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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
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UbiComp 2006 - The Eigth International Conference on Ubiquituous Computing
   http://www.ubicomp.org/ubicomp2006/

   Conference Date: 17. - 21.09.2006
   Conference Venue: Marriott Newport Beach, Orange County, California
 
   Hosted by:
   Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
   University of California, Irvine

Overview:
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This mail contains the calls for Videos, Demos and Posters. You can review all calls at:
http://www.ubicomp.org/ubicomp2006/calls/

Important Dates and Deadlines:
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Submission Deadline: June 16, 2006
Acceptance Notification: July 14, 2006 
Final Version Due: August 4, 2006




CALL FOR VIDEOS
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Videos are increasingly becoming an integral part of the UbiComp conference series: they offer the chance to showcase emerging technologies, prototype systems, and new approaches to using ubiquitous computing. Videos are especially useful for illustrating complex systems and new interactions with systems in special environments that would not easily be presented as demonstrations at the conference.

We encourage submission of videos both as new material and as supplementals to paper submissions (e.g., in order to illustrate particular aspects of a system). As with other submission categories, video submissions should not have been previously presented in any other formal video program.

The video program will be shown at a special session at the conference, and will be published on a DVD and distributed to conference attendees (although copyright will be retained by the authors). A panel of international reviewers will review videos for their technical content, interest, and relevance to the ubiquitous computing community. Other important review aspects will be the video's communication effectiveness and production quality.

Accepted electronic submission formats are: MPEG1 and MPEG2, AVI file with MPEG4 (DivX codecs) and Apple QuickTime with high resolution. MPEG2 format is strongly encouraged. For other electronic formats and for tape formats please contact the video chairs in advance. Video submissions should be 4 to 8 minutes long. Longer videos will be subject to stricter review criteria. Rough videos in progress will be considered, but will (if tentatively accepted) be subject to a second review process after final production. If the video is accepted, a high quality format, suitable for DVD production, will be required for the final version.

In addition to submitting a video file, authors must also submit a short paper with a maximum of 2 pages in the ACM SIGCHI conference publications formathttp://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html), including all figures and references, for each video submission (though you don't need to leave space for the copyright notice). This should include the title, authors, affiliations and an abstract of no more than 150 words. Papers of accepted videos will be published in the Adjunct Proceedings that will be circulated to attendees at the conference; they will not be incorporated into the main UbiComp 2006 Conference Proceedings.

Video submissions and corresponding papers should be uploaded to an FTP server; contact the Video Chairs via email for more detailed instructions on how to access the server. Please do NOT send video files as an email attachment under any circumstances!

Contacts:
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UbiComp2006 Video Co-chairs
Louise Barkhuus
Marc Langheinrich

Formats accepted: 
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MPEG (MPEG1 and MPEG2),
AVI with MPEG4,
QuickTime files

Submission Templates:
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Abstract Page limit: 2 pages (ACM SIGCHI conference publications format, no need for the copyright notice though): http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html

Important Dates and Deadlines:
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Submission Deadline: June 16, 2006
Acceptance Notification: July 14, 2006
Final Version Due: July 21, 2006



CALL FOR DEMOS
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The Ubicomp conference’s Demonstrations Program offers an excellent way to showcase tangible results of ubiquitous computing research and development to over 500 attendees from academia and industry. A successful demo communicates ideas and concepts in a powerful way that a regular presentation cannot. We invite you to contribute your vision of the ubicomp experience to the Demonstrations Program at the UbiComp 2006 conference. We particularly encourage demonstrations that include participation by conference attendees and provoke discussion about issues within the field of ubiquitous computing. 

We seek proposals for demonstrations of ubiquitous computing technologies across the full milieu of everyday life: office, home, street, park, train, automobile, bedroom, bathroom, work, play, desktop, handheld, worn, public, private, community, individual, shared, and personal. We welcome a wide range of submission from scenarios involving innovative solutions of focused tasks as well as playful pursuits.

Reviewing:
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All submissions will be peer-reviewed to ensure a high quality demonstrations program. Each demonstration will be reviewed by at least two members of the demonstration review committee. In an electronic discussion, the committee will make final decisions on which submissions to accept. 

Proposals will be judged on their relevance for the ubicomp community, level of innovation, technical merit, conceptual contribution and the potential to include participation by conference attendees. Furthermore, to make a successful demo submission, you need to have a strategy to present visitors the main points in a short time. You must also convince the committee that you are capable of installing and running the demo at the conference. 

