Call for Papers: 

UbiTtention 2018 (3rd International Workshop on Smart & Ambient Notification and Attention Management)
in conjunction with ACM UbiComp/ISWC 2018 (Singapore)

Submission deadline: July 20, 2018
Notification deadline: August 10, 2018
Camera-ready deadline: August 16, 2018
Workshop date: October 12, 2018


Workshop Theme and Goals
In the advancing ubiquitous computing, users are increasingly confronted with a tremendous amount of information proactively provided via notifications from versatile applications and services, through multiple devices and screens in their environment. Thus, our human's attention have been getting a new significant bottleneck. Further, the latest computing trends with emerging new devices including versatile IoT devices, and contexts, such as smart cities, smart mobility including vehicles, are even accelerating this situation. In such situations, "attention management", including attention representation, sensing, prediction, analysis and adaptive behavior in the computer systems, are obviously needed in our computing system. Following the successful UbiTtention'16 and UbiTtention'17 workshops, the UbiTtention'18 workshop brings together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to explore the management of human attention and smart and ambient notifications with versatile devices and situations in order to overcome information overload and overchoice. In this workshop, we want to focus on a larger understanding of the different roles notifications can play in a wide variety of computing environments including the office, the home, in cars, and other smart environments. 

The topics of interest include -but are not limited to- the following:

* Detection/prediction of users' status around attention and notifications, such as availability, interruptibility, receptivity, attentional status and cognitive load for interruption
* Exchanging, sharing, analysis and feedback on such capability above (beyond detection and prediction)
* Understanding users' behavior and habits around notifications and interruption, including longer term user engagement and behavior change
* Short-term / long-term engagement to the notification content and corresponding services/applications
* Versatile types of information presentation methodologies including ambient, peripheral, distributed and multi-modal presentation
* Infrastructures, frameworks and tools for the development of smart attention systems
* Real-world implementation and deployment of attention-aware systems (including but not limited to notification)
* Strategies for attention management against emerging computing with IoT devices
* Use of ambient representations for big-data analysis
* Management of information overload in various emerging computing venues such as smart city and smart mobility
* New emerging research area in attention-awareness, human-cognition-awareness etc.
* Notifications in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)
* Supporting the digital well-being of users

Submission details
A paper should be anonymized and should have a length of maximum 6 pages (excluding references) in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two workshop organizers. Successful submissions will have the potential to raise discussion, provide insights for other attendees, and illustrate open challenges and potential solutions. All accepted publications will be published on the workshop website and in the ACM Digital Library. At least one author of each accepted paper needs to register for the conference and the workshop itself. During the workshop, each paper will be presented briefly by one of the authors. In addition, there will be room for demonstrations as well as discussions. 

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More details about the UbiTtention workshop can be found on the workshop website: 

Important Dates
Submission deadline: July 20, 2018
Notification deadline: August 10, 2018
Camera-ready deadline: August 16, 2018 
Workshop date: October 12, 2018

Organizing Committee
* Dominik Weber, University of Stuttgart
* Anja Exler, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
* Alexandra Voit, University of Stuttgart
* Niels Henze, University of Regensburg
* Sven Gehring, German University of Applied Sciences for Health Management
* Veljko Pejovic, University of Ljubljana
* Tadashi Okoshi, Keio University

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