AVI 2012 Workshop: Designing Collaborative Interactive Spaces

Call for Papers
Workshop DCIS 2012 @ AVI 2012, Capri, Italy (May 21 or 25, 2012)
“Designing Collaborative Interactive Spaces for e-Creativity, e-Science and e-Learning.”
Website: http://hci.uni-konstanz.de/dcis/

Submission deadline: March 19, 2012
(4 page research & position papers, ACM SIG Proceedings Format)

‘Interactive spaces’ are physical environments or rooms for co-located
collaborative work that are augmented with ubiquitous computing technology.
Their purpose is to enable a computer-supported collaboration between
multiple users based on a seamless use of different devices for natural
post-‘Windows-Icons-Menu-Pointer’ interaction, e.g., multi-display
environments, multi-touch walls, interactive tabletops, tablet PCs, tangible
user interfaces or digital pen & paper. These environments can serve to
support or augment group activities such as presentation, discussion,
brainstorming, sketching, drafting or sensemaking.

While the original vision of ‘interactive spaces’ can be traced back to the
late 1990s and early 2000s, many findings about the theory, design and
practice of interactive spaces have to be re-evaluated today. Due to the
recent advances in commercially available hardware and software (novel
tabletops such as Microsoft Surface 2.0, light high-performance tablets and
tablet PCs, pico projectors & depth cameras for gestural and ‘touch
anywhere’ interaction, operating systems bridging mobile and stationary
devices, e.g. Microsoft Windows 8), this field moves quickly and formerly
impossible designs and visions can now be put into practice. This new
generation of interactive spaces with natural user interfaces is of great
relevance in knowledge-intensive and collaborative domains such as
e-Creativity, e-Science and e-Learning.

The DCIS 2012 workshop aims at documenting and advancing the current
state-of-the-art of co-located collaboration in interactive spaces. Our goal
is to identify the essential research challenges and formulating a future
research agenda by inviting high-quality position and research papers from
HCI, Information Visualization, CSCW, e-Science and CSCL. This
multi-disciplinary perspective is intended to provide an overview of the
field beyond the typical boundaries of disciplines.

Submissions:
We invite high-quality non anonymized research and position papers of up to
4 pages in the ACM SIG Proceedings format
http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html. To submit your position
or research paper, please send it to dcis@inf.uni-konstanz.de. Each
submission will be peer-reviewed by anonymous reviewers from the workshop’s
program committee.

All accepted submissions will be published on the workshop website. Extended
versions of selected submissions will be published in a special issue of the
Springer journal ‘Personal Ubiquitous Computing’
(http://www.springer.com/computer/hci/journal/779).

Topics include but are not limited to:
– Understanding users’ natural collaboration in rooms when using interactive
spaces or non-digital physical artifacts.
– Conceptual frameworks for natural user collaboration, learning and
interaction.
– Novel designs of interaction techniques, visualizations, smart furniture
or devices for natural collaboration in interactive spaces.
– Enabling technologies for natural interaction in interactive spaces
ranging from software frameworks to computer vision and new sensor
technology.
– New observation and evaluation approaches for interactive spaces (e.g.
longitudinal evaluation).
– Best-practice examples and lessons learned from different application
domains based on the experiences of academics and industry.

As participants, we invite researchers from academia (professors, postdocs,
PhD and graduate students), researchers from research labs, and
practitioners from industry. In particular, we invite professional users of
interactive spaces (e.g. designers, scientists, architects, analysts,
journalists) to report about their real-world tasks, needs and experiences.
Please note that the submission and acceptance of a research or position
paper is necessary for attending the workshop (max. 3 participants per
paper).

At the workshop:
We aim at high-quality 25 minute presentations (15 minute talk, 10 minute
discussion) for each peer-reviewed submission. The presentations are
followed by an open discussion or working groups to formulate a future
research agenda for collaborative interactive spaces from the different
domains. We hope to continue our discussion in a relaxed informal atmosphere
at a workshop dinner as social event in the evening.

Important dates:
Submission deadline for research & position papers: March 19, 2012.
Notification of acceptance: April 16, 2012.
Date of the workshop: May 21 or 25, 2012.

Contact:
For question about the workshop please contact
hans-christian.jetter@uni-konstanz.de.

To submit your position or research paper, please send it to
dcis@inf.uni-konstanz.de.

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