Authors

  • *new* Information for Presenters now posted

    Details of the program are going online first with accepted workshops. In August 2013 we will add in details of accepted papers, notes, posters, demos, DC and industry lightening talks. Please visit our program page for these details. This page details the open and now closed calls for the various aspects of ITS 2013. Feel free to consult the corresponding chairs if you have any suggestions or queries.

    Important Dates

    • May 1: Submission Site Opens
    Papers and Notes
    • June 14, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for initial submissions
    • July 31: First-round notifications
    • August 16: Deadline for camera-ready submissions
    Demos, Posters
    • July 19, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for submissions
    • August 11: Notifications
    • August 16: Final camera-ready submissions
    Doctoral Symposium
    • July 19, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for submissions
    • July 26: Notifications
    • August 9: Final camera-ready submissions
    Workshop Papers and Attendance
    • August 9, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for submissions
    • August 23: Notifications
    Tutorials and Workshop Proposals
    • May 10, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for submissions
    • May 24: Notifications

    Papers and Notes

    *new* Information for Presenters

    lots for full papers are 20 minutes long, this means maximum 16 minutes for the presentation itself and 4 minutes for questions and the switching over to the next presenter. For notes the slots are 10 min long, which means 8 minutes maximum for the presentation and 2 minutes for questions.

    These times apply for both application and academic papers.

    Please, be careful to prepare a presentation that fits within the allocated time. Presentations that go over the allocated time are not only inconsiderate towards other presenters and the audience and session chairs have instructions to interrupt your presentation if you go over the allocated time.

    Within those constraints, we encourage you to prepare a presentation that is original and creative. For your information: the presentation environment is an old theatre hall, with a large screen situated on one side of the presenter and a raised podium (about 1m high). The theatre has multiple levels, although most people will be sitting in the lower level.

    A good resource on how to prepare your presentation and what to expect are the guidelines for the CHI conference:
    http://chi2013.acm.org/authors/guides/guide-to-a-successful-presentation/

    Please, check in with your session chair at the podium at least 30 minutes before the your session starts. Your session chair will be there to help you test the A/V equipment and to make sure that all presentations will go smoothly.

    Submissions

    ITS 2013 welcomes original, high-quality research and industry contributions that advance the state-of-the-art in the area of interactive tabletops and surfaces. We embrace innovations in a wide variety of areas including design, software, hardware, understanding of use, and applications or deployments of interactive surfaces.

    Important Dates

    • June 14, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for initial submissions
    • July 31: First-round notifications
    • August 16: Deadline for camera-ready submissions

    Academic and Application Papers (and Notes)

    We invite paper submissions of papers (max. 10 pages) and notes (max. 4 pages) of two possible types: academic and application. Academic papers must present original, innovative, and forward-looking research. Application papers will successfully demonstrate how surface interaction has been applied to real world problems and usage contexts beyond research labs, but without necessarily including original software, hardware, interaction techniques, or a formal study. Submissions by industrial practitioners and researchers are welcome. Industrial submissions are encouraged to apply for paper guidance well in advance of the submission deadline if deemed necessary (write to program@its2013.org). For additional information on what is required from application papers and notes, please consult the specific Application Papers and Notes information section.

    Notes (both academic and application) must also report complete work, but with a more focused and succinct contribution than papers. For more details on academic and application papers see: http://www.its2013.org/Authors/

    Papers and notes must be submitted as a single PDF file in the ACM format through the submission system http://precisionconference.com/~sigchi (available May 1). When appropriate, authors are also encouraged to submit supplementary materials such as video or data.

    Papers and Notes will undergo a high-quality peer-review process by a committee of recognised experts (see program committee members below) to be presented at the ITS conference, be included in the conference proceedings, and be archived in the ACM Digital Library. ITS does not accept submissions that were published previously in formally reviewed publications or that are currently submitted elsewhere. Papers and Notes go through the same review process.

    ITS 2012 will have a “Best of ITS” awards program, in accordance with SIGCHI guidelines. Approximately 5% of submissions may receive “Honorable Mentions” and 1% may receive “Best Paper/Note” awards.

    Topic Areas

    The conference welcomes contributions that deal with a variety of interactive surfaces including tabletops, interactive wall displays, portable and micro devices, and deformable surfaces. We encourage submissions on (but not limited to) the following topic areas as they relate to interactive surfaces:

    • Applications and/or evaluations of interactive surfaces in specific domains (public spaces, education, science, business, entertainment, health, accessibility, homes, etc.)
    • Gesture-based interfaces
    • Multi-modal interfaces
    • Tangible interfaces
    • Novel interaction techniques
    • Information visualization/data presentation
    • Software engineering methods
    • Computer supported collaborative work
    • Virtual reality and augmented reality
    • Social protocols
    • Hardware, including sensing and input technologies with novel capabilities
    • Human-centered design and methodologies

    Review Process

    All papers and notes will be reviewed by at least two external reviewers and two members of the program committee. After the first review cycle a submission will receive either a “Conditional Accept”, “Revise”, or “Reject” decision. A small (10%) proportion of papers will be invited to do significant revisions. The small proportion of authors of papers with a “revise” decision will have two weeks to revise and resubmit their work between July 31 and August 16 and should therefore allocate time for this part of the process.

