Call: SMI – Smart Material Interfaces Workshop

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS 2nd WORKSHOP on SMART MATERIAL INTERFACES: “Another Step to a Material Future” Will be held during 2013 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2013: December 13th, 2013 Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, Australia.
1. CALL FOR PAPERS Goal: The objective of this workshop is to draw attention to the emerging field of smart material interfaces which spans the areas of design, engineering and architecture. These novel composites, which in some cases are already celebrated as the answer for the 21st. century’s technological needs, are generally referred to as materials that are capable of sensing the environment and actively responding to by changing their physical properties, such as shape, size and color. The workshop aims at stimulating research and development in interfaces that make novel use of smart materials, and will provide a platform for state-of-the-art design of smart material interfaces. In order to establish a rich live demo session throughout the conference we want to particularly encourage the submission of research that includes physical live demonstrators and experimental prototypes. Topic Keywords: Smart material interfaces, reality-based interfaces, organic user interfaces, programmable matter, smart textiles. Topics of interest: We invite original contributions in a variety of areas related to interaction design and development of interfaces that makes use of SMART MATERIALS. Main topic of interest is the application of smart materials in designing and building interfaces that communicate information to the user - or allow the user to manipulate information - using different modalities provided by the material’s properties. - Reality-based interfaces - Tangible Interfaces - Organic user interfaces - Programmable matter - Electronic textiles, computational textiles, smart textiles - Robotics - Relevant developments in materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, biological engineering, nanotechnology, electrical engineering, textile engineering, and other fields, coupled with thoughtful speculation about applications - ... We strongly encourage submissions with related DEMO. Important Dates: Workshop papers submission due: July 22th, 2013 Author notifications: September 7th, 2013 Workshop camera-ready paper due: October 7th, 2013 Workshop: December 13th, 2013 Submissions: The workshop solicits original and unpublished papers concerning Smart Material Interfaces. Authors should submit papers not exceeding 6 pages in total. Submissions must be sent in PDF using the ACM format (as indicated on the main conference page and here to the address: For up-to-date details on submissions please refer to the official Workshop site: Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop. All the workshop papers will be included in a USB stick with all the other proceedings of the conference. They will be also published on ACM Digital Library with associated ISBN. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please visit the workshop website. And the conference site:
2. ABOUT SMART MATERIAL INTERFACES With the use of smart materials, SMI attempts to overcome the limitation of traditional and tangible interfaces. SMI focuses on changing the physical reality around the user as the output of interaction and/or computation as well as being used as input device. SMI promotes a tighter coupling between the information displayed and the display itself by using the tangible interface as the control and display at the same time - embedding the information directly inside the physical object. It uses the physicality of the object as a way to deliver information. Utilizing smart materials’ properties, SMI can support cohesive interaction by maintaining both channels (input and output) on the same object of interaction. The interaction constructed in this way will grant the user a continuous perception of the object and of the output. For more information refer to the site:
3. SMART MATERIAL INTERFACES ORGANIZERS Organizers: Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, Human Media Interaction group, the Netherlands, Manuel Kretzer, CAAD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Switzerland, Andrea Minuto, University of Twente, Human Media Interaction group, the Netherlands, Leonardo Giusti, MIT - Mobile Experience Lab Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Program committee members: Jason Alexander, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK Huihui Wang, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA Wim Poelman, Delft University of Technology, Delft, NL Akira Wakita, Keio University SFC, Fujisawa, Japan Orkan Telhan, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA Dhaval Vyas, ABB Corporate Research, Bangalore, India Patrizia Marti, University of Siena, Italy Andres Lucero, Nokia Research Centre, Tampere, Finland Kasper Hornbæk, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, DK Letizia Jaccheri, NTNU, Norway Augusto Celentano, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy Fabio Pittarello, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy Federico Casalegno, MIT - Mobile Experience Lab Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA For contacts and other information: