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Demos are an important part of UbiComp / ISWC 2018 program. They provide researchers with an opportunity to present their latest, cutting-edge research. Demos can cover preliminary or exploratory work within the field of ubiquitous and wearable computing, report about smaller projects or results that are still maturing towards a full paper submission, or present any other research that would encourage discussion.

Already published in the past? It is OK to submit demos of research work that has been published elsewhere, however this should be explicitly made clear in the submission. In particular, we encourage demo submissions from authors of accepted Notes and Papers to complement their research publication at the conference. This allows attendees to get a hands-on experience of your innovation in addition to the technical presentation.

Planning to publish in future? All accepted submissions will be included in UbiComp 2018 Adjunct Proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. These are not considered to be archival publications; presentation in this venue should not affect the ability for researchers to subsequently publish this work in an archival forum as a conference/journal paper.

All demos will be considered for the best demo award. An independent review committee will select the winner at the conference.

Demo Deadlines

  • July 6, 2018: Submission deadline
  • July 27, 2018: Notification of acceptance
  • August 10, 2018: Camera ready extended abstract deadline

What Role Do Demos Play At UbiComp?

Demos are an integral part of the UbiComp conference. It is an opportunity for you to showcase your early implementations, prototypes work in-progress systems and even commercial products to a broad audience. It is your chance to engage the attendees and media representatives at a personal level and let them see, touch and experience the future of UbiComp. Whether you are coming with new what-if scenarios, developing new technologies or using existing ones in novel ways, your submissions are welcome.

Demos should be brief and repeatable so that it can be efficiently shown repeatedly to a large number of attendees. We particularly encourage demos that people can interact with, have physical sensors or artifacts and in general keep the audience engaged.

What To Submit

Your demo submission begins with a submission of a short video OR a 2 page abstract in SIGCHI Extended Abstracts template explaining your proposed demonstration scenario.

The video should be 1-4 minutes in length and must clearly explain the demo concept. The primary purpose of the video or the short abstract is to communicate to the demo selection committee what the demo is about and whether it is a relevant fit for the UbiComp community.

If you choose to submit a video, please note that your video must show a working version of the system (software or hardware). If you choose to submit 2 page abstract, it should convince the reader that the system works (pictures are highly encouraged). (You can even supplement your 2 page abstract with a short video, i.e. submit both an abstract and a video.)

We understand that for many research prototypes, it may not always be feasible to demo the entire system (for example a system that requires sensors to be deployed throughout a home). In such instances, we encourage you to limit the scope of the system for the purposes of the demo and communicate clearly in the video or the abstract document how the demonstrated system is a small scale version of the overall innovation.

Please note that the video can be of informal quality (it just needs to show the concept) as it will only be used for selection process and will NOT be archived and/or published publicly, unless you submit a video as part of the camera ready.

Finally, as part of the first step, please also include the Demo Supplement Document containing a description of attendees’ interactions with the demo and technical requirements of the demo. Note that the conference will at minimum provide you with a space for your demo, including a table, chairs, and a power connection (230V 50Hz). Participants should bring any special equipment or devices such as power converters, projectors or audio amplification.

Extended abstract for accepted authors

If your proposed demo is accepted, we require that you submit a 4-page extended abstract prepared using the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts template, by the camera-ready deadline.

How To Submit

Demos should be submitted electronically through the UbiComp Online Submission System (PCS). Please select “SIGCHI” as Society, “Ubicomp 2018” as Conference/Journal and “Ubicomp 2018 Posters, Demos and Videos” as the track in the submission page.

If you are submitting a 2 page abstract, please format your abstract title as “Demo: Title of the abstract”, so that it is recognized as a demo submission. If you are submitting a video, upload it as a supplement file at the submission portal.

The review process will be single blind. Submissions must *NOT* be anonymized! For a video submission, author names and affiliations must be mentioned in the Demo Supplement Document.

If you have any further inquiries, please contact

UbiComp 2018 Poster, Demo & Videos Chairs

  • Tadashi Okoshi, Keio University
  • Chenren Xu, Peking University
  • Rijurekha Sen, IIT Delhi