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Call for Submission to the workshop (position paper: deadline 12th of 
April 2010)

*“EICS-MIXER: The Challenges of Engineering Mixed Reality Systems: A
Bottom-Up Workshop”
*
To be held the *20th of June 2010*
as a workshop of the EICS 2010 conference – BERLIN

Organizers: Emmanuel Dubois, Philip D. Gray, Laurence Nigay
Contact: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Web site :
http://ihcs.irit.fr/dubois/Research/Events/EICS_Mixer/EICS_Mixer.htm

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THEME, GOALS, AND RELEVANCE
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Currently one of the most challenging aspects of interactive systems is
the integration of the physical and digital aspects of interaction in a
smooth and usable way. The design challenge of such Mixed Reality (MR)
interactive systems lies in the fluid and harmonious fusion of the
physical and digital worlds. Examples of MR interactive systems include
tangible user interfaces (TUI), augmented reality (AR), augmented
virtuality (AV), Reality Based Interaction (RBI), and embodied
interfaces. The diversity of terms highlights the ever growing interest
in MR systems. The MR domain represents a very active interdisciplinary
research area which has expanded rapidly, since the seminal Digital Desk
3. Significant achievements have been made in terms of both real MR
systems for various application domains (medical, military, game,
production, museum) and conceptual/software tools for their design
(taxonomies, notational support and models). However, models and
notations are hard to evaluate and hard to compare. Indeed, most of the
design models and notations proposed in the MIS domain are used by a
very limited set of people, mainly limited to their creators.
In this very dynamic context, the objective of this workshop is to bring
together researchers, designers and practitioners with a clear interest
in conceptual and software tools for the design, development and
evaluation of MR systems in order to contribute to a vivid discussion
leading to a framework for organizing and comparing the various existing
design approaches.
For structuring the discussion and being able to compare the existing
design approaches and highlight their complementarities based on their
identified strengths and limitations, we adopt a bottom-up approach by
focusing on a set of case studies (i.e., existing MR interactive
systems) that represents the diversity of existing MR systems.
Participants will be invited to apply existing design approaches for
designing those selected MR systems. The comparison of the resulting
design will serve as the basis for elaborating a framework for
organizing/comparing the existing design approaches. Such a framework
will be structured along a set of design elements and metrics for
characterizing the design approaches.
During this workshop, participants will break into subgroups. Each
subgroup will be invited to make use of one existing design resources
(models, notations, etc.) for MIS in order to address several
representative and realistic mixed reality development challenges based
on case-studies. Design resources and case studies will be selected by
the organizers amongst the ones proposed by participants in their
workshop submission. Following this practice session, subgroups will
present the results of the modelling of each case-study to the rest of
the workshop, including a critical assessment of the strengths and
limitations of the method, model, technique or tool. It will lead to
comparisons and discussions of the results of the modelling exercises.
Finally, it is intended that the workshop will identify comparison
framework, that is, a set of descriptors, model element and metrics for
characterizing MIS design resources (models, tools, notation, etc.).

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Submission formats
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In this workshop our goal is to bring together researchers, designers
and practitioners with an interest in conceptual and software tools for
the design, implementation and evaluation of MR systems. Participants
are invited to submit a position paper. There are three ways of
participating in this workshop:

-- Proposing a design resource:
Such participants offer to consider a / their design resource for MIS as
one the potential design resources used during the workshop. The design
resources overview should (1) present the basic elements of the model,
notation, tool or technique, (2) state the benefits of its use when
designing a MIS, (3) express the kind of application / considerations
that can be and cannot be modelled with it.
These “Primary” participants must commit to be in charge of a subgroup
of participants with whom the “Primary” participant will use his/her
design resource to model or develop the selected case studies.
These workshop submissions should be 2 to 4 pages, and should follow the
SIGCHI publication format: http://www.sigchi.org/chipubform. It must be
sent to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> by the 12th of April 2010

-- Proposing a case study:
such participants present a particular mixed reality system and its
design challenges. Such a paper could state (i) the overall task(s) and
context of use supported by the system, (ii) the main functionalities of
the system, (iii) constraints linked to its use, (iv) an overall profile
of the targeted users and (v) method by which the case study results
might be evaluated.
They will be involved during the workshop in the use of existing design
resources in the context of predefined scenarios. They will be taught
how to use one of the existing design resources for MIS and raise
questions about its use.
These workshop position papers should be 1 to 2 pages, and should follow
the SIGCHI publication format: http://www.sigchi.org/chipubform. It must
be sent to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> by the 12th of April 2010

-- Expressing a prospective view:
such participants are invited to express design challenges of mixed
reality systems that current or future conceptual and software design
tools should address.
They will be involved during the workshop in the use of existing design
resources in the context of predefined scenarios. They will be taught
how to use one of the existing design resources for MIS and raise
questions about its use.
These workshop position papers should be 1 to 2 pages, and should follow
the SIGCHI publication format: http://www.sigchi.org/chipubform. It must
be sent to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> by the 12th of April 2010

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IMPORTANT DATES
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Submissions
-- Design resources: 12th of April 2010
-- Case studies and prospective: 12th of April 2010

Notification of Acceptance
-- Design resources: 14th of April 2010
-- Case studies and prospective: 14th of April 2010
-- Final version of models presentation and case studies : 7th of June
(long in advance in order to allow some time to the primary participants
to prepare the modelling of the different case-studies)


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ADDITIONAL REFERENCES
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1-“MIXER: Exploring the Design and Engineering of Mixed Reality
Systems”, Dubois, E., Gray, P., Trevisan, D., Vanderdonckt, J., Workshop
of the CADUI’04 conference, Proceedings available at:
http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-91/, (2004).
2-“The Engineering of Mixed Reality Systems”, Dubois, Emmanuel; Gray,
Philip; Nigay, Laurence (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction Series, Vol.
15, (2010), 450 p.
3-Wellner, P., 1993. Interacting with paper on the DigitalDesk,
Communications of the ACM, 36, 7 (July 1993), 87-96.

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