Ambient Information 2008 - Call for Participation

CFP: Workshop: Ambient Information Systems (AIS2008)

At Ubicomp 2008 (
Sunday, September 21, 2008, COEX, Seoul, South Korea

Short work-in-progress papers (up to 4 pages), Long papers (up to 10 pages)
Demonstrators, designs, and artwork

Submissions due: June 27th 2008 by 11:59pm PST
New Deadline: Submissions due: July 11th 2008 by 11:59pm PST

Authors of the best submitted papers will be invited to contribute to a special issue on Ambient Information Systems in the International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence (IJACI).


Ambient Information Systems describe a large set of applications that publish information in a highly non-intrusive manner, following on from Mark Weiser’s concept of calm technology. Building on the success of AIS2007 at Pervasive 2007, this workshop will bring together researchers working in the areas of ambient displays, peripheral displays, slow technology, glanceable displays, and calm technology, to discuss and collaborate on developing new design approaches for creating ambient information systems. We are calling for paper submissions describing early-stage and mature research on Ambient Information Systems and for demonstrators across the spectrum from technology to art and design.</p>


The current research in pervasive and ubiquitous computing suggests a future in which we are surrounded by innumerable information sources all competing for our attention. These technologies will manifest in novel devices and as devices embedded in common objects such as refrigerators, automobiles, toys, furniture, clothes, and possibly our own bodies. While this vision of the future has prompted great advancements in context-aware computing, wireless connectivity, multi-sensor platforms, smart materials, and location-tracking technologies, there is a concern that this proliferation of technology will increasingly overwhelm us with information. Our belief is that information should move seamlessly between the periphery and the center of one’s attention, and that good technology is highly transparent. We see ambient information systems as a way to support these ideas.</p>

Some work has already been done to create interesting ambient information systems (e.g., AmbientDevices' Stock Orb, Koert van Mensvoort's Datafountain, Jafarinami et al.'s Breakaway, Mynatt et al.'s Audio Aura and Digital Family Portrait, and Mankoff et al.'s Daylight Display and BusMobile). However, ambient information systems research is fragmented, and suffering from a lack of consensus on terminology, methodology, plausibility, and general agreement on how to think about such technologies. We see this workshop as an opportunity for invited participants to explore and discuss such issues.


The workshop will be used as an opportunity to work as a group to identify problems in the design, development, and evaluation of AIS and to derive fundamental challenges of AIS research. Attendees should develop a deeper understanding of the challenges that need to be addressed and some potential solutions to the problems that have been encountered by others. The group discussions throughout the workshop will also be used to encourage new collaborations within the community.</p>

We will publish the accepted submissions and slides on the workshop's website upon receiving consent from the authors. The publication of submissions to the website will not be considered official publications and therefore will not prohibit attendees from developing their work further and publishing it elsewhere. This will be made clear on the website and on the online proceedings. After the workshop, the organizers will contact relevant journals with the goal of producing a special issue on ambient information systems containing extended versions of the best papers from this workshop. The organizers will also put together a document outlining the grand challenges for the field of ambient information systems with a view to publishing either in the special issue or as a stand-alone journal publication.


The workshop topics are for the most part listed as a set of questions:</p>

We are also particularly interested to hear about ambient information systems in the following areas:</p>

If you have any topics you’d like to suggest please comment on the topics list on the website:</p>


The workshop format will consist of a short presentation by each participant, which should conclude with a problem statement describing a possible grand challenge for research on ambient information systems. These problem statements will be ordered, and the participants will decide which are most relevant to future research on ambient information systems. We will then break out into groups and discuss strategies for addressing the selected topics.

We invite submissions including descriptions of works in progress, research contributions, position statements, demonstrations, and vision papers. Submissions should be whatever length is most appropriate for the presented idea, but we ask that it be no longer than 10 pages in the ACM SIGCHI Proceedings format ( Each submission must conclude with a specific question regarding issues faced conducting research in this domain.

Please send you submission in PDF format to:


Authors of the best submitted papers will be invited to contribute to a special issue on Ambient Information Systems in the International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence (IJACI) to appear later in 2008. Both short and long papers will be considered for inclusion.</p>


Submissions due: July 11th 2008 by 11:59pm PST
Acceptance notifications by: July 25th 2008</p>


William R. Hazlewood (
School of Informatics, Indiana University @ Bloomington</p>

Lorcan Coyle (
Systems Research Group, University College Dublin

Youn-kyung Lim (
Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Zach Pousman (
Georgia Institute of Technology

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (subject to additions)

Frank Bentley, Motorola Labs, USA
Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Steve Neely, University College Dublin, Ireland
Aaron Quigley, University College Dublin, Ireland
Albrecht Schmidt, Research Group Embedded Interaction, Germany
John Stasko, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Erik Stolterman, Indiana University, USA
Martin Tomitsch, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Andrew Vande Moere, University of Sydney, Australia</p>