    This is not an invitation to submit extended abstracts or incomplete papers. As in the past, submit the paper that you would like to have published. Incomplete or otherwise non-competitive submissions will be desk-rejected without review.

    Submission Information

    Submissions should use the sigchi format for papers (not abstracts). You can download Word and LaTeX templates from the sigchi website. Submissions should be converted to PDF and uploaded to the Precision Conference system at https://precisionconference.com/~sigchi/ by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 14, 2013. The PCS system will be open for uploading submissions beginning on May 1.

    When appropriate (such as for submissions introducing novel systems or interaction techniques), authors are encouraged to submit a supplementary video file (not to exceed 3 minutes in length and 30 MB in size).

    All submissions should be anonymized for double-blind review. This means that your paper and any supplementary video materials should have authors’ names and affiliations removed and avoid obvious identifying features. Citations to your own relevant work should not be anonymous, but please cite such work without identifying yourself as the author. For example, say “Prior work by Smith et al. [1]” instead of “In my prior work.”

    Confidentiality of submitted material will be maintained. Upon acceptance, the titles, authorship, and abstracts of papers and notes will be published online in the advance program. Submissions should contain no information or material that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication, and should cite no publication that will be proprietary or confidential at that time. Final versions of accepted Papers and Notes must be formatted according to the instructions we provide. Copyright release forms must be signed for inclusion in the proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library.

    Program Co-Chairs

    Michael Horn, Northwestern University
    Miguel Nacenta, University of St Andrews
    program@its2013.org

    Program Committee

    Jason Alexander – University of Lancaster, U.K.
    François Berard – Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
    Alex Butler – Microsoft Research Cambridge, U.K.
    Luis Cabrera-Cordón – Microsoft, U.S.
    Andy Crabtree – University of Nottingham, U.K.
    Raimund Dachselt – University of Dresden, Germany
    Florian Echtler – University of Regensburg, Germany
    Clifton Forlines – Draper Lab, U.S.
    Kentaro Fukuchi – Meiji University, Japan
    Carl Gutwin – University of Saskatchewan, Canada
    Mark Hancock – University of Waterloo, Canada
    Ken Hinckley – Microsoft Research, U.S.
    Jonathan Hook – University of Newcastle, U.K.
    Petra Isenberg – INRIA, France
    Judy Kay – University of Sydney, Australia
    Hideki Koike – University of Electro-Communications, Japan
    Paul Marshall – University College London, U.K.
    Paul Lacey – IDEUM, U.S.
    Frank Maurer – University of Calgary, Canada
    Christian Müller-Tomfelde – CSIRO, Australia
    Anne Marie Piper – Northwestern University, U.S.
    Jeff Rick – Saarland University, Germany
    Stacey Scott – University of Waterloo, Canada
    Johannes Schöning – Hasselt University, Belgium
    Edward Tse – Smart Technologies, Canada
    Andy Wilson – Microsoft Research, U.S.
    Frederic Vernier – Université Paris Sud, France
    Massimo Zancanaro – Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy

    Application Papers and Notes

    Application papers and notes are part of the regular papers and notes program, the notes below extend the information provided in the Papers and Notes section. The deadlines and process for application papers and notes are the same than for all papers and notes.

    We invite submissions that are oriented towards practical applications of interactive surface technologies. We look for contributions that might not be strictly novel or innovative in the academic sense, but provide value to the community because they report practical experiences in the design, implementation, or deployment of surface-based systems. Submissions from the industry sector are welcome

    Authors of application papers that have not submitted in the past are encouraged to ask for mentoring by e-mailing program@its2013.org as soon as possible.

    Application papers may address one or more of the following topic areas:

    • Surveys of the economic landscape and impact of the surface industry
    • Business experiences involving surface technologies
    • Challenges, opportunities, and new directions for ITS applications
    • Summaries of interactive designs
    • Practical design approaches and philosophies
    • Descriptions of impact
    • Reflections on a design, its process, and the lessons learnt

    Successful application papers will:

    • Identify the audience of system clearly
    • Discuss the goals of the design or application
    • Describe the design at a sufficient level of detail
    • Discuss tradeoffs and practical issues related to design, implementation, or deployment.

