ACM ITS 2015 – 2nd Call for Participation: Workshops and Courses

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Call for Participation: Workshops and Courses
ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS) 2015
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
November 15-18, 2015

http://www.its2015.org

Important Dates:
– Friday, May 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for proposal submissions
Friday, May 29 2015: Notifications


Workshops:
Workshops organizers for ITS 2015 will select a topic of interest about new and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies. The organizers manage submissions and reviews for proposals. The deadline for workshop submissions will be May 15th 2015, the notifications will be sent on May 29th, 2015. Workshop organizers are welcome to submit any topic of interest, some suggestions include:
– Interactive surfaces in informal learning (museums, heritage sites, public spaces)
– Classroom instrumentation and formal education
– New tools for assessing and analyzing learning around interactive surfaces
– Designing collaborative touch interfaces
– Walk-up-and-use interfaces / proxemic interaction
– Deformable interfaces
– Multi-device interaction
– GeoHCI
– Interactive Visualizations
– … 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. Workshop organizers of full-day workshops will receive two complimentary workshop registrations; organizers of half-day workshops will receive one complimentary workshop registration (but organizers still need to register for the main conference). Workshops can be open (free to anyone who registered for it) or closed (attendees need to submit position papers). We request a short proposal (up to 4 pages) in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts publication format (http://www.sigchi.org/publications/chipubform/sigchi-extended-abstracts-word-template/view). Accepted proposals will be available in the ACM digital library. Please be sure to indicate the following:
– Topic of Workshop
– Program Committee members for the Workshop
– Relevance to Tabletop and Interactive Surface community
– Topics covered in the workshop and planned activities
– Nature of the workshop – specify details as appropriate

Please add one additional page (for a total of 5 pages maximum) with the following information:
– Room requirements: tables, chairs, projector configuration, whiteboards, etc.
– Requested length (2h, 4h, 8h)
– Open or closed workshop

Please send the workshop proposal to workshops@its2015.org until the deadline on May 15, 2015.

Courses:
ITS 2015 is a premier venue for presenting research in the design and use of new and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies. Attendees join courses to get a broad overview of the field of Interactive Surfaces and Tabletops. In courses attendees can expand their knowledge and skills around cutting-edge technologies in the context of interactive surfaces.

The deadline for course submissions is May 15th 2015, the notifications will be sent on May 29th 2015.

New this year: To maximize productivity and attendance, courses will take place either in a luncheon format during extended workshop breaks, or as an after-workshop activity. This way, attendees have the opportunity to attend one workshops and at least one course.

Please feel free to submit a course proposal about any topic of interest to the community. This year, we particularly encourage courses revolving around the following topics:

– Interactive surfaces in informal learning (museums, heritage sites, public spaces)
– Classroom instrumentation and formal education
– New tools for assessing and analyzing learning around interactive surfaces
– Designing collaborative touch interfaces
– Walk-up-and-use interfaces / proxemic interaction
– Deformable interfaces
– Multi-device interaction
– GeoHCI
– Interactive Visualizations

Courses can include a significant part of hands-on ‘building’ activities, and examples are:

– Building new interfaces with flexible displays
– Digital fabrication techniques for building novel prototypes
– Novel toolkits, programming strategies, multi-touch software development and techniques
– Tangibles on surfaces
– Above-the-table gesture recognition with Kinect
– … and other exciting topics!

The course chairs are looking for industry or academic leaders in interactive surface technology to run tutorials and courses that will run between 2 hours and a full day in length and take place the day before the conference starts. Organizers of courses will receive two complimentary course registrations, but need to register for the main conference themselves. We request a a short proposal (up to 4 pages) in the CHI EA publication format (http://www.sigchi.org/publications/chipubform/sigchi-extended-abstracts-word-template/view). Accepted proposals will be available in the ACM digital library. Please indicate the following:

– Topic of course and relevance to tabletop community
– Description of planned hands-on activities and topics covered
– Short bio of speaker(s)

Please add one additional page (for a total of 5 pages maximum) with the following information:

– Cost of material and hardware (per participant, with list of individual items)
– Physical requirements: space, equipment, video/audio, specialized tools, etc.

Please send the tutorial or studio proposal to workshops@its2015.org until the submission deadline on May 15, 2015.

Workshops and Courses Co-Chairs:
Nicolai Marquardt, University College London
Florian Block, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
workshops@its2015.org
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