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Sun, 19 Aug 2007 21:33:34 -0400
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User Interface Description Languages for Next Generation User Interfaces

April 6, 2008

Florence, Italy


Orit Shaer, Tufts University, MA, USA

Robert Jacob, Tufts University,  MA, USA

Mark Green, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada

Kris Luyten, Hasselt University, Belgium


In recent years HCI researchers have developed a broad range of interaction
styles that diverge from the "window, icon, menu, pointing device" (WIMP)
paradigm and employ novel interaction techniques and devices. These emerging
interaction styles include virtual, mixed and augmented reality as well as
tangible interaction and interaction with pervasive and ubiquitous computing.

Developers of these next generation user interfaces currently face
challenges that are not addressed by state of the art user interface
software tools. As part of the user interface software community’s effort to
address these challenges, the concept of a User Interface Description
Language (UIDL) is reemerging as a promising approach.

 To date, the UIDL research area , which has its foundations in user
interface management research and model-based authoring,  has demonstrated
promising progress with concrete, useful development, mainly targeting
multi-platform and multi-modal user interfaces. However, many open questions
remain regarding the usefulness and effectiveness of UIDLs in supporting the
development of next generation interfaces.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together user interface software
researchers and interaction designers in order to enable a two-way dialogue
between tool builders and potential users of these tools. In the workshop,
discussions will focus on identifying key challenges facing this community,
developing new approaches aimed at solving these challenges and considering
future spaces for UIDL research.


 We invite interaction designers, computer scientists and user interface
software researchers to submit a 2-4 page position paper outline your
interest in the workshop topic. Position papers are encouraged to address
the following themes:

Requirements for supporting the design and implementation of next generation
Characteristics and comparison of emerging interaction styles (e.g. TUIs,
Mixed Reality, VR, Ubicomp).
Models for specifying the structure and behavior of next generation interfaces.
Architectural frameworks for emerging interaction styles.
Lessons learned from developing, using or evaluating specific UIDLs.

Papers will be peer-reviewed and 15-20 selected by relevance and likelihood
of stimulating and contributing to this discussion.

Email your paper, in PDF , to [log in to unmask] by October 3rd 2007.
Submitted papers should adhere the CHI paper format.

Participants will be notified of selection by 28 November 2007.

The workshop date is April 6th 2008 immediately before CHI 08 in Florence,

See for more information.

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