    Submissions should be formatted according to the ITS 2013 paper template, can be 2 to 10 pages in size, and will be submitted using the regular paper procedure, through the precision conference system.

    Posters

    ITS 2013 will feature a poster presentation session for contributors to showcase works-in-progress, research prototypes and smaller chunks of research. We invite submissions from across the full spectrum of interactive tabletops and surfaces research. The poster session will be reviewed by the ITS Poster Committee, based upon a four-page submitted extended abstract describing the research to be presented, along with a draft poster design.

    Important Dates

    • July 19, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for submissions
    • August 11: Notifications
    • August 16: Final camera-ready submissions

    Submission

    Every submission should include both a 4 page extended abstract and a draft poster design. The extended abstract should be in the SIGCHI extended abstract format. You can download Word and LaTeX templates from the sigchi website.

    Abstract submissions should be converted to PDF and uploaded to the Precision Conference system at https://precisionconference.com/~sigchi/ by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on July 19th. The PCS system will be open for uploading submissions beginning on May 1.

    Submissions must include a draft poster design, also in PDF format. This does not need to be a complete final version, but should give a sense of what is to be presented and allow for constructive feedback on the design and content. There is no set layout for the poster; authors are free to design as they wish.

    Submissions (both abstract and poster) should be anonymised for review.

    Publication

    The abstracts will be published in the main conference proceedings and will be included in the conference USB memory stick. They will also be placed in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.

    Dimensions UPDATED

    Submissions should be no larger than 105cm x 80cm, both landscape or portrait orientations are acceptable. Authors are expected to print and bring accepted posters to the conference site with them and be present throughout the scheduled poster session.

    Poster Co-Chairs

    John Williamson, University of Glasgow
    Eva Hornecker, Bauhauh Universität Weimar
    posters@its2013.org

    Demo Co-Chairs

    Oli Mival, Edinburgh Napier University
    Hideki Koike, University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo
    demos@its2013.org

    Demonstrations

    The ITS demo session provides an interactive forum for authors to present their work to conference attendees and receive feedback from the leading experts in interactive surface research. Demos provide an opportunity to interactively present research prototypes and work-in-progress as well as your best demos of the last year. Both independent demonstrations and those accompanying accepted papers and posters are welcome.

    At the conference, we want the ITS participants to literally get in touch with your demos. Our main goal is to provide a forum for lively discussion and hands-on experience.

    Important Dates

    • July 19, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for submissions
    • August 11: Notifications
    • August 16: Final camera-ready submissions

    Submission

    Every submission should include both a 2-4 page extended abstract AND a video of up to 3 minutes length. The extended abstract should be in the SIGCHI extended abstract format. You can download Word and LaTeX templates from the sigchi website.

    Submission should be submitted through the Precision Conference system at https://precisionconference.com/~sigchi/ by 5:00 p.m. PDT on July 19th.

    Tutorials and Workshops

    Important Dates

    • May 10, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for proposal submissions
    • May 24: Notifications

    Tutorials

    ITS 2013 is a premier venue for presenting research in the design and use of new and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies. Attendees join tutorials to get a broad overview of the field of Interactive Surfaces and Tabletops. Please feel free to submit a tutorial proposal about any topic of interest to the community, some suggestions are included below:

    • Touch technologies overviews & taxonomies
    • Flexible displays
    • Multi-touch software development and techniques
    • Overview of multi-touch interaction over mobile devices
    • Interaction paradigms around large surfaces (tangibles, pens+touch, etc.)
    • Natural User Interfaces (NUI) on surfaces
    • Overview of social protocols, presence, territoriality, proxemics
    • Hands-on experiences (with an emphasis on DIY)
    • Evaluation methods
    • … and other exciting topics!

    The tutorial chairs are looking for industry or academic leaders in interactive surface technology to run tutorials that will run between 2 hours and a full day in length and occur the day before the conference starts (i.e., October 6, 2013). Tutorial speakers will not have to pay the tutorial fee (but still need to register for the conference for being able to access other sessions). We request a short 1–2 page proposal in the SIGCHI publication format (http://www.sigchi.org/publications/chipubform). Please indicate the following:

    • Topic of tutorial and relevance to tabletop community
    • Nature of the tutorial, particularities
    • Short bio of speaker(s)
    • Physical requirements: space, equipment, video/audio, specialized tools, etc.
    • Requested length.

    Workshops

    ITS 2013 is a premier venue for presenting research in the design and use of new and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies. Workshops organizers will select a topic of interest and manage submissions and reviews for proposals. The deadline for workshop submissions will be August 9, the notifications should be sent on August 23. Proposers are welcome to submit any topic of interest, some suggestions include:

    • Multitouch on mobile devices
    • Large (wall-sized) surfaces
    • Surfaces in public spaces, workplaces, homes
    • Surfaces in domain specific environments (e.g. safety critical, education, games)
    • Information or Scientific Visualization on Tabletops
    • Works in progress
    • … and other exciting topics!