Demonstrations do not have the same requirements on originality as papers and posters. It is acceptable to submit a demonstration even if the main points have been published at the UbiComp conference (including this year) or elsewhere. However, the demonstration format should still add significantly to any previous presentations. To make it easier to judge this, you must provide a complete history of previous presentations of the submitted work and work directly related to it. 

A demonstration is not the right forum to promote commercial products. In this case, please instead consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor. 

Submission Requirements:
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A demonstration submission requires two parts: 
  
A demonstration abstract that describes the technology being exhibited and discusses the novelty and distinguishing ideas or approaches it brings to the ubiquitous computing community. The demonstration abstract will be published in the Conference Supplement and should therefore be self-contained. It should be a maximum of 2 pages, in the ACM SIGCHI conference publications format, including all figures and references. Please make sure that your submitted abstract complies to all the formatting guidelines and is ready for publication, since there will be no time to make major revisions. 
    
A demonstration supplement that details how the demo will be executed in practice, and how visitors will interact with it during the conference. The interaction can be described in the form of a short usage scenario, storyboard sketch, screenshots, illustrations, photos, and/or video documentation. The demonstration supplement should also include the various technical requirements such as preferred setting, space, power, networking, lighting, acoustical, and other special equipment. A demonstration supplement submission template is available at the bottom of this webpage. Demonstration supplement materials are for the purposes of review only and will not be published. A template for demonstration supplements is provided below. 
     
Your submission should be sent as a single PDF file to the following address: [log in to unmask] The subject line should read: UbiComp Demo Submission - NAME OF MAIN CONTACT. The name of the attached file should similarly be: NAME OF MAIN CONTACT.pdf. Links to additional material (videos, etc.) should be included both in the mail and in the supplement. 

Upon Acceptance:
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You will be required to install your demonstration in the conference venue on September 17, and have it packed away by the end of the conference, on September 21. 

You are required to have your demonstration up and running throughout the Demonstrations and Poster Reception. In addition, we strongly encourage you to have your demo staffed and available throughout the conference, especially during breaks. 

The conference will at minimum provide a space for your demo, a table and chairs, and a power connection. If you need any special equipment you should provide that yourself, including projectors, audio amplification, wireless LAN, etc. Please specify all needs in your demonstration supplement so that we can plan the demo area accordingly. 

Contacts:
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Demo Co-Chairs:
Julian Bleecker University of Southern California,USA 
Khai N. Truong University of Toronto,Canada

Formats accepted: Please use the SIGCHI conference publications format (see http://sigchi.org/chipubform/). The Demonstrations Supplement template can be downloaded from here.
Abstract Page limit: 2 pages (ACM SIGCHI conference publications format)

Submission Templates:
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The SIGCHI conference publications format can be found at: http://sigchi.org/chipubform/.
The Demonstrations Supplement template can be downloaded by clicking here.

Important Dates and Deadlines:
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Submission Deadline: June 16, 2006
Acceptance Notification: July 14, 2006 
Final Version Due: August 4, 2006



CALL FOR POSTERS
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The Posters category provides researchers with an opportunity to present work in a forum that facilitates open discussion, and enables authors to interact directly with conference attendees. In the Posters category, we encourage the submission of late-breaking, preliminary, or exploratory work, smaller projects or results not suitable for a full paper, and any other research that authors wish to present in an interactive, open forum.

Poster submissions should include an extended abstract of no longer than 2 pages in the ACM SIGCHI conference publications format, including all figures and references. Submissions may also include an optional single page describing or illustrating the proposed poster. This page is should convey to reviewers visual aspects of the poster that may not come across in the abstract, for example including a key graphic to be used in the poster. This supplemental page is for review purposes only and will not be published.
   

Accepted 2-page Poster abstracts will be published in a Conference Supplement that will be distributed to attendees at the conference; they will not be incorporated into the main UbiComp 2006 Conference Proceedings.

Contacts:
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Posters Chairs:
Itiro Siio (Ochanomizu University, Japan)
Beverly Harrison (Intel Research, USA)

Important Dates and Deadlines:
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Deadline for submission: June 16, 2006
Acceptance Notification: July 14, 2006
Final Version Due: August 1, 2006

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