Demos Call for Participation

Call For Demos

Submission Deadline: June 19, 2020 AoE

Demos are an important part of the UbiComp / ISWC 2020 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 IMWUT 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 the future? All accepted submissions will be included in UbiComp / ISWC 2020 Adjunct Proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. These are not considered to be archival publications; presentation in this venue will 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. The voting for the best demo award will be conducted at the conference and announced at the end of the conference.

What Role do Demos Play at UbiComp / ISWC?

Demos are an integral part of the UbiComp / ISWC conference. It is an opportunity for you to showcase your early implementations, prototypes, work in-progress systems, and even already 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 / ISWC. 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 two page extended abstract (including all figures and references) explaining your proposed demonstration scenario. Please use the template detailed in the template information.
  • A demo supplement document.
  • A short 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 and the abstract document how the demonstrated system is a small scale version of the overall innovation.

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 (120 V / 60 Hz). Participants should bring any special equipment or devices such as power converters, projectors, or audio amplification.

Along with the demo, authors are required to submit a supporting video of up to four minutes and 100 MB. These videos will help promote easier understanding of your research. UbiComp 2020 is planning to utilize video of accepted demos before and during the conference as promotional material. Videos uploaded for camera ready submission will be included in the conference proceedings as supplemental material.

The video should clearly explain the demo concept. The primary purpose of the video and the extended abstract is to communicate to the demo selection committee what the demo is about and how it fits the UbiComp / ISWC community. In the submitted video, please note that your video must showcase the working version of the demo system (software or hardware). Moreover, the extended abstract should convince the reader that the system works (pictures are highly encouraged).

NOTE: The initial video can be of informal quality (it just needs to show the concept) as it will only be used for the selection process. Only the final video submitted with the camera-ready version of your accepted demo will be archived and published on the ACM Digital Library.

Extended Abstract for Accepted Authors

If your proposed demo is accepted, we require that you submit a camera-ready version of your extended abstract by the camera-ready deadline.

How to Submit

Demos should be submitted electronically through

  • Please select "SIGCHI" as Society, "UbiComp / ISWC 2020" as Conference / Journal and "Ubicomp 2020 / ISWC Posters and Demos" as the track in the submission page.
  • In the submission page, please select "Demo" as "type of submission", and upload your extended abstract, and add your video video and demo supplement document as supplemental files at the submission portal.
  • The review process will be single blind. Submissions must NOT be anonymized!

If you have any further inquiries, please contact

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.)