Call: Ubiquitous Chatbots – Workshop on Wearable and Embodied Conversational Agents @Ubicomp’18

Call for Papers
Ubiquitous Chatbots – Workshop on Wearable and Embodied Conversational Agents @Ubicomp’18

Workshop date: October 12, 2018
Workshop Location: Ubicomp’18; Singapore. See:
Workshop web site:

Deadline for submissions: July 9, 2018
Response to authors: July 30, 2018
Camera ready submission deadline: August 10, 2018


We invite researchers in the UbiComp and CHI communities interested in the theoretical basis, design, implementation, and evaluation of novel conversational agents to submit position papers or preliminary results in the field. Authors are asked to submit 4-6 page papers related to their work on chatbots and conversational agents using the SIGCHI Extended Abstract format.

Please send your submission via e-mail to the workshop chairs at The position papers will be reviewed by a program committee composed of international experts. A notification will be sent by July 30. Accepted papers will be included in the ACM Digital Library and in the adjunct proceedings of the conference. Camera ready versions are of the accepted papers are due by August 10.


The workshop aims to establish itself as the premiere shared forum for conversational agents in a ubiquitous context. We aim at involving researchers and practitioners, particularly those who are seeking new insights for understanding how conversational agents will evolve in the future.

We want to create a multidisciplinary space where researchers can discuss how these technologies should evolve to be integrated with existing practices, individual needs and levels of technical expertise, effectively supporting a variety of people’s tasks and goals in their everyday lives.

In particular the workshop aims at discussing conversational agents that can be embedded in the daily routines of the users through wearable interfaces and/or embodied representations of the agent (e.g., smart companions).

The long-term objective of the workshop is to build a community interested in sharing ideas on conversational agents. This includes researchers with different backgrounds, from engineers and computer scientists, to designers, social scientists, ethnographers and psychologists.


The workshop aims at gathering contributions for the design of chatbots that are embedded in the user’s daily life through wearable embedded or embodied interfaces. This is a non-exhaustive list of topics for the workshop position papers:

  • Wearable chatbot interfaces
  • Embodied conversational agents
  • Talking companions
  • Conversational virtual coaches for physical activity and well-being
  • Data collection and presentation from conversational coaches
  • Chatbots for quantified self
  • Context-aware conversations
  • Chatbots for supporting daily activities
  • Long-term usage of chatbots
  • Design methods for ubiquitous chatbots


The workshop will be structured in two parts. In the first part, participants will present position papers and discuss the current trends in the field. In the second part, participants will work in group for designing wearable or embodied conversational agents for different application domains.


Leonardo Angelini (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland)
Maurizio Caon (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland)
Jacky Casas (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland)
Federica Cena (University of Torino)
Amon Rapp (University of Torino)
Omar Abou Khaled (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland)
Elena Mugellini (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland)


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