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Demonstrations: The Ubicomp Experience

Ubiquitous computing promises a future where computation is seamlessly integrated with the world around us. Smart objects, responsive environments and personal technologies for work and everyday life are all part of this vision. The UbiComp conference is the premier venue for presentation of research results in ubiquitous computing, with around 500 attendees from academia and industry. The conference already has a successful and highly competitive paper presentations track. But it is not enough to talk about the future world of ubiquitous computing - it must be seen, felt, experienced.

We invite you to contribute your vision of the ubicomp experience to the Demonstrations Program at the UbiComp 2004 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. For this year's UbiComp conference, we invite demonstrations that push the limits of experience in a world where computation is everywhere around us.

Demonstrations can provide hands-on experience with future ubiquitous computing technology. From the newest sensor technology and the best way to save battery power, to the coolest interaction techniques and tiniest displays, demonstrations provide the perfect venue to show the latest innovations and techniques.

We also want to see where ubicomp can make a difference in the real world. We welcome demonstrations that put the technology in context - be it on oilrigs or in ambulances, at the kindergarten or in the home. 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.

Finally, good demos should not only provide answers - they can also pose questions. Speculative and provocative demonstrations can put ubicomp technology in a new light, and push the field forward as much as technological inventions. We invite design projects, interactive installations, and other presentations that debate and critique ubicomp technology and the world that it will create.

To highlight the demos section, there will be a special Demonstrations and Poster Reception during the main conference, when conference attendees will be able to interact with all demonstrations.

Don't miss this chance to be part of the UbiComp experience at UbiComp 2004!

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.

Committee chair:
Lars Erik Holmquist, Viktoria Institute, Sweden

Committee members:
Stefan Agamanolis, Media Lab Europe, Ireland
Steve Benford, University of Nottingham, UK
Bill Buxton, Buxton Design, Canada
Tom Djajadiningrat, TU Eindhoven, Holland and University of Southern Denmark
Ken Fishkin, Intel Research, USA
Bill Gaver, Royal College of Art, UK
Hans Gellersen, Lancaster University, UK
Tom Igoe, ITP-NYU, USA
Yasuto Nakanishi, Tokyo Univ. of Agri. & Tech., Japan
Joe Paradiso, MIT, USA
Eric Paulos, Intel Research, USA
Jun Rekimoto, Sony CSL, Japan
Bernt Schiele, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Phoebe Sengers, Cornell University, USA
Allison Woodruff, PARC, USA

Proposals will be judged on their level of innovation, technical merit, conceptual contribution, and relevance for the ubicomp community. 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 or exhibitor.

A demonstration submission requires the following parts:

  1. 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 major revisions.
  2. 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: leh@viktoria.se
The subject line should read: UbiComp Demo Submission - NAME OF MAIN CONTACT
The name of the attached file should 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 7, and have it packed away by the end of the conference, on September 10.

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 accordingly.

The SIGCHI conference publications format can be found at: http://sigchi.org/chipubform/.
The Demonstrations Supplement template can be downloaded by clicking here.

Chair: Lars Erik Holmquist, Future Applications Lab, Viktoria Institute, Sweden

Page limit: 2 pages (ACM SIGCHI conference publications format)
Demonstration Supplement Template: no limit - will not be published

Deadline: June 11
Acceptance Notification: July 23
Final Version Due: August 6