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Peter, Christian
Thu, 8 Mar 2012 14:11:19 +0000
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Three weeks left to submit a journal article on your work on multimodal assistance!

Call for journal papers

A special Issue of the Springer Journal on
Multimodal User Interfaces

Guest editors: Christian Peter, Kostas Karpouzis, Gerald Bieber
Editor-in-Chief: Jean-Claude Martin

Special Issue:

Submission deadline: March 31, 2012

Current technological developments provide people with an increasing number of digital gadgets for personal assistance. Electronic calendars, email, social networking and not least access to a wealth of information are available through various mobile or stationary devices. An overwhelming amount of software applications exist for all of those devices, each coming with their specific interface and assistance paradigm. The increasingly number of related APIs and other widget-based services makes composing distributed modalities in pervasive applications a very important issue. This is reflected in efforts like web APIs, Web Intents handling, W3C WPC or MPEG-U.

With ever more sensors being integrated in today's devices, multimodality becomes a real option for interacting with assistance systems. Cameras, microphones, motion sensors and GPS can provide an application with valuable information on the users and their environments, allowing for fine-tuned situation-aware assistance. Ubiquitous availability of information through the Internet allows accessing specific data as it is required in any given situation. All this combined with the ability of devices to interconnect and to use each other's sensors, processing capabilities and interaction means opens new possibilities for the design of assistance systems and supportive environments.

The opportunity to use multiple modalities in the real world confront the community with a number of very practical challenges which have only partially been addressed in research before. This includes the following questions:
- Which modalities should be used in which situations?
- Which information should be displayed, through which
  modalities, in which granularity?
- Which interactions should be offered, through which modalities?
- When and how should be switched between the different modalities?
- How should modalities be combined?

We believe that pervasive supportive environments will benefit most from really user-centric, situation aware multimodal interfaces with multimodality applying not only to the interaction of the user with the system or environment but also to the system inferring on the user's likely affective state and intentions.

We solicit practical research papers as well as scientifically grounded implementation reports on multimodal assistance systems or supportive environments. The following topics are of particular interest:
- Applications of multimodal assistance and multimodal interaction
- Architectures and knowledge representations supporting multimodal interaction and multimodal sensing
- Studies on multimodal display of information and interaction
- Interface design aspects specific to multimodal interaction
- Multimodal sensing of user states and behaviour
- Mobile and wearable sensors for pervasive assistance
- Ad-hoc networks for multimodal interfaces
- Privacy and ethical aspects

Please note that the journal's aim is to report on practical realisations and insights related to multimodal interaction. Papers submitted to this special issue should therefore focus on actual implementations and practical aspects rather on pure theoretical considerations.

Articles are expected to have a minimum of 8 pages and to not exceed 20 pages and should be consistent to Springer's journal guidelines. Please refer to the journal's author instructions which can be found at

March 31,2012   Articles due
June 01, 2012     Notification of acceptance
June 29, 2012     Camera-ready version due
Autumn,  2012    Publication

For any questions feel free to contact
Christian Peter: cpeter at
Gerald Bieber: gery at
Kostas Karpouzis: kkarpou at

Mario Aehnelt, Fraunhofer IGD, Germany
Gerald Bieber, Fraunhofer IGD, Germany
Deborah Dahl, Conversational Technologies, US
Sven Havemann, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Kostas Karpouzis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Christian Peter, Fraunhofer IGD and Graz University of Technology, Austria
Helena Rodriguez, Telecom ParisTech, France
Bodo Urban, Fraunhofer IGD, Germany
John Waterworth, Umeň University, Sweden

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