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Jo Vermeulen <[log in to unmask]>
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** Deadline extended to 11th September, 2015! **
(apologies for multiple postings, please distribute)

Cross-Surface: Workshop on Interacting with Multi-Device Ecologies in the Wild
*Call for Papers*

In conjunction with ACM Interactive Tabletops & Surfaces 2015
November 15, 2015, Madeira, Portugal

*Important Dates*

Submission Deadline: September 11, 2015 [EXTENDED]
Notification to Authors: September 18, 2015
Camera-Ready Papers: September 29, 2015
Workshop: November 15, 2015

*Workshop Theme*

Users are increasingly interacting with their personal information through
different types of devices, ranging from large interactive surfaces, tablets,
smartphones to wearable technologies such as smartwatches and head-mounted
displays. This device multiplicity has led to situations in which users are
employing multiple devices at the same time. The choice of which set of devices
to use is governed by the affordances, capabilities, and properties of
these devices and the context of use. To support this device multiplicity,
prior work has introduced a wide range of techniques and infrastructures to
facilitate cross-surface interaction.

Despite the success of these approaches, many cross-surface interaction
techniques and systems require advanced sensing and infrastructure, which are
impractical in real-world scenarios outside of the lab. There are still
fundamental challenges that prevent the full potential of cross-surface
interactions in the wild. A few field studies highlight these issues, revealing
how users struggle with how devices can communicate, what content can be
exchanged, how to opt-out from connecting devices together, and how to configure
devices to cooperate in one seamless workspace. We need a better understanding
of how to move cross-surface and spatial interaction techniques and systems
into the wild, in terms of technologies, real-world use cases, and making
sense of the available interactions and their impact on human activities.

The objective of this workshop is to summarize on the current state of research
on interacting across surfaces and devices, including multi-surface
techniques and applications, spatially distributed interfaces and displays,
multi-screen workspaces and wearable displays and interfaces. We aim to bring
together researchers and practitioners currently working on novel techniques for
cross-surface interactions, focusing both on technical as well as interaction
challenges for introducing these technologies into the wild, and highlighting
opportunities for further research.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

    * Cross-device interaction

    * Interaction challenges with multi- and cross-surface interactions

    * Discoverability of possible cross-device interactions

    * Multi-device ubicomp ecologies

    * Interactions across multiple surfaces

    * Cross-device interactions using both mobiles and wearables
      (e.g., smartwatches)

    * Multi-device interactions

    * Spatial reconfigurations of displays

    * Spatially distributed interfaces

    * Multi-screen workplaces

    * Distributed user interfaces


We solicit position papers of up to 4 pages in the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstract
format that describe original research and outline a person's interest and
experience in the topic of the workshop. Selected papers will serve as
introductions for discussions and will be made available to the participants
on the workshop website before the start of the workshop. Supplementary
material (e.g., videos) can be submitted as well and will also be made
available on the website. Submissions will be juried by the organizing
committee based on originality and relevance.

Contributions must be submitted through the EasyChair submission system no
later than September 11, 2015, and should be in PDF format. More details can be
found on the workshop website. If you have any further questions, we encourage
you to contact the organizers at
<s.houben [at], j.vermeulen [at]>.

*Special Issue*

We will invite workshop participants to submit an extended article of
their submission for a special theme issue on "Interaction with Device
Ecologies in the Wild" in the Personal and Ubiquitous Computing journal that
will appear mid 2016. The call is also open to high-quality, original articles.

*Organizing Committee*

Steven Houben (University College London, UK)
Jo Vermeulen (University of Birmingham, UK)
Clemens Klokmose (University of Aarhus, Denmark)
Nicolai Marquardt (University College London, UK)
Johannes Schöning (Hasselt University, Belgium)
Harald Reiterer (University of Konstanz, Germany)

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