Call: MobileHCI 2018 Workshop on Designing Speech and Language Interactions for Mobiles and Wearables

Call for Submissions

MobileHCI 2018 Workshop on Designing Speech and Language Interactions for Mobiles and Wearables
September 3rd, 2018
MobileHCI 2018, Barcelona, Spain
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Submission of position papers: May 17th, 2018

Traditional interfaces are continuously being replaced by mobiles and wearables. Yet when it comes to the modalities enabling our interactions, we have yet to fully embrace the most natural one: speech. Very little HCI attention has been dedicated to designing and developing spoken language or multimodal interaction techniques, especially for mobiles and wearables. In addition to the enormous, recent engineering progress in processing such modalities, there is now sufficient evidence that many real-life applications do not require 100% accuracy of processing multimodal input to be useful, particularly if such modalities complement each other. This multidisciplinary, one-day workshop will bring together interaction designers, usability researchers, and general HCI practitioners to analyze the opportunities and directions to take in designing more natural interactions especially with mobile and wearable devices, and to look at how we can leverage recent advances in speech, language, acoustic, and multimodal processing.

Our goal is to create, through an interdisciplinary dialogue, momentum for increased research and collaboration in:

  • Formally framing the challenges to the widespread adoption of speech and natural language interaction,
  • Taking concrete steps toward developing a framework of user-centric design guidelines for speech-, acoustic-, multimodal-, and language-based interactive systems, grounded in good usability practices,
  • Establishing directions to take and identifying further research opportunities in designing more natural interactions that make use of speech and natural language, and
  • Identifying key challenges and opportunities for enabling and designing multi-input modalities for a wide range of emerging devices such as mobiles, wearables, or smart personal assistants.


We invite the submission of position papers demonstrating research, design, practice, or interest in areas related to speech, acoustic, language, and multimodal interaction that address one or more of the workshop goals, with an emphasis, but not limited to, applications such as mobile, wearable, smart home, smart assistants, social robots, or pervasive computing.

Position papers should be 4-6 pages long, in the ACM SIGCHI extended abstract format and include a brief statement justifying the fit with the workshop’s topic. Summaries of previous research are welcome if they contribute to the workshop’s multidisciplinary goals (e.g. a speech processing research in clear need of HCI expertise). Submissions will be reviewed according to:

  • Fit with the workshop topic
  • Potential to contribute to the workshop goals
  • A demonstrated track of research in the workshop area (HCI or speech/multimodal processing, with an interest in both areas).


  • May 17th, 2018: Submission of position papers
  • June 7th, 2018: Notification of acceptance
  • June 28th, 2018: Camera-ready submissions


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