Call: UbiComp 2016 Workshop on Autonomous Everyday Objects: Exploring Actuation in Ubiquitous Devices

Call for Papers
Workshop on Autonomous Everyday Objects: Exploring Actuation in Ubiquitous Devices
At the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2016)
Heidelberg, Germany, September 12-16,

Deadline: June 7, 2016 for papers that will be included in the ACM DL
Deadline: June 21, 2016 for papers that will not be included in the ACM DL

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp) in Heidelberg, Germany from Sep. 12-16, 2016.

Since the earliest explorations of mechanical devices, technologists have used movement to both fascinate and intrigue observers and to give the impression of intelligence. Equally, classic visions of future homes present environments suffused with actuated devices, moving and responding in response to their inhabitants. As sensors and actuators have become more ubiquitous, our potential to develop low-cost actuated devices, which employ interactive movements, has increased. In this workshop, we wish to critically unpack a design space around autonomous behaviours and smart environments, asking how the objects and devices we use might come to appear more “intelligent” through interaction and movement. We aim to explore how intelligence in such everyday objects is seen and enacted and how physical movement of interfaces can be leveraged for ubicomp and HCI.

We invite submissions of 2-4 page position papers (in ACM Ext. Abstr. format) on the theme of machine intelligence, autonomy and movement in interactive devices. We are looking forward to people from all kinds of fields with and without experience in (autonomous) technologies. In particular, we welcome papers that explore or discuss people’s perception of autonomous and moving ubicomp systems. We are also interested in new design ideas, concepts and frameworks. How can we design for autonomy in ubicomp technology? Furthermore of interest are technical challenges and solutions related to the implementation of such systems. What are the risks and what are the potentials? Finally we invite submission regarding evaluation strategies of autonomous ubicomp devices but also discussions on ethical issues that arise with their use. The workshop will see the presentation and discussion of these ideas, followed by practical sessions in which participants respond to design briefs investigating actuation of ubicomp devices. No expertise is required, as a prototyping kit is provided, which is easily accessible even for non-technical attendees. Through this workshop we aim to open up opportunities to understand human perception of intelligent behaviours and a design space around autonomously actuated interfaces. Submissions should be sent in pdf format to Position papers will be selected on the basis of relevance to the workshop themes, quality of presentation, and potential to stimulate discussion.

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Authors Submission: June 7th, 2016 (for papers that will be included in the ACM DL)
Authors Submission: June 21st, 2016 (for papers that will not be included in the ACM DL)
Author Notification: June 28th, 2016
Workshop: September 13th, 2016


  • Diana Nowacka, Nils Y. Hammerla, Chris Elsden, Thomas Plötz, and David Kirk. 2015. Diri – the actuated helium balloon: a study of autonomous behaviour in interfaces. In Proc. of UbiComp ’15.
  • Patrick Baader, Valentin Schwindt, Normal Phol, Niels Henze, Katrin Wolf, Stefan Schneegass, and Albrecht Schmidt: Self-Actuated Displays for Vertical Surfaces. In Proc. of INTERACT 2015.
  • John Helmes, Alex S. Taylor, Xiang Cao, Kristina Höök, Peter Schmitt, and Nicolas Villar. 2010. Rudiments 1, 2 & 3: design speculations on autonomy. In Proc. of TEI ’11.
  • Diana Nowacka and David Kirk. 2014. Tangible autonomous interfaces (TAIs): exploring autonomous behaviours in TUIs. In Proc. of TEI’14.
  • Alex S. Taylor. 2009. Machine intelligence. In Proc. of CHI ’09.
  • Philip van Allen, Joshua McVeigh-Schultz, Brooklyn Brown, Hye Mi Kim, and Daniel Lara. 2013. AniThings: animism and heterogeneous multiplicity. In CHI ’13 Ext. Abstracts.
  • Majken K. Rasmussen et al. Shape-changing interfaces: a review of the design space and open research questions. In Proc. of CHI’12. ACM.
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