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*Call for Papers: WellComp 2021 (4th International Workshop on Computing
for Well-Being)*

in conjunction with ACM UbiComp 2021

All Over the World

*June 14, 2021 - Submission Deadline*

September 25 or 26, 2021 - Workshop Date <>

Workshop Theme and Goals


In the advancing ubiquitous computing age, computing technology has already
spread into many aspects of our daily lives, such as office work, home and
house-keeping, health management, transportation, or even cities. We have
been experiencing that much of the influence from those technologies are
both contributing to a better quality of life (QoL) of our individual and
organizational lives, and causing new types of stress and pain at the same
time. The term “well-being” has recently gained attention as a term that
covers our general happiness and even more concrete good conditions in our
lives, such as physical, psychological, and social wellness.

An increasing number of researchers, engineers, and people are paying
attention to how their work can contribute to the better quality of lives,
social good, and well-being. In spite of recent activities in academia and
the society, unified academic research activities on computing and
well-being is anticipated within the ubicomp research community. Active
research not only in the HCI domain but in various other ubicomp research
areas (systems, mobile/wearable sensing, mobile computing, persuasive
applications and services, behavior change, etc.) are needed towards
drawing the big picture of “computing for well-being” from different
viewpoints and layers of computing. For example, an additional viewpoint of
users’ well-being in activity recognition researches may invent new types
of applications that comprehensively cover different types of recognition
of user’s physical, mental and social activities. Ever since Mark Weiser
introduced the term of ubiquitous computing, the ubiquity of computing in
our daily lives and society has been certainly progressing. Now it is time
for the community to more seriously envision the benefits that such
computing technologies can bring.

Users of digital devices are increasingly confronted with a tremendous
amount of notifications that appear on multiple devices and screens in
their environment. If a user owns a smartphone, a tablet, a smartwatch and
a laptop and an email-client is installed on all of these devices an
incoming e-mail produces up to four notifications – one on each device. In
the future, we will receive notifications from all our ubiquitous devices.
Therefore, we need a smart attention management for incoming notifications.
One way for a less interrupting attention management could be the use of
ambient representations of incoming notifications.

Following our successful 3 workshops (WellComp 2018, 2019 and 2020), this
year we will bring together people from industry and academia who are
active in the areas of activity recognition, mental health, social good,
context-awareness and ubiquitous computing. The main objective of WellComp
2021 is to share the latest research in various areas in computing, related
to users’ physical, mental, and social well-being. *Especially this year’s
special attention will be paid for “**management of personal well-being
during COVID-19 pandemic”*. Relevance to such topics will be considered in
the paper review and selection process. Furthermore, the workshop aims to
identify future research challenges, research opportunities, and
applications of our research outcomes to the society.

The topics of interest include -but are not limited- to the following:


   Definition and representation of well-being in computing

   Predictive modeling of well-being metric and computational models

   Systems with well-being-awareness

   Measurement of well-being with ubicomp technologies

   Management of physical wellness and well-being

   Management of mental health and well-being

   Management of social good and well-being

   Innovative well-being applications

   Behavior design / feedback design for well-being application

   Computing and well-being of children, disabilities, or elderly people

   People's well-being in various situations (e.g., smart home, smart
   cities and connected communities, classes)

   People's well-being and new types of community driven by ICT (e.g.,
   sharing economy)

Submission detail


A paper should have a length of maximum 4 pages in the new SIGCHI Master
Article Template and will be reviewed by at least two workshop organizers.
Successful submissions will have the potential to raise discussion, provide
insights for other attendees, and illustrate open challenges and potential
solutions. All accepted publications will be published on the workshop
website and in the ACM Digital Library. At least one author of each
accepted paper needs to register for the conference and the workshop
itself. During the workshop, each paper will be presented briefly by one of
the authors. In addition, there will be room for demonstrations as well as

All papers need to be anonymized.

Any questions should be mailed to wellcomp-org [AT]

Please submit your papers from
(select SIGCHI -> UbiComp/ISWC 2021 -> UbiComp/ISWC 2021 Workshop:
WellComp, and push Go button).

Important Dates


June 14, 2021 - Submission Deadline

June 28, 2021 - Notification of Acceptance

July 9?, 2021 – Camera-ready Submission Deadline

September 25 or 26, 2021 - Workshop Date

Organizing Committee


Tadashi Okoshi (Keio University)
Jin Nakazawa (Keio University)

JeongGil Ko (Yonsei University)

Fahim Kawsar (Nokia Bell Labs)

Susanna Pirttikangas (University of Oulu)


*Tadashi Okoshi*
Associate Professor
Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
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