The Seattle Center monorail platform is accessible by wheelchair by using the ramp that leads to the cashier booths. Please notify the cashier or attendant if you need assistance. The EMP and all the available exhibits are fully accessible. There are multiple elevators, and 3 ADA-compliant bathrooms at strategic locations within the building.


UbiComp 2014 will include an interesting and varied set of workshops. Workshops provide a forum for attendees with common interests and are a great opportunity for community building.

More information about workshops at Ubicomp 2014.


This year at Ubicomp we will be offering a select number of people the ability to remotely attend and interact at the conference. The goal is to provide people who cannot attend Ubicomp in person with an alternative means for conference attendance. Currently remote attendance is still at an exploratory stage, so we can only accommodate a small number of remote attendees.

This is an experiment. Remote participants are likely to experience technology weaknesses and glitches, so their experience will likely be not as good as an in-person attendee’s. As it is an experiment, participants should expect to participate in user studies.

More information about telepresence at Ubicomp 2014.

Visa Requirements

International registrants should be particularly aware and careful about visa requirements, and should plan travel well in advance. If you require a visa for entry into the US, please send your request for a letter in support of a visa application to our registration chair ( Use the subject line “Ubicomp 2014 Visa” and include your name (as it appears on your passport) and conference registration confirmation number.

Please note that the ACM requires that you have registered for the conference and have a confirmation number before you can be issued with a letter of invitation to support your visa application.

Complete information on how to apply for a VISA to enter the US can be found on the U.S. Department of State's website:

Local Activities and Sightseeing

Downtown Seattle includes some of city’s key attractions, most of which are within walking distance from the Hotel. Below is a list of some of the top sightseeing activities in the area.

Seattle Center: This is Seattle’s entertainment hub with plenty of fun for arts and culture lovers. The center houses four museums, 11 theaters, five gardens, six fountains, more than a dozen restaurants, a skate park and an events arena. Attractions on site include:

Downtown Seattle and Waterfront:

For more places to visit, please consult Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau and Seattle City Government.

UbiComp/ISWC Conference Anti-Harassment Policy

The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the aims and goals of Ubicomp and ISWC; these require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity. For these reasons, UbiComp/ISWC is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience, and implements the ACM policy against harassment.

Conference participants violating these standards may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference, at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Please contact the conference organizers ( or UbiComp conference co-chair A.J. Brush (ajbrush at if you need any assistance.