WS17: Ubicomp beyond Devices: People, Objects, Space and Meaning

Jörn Hurtienne, Julius-Maximilians-Universität; Hans-Christian Jetter, University College London; Thomas Pederson, IT University of Copenhagen; Nicolai Marquardt, University College London
27 October 2014, Helsinki, Finland
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Workshop in short

We constantly use space and spatial configurations in our everyday life. They carry meaning as well as constrain and guide our thought and action. Our workshop wants to advance from a device-centric view of “spatial context” (e.g. location, orientation of a device) towards a more human- and meaning-centred view. This includes the many meaningful spatial configurations of non-digital and digital objects and tools around us and the presence and position of human actors. We want to redefine “spatial context” by what it actually means to humans and discuss the resulting opportunities for understanding, designing and engineering interactive ubiquitous computing.


We invite submissions about (1.) sensing, (2.) understanding, and (3.) reacting to spatial configurations in ubicomp. Typical topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Studies and conceptual frameworks of everyday spatial practices and arrangements (e.g. proxemics, distributed cognition).
  • Space in embodied cognition, image schemas and conceptual metaphors.
  • Sensing space, objects and persons using different sensors and modalities.
  • Envisioning and designing spatially-aware ubicomp systems and applications.
  • Software architectures for spatially-aware ubicomp.

We invite two categories of submissions in the SIGCHI archival format:

  1. position papers (max 2 pages) that demonstrate informed positions.
  2. research papers (max 4 pages) describing on-going research.

All contributions will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers from an international program committee.

  • Submission deadline: Aug 14.
  • Author notifications: Sep 11.
  • Camera ready due: Sep 29.

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One author of each paper is required to register and attend the workshop.

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