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Interfaces in
Ubiquitous Computing
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Special Issue of IJHCS: Distributed and Disappearing User Interfaces in
Ubiquitous Computing
Call on the web

As computer interfaces merge with our environments and virtually become
invisible, new concepts for human-computer interaction have to be
developed. Instead of a single screen-based user interface (UI), humans
will interact with a multitude of devices that are distributed and
interconnected, and thus the design space for these UIs becomes much
larger than with conventional computers.

With this special issue we aim to give an overview of current research
in this area. We are especially interested in how distributed and
disappearing UIs in ubiquitous computing can be designed and created,
and also the impact they will have on people's everyday lives.

This special issue will appear in an upcoming issue (May or June 2002)
of the International Journal of Human Computer Studies (IJHCS), a well
known scientific journal published by the academic press
( & )

The idea to compile a special issue on "Distributed and Disappearing
User Interfaces in Ubiquitous Computing" originated from a workshop with
the same title that we organized at CHI2001 (see This call however is open and not
restricted to the participants of the workshop!

The special issue will focus on
    * reliably gathering, modeling, and using of situational context
    * appropriately choosing among available output options
    * attracting someone's attention without disturbing others
    * addressing conflicting user goals in multi-user scenarios
    * understanding, describing, and modeling widgets in such systems
    * handling misunderstandings and system breakdowns

We will also address privacy, design, aesthetics and expressions, trying
to grasp the possible social impact of such systems. We hope to attract
submissions from researchers and practitioners who are concerned with
design, development, and implementation of novel interfaces for mobile
devices and environment-based appliances, as well as social issues
emerging from their use.

Special issue guest editors
* Anind K. Dey, Intel Research, USA
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* Peter Ljungstrand, PLAY Research Studio, Interactive Institute, Sweden
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* Albrecht Schmidt, Lancaster University, UK
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Non exclusive list of topics
    * What ways of distributing the output from a system are meaningful?
How should one choose from different output devices available, such as
embedded screens and audio output, personal mobile displays and
      notification systems, ambient pixel or non-pixel displays?
    * How does the situational context (e.g. the whereabouts of the
user, social situation, relation between people) influence the
distribution and allocation of input and output resources?
    * What useful ways exist to describe and model input and output
widgets in such systems?
    * How will upcoming technologies that offer short-range inter-device
communication (e.g. Bluetooth) influence the development of distributed
    * What technologies exist to reliably capture situational context?
How do we extract information that can be used to make interfaces
invisible? And what methods can we use to describe such information?
    * Are there methods to model alternative inputs, considering
distributed interfaces and also information provided by situational
    * How do we deal with conflicting user goals?
    * How do we deal with shared (public) input and output?
    * Who "owns" or controls the local 'ether' in shared environments?
What about "access rights" to shared resources in public places, trains,
buses, etc?
    * How do we attract one user's attention, without disturbing other
co-located people?
    * Privacy issues - what if the environment records everything we do?
Who has access to that?
    * How to deal with design, aesthetics and expressions
    * Anticipated social impact, major changes in ordinary peoples' way
of life (e.g. mobile phones and the Web)
    * The pace of interaction (Slow Technology)

31. December  2001: Deadline for submission of papers.
25. February 2002: Notification of authors
22. March 2002: Deadline camera ready (accepted papers only) May or June
2002: Publication

Submission Details
We encourage submissions from researchers and practitioners in academia,
industry, government, and consulting. Students, researchers and
practitioners are invited to submit papers between 5000 and 8000 words
describing original, novel, and inspirational work. The submissions will
be review by an international group of researchers and practitioners.
Submissions should be sent by email to Peter Ljungstrand
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PDF or Microsoft Word (the later two containing no macros).

The special issue "Distributed and Disappearing User Interfaces in
Ubiquitous Computing" is scheduled to appear in May or June 2002.


Albrecht Schmidt, MSc, Dipl. Inform.
Computing Department
Lancaster University
Lancaster, LA1 4YR, UK
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Tel:    +44 (0) 1524 593786
Fax:    +44 (0) 1524 593608