we are sorry to inform you that we had to cancel the MU3I workshop at this year's IUI conference. We apologize to all people who would have been interested in participating.
The Ubiquitous Computing paradigm has the potential of
significantly changing the way in which users interact with computers
by providing virtually ubiquitous access to services and applications
through a large number of cooperating devices. However, in order to
make this vision come true in a usable way, several challenges must be
addressed. Supporting multiple users with this technology poses a
challenge to several aspects of ubiquitous computing, such as the
unpredictability of group setups and task selection when using everyday
objects or environments with embedded technology. Even if embedded
technologies are integrated with established social protocols, they may
challenge these protocols, e.g. by introducing new means to seizing
control of a shared resource. The workshop aims to be a platform where
these issues will be discussed.
The goal of this workshop is to bring people with
relevant backgrounds (e.g. interface technology and artificial
intelligence, CSCW, ubiquitous computing) together to discuss potential
approaches for addressing the challenges of developing multi-user and
ubiquitous technologies. While we will accept interesting papers
relating to any subject relevant to the workshop theme, our selections
will reflect our focus on two main goals related to sharing ubiquitous resources:
- identifying the existing task and social practices that can be successfully applied in ubiquitous settings; and
- investigating how particular aspects of ubiquitous computing
(e.g. physicality, context awareness, ad hoc groups) impact task and
social practices (both in negative and positive ways).
We invite contributions from researchers, practitioners,
and students examining these, or related, research topics. Please refer
to the workshop webpage for more details on submitting position papers.
The workshop format will include brief presentations from each workshop
attendee, brainstorming sessions, and small-group breakout sessions.
Prospective participants should submit position papers
of up to two pages length, which outline one or more potential
topics/solutions to discuss during the workshop. Papers should be
formatted according to the ACM IUI format (see IUI website).
Submissions should be sent to Chris Kray or Andreas Butz no later than
November 13, 2006. They should include the name and address of the
primary contact and the paper as a PDF file. Notification of acceptance
will be mailed to the contact author by December 4, 2006.
All workshop participants will have to register for the main conference (IUI'07) in order to attend MU3I.