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Call for Participation

First International Symposium on Wearable Computers

October 13 - 14, 1997
Cambridge, Massachusetts  USA

Initial submissions due by April 4, 1997


INVITATION
The International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) is the first
annual conference on wearable computing.  The conference is being held in
cooperation (pending) with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.  The purpose of ISWC
is to bring together researchers, product vendors, research sponsors, and
other interested persons to share information and advances in wearable
computing.  The conference will include presentations, exhibitions, and
poster sessions.

We invite you to attend ISWC and to submit proposals for paper
presentations, exhibitions, and posters.  The IEEE Computer Society Press
will publish the papers and poster summaries in a conference proceedings.
Selected papers will be included in a special issue of the IEEE "Personal
Technologies" journal.  We will also publish all papers, exhibition
summaries, and poster summaries on the World Wide Web.

LOCATION
On October 13th and 14th, the conference will be held at the Marriott Hotel
in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA.  On the day after the conference,
Wednesday, October 15th, the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology invites attendees to participate in a gala event
that will help introduce the concept of wearable computing to a broader
audience.  The MIT Media Laboratory is a short walk from the Marriott
Hotel.  The conference sites are easy to reach by mass transit and are
convenient to hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and historic sites in
Cambridge and Boston.  The colorful New England autumn leaves should be at
their most beautiful during the conference.

CONFERENCE TOPICS
The topics for ISWC may include:

        o  Applications, including affective computing, augmented
           reality, computer-supported collaborative work,
           computer-supported cooperative living, ubiquitous computing,
           personal imaging, consumer applications, industrial
           applications, medical applications, military applications,
           and software agents
        o  Ergonomics
        o  Future of wearable computing
        o  Hardware, including head-mounted display technologies,
           batteries, power management, heat dissipation techniques,
           industrial design techniques, and manufacturing packaging issues
        o  Human interface issues, including hands-free user interfaces,
           speech recognition, mobility-challenged users, user modeling,
           user evaluations, and health issues
        o  Networks, including wireless networks, on-body networks, the
           World Wide Web, and networked vs. standalone computers
        o  Operating system issues
        o  Social implications
        o  Software architectures
        o  Training, including performance support systems

PAPERS
We invite researchers to submit papers on the topics listed above or other
topics related to wearable computing.  The authors of papers that are
selected for the conference will provide presentations during the
conference.  To submit a paper, please do the following:

        o  Write a paper that discusses the research, innovation, or
           advance made by the author.  Emphasize the unique contribution of
           the work and how it will benefit others.  The paper should not
           exceed 4,000 words (eight pages) in length.  Include the
           author names, affiliations, addresses, telephone numbers,
           and electronic mail addresses.  Also, identify the contact person
           for the paper.  A template for the paper will be available on the
           World Wide Web at http://mime1.marc.gatech.edu/wearcon/.
        o  By April 4, 1997, send four paper copies of the paper to:

                        Len Bass
                        Software Engineering Institute
                        Carnegie Mellon University
                        Pittsburgh, PA  15213  USA

To ask questions about papers, use the above address or:

                        Electronic mail:  [log in to unmask]
                        Office:  (412) 268-6763
                        Fax:  (412) 268-3399

If your paper is accepted, we will ask you to submit the final paper in
both HTML and print formats.  This will allow us to put the paper on the
conference's World Wide Web page and to publish it in the conference
proceedings.

EXHIBITIONS
We invite you to exhibit your products, services, or research projects
during the conference.  Exhibitions will be available continuously in a
room (or rooms) near the meeting room.  Exhibitors will show their products
and distribute promotional literature to interested conference attendees.
Exhibitors will pay a fee for their booths.

The number of exhibitors that are accepted for the conference will be
limited by available space.  To apply to be an exhibitor, please do the
following:

        o  Write a summary of the product, service, or research project that
           you hope to exhibit.  Describe why it will interest the
           conference attendees.  The summary should not exceed 500 words
           (one page) in length.  Be sure to include in the summary
           the exhibitor names, affiliations, addresses, telephone
           numbers, electronic mail addresses, and World Wide Web page
           location.  Also, identify the contact person for the exhibition.
        o  By April 4, 1997, send four paper copies of the exhibition
           summary to:

                        Steve Mann
                        Media Laboratory
                        Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                        Room E15-389
                        20 Ames Street
                        Cambridge, MA  02139  USA

To ask questions about exhibitions, use the above address or:

                        Electronic mail:  [log in to unmask]
                        Office:  (617) 253-9610
                        Fax:  (617) 253-8874

If your exhibition is accepted, we will put the exhibition summary on the
conference's World Wide Web page.

POSTERS
We invite researchers, especially students, to submit summaries for posters
that describe current work related to wearable computing.  The number of
posters that are accepted for the conference will be limited by available
space.  To apply to present a poster, please do the following:

        o  Write a summary of the research project that you plan to describe
           in your poster.  Please describe the problem, your approach, and
           the significance of your results.  The summary should not
           exceed 1,000 words (two pages) in length.  Be sure to include
           the poster author names, affiliations, addresses, telephone
           numbers, and electronic mail addresses.  Also, identify the
           contact person for the poster.
        o  By April 4, 1997, send four paper copies of the poster summary to:

                        Len Bass
                        Software Engineering Institute
                        Carnegie Mellon University
                        Pittsburgh, PA  15213  USA

To ask questions about papers, use the above address or:

                        Electronic mail:  [log in to unmask]
                        Office:  (412) 268-6763
                        Fax:  (412) 268-3399

If your poster is accepted, we will put the poster summary on the
conference's World Wide Web page.

IMPORTANT DATES
Submissions due:                April 4, 1997
Submitters notified:            June 15, 1997
Final versions of papers due:   July 15, 1997
ISWC conference:                October 13-14, 1997
MIT gala event:                 October 15, 1997

ISWC COMMITTEE CHAIRS
General chair:                  Dan Siewiorek, Carnegie Mellon University
Program co-chairs:              Len Bass, Carnegie Mellon University
                                Alex Pentland, Massachusetts Institute
                                of Technology
Local arrangements chair:       Thad Starner, Massachusetts Institute
                                of Technology
Publicity co-chairs:            Chris Thompson, Georgia Institute of Technology
                                Larry Najjar, Georgia Institute of Technology
Publications chair:             Steve Mann, Massachusetts Institute
                                of Technology

For additional information, please contact:

        Dan Siewiorek
        Electronic mail:  [log in to unmask]
        or
        Office 4124, Wean Hall
        School of Computer Science
        Carnegie Mellon University
        5000 Forbes Avenue
        Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891 USA
        Telephone:  (412) 268-2570
        Fax:  (412) 681-5739.

Our World Wide Web page is http://mime1.marc.gatech.edu/wearcon/.


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Len Bass, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pa 15213
Office: (412) 268-6763 , Fax: (412) 268-5758, internet: [log in to unmask]
URL:  http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ljb

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