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William Hudson <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 14 Feb 2003 20:35:44 +0100
"Dr. Dr. Norbert Streitz" <[log in to unmask]>
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Dear all,

I like to draw your attention to a very interesting conference
event, i.e. "The Tales of the Disappearing Computer"
at an equally interesting location: Santorini, Greece,
and at a perfect time: June 1-4, 2003.
details are in the attached flyer and at the website

(More detailed information on the event below)

Background information:
"The Disappearing Computer" (DC) is an EU-funded proactive
initiative of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) part
of the Information Society Technologies (IST) research program.
It is comprehensive activity with a three year duration
(January 2001 - December 2003) consisting of a cluster of
17 projects and a Network part supporting a wide range of
interproject collaboration activities.
The "Tales of the Disappearing Computer" is one example of these
activities where the DC-initiative is now also reaching out to the
general scientific community and invites not only researchers from
the DC projects but also researchers not being involved in DC projects
but working in this area of interactive, ubiquitous, pervasive,
'invisible' and 'disappearing computer' systems.

The event is coorganized with Convivio - a new also EU-funded
Network of Excellence for the People-Centered Design of
Interactive Systems (it started in January 2003).

We are looking forward to welcome you in Santorini in June.

Best regards

Norbert Streitz
(chair of the DC Steering Group and
cochair of the Convivio Coordinating Group)

Dr.rer.nat. Dr.phil. Norbert A. Streitz
Head of Research Division
"AMBIENTE - Workspaces of the Future"
Fraunhofer IPSI
Dolivostr. 15
D-64293 Darmstadt, Germany

fon: +49-6151-869-919
fax: +49-6151-869-966

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"The Tales of the Disappearing Computer" Conference
Santorini, June 1-4, 2003


The aim of Tales is to stimulate discussions and to provoke scientific debate on the
foundations, achievements and future of the research related to the Disappearing
Computer (DC) initiative. It is addressed towards not only the DC research community, but
also towards any person active or interested in the research and development of interactive
ubiquitous computing systems. Tales will provide participants with opportunities to discuss,
debate, agree, disagree and, in general, have a great time!

DC is a EU-funded proactive initiative of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
activity of the Information Society Technologies (IST) research program. The projects in the
current DC initiative are scheduled to complete their work by the end of 2003; a follow-up
call for DC II initiative has already been launched. This therefore a good time to reflect on
the results of the initiative so far   both formal project results and results from the many
cross-project ateliers, disappearing days and troubadour initiatives that have taken
place within the framework of the initiative. It is also a great opportunity to look into
the future of the DC discipline and bring in touch the associated research community
with existing or emerging communities, such as those represented by Convivio
network, network, the Presence initiative etc. In addition, Tales will serve as a
preparatory step towards the main DC conference to be organised towards the end of the
year, in combination with the Third Jamboree of the DC initiative.


Tales will be told about:
- disciplines and technologies that frame DC research;
- solid lessons learned from results to date, as well as fresh insights;
- difficult issues encountered so far, dire warnings about promising-looking dead-ends;
  and promising ways forward.

Tales will be debated during:
- plenary sessions with invited speakers and EU representatives;
- special sessions reporting on results from ateliers, disappearing days and troubadours;
- half or full day workshops focused on specific issues or topics; and
- social gatherings around Mediterranean dishes and refreshing drinks,
  against the backdrop of the Aegean sun and sea.

A poster area will be provided, where project results and atelier outcome can be displayed.
A small demonstration area will also be available, for those who are not satisfied with telling
Tales, but also want to show Cases. Meeting rooms can be provided upon request.

Steering Committee

Achilles Kameas (Computer Technology Institute, Patras)
Norbert Streitz (Fraunhofer IPSI, Darmstadt)

Program Committee

Giorgio de Michelis (University of Milano Bicocca, Milano)
Lars Erik Holmquist (Viktoria Institute, Goteborg)
Achilles Kameas (Computer Technology Institute, Patras)
Allan McLean (Image Semantics Ltd, Cambridge)
Wendy Mackay (INRIA Futurs, Orsay)
Irene Mavrommati (Computer Technology Institute, Patras)
Alan Munro (Strathclyde University, Glasgow)
Paddy Nixon (Strathclyde University, Glasgow)
Thomas Rist (DFKI, Saarbruecken)
Thomas Skordas (EU IST/FET Unit, Brussels)
Norbert Streitz (Fraunhofer IPSI, Darmstadt)
John Thackara (DoorsOfPerception, Amsterdam)
Local Organising Committee
Rosina Efstathiadou (Computer Technology Institute, Patras)
Nena Karagianni (Computer Technology Institute, Patras)
Angeliki Stamatopoulou (Computer Technology Institute, Patras)
Maria Tsokou (Computer Technology Institute, Patras)

Important dates

Special event proposal due:  February 17, 2003
Workshop proposal due:       February 24, 2003
Notification of acceptance:  March 14, 2003
Final Workshop proposal due: March 28, 2003


For more info, you should regularly visit the web site of Tales
( and the web site of DC initiative
( A call for proposals on
sessions, workshops, posters and demos will be published soon.
Please address all further enquiries to Ms Maria Tsokou ([log in to unmask]).