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"Another Step to a Material Future"

To be held during 2013 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction
(ICMI 2013:

December 13th, 2013
Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, Australia.

The objective of this workshop is to draw attention to the emerging field of smart material interfaces which spans the areas of design, engineering and architecture. These novel composites, which in some cases are already celebrated as the answer for the 21st. century's technological needs, are generally referred to as materials that are capable of sensing the environment and actively responding to by changing their physical properties, such as shape, size and color.

The workshop aims at stimulating research and development in interfaces that make novel use of smart materials, and will provide a platform for state-of-the-art design of smart material interfaces. In order to establish a rich live demo session throughout the conference we want to particularly encourage the submission of research that includes physical live demonstrators and experimental prototypes.

Topic Keywords:
Smart material interfaces, reality-based interfaces, organic user, interfaces, programmable matter, smart textiles.

Topics of interest:
We invite original contributions in a variety of areas related to interaction design and development of interfaces that makes use of SMART MATERIALS. Main topic of interest is the application of smart materials in designing and building interfaces that communicate  information to the user - or allow the user to manipulate information - using different modalities provided by the material's properties.
- Reality-based interfaces
- Tangible Interfaces
- Organic user interfaces
- Programmable matter
- Electronic textiles, computational textiles, smart textiles
- Robotics
- Relevant developments in materials science, mechanical engineering,  chemistry, biological engineering, nanotechnology, electrical  engineering, textile engineering, and other fields, coupled with  thoughtful speculation about applications
- ...

We strongly encourage submissions with related DEMO.

Important Dates:
Workshop papers submission due:          July 22th, 2013
Author notifications:                                      September 7th, 2013
Workshop camera-ready paper due:      October 7th, 2013
Workshop:                                                         December 13th, 2013

The workshop solicits original and unpublished papers concerning Smart Material Interfaces. Authors should submit papers not exceeding 6 pages in total.
Submissions must be sent in PDF using the ACM format (as indicated on the main conference page and here
to the address:  [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

For up-to-date details on submissions please refer to the official Workshop site:

Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop. All the workshop papers will be included in a USB stick with all the other proceedings of the conference. They will be also published on ACM Digital Library with associated ISBN.

Please visit the workshop website:
And the conference site:

With the use of smart materials, SMI attempts to overcome the limitation of traditional and tangible interfaces. SMI focuses on changing the physical reality around the user as the output of interaction and/or computation as well as being used as input device. SMI promotes a tighter coupling between the information displayed and the display itself by using the tangible interface as the control and display at the same time - embedding the information directly inside the physical object. It uses the physicality of the object as a way to deliver information.
Utilizing smart materials' properties, SMI can support cohesive interaction by maintaining both channels (input and output) on the same object of interaction. The interaction constructed in this way will grant the user a continuous perception of the object and of the output.

For more information refer to the site:

Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, Human Media Interaction, the Netherlands
Manuel Kretzer, CAAD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich,  Switzerland
Andrea Minuto, University of Twente, Human Media Interaction, the Netherlands
Leonardo Giusti, MIT - Mobile Experience Lab Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Program committee members:
Jason Alexander, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
Huihui Wang, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
Wim Poelman, Delft University of Technology, Delft, NL
Akira Wakita, Keio University SFC, Fujisawa, Japan
Orkan Telhan, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Dhaval Vyas, ABB Corporate Research, Bangalore, India
Patrizia Marti, University of Siena, Italy
Andres Lucero, Nokia Research Centre, Tampere, Finland
Kasper Hornbĉk, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, DK
Letizia Jaccheri, NTNU, Norway
Augusto Celentano, Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy
Fabio Pittarello, Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy
Federico Casalegno, MIT - Mobile Experience Lab Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


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