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Third Workshop on Multi-User and Ubiquitous User Interfaces (MU3I)

January 29, 2006 at IUI 2006, Sydney, Australia

Workshop results with final schedule and papers online

Scope

Format

Organization

Important
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Contact

MU3I'04

MU3I'05

Scope

The Ubiquitous Computing paradigm has the potential of drastically 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 and to realize a consistent and easy-to-use interface a number of (new) challenges have to be met, e.g.
  • shared use of multiple services by multiple users using multiple devices
  • spatial, temporal and conceptual consistency of user interfaces
  • new 'devices' such as tags or everywhere displays
  • new UI paradigms such as tangible, physical and hybrid UIs
  • new UI metaphors for bridging the physical and virtual world
  • larger and 3-dimensional space of interaction
  • spatial and temporal mappings between real and virtual world
  • dynamic set of devices (i.e. people moving in and out)
  • shared devices, such as public displays
  • dynamic adaptation among several dimensions: devices, users, services
  • restrictions of technical resources in the environment
  • restrictions of cognitive resources of users
  • presentation planning for single users vs. groups
  • virtual characters as moderators, mediators and/or contact personas
  • tracking and modeling social behavior and protocols
  • physical, visual, and auditory design of ubiquitous interfaces
While there are already a number of ubiquitous user interfaces out there, previous MU3I workshops helped us to identify several central problems that need further investigation. In this year's workshop, we would like to put an emphasis on two specific issues:
  • How can we build interfaces, which span multiple devices so that the user knows that they can be used to control a specific application? This includes achieving (and communicating) consistency across different modalities and devices, which may be spatially and temporally dispersed.
  • How can we build interfaces for public displays? Do they have to be zero learning interfaces if we want them to be widely accepted? Are they User interfaces or Group interfaces? Do they always imply a private control device or can we realistically find other means of interaction, which are still scalable.

Format

The workshop will be a full day event, and we plan to bring together 15-20 people with a strong interest in one or more of the above named areas. MU3I 2006 will be focussing on discussion rather than on technical presentations. All accepted position papers will be published on the workshop web site in order to enable participants to read all submissions prior to the workshop. The workshop itself will combine discussion in small break-out groups and plenary discussions. The main goal of MU3I 2006 is to gain new insights into the topics discussed and to inform research in the area of multi-user and ubiquitous user interfaces.

Prospective participants are invited to 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 Andreas Butz or Chris Kray no later than November 14, 2005. 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 5, 2005.

All workshop participants will have to register for the main conference (IUI'06) in order to attend MU3I.

Organization

Andreas Butz, University of Munich, Germany, andreas.butz [at] informatik.uni-muenchen.de (primary contact)
Christian Kray, Lancaster University, UK, kray [at] comp.lancs.ac.uk (primary contact)
Antonio Krüger, University of Münster, Germany, krueger [at] uni-muenster.de
Carsten Schwesig, Interaction Lab at Sony CSL, Japan, schwesig [at] csl.sony.co.jp

Important dates

November 14, 2005
Deadline for paper submissions
December 5, 2005
Notification of acceptance
December 15, 2005
Final paper version due and early registration deadline for main conference
January 29, 2006
Workshop
January 29-February 1, 2006
IUI main conferences (Sydney, Australia)

Contact

Andreas Butz
Christian Kray