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We are happy to announce 9 workshops that will be held at UbiComp 2008, 
the Tenth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, in Seoul, 
South Korea, on September 21, the day before the main conference 
program, which will take place September 22-24.

Workshops provide an excellent opportunity to discuss and explore 
emerging areas of ubiquitous computing research with a group of 
like-minded researchers and practitioners. The workshops at UbiComp 2008 
cover many interesting and exciting aspects of ubiquitous computing, 
including devices and perception, evaluation, vehicular computing, 
design and integration principles, ubiquitous network islands, ambient 
information systems, ubiquitous sustainability, automated journeys and 
intelligent work environments. The goal of the workshops is to share 
understandings and experiences, to foster the development of research 
communities, to learn from each other and to envision future directions.
The submission deadline for workshop position papers is Friday, June 27, 
2008. All workshops will be held on Sunday, September 21st. More 
information about workshops is included below, and is also available on 
the workshops web site (

We also want to note that there are a number of other, previously 
announced tracks in the conference that are still open to participation 
(until June 27):

* Panels (
* Demonstrations (
* Interactive Posters (
* Videos (
* Doctoral Colloquium (
* Student volunteers 

More information about the conference - including these participation 
categories - can be found at the conference web site 


UbiComp 2008 Workshops:

W1. Devices that Alter Perception (DAP 2008)
Sensors, actuators, implants, wearable computers, and neural interfaces
can do more than simply observe our bodies; these devices can alter and
manipulate our perceptions. This workshop will promote design and
critique of systems with the explicit intent of altering the human
percepts. Participants will be asked to present position papers or
demonstrations concerning devices that act on phenomena related to the
process of perception. The goals of the workshop are to: (1) better
understand the process of perception (2) aid those developing devices by
sharing designs (3) debate of ethical and social issues that are unique
to devices that operate below or upon awareness.

W2. Ubiquitous Systems Evaluation (USE '08)
USE '08 aims to bring together practitioners from a wide range of
disciplines to discuss best practice and challenges in the evaluation of
ubiquitous systems. Recognised evaluation strategies are essential in
order that the contribution of new techniques can be quantified
objectively. Experience has shown that evaluating ubiquitous systems is
extremely difficult; approaches tend to be subjective, piecemeal or
both. Individual approaches to evaluation risk being incomplete and
comparisons between systems can be difficult.

W3. Ubiquitous Inter- and Intra-Vehicular Computing (UIIVC 2008)
Modern vehicles have a high number of intra-vehicle communication
systems and buses connecting hundreds of sensors, delivering information
at high data rates. As such, the sensor density in modern cars makes
them an interesting ubiquitous computing environment. Besides mobile
phones, modern vehicles are the most ubiquitous and most widely deployed
mobile sensor node systems. The idea of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and
vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication is to interconnect these
sensor-equipped vehicles to collaboratively share a subset of this
information. This enables novel types of applications in the areas such
as safety, traffic efficiency and comfort. V2x communication poses many
research challenges on applications, communication technologies such as
IEEE 802.11p WLAN and cellular networks, networked sensing systems,
privacy, security and other research fields relevant to ubiquitous
computing. Workshop topics will address research from all these domains
in a vehicular environment.

W4. 2nd International Workshop on Design and Integration Principles for
Smart Objects  (DIPSO 2008)
Tagging everyday objects with sensors, actuators and building an
instrumented environment are recent practices in industry and academia.
In fact, the smart object domain has matured over the years. The
combination of Internet and technologies like near field communications,
real time localization, sensor networking etc. are bringing smart
objects into commercial use. Several successful prototypes and
applications have already demonstrated and deployed. However, the lack
of commonality among the design principles and the underlying
infrastructures of these projects is hindering the exciting future of
smart object systems. We believe the primary reason behind this
phenomenon is one missing rationale for the design and integration of
smart objects. Now it is the time to focus on current practices and
align on some key issues to continue the rapid progress of smart
objects. DIPSO 2008 seeks to follow the earlier DIPSO workshop,
co-located with Ubicomp 2007 and will look at the existing smart object
systems to extract and extrapolate the best practices to rationalize the
design and integration principles for smart objects.

W5. Connecting Ubiquitous Islands using Mobile and Next Generation
This workshop will discuss the topic of connecting islands of ubiquitous
computing technology using wide-area networks, and how the requirements
from the services operating in those islands impact the network
technology and systems. This workshop will discuss what it would take to
leverage existing networks together with emerging services to create
truly ubiquitous connectivity.

W6. Ambient Information Systems
Ambient Information Systems describe a large set of applications that
publish information in a highly non-intrusive manner, following on from
Mark Weiser's concept of calm technology. Building on the success of
AIS2007 at Pervasive 2007, this workshop will bring together researchers
working in the areas of ambient displays, peripheral displays, slow
technology, glanceable displays, and calm technology, to discuss and
collaborate on developing new design approaches for creating ambient
information systems. We are calling for paper submissions describing
early-stage and mature research on Ambient Information Systems and for
demonstrators across the spectrum from technology to art and design.

W7. Ubiquitous Sustainability: Citizen Science & Activism
In this workshop we want to explore new approaches to bring about real  
environmental change by looking at the success of empowering  
technologies that enable grassroots activism and bottom up community  
participation. Ubiquitous computing is transforming from being mostly  
about professional communication and social interaction to a sensor  
rich personal measurement platform that can empower individuals and  
groups to gain an awareness of their surroundings, engage in  grassroots 
activism to promote environmental change, and enable a new  social 
paradigm - citizen science. This workshop brings together fresh  ideas 
and approaches to help elevate individuals to have a powerful  voice in 
society, to act as citizen scientists, and collectively learn  and lobby 
for change worldwide.

W8. Automated Journeys
Computing technology now pervades those moments of our day when we move
through our cities. Mobile phones, music players, vending machines,
contact-less payment systems and RFID-enabled turnstiles are de rigueur
on our daily journeys. This workshop aims to examine these augmented
journeys, to reflect on the public, semi-public and private technologies
available to us in them, and to speculate on what innovations might be
to come. Taking as our starting point cities such as Seoul, we aim to
take seriously the developments in mobile technology as well as the
advancements in autonomous machinery and how these mesh with our urban
journeys. Through collaborative fieldwork, group discussion and a
hands-on design brainstorming session, the workshop's empirical focus
will be directed towards producing 4 envisagements that either speculate
and/or critically reflect on technological futures.

W9. UbiMEET: Design and Evaluation of Smart Environments in the
This workshop is the fourth in a series of UbiComp workshops on smart
environment technologies and applications for the workplace. It offers a
unique window into the state of the art through the participation of a
range of researchers, designers and builders who exchange both basic
research and real-world case experiences; and invites participants to
share ideas about them. This year we focus on understanding appropriate
design processes and creating valid evaluation metrics for smart
environments (a recurrent request from previous workshop participants).
What design processes allow integration of new ubicomp-style systems
with existing technologies in a room that is in daily use? What
evaluation methods and metrics give us an accurate picture, and how can
that information best be applied in an iterative design process?

UbiComp2008 Publicity Chair

Dr. Michael Berger
Siemens AG
Corporate Technology
Intelligent Autonomous Systems
Otto-Hahn-Ring 6
81739 München
Tel.: +49 (89) 636-51035 
Fax: +49 (89) 636-41423 
Mobil: +49 (160) 8838349
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