Engineering Gestures for Multimodal Interfaces – Workshop at EICS 2014

Call for Papers: Engineering Gestures for Multimodal Interfaces

Workshop at EICS 2014, June 17th, Rome, Italy

Workshop Topics

During the last five years, interest in multimodal user interfaces
(MMUIs) has increased significantly in research as well as in a
commercial context. Popular examples are smartphones which usually
provide a multitouch screen, speech input and motion sensors, or the
Microsoft Kinect, which enables full-body interaction with a game
console. However, the design of development tools and application
programming interfaces (APIs) has not kept pace with this new trend.
Most widely used APIs such as the Android SDK or the Microsoft Surface
SDK still follow the decades-old paradigm of triggering event-based
callbacks and support a few hardwired gestures at best. While numerous
research projects have attempted to address these issues, they have so
far failed to gain widespread adoption, with the possible exception of
the low-level TUIO protocol. Reasons for this low rate of adoption may
include complex programming paradigms, lack of support for diverse input
devices, inflexible GUI libraries or limited availability for popular
operating systems.
Call for Participation

We wish to stimulate a discussion on these issues by inviting position
papers between 4 and 6 pages in length on any of the following topics:

– Definition of and relationship between gestural and multimodal UIs
– Novel programming paradigms for MMUIs, e.g. reactive programming
or visual programming
– Architectural concepts for multimodal UI APIs
– Studies on performance of different programming paragdigms
– Analysis of limitations of existing multimodal API concepts
– Improved event structures for MMUIs
– Formal languages and concepts for describing multimodal interaction
– Arguments for/against formalization of multimodal user interfaces
– Reports on real-world deployment scenarios using existing APIs
– Standardization efforts regarding multimodal UIs by ISO, W3C, …
– Discussion of open challenges related to MMUI programming
Submission Procedure

Submissions should be between 4 and 6 pages in length and should be sent
by e-mail to by April 6th, 2014. Papers should be
formatted according to the standard ACM SIGCHI template. All papers
should contain full author names and affiliations. If applicable, a link
to a short video (up to 5 min. in length) may also be submitted.

The papers will be juried by the organizers and selected external
reviewers and will be chosen according to relevance, quality, and
likelihood that they will stimulate and contribute to the discussion.
Notifications about acceptance will be sent by April 18th. At least one
author of each accepted paper has to register for the workshop by the
early-bird registration deadline on April 27th!

All accepted papers will be made publicly available on the workshop
website along with all material generated during the workshop itself.
Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions
of their work for inclusion in a journal special issue along with a
summary of the workshop’s results.
Important Dates

– April 6th, 2014: Workshop submission deadline (send submissions by
e-mail to
– April 18th, 2014: Acceptance notifications sent out by e-mail
– April 27th, 2014: Early registration deadline for EICS (important:
workshop participants need to register by the early-bird deadline!)
– May 16th, 2014: Camera-ready submissions of accepted papers due
– June 17th, 2014: Workshop at EICS 2014 in Rome

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