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News from the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers...

-*Registration <>* is open! Early
registration ends *August 31*. Accepted authors must register by *July 28*.
-*Workshops and tutorials
<>*have been announced,
the Call for Papers for the Design Workshop is included
-ISWC 2008 will feature the first *Juried Design
*. Call for Entries is included below
-Hotel reservation at a discounted rate
<>has been included for ISWC

Looking forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!

ISWC 2008
Sept 28-Oct 1
Pittsburgh, PA

--Lucy Dunne
Publicity Chair ISWC 2008


Important dates:

Paper submissions due:  August 15
Acceptance notification: No later than August 25
Final versions due: September 16
Workshop: October 1

Papers should be submitted in PDF format via e-mail to
iswc_design_workshop [at]

This workshop will provide a forum to discuss the role of design in
wearable computing.  Wearable computing spans a broad range of interests
and expertise, not all of which can be adequately represented by a
technical paper in an IEEE Computer Society proceedings.  As wearable
computing becomes more mainstream and if it is to continue becoming more
mainstream, it is important for ISWC to provide appropriate venues for
presenting the latest advances in textile, fashion, and industrial design.
The objective of this workshop is to come up with a set of recommendations
on what the appropriate venues should be and to discuss what the important
design issues are for wearable computing.

Potential topics for the workshop include but are not limited to the

  * How should design contributions be evaluated?
  * What should be the format(s) for a design submission and
  * How should these contributions be documented and archived,
    e.g. web site, video?
  * What guidance about the program committee's expectations should be
    provided to designers who wish to submit a regular paper?
  * For design contributors who are in tenure-track academic positions,
    what are their requirements in terms of building dossiers for
    tenure and promotion?  What are the requirements of designers at
    start-ups? At design firms?  In graduate school?
  * Is the difference between a design contribution and a technical
    contribution simply an emphasis on wearable instead of an emphasis
    on computing?
  * Wearable computing has had some problems gaining legitimacy with
    computing researchers; are there similar problems for designers?
  * What are the difficulties and benefits of bridging the cultural
    gaps between disciplines in interdisciplinary wearable computing
    projects?  Are there good sets of case studies to illustrate these gaps
    and how they can be overcome?
  * What are the important design issues for wearable computing?  How
    will addressing them advance wearable computing?  How will
    addressing them advance the particular area of design expertise,
    e.g., how will e-textiles advance the field of textiles?

The intended audience for the workshop is those whose research emphasis is
on the design aspects of wearable computing, such as industrial design,
fashion, textiles, and applications, and at all career stages (e.g. grad
student, academics pre- and post-tenure, and industry).

Please submit a position paper of up to 5 pages on a topic relevant to
the workshop.    Authors are encouraged to include examples of their
work to illustrate their position.  Authors of accepted papers will be
expected to present the paper at the workshop and to participate in the
discussion of recommendations.   Papers should be submitted in PDF format
via e-mail to iswc_design_workshop [at]

Papers submitted to the workshop must not be under review by any
other conference or publication during the review cycle, and must
not be previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere.
Accepted papers will be published in PDF format on the ISWC web site


Submission deadline:  August 15
Acceptance notification: August 25

The International Symposium on Wearable Computers invites submissions of
original works of wearable computing for its 2008 Juried Design Competition.
Submissions may comprise any type of designed technology for wearable
computing, and designers are encouraged to submit designed works of
practical technology as well as works of art.

In this inaugural exhibition, submitted works may be new or may have been
reported previously at ISWC or other venues, as long as they are the
original work of the designer(s).

Designers are asked to submit an illustrated design statement, detailing the
work's concept, motivation, technological functionality, and execution.
Detailed images must illustrate the text.  Submissions will be evaluated by
the jury panel for their following design elements: concept, use of
technology, execution, and communication. Judging criteria are fully
described below.

Design statement submissions should be in PDF format, and no more than 3
pages. Submissions should be made by e-mail to tlmartin [at]
Accepted works will be exhibited at the ISWC 2008 conference, which will be
held September 28-October 1 in Pittsburgh, PA. Accepted authors will be
asked prepare an explanatory poster to accompany their work in the mounted
exhibit. During the conference, the jury will select three prizewinners
based upon exhibited artifact(s) and explanatory poster.

  Submission deadline:  August 15
  Acceptance notification: August 25

 * Evaluation Criteria*

*Concept*: How novel is the concept, approach, or application? How
insightful or surprising is the work? The work should exhibit depth of
understanding and insight, and display a thorough design process that
addresses the complete scope of variables and values relevant to the
articulated objective or use scenario of the work.

*Technology*: How innovative is the use of technology: have advances been
made in the use of standard tools for a new purpose? Have new technologies
been developed? What does the technology bring to the wearer or the viewer
in the wearable environment?

*Execution*: How professional and polished is the finished product?  Have
appropriate or novel construction techniques been implemented?  How have
standard hardware components been adapted for the wearable environment?

*Communication*: How well have the concept, novelty, and use of technology
been communicated? Is the idea and process evident in written and visual

Submissions accepted for the competition will be evaluated on these criteria
by the judges at the conference, based upon the exhibited artifact(s) and an
explanatory poster.

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