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International Workshop on Materializing Collaboration Via Tangible User
Interfaces - (MCtui2011)


As part of The 2011 International Conference on Collaboration
Technologies and Systems (CTS 2011)

May 23 – 27, 2011

The Sheraton University City Hotel; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Submission Deadline: January 17th, 2011


Novel interactive systems often combine digital representations with
physical, real-world artifacts.  Such tangible user interfaces (TUI)
offer new ways for users to collaborate with others, manipulate data, to
interact with humans and computers. It is argued that ‘natural
collaboration’ is supported when people can reach out and touch with
their fingers or assemble around a table [2].  Other participants and
their physical chains of actions support coordination, while material
artifacts or a tangible tabletop act as mediators.  The use of gestures,
interventions with tokens, modifications and content manipulation extend
the possibilities of collaboration and co-construction.  Participants do
not just have to discuss in a confrontational way face-to-face. The
material artifacts take a key role in tangible user interfaces and
materialize the possible modes of collaboration and interaction.
Therefore their collaborative aspects are central to participants
exchange and interactions with each other and a TUI, e.g., the
ColorTable [3] – a tangible tabletop supporting negotiation process to
collaboratively plan future urban scenarios in participatory settings.

The aims of this workshop are to further explore potentials of
collaborating with and supported by tangibles – their integration into
the interaction, their material features and how these contribute to
participants’ collaboration and modes of interaction.  Therefore we look
forward to further learn and understand the various modes of
collaboration offered by TUIs and exchange our experiences throughout
fieldwork, design cases and research projects.  Beyond that we want to
encourage the discourse about the aspects and complexity of
collaborative work and design with tangible interfaces in theory and

The workshop is planned for a full day, starting with a keynote and
includes demonstrations.  The combination of practical experiences and
theoretical concepts will be a good basis for research exchange and
support researchers to further explore and develop natural collaboration
possibilities and cooperative concepts mediated by TUIs.  Next to
conference proceedings, the workshop organizers plan to edit a special
issue of presented papers in a research and design journal.

The Workshop topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
·      Tangible Frameworks and Models
·      New Approaches and Terminologies
·      Tabletop, surface, and multi-touch Interfaces
·      Methods and Experiences with Users and Stakeholders
·      Descriptions of Models and Processes
·      Design Studies and Cases
·      TUI Usability
·      Research Projects
·      Novel Tangible Applications


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on
above and other topics related to materiality of collaboration and
tangible user interfaces (TUI).  Submitted papers must not have been
published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.  We call for the
following types of contributions: full papers (max. length 8 pages),
short papers (max. length of 2 pages), and demonstrations (submitted as
one-page abstracts).  Submission should include a cover page with
authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and
email addresses.  Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author, the
type of submission, and an abstract of no more than 450 words.  The
manuscripts should be using the two-column IEEE format.  Additional
pages will be charged additional fee.  Please include page numbers on
all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide
helpful comments.  Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript using the
workshop submission web site at

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded through the above online link.
 Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews.  Papers will be
selected based on their originality, relevance, contributions, technical
clarity and presentation.  Submission implies the willingness of at
least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted.
 Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be
registered and presented at the workshop. Accepted papers will be
published in the Conference proceedings.  Instructions for final
manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2011
Conference web site.  It is our intent to have the proceedings formally
published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the
conference.  The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE
Digital Library and indexed accordingly.

For further information or questions about the workshop and the paper
submission procedure and demonstration ideas, please contact the
workshop organizer Lisa Ehrenstrasser at [log in to unmask]


Paper Submissions: ---------------------------------- January 17th, 2011

Acceptance Notification: ---------------------------- February 7, 2011

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: ----------- March 1, 2011

Conference Dates:  ---------------------------------- May 23 - 27, 2011


Lisa Ehrenstrasser and Wolfgang Spreicer
Multidisciplinary Design Group; Institute of Design & Assessment of
Vienna University of Technology; Argentinierstrasse 8/187; A- 1040
Vienna, Austria; Phone: +43.1.58801.18713
Email:  [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask]


All submitted papers will be reviewed by the workshop technical program
committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2011.

Madeline Balaam, Newcastle University, U.K.
Luigina Ciolfi,  University of Limerick , Ireland
Ellen Yi-Luen Do, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, USA
Eva Hornecker, University of Strathclyde and Open University, Milton
Keynes, U.K.
Hilda Tellioglu, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Ina Wagner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

(Further confirmations of committee members are planned but pending -
this list is to be competed shortly.)

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission,
tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels
and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information
about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc.,
please consult the Conference’s web site at URL:  or contact one of the Conference's
organizers or Co-Chairs: Geoffrey C. Fox at [log in to unmask]   and Waleed
W. Smari at [log in to unmask]

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