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SUI 2012 : 2nd International Workshop on Supportive User Interfaces


When Jun 25, 2012 - Jun 25, 2012
Where Copenhagen, Denmark
Submission Deadline Apr 23, 2012
Notification Due May 7, 2012
Final Version Due May 18, 2012
Categories    HCI   interactive systems   human-computer interaction   model-driven development

Call For Papers

at the 4th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS 2012)
IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, June 25-28, 2012

In order to improve the interaction control and intelligibility, end-user applications are supplemented with Supportive User Interfaces (SUI), like meta-UIs, mega-UIs, helping or configuration wizards. These additional UIs support users by providing them with information about the available functionalities, the context of use or the performed adaptations. Further, they allow the users to supervise and modify the application's interactive behavior according to their needs. Given the rising complexity of interactive systems, supportive UIs are highly desirable. However, there is currently no common understanding of types and roles of supportive UIs. Enabling concepts and definitions underlying the engineering of such UIs are also missing. In order to fill this gap, the workshop seeks a discussion with a broad audience of researchers, who have experience with the design, engineering and development of supportive UIs.

The SUI workshops focus on the design and engineering of UIs to foster intelligibility and control. UI intelligibility has been approached from different perspectives. The concept of "Meta-UI" has been introduced as a metaphorical UI to control and evaluate the state of interactive ambient spaces. Other works focus on self-explanatory UIs, and make it possible for the end-user to understand the design of the user interface, or to control the media distribution and the component discovery.
Gathering these many approaches into a shared definition has been the main outcome of last year discussions. Specifically, Supportive UIs (SUI) exchange information about an interactive system with the user, and/or enable its modification, with the goal of improving the effectiveness and quality of the user's interaction with that system. Following this definition, taxonomies derived from collaborative and self-explainable UIs enable SUI categorization. Several SUI approaches, either focused on feature control, users’ adaptation, or context management have also been introduced. In a broader context, this second workshop forwards last year research agenda and aims to explore how to integrate supportive UIs into development processes and/or model-based development.

The goals of the workshop are to:
* Elicit the dimensions of supportive UIs through a taxonomy that would cover both the abstraction and presentation of supportive UIs
* Discuss design, implementation and evaluation methodology through questions such as:
** Design: how do SUIs impact the functionalities and interaction of the application? Does SUI design fit into user centered design approaches?
** Implementation: how to weave SUIs into the application code? Can model driven engineering pave the way?
** Evaluation: how SUIs can be evaluated with or without respect to the "core" UIs ?
* Identify the key research stakeholders for further research and elaborate a research agenda

Candidate participants must submit a short paper or a position statement. The short paper describes experiences, ongoing work or results related to the workshop's topic. We encourage submissions including video demonstrations as well as case studies. A position statement describes requirements or issues the participant encounters when designing and/or implementing supportive UIs, as well as desirable solutions from the author's point of view.
Papers must be formatted according to the SIGCHI publication format ( and must not exceed 6 pages.
The papers should be submitted in an anonymized form via e-mail to
Accepted papers will be published as CEURS proceedings.

* Paper Submission: April 23rd, 2012
* Notification of acceptance: May 7th, 2012
* Final paper due: May 18, 2012
* Workshop day: June 25, 2012

* Nathalie Aquino
* Marco Blumendorf
* José Coelho
* Joelle Coutaz
* Peter Forbrig
* Alfonso Garcìa-Frey
* Víctor López-Jaquero
* Kris Luyten
* Gerrit Meixner
* Philippe Palanque
* Fabio Paternò
* Michael Quade
* Dominique Scapin
* Audrey Serna
* Jean Vanderdonckt
* Marco Winckler



Alexandre Demeure (
Université Joseph Fourier, CNRS, LIG

Grzegorz Lehmann (
DAI-Labor, TU-Berlin

Mathieu Petit (
Matiasat System R&D

Gaelle Calvary (
Grenoble Institute of Technology, CNRS, LIG

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