Call for Pervasive 2011 Conference Workshops

The Pervasive 2011 Workshop Co-Chairs and Organizing Committee invite
proposals for the workshop program of the 9th International Conference
on Pervasive Computing. Workshops provide a forum for people to discuss
areas of special interest within pervasive computing with like-minded
researchers and practitioners. Workshops afford the participants the
opportunity to examine an area with a selected focus in an open environment
for the free exchange of views. The day-long workshops will 
be held prior to the main conference on Sunday, June 12, 2011.
For details of the main conference see: http://pervasiveconference.org/2011/

Important Workshop Dates:

-   October 22, 2010: Workshop proposals deadline (23:59 EST)

-   November 19, 2010 : Notification of acceptance/rejection of workshop

-   November 26, 2010 : Workshop calls online (by the organizers)

-   January 28, 2011: Workshop position paper deadline

-   March 4, 2011: Notification of acceptance/rejection of 

    position papers

Workshop Organization:

Pervasive workshops are dynamic and intimate forums in which to explore
and discuss topics in depth. We therefore encourage having an international
team of organizers for a workshop who are from different institutions and
represent a variety of perspectives. We aim for a balanced workshop program
offering a diverse set of themes. Because of the unique opportunity for
discussion this forum offers, we encourage workshop plans that emphasize
interactive components, group activities, and discussion over those that
focus on individual talks.

Organizers should be active themselves in the field in which they propose
a workshop. All listed organizers are expected to attend those workshops
they are organizing; i.e. do not include a potential organizer who may
not be present at the workshop. Any change to the workshop organization
team must be submitted in writing at least two weeks prior to the 
position paper deadline for individual workshops (January 28, 2011). 
No changes to the workshop organization team can be made after this date
to ensure that potential participants submitting position papers to 
workshops are aware of the final organization team. 

Please feel free to discuss ideas for a workshop proposal by email with
the workshop chairs prior to submission.

Proposal Submission Process:

Please email your proposal to [log in to unmask]

Pre-Proposal Submission Inquiries:
Contact either of the workshop co-chairs, Mirco Musolesi or
Alexander Varshavsky, if you would like to discuss a workshop proposal
(email: [log in to unmask]).

We solicit workshops in all areas related to Pervasive Computing.
In particular we would like to encourage workshops focused on new and
emerging research directions, novel and highly innovative themes, real-world
topics, system or interaction topics and interdisciplinary themes. 

Proposal Content:

1. A cover page including:

   - Workshop title

   - Name, affiliation, postal address, and e-mail address for each organizer

   - Identification of the primary contact person(s)

2. Background and Motivation: What is the overall topic of the workshop?
Why is this topic of particular interest at this time? If the workshop has
been organized in the past at Pervasive or other conferences, please give
details of previous instances (venue, URL) and describe why it should be held
again and how it will extend and build upon previous ones.

3. Objectives: What are the objectives that the workshop aims to achieve?
Objectives may include but are not limited to (a) targeting a predefined set of 
focus questions, (b) presenting alternate views on a particular issue that is
of concern to the Pervasive Computing community and attempting to resolve the
issue, (c) identifying priorities for new directions of research, and/or (d)
initiating the appropriate collaborations and building community around a
theme of interest. If you have a plan to produce a book or a journal special
issue as a result of your workshop, please indicate these plans.

4. Format: Give a description of the proposed workshop format, including the
target number of participants, planned activities (such as introductions,
invited talks, breakout group activities, demos, general discussion), as well
as how these activities address the workshop objectives. Preference will be
given to proposals for activities designed to fuel discussion and interaction
among participants; workshops consisting solely of paper presentations are
discouraged. Provide a preliminary schedule with estimated times. Design your
schedule for a length of 6 hours (full-day workshop) with a lunch break and
two coffee breaks.

5. Soliciting Submissions: Indicate how you plan to attract submissions and/or
participants. Tactics may include creating a workshop web page, circulating a
call to relevant mailing lists, and publicizing your workshop at other
relevant venues.

6. Selecting Participants: Indicate how you plan to select participants and
contributions to the workshop. Describe the relevant criteria and/or review
process that will be used to select position papers. Indicate if you are
planning to have a program committee to help with the organization/review
process or whether reviewing and selection will be conducted solely by the
organizers. Having a program committee is strongly encouraged since it
typically increases the appeal of the workshop and ensures a more rigorous
peer-review process.

7. Organizers: Give short descriptions of each of the organizers' background
and interests related to pervasive computing and the specific workshop topic.

Workshop Selection:

Workshop proposals will be peer-reviewed by the Co-Chairs and a committee of
experts based on the criteria described above. We aim to select a diverse set
of workshops and avoid having multiple workshops on overlapping themes.
Organizers of selected workshops will be asked to produce a Call for Papers
to describe the workshop to potential participants and solicit submissions.

Workshop Support:

The Pervasive 2011 conference will support the workshops in the following

   - Announce accepted workshops via the Pervasive 2011 email 
     distribution list

   - Publicize abstracts of workshops on the Pervasive 2011 Web site
     and point to individual workshop URLs

   - Provide private rooms and A/V equipment for each workshop

   - Compile an electronic Pervasive 2011 Workshops Proceedings with 
     all the workshop papers.

   - Workshop registration will be at a reduced price for Pervasive 
     2011 participants.

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Mirco Musolesi, University of St. Andrews, UK
Alexander Varshavsky, AT&T Labs, USA
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Andreas Bulling
Research Fellow

ETH Zurich
Wearable Computing Laboratory

Lancaster University
Embedded Interactive Systems Group

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