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Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:00:25 -0400
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2nd International Workshop on Collaboration meets Interactive Surfaces: Walls, Tables, Tablets, and Phones

Co-located with ACM ITS 2014
16 November 2014
Dresden, Germany


The vast screen real estate, which is provided in large-scale interaction environments presents novel ways to visualize and interact with data-rich models. In parallel to this technological revolution, interactive surfaces have also become widespread in different sizes and devices, from large-scale walls to small tablets. Indeed, the tabletop community witnessed, in recent years, an increased usage of interactive tables, tablet-sized surfaces and mobile phones.

The opportunities for innovation exist, but the large scale environments and tabletop communities have not yet thoroughly addressed the problem of bringing effective collaboration activities using multiple interactive surfaces, especially in complex work domains. Of particular interest is the potential synergy that one can obtain by effectively combining different-sized surfaces.  In this context, this workshop proposes to bring together researchers who are interested in improving collaborative experiences through the combination of multiple interaction surfaces with diverse sizes and formats, ranging from large-scale walls, to tables, tablets and phones.


This workshop aims to exchange experiences regarding collaborative user interface design techniques that were designed for, or adapted to people involved in all kinds of collaborative activities, either remote or co-located. Since many of these techniques are highly focused on specific target groups, a further aim is to extract general principles and to generate guidelines for bringing effective collaboration around interactive surfaces. 


We invite researchers and designers who have been involved in one or more design-oriented project(s) involving the study of collaborative activities around all sorts of interactive surfaces. After this workshop, a call for papers will be launched for a special issue (on the topic of the workshop) of a journal, which is yet to be specified. Those wishing to attend will be required to submit a work-in-progress or position paper. Wherever appropriate, submitting a short companion video describing the work is strongly encouraged. 


Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

- Design and evaluation of collaborative environments with interactive surfaces, either remotely or co-located;
- Collaborative applications on interactive surfaces for concrete domains (e.g. 3D visualisation mechanical engineering, medical visualizations, emergency response scenarios);
- Communication, cooperation and coordination as well as social protocols;
- Interactive surfaces to enhance spatial perception of content and/or support navigation during collaboration activities;
- Issues when moving from desktop-based collaboration to large-scale walls, tabletops and touch-based mobile devices;
- Physical navigation and collaborative sense-making;
- Integration of different devices and surfaces for collaboration;
- Collaboration paradigms and user interface designs that address enhancement of collaborative activities using interactive surfaces and tabletops.


We solicit the submission of position papers (max 6 pages length). Late breaking results, novel ideas, as well as on-going doctoral research or research projects are especially encouraged. The workshop will foster creative discussions that will benefit on-going research that participants may be engaged with. Papers must written in English in PDF and submitted as a single PDF file in the ACM SIGCHI format ( through the EasyChair submission system ( Submitting a short companion video describing the work is an option. Please provide a Vimeo, Youtube, or Dropbox URL at the author's convenience.


Submission of workshop papers: 31 August 2014
Notification of acceptance: 22 September 2014
Workshop: 16 November 2014


Sheelagh Carpendale, University of Calgary


Craig Anslow, University of Calgary
Alfredo Ferreira, University of Lisboa
Pedro Campos, M-ITI / INESC-ID, Portugal


Scott Bateman - University of Prince Edward Island
Robert Biddle - Carleton University
Rachel Blagojevic - Massey University
Sebastian Boring - IT University of Copenhagen
Nick Graham - Queens University
Uta Hinrichs - University of St. Andrews
Petra Isenberg - INRIA
Joaquim Jorge - University of Lisboa
Judy Kay - University of Sydney
Harald Reiterer - University of Konstanz
Markus Rittenbruch - Queensland University of Technology
Johannes Schoening - Hasselt University
Stacey Scott - University of Waterloo
Tony Tang - University of Calgary

Kind regards,

Craig Anslow, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Computer Science
University of Calgary, Canada
T: 403 210 8159
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