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Submission due date: 31 January 2003

ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction is soliciting
manuscripts for a special issue on Sensing-based Interaction,
described in detail below by the guest editors.

Sensing-based interaction is to my mind in an unusual category. It
will be every bit as significant as has been widely predicted, and
probably more so, even as it proves more complex and slower to
advance than anticipated. Every month sees progress in sensing
hardware and software; only the time-course of the technologies'
maturation and the nature of their impact are in question. The delays
may be a blessing, providing an opportunity to develop interfaces
that allow us to control the technologies rather than vice versa. We
hope this special issue is a step in that direction.

Jonathan Grudin
Editor, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction

Call for submissions: ACM TOCHI Special Issue on Sensing-based Interaction,
Shumin Zhai and Victoria Bellotti (editors).

Sensing-based interaction is at the core of or synonymous with many emerging
or fast developing areas of HCI including pervasive, ubiquitous or context
aware computing, intelligent environments, augmented reality interfaces and
tangible interfaces. Many new ideas, analyses and prototypes are pushing the
boundaries of what we believe is possible with and what we think is
important about sensing-based interaction (see [1], for example). However,
serious challenges lie ahead when human-system interaction switches to
sensing, rather than WIMPs (windows, icons, menus and pointers). As a
mundane example, one often sees confused users of sensor-based automatic
airport restrooms waving their arms back and forth randomly without knowing
what to expect.

Five critical questions for sensing-based interaction have been raised
recently [2]. How does a system know the user is addressing it but not other
systems? How does the user know the system is attending to her request? How
does the system know what object the user's command (e.g. save) relates to?
How does the user know the system understands and is correctly executing
user's goal? How do the user and the system resolve misunderstandings? These
questions are mundanely addressed by conventional GUIs, but pose difficult
challenges for sensing-based interaction. We seek papers that formulate,
solve, address, or further theorize on these or related issues for
sensing-based interactions. We welcome substantial contributions made in all
methodologies, including but not limited to empirical studies, architecture
and system development, and theoretical analysis.


1. Moran, T. P. and Dourish, J. P. (editors). Special Issue on Context-Aware
Computing. Human Computer Interaction, Volume 16, Numbers 2-4. Erlbaum.

2. Bellotti, V. M. E., Back, M. J., Edwards, W. K., Grinter, R. E., Lopes,
C. V. and Henderson, A. Making sense of sensing systems: Five questions for
designers and researchers. Proc. CHI 2002, 415-422. ACM.

Further information regarding guidelines for preparing and formatting
manuscripts and general TOCHI submission procedures are available at: Please indicate in your cover letter that your
manuscript is being submitted to the special issue on "Sensing based
interaction." The deadline for receiving submissions is January 31st, 2003.
All contributions will be peer reviewed to the usual standard of TOCHI.
Potential authors are encouraged to discuss a possible contribution with the
special issue editors ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
or [log in to unmask]).
Jonathan Grudin, Editor
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction     Email: [log in to unmask]
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