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Mon, 4 Aug 2008 10:10:09 -0600
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Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

A Special Issue on "Material Computing"
For more information see: 

A fantastic class of new materials is blurring the boundaries between  
computation and physical form, and as a result bringing computer  
science into the realms of a host of other disciplines, among them  
architecture, biology, chemistry, fashion design, and mechanical  
engineering. Responsive and computationally controllable materials --  
shape-changing polymers, e-textiles, and nano-scale electronics, just  
to name a few -- are positioned to provide the underpinnings of truly  
ubiquitous interactivity that extends invisibly across body,  
architectural and urban scales.

This special issue of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing will focus on  
the use of such materials as the physical and computational bridge  
between form and function, body and environment, structures and  
membranes. Rather than focusing on approaches that employ sensors and  
actuators as discrete add-on components, this issue will emphasize  
technologies that blur the gap between computation and materiality,  
and between traditionally distinct disciplines.

We hope to spark a conversation between researchers and practitioners  
from a variety of scientific, engineering, and design disciplines  
(e.g. ubiquitous computing, materials science, architecture, biology,  
fashion, and HCI) in order to shed light on the possibilities and  
limitations of new material technologies, and to illustrate how we  
will build, interact and live with computers well into the future.


In addition to the issues already noted, topics of interest include,  
but are not limited to:

     * Relevant developments in materials science, mechanical  
engineering, chemistry, biological engineering, nanotechnology,  
electrical engineering, textile engineering, and other fields,  
coupled with thoughtful speculation about applications
     * Systems that integrate computation with new or unusual  
materials and composites
     * Relationship between materials, form, and function in  
interaction design
     * Needs served and possibilities exposed by responsive materials
     * Long-term scenarios for ubiquitous applications built on  
responsive materials
     * Relationship between membrane and structure in design
     * Craft, collaborative development, and community knowledge
     * Applications that span multiple fields and act as seeds for  
     * Relationship between new materials, manufacturing  
technologies, and computer aided design
     * Sustainability issues exposed by the use of responsive  
material composites
     * Biologically inspired design (e.g. biomimetics, self-assembly,  
morpho-functional design)
     * Material driven multi-functionality, adaptability, and  
     * Materials that function as the binding matter in the design of  
objects, garments, and spaces.
     * Responsive Materials applied in an artistic or performative  
     * Tangible interfaces
     * Robotics
     * Programmable matter
     * Smart materials
     * Electronic textiles, computational textiles, smart textiles
     * Parametric design


All submissions should be sent to the guest editors at  
[log in to unmask] Authors must submit abstracts and  
titles to the guest editors by October 1, 2008, and full papers by  
November 14, 2008.

Information about the format and style required for papers can be  
found at 
779, and templates can be downloaded from 
Word/journals. More information about the Journal of Personal and  
Ubiquitous Computing can be found at 
content/106503/.  However, all submissions and questions for the  
special issue should be sent to the guest editors, not the journal's  
editor in chief.

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least three  
reviewers and the selection for publication will be made on the basis  
of these reviews.


Intention to submit (Abstract and Title): October 1, 2008
Submission deadline for full papers: November 14, 2008
Notification and reviews to authors: January 16, 2009
Camera ready submission deadline: February 6, 2009


Please direct all inquiries and submissions to the guest editors:  
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Leah Buechley
University of Colorado at Boulder
Department of Computer Science
UCB 430
Boulder, CO 80309
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Marcelo Coelho
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Media Lab | Ambient Intelligence Group
20 Ames St., E15-322
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
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