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in conjunction with ACM Ubicomp 2011 (the 13th International Conference on
Ubiquitous Computing)
Technical + Creative Workshop

Beijing, China, September 18, 2011

PAPER DEADLINE: **extended** to June 20th, 2011

This interdisciplinary workshop will explore a mixed scenario consisting of
two goals: (1) presentation of innovative research that relates to urban
sensing, and (2) an exploratory-creative component to allow workshop
participants to use novel ubiquitous computing technologies to explore an
area of Beijing, collect information, and work on a creative project. The
workshop will thus aim to attract research contributions that relate to
personal urban sensing, and to have a hands-on experience to explore the use
of various technologies in a creative process. In both cases we will
specifically target the senses (sight, sound, smell, etc.), with a
particular emphasis on urban cultural heritage.

We elicit technical contributions, and additionally invite participants for
the creative part of the workshop. This is an interdisciplinary workshop and
participation is open to artists and researchers.


For the research part of the workshop, we solicit original, high-quality
technical contributions on any topic related to urban sensing, including the

- Ubiquitous recording
- Sensors and sensor networks
- Multimodal interfaces and interactions
- Mobile devices and interfaces
- Media capturing and sharing
- Urban computing and media
- Citizen urbanism
- Public installations
- Tools and open source software for mobile devices, and for aggregating,
organizing, curating, and sharing of cultural data gathered through mobile
- Case and user studies (including descriptions of art projects that relate
to the topics of the workshop)

Prospective authors should prepare full papers with a length of 4 to 6 pages
in ACM SIGCHI template format, and submit by June 1st, 2011. All accepted
workshop papers will be included in the ACM digital library and the
supplemental proceedings.


The creative part of the workshop consists of a series of meetings and
explorations in a section of the city. The specific details of the schedule
are flexible and will be arranged based on space and scheduling constraints.
The general process, however, consists of the following:

1. There is a first meeting in which the basic concepts are presented by the
organizers. In addition, there will be a presentation of the tools available
for participants in the workshop. These may include, for example, tools
described in the technical part of the workshop (e.g., authors may submit a
paper describing an application and it could be used in the creative part of
the workshop). At this first meeting, a geographic area of the city is often
selected (e.g., an area of a few blocks, often of important historical

2. Participants go outside to “explore” the selected area of the city,
documenting and creating content. Participants may do the exploration in
small groups or individually.
Subsequently, the group meets and people share their experiences in
“exploring” the city, and their experiences with the technology used. In
addition, they “edit” the content gathered and work towards creating
something tangible with it.

3. The process repeats: exploration, meeting, exploration. By the end of the
workshop, participants will have created a project and used technology to
document and collect “experiences.”

The outcomes of the creative part of the workshop vary depending on the
tools used, and the interests of the individuals. The results in previous
workshops have ranged from “simple” photo essays, to blogs, to interactive
installations, interactive maps, and videos, among others. In all of the
workshops attendees tend to generate a significant amount of materials (GPS
traces, photos, videos, sound recordings), and use various tools to process

** Important Dates **
Manuscript submission: *extended *June 20, 2011
Authors notification: July 10, 2011
Workshop: September 18, 2011

** Co-Chairs **
Alejandro Jaimes, Yahoo! Research, Spain, aj27 AT
Vassilis Kostakos, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal,
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Denzil Ferreira, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal,
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Jayant Venkatanathan, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal,
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** Program committee (partial) ***
Maja Vuckovic, IBM Research, USA
Xun Luo, Qualcomm Research Center, USA
Timo Ojala, University of Oulu, Finland
Eamonn O'Neill, University of Bath, UK
George Roussos, University of London, UK
Andres Navarro C., Universidad Icesi, Colombia
Julian Hernandez Espinosa, Universidad Santiago de Cali, Colombia
Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Ava Fatah gen. Schieck, UCL, UK
Alexander Garcia Davalos, Universidad Autonoma de Occidente, Colombia
Konstantinos Chorianopoulos, Ionian University, Greece
Jürgen Scheible, Aalto University, Finland

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