Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Apr 2011: Applications open for Summer School on Multimodal Systems for Digital Tourism

Multimodal Systems for Digital Tourism

SICSA Summer School

St Andrews, Scotland, June 27th - July 1, 2011

Summer School Website: www.sachi.org.uk/mmi-dt

The focus of this summer school is to introduce a new generation of researchers to the latest research advances in multimodal systems, in the context of applications, services and technologies for tourists (Digital Tourism). Where mobile and desktop applications can rely on eyes down interaction, the tourist aims to keep their eyes up and focussed on the painting, statue, mountain, ski run, castle, loch or other sight before them. In this school we focus on multimodal input and output interfaces, data fusion techniques and hybrid architectures, vision, speech and conversational interfaces, haptic interaction, mobile, tangible and virtual/augmented multimodal UIs, tools and system infrastructure issues for designing interfaces and their evaluation.

We have structured this summer school as a blend of theory and practice. Mornings are devoted to seminars from our international speakers followed by guided group work sessions or focussed time for project development. We are providing a dedicated lab with development machines for the duration of the school along with access to a Diamondtouch, a Microsoft Surface (v1.0), a range of mobile devices, arduinos, phidget kits, pico-projectors, Kinects and haptic displays. As we expect participants from a range of backgrounds to attend we will form groups who will, through a guided process, propose a demonstrator they can realise during the summer school which they will demonstrate and showcase on the final day.

In addition, Ben Arent a leading interaction designer based in Dublin has agreed to host (subject to sufficient interest) a day long Arduino workshop for interested participants on Sunday June 26th.

Seminar Topics

  • Multimodal Interaction for Digital Tourism
  • Multimodal Interaction with the Android platform
  • Creating Engaging Visitor Experiences in Museums and Heritage sites
  • Multimodal Interaction with spatial data
  • Speech-driven, hands-free, eyes-free navigation
  • Haptic Tabletop Interaction for Digital Tourism
  • Natural language generation for Multimodal Interaction
  • Mobility as a challenge for interaction design, Tourism as a special case
  • Multimodal Augmented-Reality Interaction for Digital Tourism
  • Designing context aware-systems
  • Stephen Brewster, University of Glasgow
  • Tristan Henderson, University of St Andrews
  • Eva Hornecker, University of Strathclyde
  • Antonio Kr├╝ger, Saarland University
  • William Mackaness, University of Edinburgh
  • Miguel Nacenta, University of Calgary
  • Jon Oberlander, University of Edinburgh
  • Antti Oulasvirta, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology
  • Aaron Quigley, University of St Andrews
  • Albrecht Schmidt, University of Stuttgart
The deadline for applications to attend is May 3rd, with notifications by May 9th. Participation is limited to 30 and we expect a mix of both national and international participants. The registration fee is £450, which covers four nights of accommodation (Mon - Fri) in St Andrews, breakfast, lunch, dinner and summer school materials. Also included is a welcome reception and farewell dinner. An optional Arduino workshop (with Sunday night accommodation) is an additional £70.

The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) is providing 16 grants to cover the £450 registration fee for PhD students from most Scottish Universities. See SICSA website for details: http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/

See the summer school website for a full programme, biographies of speakers and full details for applications: http://sachi.org.uk/mmi-dt

The school is directed by Aaron Quigley (University of St Andrews), Eva Hornecker (University of Strathclyde), Jon Oberlander (University of Edinburgh) and Stephen Brewster (University of Glasgow).

Friday, April 01, 2011

Apr 2011: Call for bids to host Pervasive 2012

The Steering Committee of the International Conference on Pervasive Computing
is calling for proposals to host Pervasive 2012 the Tenth International
Conference on Pervasive Computing. The Ninth International Conference
on Pervasive Computing, is coming to San Francisco in June 2011 and its
registration is now open at http://www.pervasiveconference.org/2011.

Pervasive 2011 and ISWC 2011are co-located conferences. For 2012, in
agreement with the ISWC steering committee, we welcome proposals to
continue this association. Proposals to host Pervasive 2012 alone, or
Pervasive 2012 co-located with ISWC 2012, or other novel in-association
proposals will all be considered. Decisions on the ISWC 2012 component
of any bid remains the remit of the ISWC steering committee. We would
suggest groups or associated groups working in Pervasive and Wearable
Computing would be interested in a bid to host the co-located conferences.

We are dedicated to being an international conference series and we seek to
alternate the venues for the conferences between different areas of the globe
– Europe, Middle East and Africa, North/Central and South America and Asia
or the Pacific region. The conference is typically held in May and care should
be taken to avoid date conflicts (with regard to the conference dates and
submission deadlines) with the following international conferences:
UbiComp, CHI, INTERACT, UIST and MobileHCI.

The Steering Committee welcomes proposals for hosting and organising the
2012 Pervasive Computing conference from active members of the pervasive
computing community. And the deadline for proposals is April 21st, 2011 where
selected bidders are encouraged to attend Pervasive 2011 this year in June.
If you are interested in bidding we encourage you to review this document
as there are a number of changes you will want to be aware of.

We are also pleased to announce that the Steering Committee of the UbiComp
Conference Series and the Steering Committee of the Pervasive Computing
Conference Series are in the process of forming a Joint Steering Committee.
We expect the final decision on bids to be taken by this new
Joint Steering Committee.

Proposals should be as detailed as possible.
Please include the following information in a proposal:

* name and contact details for lead proposer(s)
* proposed location and details about possible venue(s)
* potential dates when the conference can be held
* description of the conference (technical program, workshops, demos,
student volunteers, etc.) – this may be similar to previous years,
though any proposed differences in the program should be highlighted.
* biographies of the lead organisers, including general chair(s),
local chair(s) - including details of past conference involvement
* while a full list of roles is not expected please include members of
the community who have indicated their willingness to serve in
various roles (workshop chairs, demo chairs etc).
* conference program chairs are nominated in cooperation between
the chosen conference chairs and the steering committee. We of
course welcome proposals with suggested program chairs.
* a detailed budget including expected registration rates
* details of sponsorship, either committed or expected
* previous conference rates are available online showing rates in
Ireland, Germany, Canada, USA, Australia and Japan
* details of any local conference management, support,
organisation you expect to engage

The three most recent Pervasive Conferences were in Japan, Finland and the USA.
However, for 2012 we are open to accepting bids from anywhere.

If you are interested in hosting Pervasive 2012, please submit a proposal
not later than Apr 21, 2011 to aquigley@cs.st-andrews.ac.uk
We would like to express our thanks to previous and current steering
committees of Pervasive and UbiComp whose call text we have
adapted to make this call.

Any member of the steering committee is happy to advise
prospective hosts before a proposal is submitted.


Aaron Quigley,
On behalf of the Steering Committee of the Pervasive Computing Conference Series

A.J. Brush, Microsoft Research, USA
Hans Gellersen, Lancaster University, UK
Anthony LaMarca, Intel Research, USA
Marc Langheinrich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Aaron Quigley, University of St Andrews, UK
Hide Tokuda, Keio University, Japan
Khai Truong, University of Toronto, Canada