Call: SISSI 2010: Workshop on Social Interaction in Spatially Separated Environments


SISSI 2010: Workshop on Social Interaction in Spatially Separated Environments

September 26, 2010 – Copenhagen, Denmark

in conjunction with Ubicomp 2010

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*** Submission Deadline: July 15, 2010 ***

We invite you to join SISSI 2010 – The first international workshop on Social Interaction in Spatially Separated Environments, held in conjunction with UbiComp 2010 in Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 26 2010.

Workshop topic and goals

Social relationships play an important role in our everyday lives. They are responsible for our well-being, for a productive working atmosphere and for feeling part of our various communities. Nevertheless, our lives have changed quite drastically in the past decades. Today, social groups are often constantly or temporarily spatially separated. Teams are distributed over multiple branch offices, situated in different cities, countries or even on other continents. Relatives and friends are often spread all over the world. Thus, it becomes more and more important to develop methods to stay in touch with our non co-located peers on an emotional and social level.

The goal if this workshop is to investigate ubiquitous technologies, techniques and challenges related to the idea of bringing separated social groups closer together by facilitating social interactions between them. Furthermore we aim to develop new ideas on how everyday ubiquitous systems, e.g. public displays or mobile devices, can be exploited to enable new forms of interaction within spatially separated environments. We invite contributions from researchers and practitioners in the fields of pervasive and ubiquitous computing, spatial cognition, human computer interaction and communication science.


This workshops seeks for contributions including (but not limited to) the following themes: 

  • Recognition of Social Activities
  • Multimodal Representation of Social Activities
  • Impact of Spatial Separation on Social Behavior
  • Case Studies of Ubiquitous Systems in distributed settings
  • Transitions between Implicit and Explicit Interactions
  • Privacy Issues of Ubiquitous Systems for Social Interaction and Communication
  • Issues regarding User Acceptance and Obtrusiveness of Ubiquitous Systems in Spatially Separated Environments
  • Context-based Reasoning in Spatially Separated Environments
  • Spatial Cognition in Spatially Separated Environments
  • Designs enabling Social Interaction in Distributed Display Environments


We will accept contributions of up to 4 pages submitted in UbiComp 2010 proceedings style ( addressing research, ongoing work, ideas, concepts, and critical questions related to the use of social interactions between spatially seperated groups and individuals. We are looking for research results, case studies, position papers or technology prototypes.

Contributions should be submitted through the workshop submission system (available on the workshop website). They will be reviewed by the program committee and successful candidates will present their work at the workshop.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: July 15, 2010
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 15, 2010
  • Camera-ready deadline: September 5, 2010
  • Workshop date: September 26, 2010

Workshop Chair

  • Falko Schmid – University of Bremen, Germany
  • Tobias Hesselmann – OFFIS Institute for Information Technology, Germany
  • Susanne Boll – University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Keith Cheverst – University of Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • Lars Kulik – University of Melbourne, Australia

Program committee

  • Albrecht Schmidt – University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Björn Gottfried – University of Bremen, Germany
  • Christian Kray – University of Newcastle, United Kingdom
  • Enrico Rukzio – University of Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • Janna Teltemann – University of Bremen, Germany
  • Jochen Renz – Australian National University Canberra, Australia
  • Nico Van de Weghe – Ghent University, Belgium
  • Niels Henze, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Massimo Zancanaro – FBK-irst, Trento, Italy
  • Mehul Bhatt – University of Bremen, Germany


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