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Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 23:10:11 +0200
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                                       First workshop on
                                     Call for Contributions
                              Sunday September 16, Innsbruck, Austria

                                     To be held at UBICOMP 2007
                        9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
                                   Innsbruck, Austria 16-19 September 2007

One of the challenges of ubiquitous computing is the coordination of
different devices so that their interventions with the user(s) take into
account ongoing (inter)actions and avoid overloading their sensory systems.
To this end, devices of different complexity levels must gain a coherent
understanding of users' past and current (inter)actions, goals, preferences,
social relationships, etc. in order to model users' attentional states.
Attention awareness has the special target of minimizing cognitive load by
addressing issues such as: interruption management / notification
optimization, individual versus group interaction, just-in-time information
selection. Whilst "disappearing", i.e. minimizing cognitive load, has been
the chief objective of ubiquitous computing, we feel that true adaptation to
human cognitive abilities requires a better understanding of the reactive,
deliberative, social, and aesthetic processes controlling attention
allocation and of how they can be supported by technologies. Improving such
understanding is the primary objective of this workshop.
Please see:

May 22 2007 Submissions deadline
June 10th 2007 Notification of acceptance
June 30th 2007 Camera ready due
September 16 Workshop

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
 Models of human attention and their application to the design of
ubiquitous computing environments;
 User modeling for attention support in ubiquitous computing environments;
 Interruption management;
 Management of attention in collaboration (individual versus group
cognitive load optimization);
 Devices coordination aimed at attention management;
 Information tagging for attention management;
 Information visualization for attention management;
 Evaluation strategies and methodologies for attention aware systems in
ubiquitous computing environments;
 Experimental measurements of system-induced cognitive load in ubiquitous
computing environments;
 Special devices for attention tracking in ubiquitous computing

Claudia Roda - American University of Paris, Paris, France
Mary Zajicek - Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

 Danco Davcev - University of Skopje, Macedonia
 Sonja Gievska -George washington University, Washington DC, USA
 Aulikki Hyrskykari - Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
 Christel Kemke - University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
 Inge Molenaar - Ontdeknet, Amsterdam, NL
 Thierry Nabeth - Insead - Calt, Fountainbleau, France
 Kari-Jouko Raiha - Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
 Georgi Stojanov - American University of Paris, Paris, France
 Julie Thomas - American University of Paris, France
 Goran Trajkovski - South University, Savannah, GA, USA
 Martin Wolpers - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium
 Sharon Wood - University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

We would appreciate receiving expressions of interest with a tentative topic
/ title as soon as possible.
 We will accept participants until Tuesday May 22 2007 on the basis of
workshop submissions that should include:
         A position paper (max 2000 words)
         Three short senarios (max 500 words each) illustrating practical
applications of the issues addressed in the position paper

The papers and scenarios will undergo a blind review process. At most 10
papers with scenarios will be selected for oral presentation in the morning
of the workshop. Additionally 10 papers with scenarios might be selected for
inclusion in the workshop proceedings (however only the scenarios will be
discussed at the workshop, see section "Workshop Format").

Acceptance notifications will be sent by Sunday June 10th 2007.

Camera ready version of accepted papers will be due by Saturday June 30th

Selected attendees will be invited to submit for review revised versions of
their papers for a special journal issue. Given the multidisciplinary nature
of the workshop, the journal to be approached will depend upon the topic
areas covered by the position papers. We also hope to create a community of
researchers working on different areas of attention management in ubiquitous

Please forward the position papers and/or any question about the workshop to
the workshop organisers:
 Claudia Roda - [log in to unmask] and
 Mary Zajicek - [log in to unmask]

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