    The workshop chairs are looking for leaders in interactive surface topics to run workshops that run between 4 and 8 hours in length and occur the day before the conference starts (i.e., October 6, 2013). Workshops can be open (free to anyone) or closed (attendees need to submit submission papers). We request a short 1–2 page proposal in the SIGCHI publication format (http://www.sigchi.org/publications/chipubform). Please be sure to indicate the following:

    • Topic of Workshop
    • Program Committee members for the Workshop
    • Relevance to Tabletop community
    • Nature of the workshop – specify details as appropriate
    • Room requirements: Tables, Chairs, Projector configuration, whiteboards, etc.
    • Requested length
    • Open or closed workshop

    Joint Tutorial/Workshop Proposals

    NEW! This year, we are encouraging submissions on joint tutorial/workshop proposals, that is, a tutorial followed by a workshop on the same topic. The idea is to have an established active researcher start discussion on the state of the art on a relevant topic, followed by position paper presentations and discussion. Preferred format would be 4 + 4 hours (full day). If you are interested into this format please contact chairs for details.

    Tutorials and Workshops Co-Chairs

    Tobias Isenberg, INRIA, France
    Joaquim A. Jorge, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
    tutorials@its2013.org | workshops@its2013.org

    Doctoral Symposium

    The ITS Doctoral Symposium is a forum in which Ph.D. students can meet and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced Tabletop researchers in an informal and interactive setting.

    Students should submit a paper that describes: the problem that the thesis aims to address; the broad approach and how it builds upon and goes beyond the most central of relevant previous work; the work completed and the plan for the full dissertation work. Completed work may be presented as an overview or highlighting a particularly important part in depth.

    Doctoral Symposium papers will be published in the ITS conference companion distributed at the conference.

    Each submission will be reviewed by both DC chairs and additional expert reviewers to assess its suitability for the DC. This will be based on whether the work is sufficiently mature to present but still early enough for the student to benefit from the feedback and experience.

    Accepted authors will present their work to the DC chairs and expert reviewers and participate in an intensive workshop around ITS research. They will have free registration. The Doctoral Symposium will take place at the conference venue on Sunday, October 6, 2013 (for accepted authors and invited experts only!).

    Important Dates

    • July 19, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for submissions
    • July 26: Notifications
    • August 9: Final Manuscript submission deadline

    Submission

    Every submission should include both an extended abstract (no more than six pages in ACM landscape format) and a draft poster design. You may also submit a video and you are encouraged to do so if this clarifies the work, as is often the case in ITS interfaces. The extended abstract should be in the SIGCHI extended abstract format. You can download Word and LaTeX templates from the sigchi website.

    Submissions should be converted to PDF and uploaded to the Precision Conference system at https://precisionconference.com/~sigchi/ by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on July 19th. The PCS system will be open for uploading submissions beginning on May 1.

    Submissions must include a draft poster design, also in PDF format. This does not need to be a complete final version, but should give a sense of what is to be presented and allow for constructive feedback on the design and content. There is no set layout for the poster; authors are free to design as they wish.

    Submissions (both abstract and poster) should be anonymised for review.

    Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

    Richard Harper, Microsoft Research, Cambridge
    Judy Kay, The University of Sydney
    doctoralsymposium@its2013.org

    Industry

    ITS is where Interactive Touch and Surface Industry and Academia Come Together

    This year we would like to extend a special invitation to industry and those researchers with a more practical application focus to be part of the experience.

    Give a Lightning Talk

    Want to present to the world what your company has developed? We’ll give you some minutes. The presentation will be done in the form of Pecha Kucha style presentations during the conference program (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecha_kucha). In contrast to traditional slide presentations, the number of slides is restricted and transitions between slides occur automatically every 20 seconds. This keeps presentations concise and fast-paced. Pecha Kucha slides usually contain pictures rather than a lot of text. Make every second count.

    Lightning talk proposals should be submitted through our online system (https://precisionconference.com/~sigchi/) in the form of:

    • a 1-2 page extended abstract that will be published on our website. Please follow the ACM extended abstract format (LaTex template, word template).
    • and, if you want a video, showing your technology of up to 3 minutes length, that will be also published on the website.

    Please submit your PDF and video documents through the conference submission system by August 1, 2013. Notifications will be given by August 16.

    Industy Co-Chairs

    Luis Cabrera-Cordón, Microsoft Corporation,
    Johannes Schöning, University of Hasselt
    industry@its2013.org