Call: Pervasive Intelligibility: Workshop on Intelligibility and Control in Pervasive Computing

Call for Papers

Pervasive Intelligibility: Workshop on Intelligibility and Control in Pervasive Computing
San Francisco, CA, USA in conjunction with Pervasive 2011

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: February 4, 2011
Notification to Authors: March 11, 2011
Camera-Ready Papers: March 21, 2011
Workshop: June 12, 2011

Workshop Theme

Due to the proactive and complex dynamics of pervasive computing applications, it is important that systems are intelligible (also called scrutable) to allow end-users to understand “what the systems know, how they know it, and what they are doing”. Furthermore, these systems should put end-users at the center of control by empowering them to better co-ordinate, control, and personalize pervasive systems. Intelligibility and control are crucial to improve the usability of these novel, and possibly unintuitive, systems and to help users understand, appreciate, trust, and ultimately adopt them.

With this workshop, we seek to provide a forum for exchanging design principles, programming techniques, toolkits and insights derived from real world studies towards building intelligible and user-controllable pervasive computing systems. Drawing upon the state-of-the-art, our goal is to refine existing and identify new directions for research in intelligibility and control for pervasive computing that will foster further work in the community.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel applications in pervasive computing highlighting intelligibility and/or user-driven control.
  • Programming techniques (e.g., design patterns, models), algorithms, architectures and toolkits to support intelligibility and/or control.
  • Interaction techniques and user interfaces to support intelligibility and/or control, including information visualization techniques to help users better interpret explanations from pervasive computing applications.
  • User studies exploring design principles to build intelligible pervasive systems.
  • Intelligible smart objects.
  • Evaluation metrics and methods to assess support for intelligibility and control in pervasive computing systems.


There will be two separate categories for submission:

  • Research Contributions should introduce novel concepts and present new insights and must not exceed 6 pages (ACM Format).
  • Position Statements may be up to 2 pages (ACM Format). They should outline a person’s interest and experience in topic of the workshop.

Authors are encouraged to submit to both categories, if considered appropriate. Supplementary material (e.g., videos) can be submitted as well and will be made available on the workshop website before the start of the workshop.

Accepted papers will be published online on the workshop website and will be included in the electronic conference proceedings. In addition, authors of selected submissions will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue of a journal or possibly an edited book.

Contributions must be submitted through the EasyChair submission system no later than February 4, 2011, and should be in PDF format. More details can be found on the workshop website. If you have any further questions, we encourage you to contact the organizers at

Organizing Committee

Jo Vermeulen (Hasselt University, Belgium)
Brian Y. Lim (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Fahim Kawsar (Bell Labs, Belgium and Lancaster University, UK)

Program Committee

Margaret Burnett (Oregon State University, USA)
Karin Coninx (Hasselt University, Belgium)
Joëlle Coutaz (University of Grenoble, France)
Anind Dey (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Keith Edwards (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Hans Gellersen (Lancaster University, UK)
Judy Kay (University of Sydney, Australia)
Kris Luyten (Hasselt University, Belgium)
Tatsuo Nakajima (Waseda University, Japan)
Mark W. Newman (University of Michigan, USA)
Antti Oulasvirta (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, Finland)
Aaron Quigley (University of St. Andrews, UK)
Alireza Sahami (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Albrecht Schmidt (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Hide Tokuda (Keio University, Japan)

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