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iUBICOM 2009 : The 4th International Workshop on Ubiquitous Computing: information retrieval, decision making processes, and user needs in the context of ubiquitous computing


When Jul 6, 2009 - Jul 6, 2009
Where Birmingham
Submission Deadline Mar 31, 2009
Notification Due May 15, 2009
Final Version Due Jun 21, 2009
Categories    ubiquitous computing   information retrieval   user-centred design approaches   collaborative and mobile compu

Call For Papers

At this year’s workshop, we aim to balance discussion of technological factors with human aspects in order to explore implications for better design. Thus, the theme is ‘information retrieval, decision making processes, and user needs in the context of ubiquitous computing’.

A particular focus will be how user needs could be incorporated into the enhanced design of ubiquitous computing systems such as smart homes, assistive technologies, and collaborative systems. Such systems capture information of various types in order to make decisions which meet human needs, depending on the context. In order to design and develop systems which can be successfully deployed, it is necessary to take user needs into account from the outset.

We wish to attract a wide range of participants involved in designing such systems, who can contribute to knowledge about the role of user needs. We would expect submissions from different practitioners and researchers working in a variety of application and domain areas.

* The workshop topics include, but are not limited to:
* User-centred design approaches for ubiquitous systems
* Collaborative and mobile computing
* Smart homes
* Assistive technology
* Requirements engineering methods for ubiquitous and collaborative systems
* Ethnographically-informed system design
* Context aware systems
* User modelling
* Approaches, methods and techniques for information representation and retrieval

Submission Details

All submitted papers will be reviewed by the programme committee of the iUBICOM 09. Papers are limited to 12 pages in Springer's LNCS format. Position papers up to 4 pages are also welcome. For more details see The best papers will be published in the main Proceedings of the 26th British National Conference on Databases published by Springer LNCS. The rest of the papers will be published in post workshop proceedings. Extended versions of the selected papers may be published in different journals. Currently, we are considering several Journals.

Submit your papers directly to Dr. Rahat Iqbal at: for review


Workshop and Conference Venue:

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: 31 March, 2009

Acceptance notification: 15 May, 2009

Paper final version due: 21 June, 2009

Workshop Chair

Dr. Dzmitry Aliakseyeu, Philips Research Europe, Netherlands

Dr. Rahat Iqbal, Coventry University, UK

Publication Chair

Dr. Rahat Iqbal, Coventry University, UK

Dr. Nazaraf Shah, Essex University, UK

Publicity Chair

Mr. Adam Grzywaczewski, Trinity Expert Systems, UK

Programme Committee

Prof. Babak Akhgar, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Prof. Chris Baber, University of Birmingham, UK

Prof. Russell Beale, University of Birmingham, UK

Dr. Andy Crabtree, University of Nottingham, UK

Mr. Adam Grzywaczewski, Trinity Expert Systems, UK

Dr. John Halloran, Coventry University

Dr. Eva Hornecker, Strathclyde University

Prof. Anne James, Coventry University

Dr. Fotis Liarokapis, Serious Games Institute, Coventry.

Prof. Raouf Naguib, Health Design Technology Institute (HDTI), UK

Mr. Salman Naimat, FEI Company (NANOTECH), Netherlands

Dr. Tom Pfeifer, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Dr. Alexandros Paramythis, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria

Dr. Nazaraf Shah, Essex University, UK

Prof John Soldatos, Athens Information Technology, Greece

Prof. Jawaid Siddiqui, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Dr. Stephan Weibelzahl, National College of Ireland

Dr. Mohammad Younas, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Contact and Further Information

For further information and paper submission please contact Dr. Rahat Iqbal at

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