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Call for Submission to the workshop :

*“EICS-MIXER: The Challenges of Engineering Mixed Reality Systems: A 
Bottom-Up Workshop”
*
To be held the *20th of June 2010*
as a workshop of the EICS 2010 conference – BERLIN

Organizers: Emmanuel Dubois, Philip D. Gray, Laurence Nigay
Contact: [log in to unmask]
Web site : 
http://ihcs.irit.fr/dubois/Research/Events/EICS_Mixer/EICS_Mixer.htm

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THEME, GOALS, AND RELEVANCE
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Currently one of the most challenging aspects of interactive systems is 
the integration of the physical and digital aspects of interaction in a 
smooth and usable way. The design challenge of such Mixed Reality (MR) 
interactive systems lies in the fluid and harmonious fusion of the 
physical and digital worlds. Examples of MR interactive systems include 
tangible user interfaces (TUI), augmented reality (AR), augmented 
virtuality (AV), Reality Based Interaction (RBI), and embodied 
interfaces. The diversity of terms highlights the ever growing interest 
in MR systems. The MR domain represents a very active interdisciplinary 
research area which has expanded rapidly, since the seminal Digital Desk 
3. Significant achievements have been made in terms of both real MR 
systems for various application domains (medical, military, game, 
production, museum) and conceptual/software tools for their design 
(taxonomies, notational support and models). However, models and 
notations are hard to evaluate and hard to compare. Indeed, most of the 
design models and notations proposed in the MIS domain are used by a 
very limited set of people, mainly limited to their creators.
In this very dynamic context, the objective of this workshop is to bring 
together researchers, designers and practitioners with a clear interest 
in conceptual and software tools for the design, development and 
evaluation of MR systems in order to contribute to a vivid discussion 
leading to a framework for organizing and comparing the various existing 
design approaches.
For structuring the discussion and being able to compare the existing 
design approaches and highlight their complementarities based on their 
identified strengths and limitations, we adopt a bottom-up approach by 
focusing on a set of case studies (i.e., existing MR interactive 
systems) that represents the diversity of existing MR systems. 
Participants will be invited to apply existing design approaches for 
designing those selected MR systems. The comparison of the resulting 
design will serve as the basis for elaborating a framework for 
organizing/comparing the existing design approaches. Such a framework 
will be structured along a set of design elements and metrics for 
characterizing the design approaches.
During this workshop, participants will break into subgroups. Each 
subgroup will be invited to make use of one existing design resources 
(models, notations, etc.) for MIS in order to address several 
representative and realistic mixed reality development challenges based 
on case-studies. Design resources and case studies will be selected by 
the organizers amongst the ones proposed by participants in their 
workshop submission. Following this practice session, subgroups will 
present the results of the modelling of each case-study to the rest of 
the workshop, including a critical assessment of the strengths and 
limitations of the method, model, technique or tool. It will lead to 
comparisons and discussions of the results of the modelling exercises. 
Finally, it is intended that the workshop will identify comparison 
framework, that is, a set of descriptors, model element and metrics for 
characterizing MIS design resources (models, tools, notation, etc.).

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Submission formats
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In this workshop our goal is to bring together researchers, designers 
and practitioners with an interest in conceptual and software tools for 
the design, implementation and evaluation of MR systems. Participants 
are invited to submit a position paper. There are three ways of 
participating in this workshop:

-- Proposing a design resource:
Such participants offer to consider a / their design resource for MIS as 
one the potential design resources used during the workshop. The design 
resources overview should (1) present the basic elements of the model, 
notation, tool or technique, (2) state the benefits of its use when 
designing a MIS, (3) express the kind of application / considerations 
that can be and cannot be modelled with it.
These “Primary” participants must commit to be in charge of a subgroup 
of participants with whom the “Primary” participant will use his/her 
design resource to model or develop the selected case studies.
These workshop submissions should be 2 to 4 pages, and should follow the 
SIGCHI publication format: http://www.sigchi.org/chipubform. It must be 
sent to [log in to unmask] by the 2nd of April 2010

-- Proposing a case study:
such participants present a particular mixed reality system and its 
design challenges. Such a paper could state (i) the overall task(s) and 
context of use supported by the system, (ii) the main functionalities of 
the system, (iii) constraints linked to its use, (iv) an overall profile 
of the targeted users and (v) method by which the case study results 
might be evaluated.
They will be involved during the workshop in the use of existing design 
resources in the context of predefined scenarios. They will be taught 
how to use one of the existing design resources for MIS and raise 
questions about its use.
These workshop position papers should be 1 to 2 pages, and should follow 
the SIGCHI publication format: http://www.sigchi.org/chipubform. It must 
be sent to [log in to unmask] by the 2nd of April 2010

-- Expressing a prospective view:
such participants are invited to express design challenges of mixed 
reality systems that current or future conceptual and software design 
tools should address.
They will be involved during the workshop in the use of existing design 
resources in the context of predefined scenarios. They will be taught 
how to use one of the existing design resources for MIS and raise 
questions about its use.
These workshop position papers should be 1 to 2 pages, and should follow 
the SIGCHI publication format: http://www.sigchi.org/chipubform. It must 
be sent to [log in to unmask] by the 2nd of April 2010

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IMPORTANT DATES
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Submissions
-- Design resources: the 2nd of April 2010
-- Case studies and prospective: the 2nd of April 2010

Notification of Acceptance
-- Design resources: 9th of April 2010
-- Case studies and prospective: 9th of April 2010
-- Final version of models presentation and case studies : 7th of June
(long in advance in order to allow some time to the primary participants 
to prepare the modelling of the different case-studies)


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ADDITIONAL REFERENCES
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1-“MIXER: Exploring the Design and Engineering of Mixed Reality 
Systems”, Dubois, E., Gray, P., Trevisan, D., Vanderdonckt, J., Workshop 
of the CADUI’04 conference, Proceedings available at: 
http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-91/, (2004).
2-“The Engineering of Mixed Reality Systems”, Dubois, Emmanuel; Gray, 
Philip; Nigay, Laurence (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction Series, Vol. 
15, (2010), 450 p.
3-Wellner, P., 1993. Interacting with paper on the DigitalDesk, 
Communications of the ACM, 36, 7 (July 1993), 87-96.

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