Workshop 21-ITUI

International Workshop on Intelligent and Tangible User Interfaces for Collaboration

(ITUI-C 2013)

Call for Papers and Participation

As part of

The 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2013)

May 20-24, 2013

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

San Diego, California, USA

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

Extended Submission Deadline: February 04, 2013

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters


Novel interactive systems often combine digital representations with physical, real-world artifacts. Such intelligent and tangible user interfaces (I&T UI) offer new ways for users to collaborate with others, manipulate data, to interact with humans and computers.

It is argued that ‘natural collaboration’ is supported when people can reach out and touch with their fingers or assemble around a table. Other participants and their physical chains of actions support coordination, while material artifacts or a tangible tabletop act as mediators. The use of gestures, interventions with tokens, modifications and content manipulation extend the possibilities of collaboration and co-construction. Participants do not just have to discuss in a confrontational way face-to-face. IUI employs intelligent processing and interfaces that leverage artificial intelligence techniques.

The artifacts take a key role in intelligent and tangible user interfaces and materialize the possible modes of collaboration and interaction. Therefore their collaborative aspects are central to participants exchange and interactions with each other and a UI, e.g., the ColorTable [3] – a tangible tabletop supporting negotiation process to collaboratively plan future urban scenarios in participatory settings.

The aims of this workshop are to further explore potentials of collaborating with and supported by intelligent and tangibles – their integration into the interaction, their material features and how these contribute to participants’ collaboration and modes of interaction. Therefore we look forward to further learn and understand the various modes of collaboration offered by UIs and exchange our experiences throughout fieldwork, design cases and research projects. Beyond that we want to encourage the discourse about the aspects and complexity of collaborative work and design with intelligent and tangible interfaces in theory and practice.

The workshop is planned for a full day, starting with a keynote and includes demonstrations. The combination of practical experiences and theoretical concepts will be a good basis for research exchange and support researchers to further explore and develop natural collaboration possibilities and cooperative concepts mediated by UIs. The workshop works will be included in the CTS proceedings.

The Workshop topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Intelligent and Tangible Frameworks and Models

    • Collaborative Multi-user Interfaces

    • New Approaches and Terminologies

    • Tabletop, surface, and multi-touch Interfaces

    • Methods and Experiences with Users and Stakeholders

    • Descriptions of Models and Processes

    • Design Studies and Cases

    • I &T UI Usability

    • Research Projects

    • Novel Intelligent and Tangible Applications

    • Intelligent Interactive Interfaces, Systems, and Devices

    • Pervasive and Mobile Interfaces

    • Human-centered Interfaces

    • Affective and Social Interfaces

    • Conversational Interfaces

    • Resilient and Adaptive Interfaces

    • Empirical Studies and Evaluations of I&T UI Interfaces


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to intelligent and tangible user interfaces for collaboration. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words. The full manuscript should be at most 8 pages using the two-column IEEE format. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and posters (please refer to for the posters submission details) will also be accepted for submission. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Authors are invited to submit a PDF copy of their manuscript to the Workshop using the following link: . In the form you fill out, please indicate that the submission is for ITUI-C 2013 in the Notes field of the uploading form. If the submission is for a poster paper or short paper, indicate that as well on the manuscript and in the form's Notes field.

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, technical clarity and presentation. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the workshop.

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2013 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed in major indexing services accordingly.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the workshop, please contact the organizers.

Important Dates:

Extended Paper Submission Deadline ------------------- February 04, 2013

Notification of Acceptance ----------------------------------- February 21, 2013

Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due -------------- March 11, 2013 (extended)

Conference Dates: ---------------------------------------------- May 20 - 24, 2013

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or contact one of the Conference's organizers or Co-Chairs: Geoffrey C. Fox at and Waleed W. Smari at


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