Call for Nominations: UbiComp Gaetano Borriello Outstanding Student Award

The UbiComp Steering Committee is pleased to announce our third annual Gaetano Borriello Outstanding Student award nomination process for Ubicomp 2021. Named in honor of the late Gaetano Borriello, this award recognizes a student who is making outstanding research contributions and leadership to the field of Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing.

The student receiving this award will be recognized during the UbiComp 2021 online conference and will receive a small financial reward and a certificate.


  • Nominee must be pursuing a research-based degree in any country in a field related to ubiquitous computing.
  • Nominee must have been a co-author on at least 1 UbiComp and/or IMWUT paper (any year).
  • Nominee should be a current student in good standing as of September 2021


Nominations are due by Friday, August 13th, AOE.

Nomination Process:

To nominate a student, please submit the following material in a single PDF through the submission form in Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/request/t1w0NNsqmtsoM22ug9Y6). In case you cannot access Dropbox, you may directly send the materials to Koji Yatani (koji [at-mark] iis-lab.org).

  • A 2 page summary of the student’s research (can be a dissertation proposal abstract or similar).
  • The student’s C.V.
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s research advisor, also confirming the student’s eligibility listed above.
  • An optional, additional supporting letter of recommendation from another member of the UbiComp research community.

Letter(s) may be included in the nomination PDF or submitted directly to Koji Yatani at koji [at-mark] iis-lab.org.

The UbiComp Steering committee will review the nominations and make their selection. The student winning the award will be notified by early September.

UbiComp Steering Committee


History of the Conference Series

In 1999, the Handheld and Ubiquitous Computing conference was held in Karlsruhe, Germany, and this was held again in 2000, in Bristol, UK. In 2001, the conference changed its name to the International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and was held in Atlanta, USA. This conference series continued through to 2012, in Pittsburgh, USA. In 2002, a conference series was established on Pervasive Computing, with the inaugural conference being held in Zurich, Switzerland. This conference series also continued through to 2012, in Newcastle, UK. In 2012, the community decided to merge the Pervasive Computing conference and the Ubiquitous Computing conference, to offer a single venue for the leading worldwide research in Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing. The first joint conference (International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing aka UbiComp) was held in 2013, in Zurich, Switzerland, and the joint conference series continues today. In 2017, the content for the paper tracks at the UbiComp conference converted to being drawn from papers published in the new journal Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable, and Ubiquitous Technologies (PACM IMWUT).


Steering Committee Responsibilities

The Steering Committee is responsible for the following:

  • promoting and maintaining the UbiComp conference as the premiere venue for researchers and practitioners interested in all aspects of ubiquitous and pervasive computing;
  • ensuring the highest quality for the contents of the event;
  • deciding where the UbiComp conference is held each year;
  • providing advice to the current and future chairs of the Ubicomp conference;
  • resolving general issues involved with the UbiComp conference;
  • running the 10-year best paper selection process;
  • awarding the outstanding student award

Steering Committee Membership

At most three representatives from each completed conference join the SC shortly after the conference, with a five year term. Typically, the representatives for a conference are chosen from the General and Technical Program chairs. If there are more than 3 volunteers from a conference, the SC will decide on who to take on (see Voting Process below). In addition, the senior editors of the PACM IMWUT Editorial Board are all members of the UbiComp Steering Committee, as are the Chair and Vice Chair of the ISWC Steering Committee. These conference representatives are all voting members of the SC. The current members thus are:

  • Rajesh Balan, Singapore Management University, Singapore (UbiComp/ISWC 2018)
  • Andreas Bulling, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany (UbiComp/ISWC 2016)
  • Anind K. Dey, University of Washington, USA (Ubicomp/ISWC 2019)
  • Lucy E. Dunne, University of Minnesota, USA (Ubicomp/ISWC 2019)
  • Tao Gu, Macquarie University, Australia (IMWUT Editor)
  • Robert Harle, University of Cambridge, UK (UbiComp/ISWC 2019)
  • Kai Kunze, Keio University, Japan (ISWC SC Chair)
  • Kristof van Laerhoven, Universty of Siegen (ISWC SC Vice-chair, UbiComp/ISWC 2020)
  • Seungyon "Claire" Lee, Google, USA (UbiComp/ISWC 2017)
  • Youngki Lee, Singapore Management University, SMU (UbiComp/ISWC 2018)
  • Paul Lukowicz, DFKI, Germany (UbiComp/ISWC 2016)
  • Cecilia Mascolo, University of Cambridge (UbiComp/ISWC 2018)
  • Shwetak Patel, University of Washington, USA (UbiComp/ISWC 2016)
  • Thomas Ploetz, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (IMWUT Editor)
  • Silvia Santini, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland (Ubicomp/ISWC 2013, IMWUT EiC)
  • Flora Salim, RMIT, Australia (UbiComp/ISWC 2020)
  • Leila Takayama, UC Santa Cruz, USA (UbiComp/ISWC 2017)
  • Monica Tentori, CICESE, Mexico (UbiComp/ISWC 2020)
  • Nadir Weibel, UCSD, USA (UbiComp/ISWC 2020)
  • Koji Yatani (chair), University of Tokyo, Japan (UbiComp/ISWC 2015)

Community Input

If you would like to interact with the UbiComp Steering Committee or have any questions or input on the UbiComp conference series, you are welcome to email any committee member or join us on the UbiComp Meta online Facebook community.


SC Chair Emeritus/Emerita

  • Julie Kientz, University of Washington, USA (2017 -- 2019)
  • Anind Dey, CMU, USA (2015 -- 2017)
  • Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia (2013 -- 2015)
  • James Scott, Microsoft Research, UK (2011 -- 2013)
  • Joe McCarthy, Intel Research, USA (-- 2011)