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ISWC 2009 : The 13th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers


Conference Series : International Symposium on Wearable Computers
When Sep 4, 2009 - Sep 7, 2009
Where Linz, Austria
Submission Deadline Mar 30, 2009
Categories    wearable systems   HCI   applications   mobile phones

Call For Papers


ISWC'09, the thirteenth annual IEEE International Symposium on
Wearable Computers, is the premier forum for wearable computing
and issues related to on-body and worn mobile technologies.
ISWC'09 will bring together researchers, product vendors,
fashion designers, textile manufacturers, users, and related
professionals to share information and advances in wearable
computing. ISWC'09 explicitly aims to broaden its scope to
include cell phones and cell phone applications as they have
become the most successful wearable computer to date.

ISWC'09 invites to submit original work in one or more of the
following formats: full papers, notes, posters, late breaking
results, demonstrations, videos, tutorials and workshops. As
already successfully performed in the past, this year's ISWC
also invites for a contest of wearable system designs,
encouraging academic and industrial design, media and art
authorities to submit conceptual work in a creative, inspiring,
innovative and future oriented style.

For first time, ISWC'09 will publish adjunct proceedings which
will include the late breaking results, video papers,
demonstrations, design papers of selected workshops.

*Wearable Systems*
- Wearable system design, wearable displays and electronic
- Wearable sensors, actuators, input/output devices and power
management systems
- Interaction design, industrial design of wearable systems
- Wearable sensor networks for sensing context-awareness,
activity or cognitive state
- Software and service architectures, infrastructure based as
well as ad-hoc systems
- Operating systems issues related to wearable computing,
including issues such as dependability, fault-tolerance,
security, trustworthiness and power management
- Networks, including wireless networks, on-body networks, and
support for interaction with other wearables, pervasive and
ubiquitous computing systems or the Internet
- Cooperative wearables, ensembles of wearable artefacts,
coordination or wearables
- Techniques for power management and heat dissipation, and
manufacturing issues

*Usability, HCI and Human Factors in Wearable Computing*
- Human factors issues with and ergonomics of body worn
computing systems
- User modeling, user evaluation, usability engineering of
wearable systems
- Systems and designs for combining wearable and
pervasive/ubiquitous computing
- Interfaces, including hands-free approaches, speech-based
interaction, sensory augmentation, haptics, and human-
centered robotics
- Social implications, health risk, environmental and privacy
- Wearable technology for social-network computing,
visualization and augmentation
- Experience design

*Applications of Wearable Systems*
- Wearable systems in consumer, industrial, work,
manufacturing, environmental, educational, medical, sports,
wellness, health care and ambient assisted living domains
- Wearable systems in culture, fashion and the arts
- Smart clothing, for people with disabilities, and for elderly
- Use of wearable computers as components of larger systems,
such as augmented reality systems, training systems and
systems designed to support collaborative work
- Formal evaluation of performance of wearable computer
technologies, and comparisons with existing technologies

*Mobile Phones as Wearables*
- Mobile applications designed for / delivered through cell
- Cell phone services, cell phone designs, cell phones as
personal computers
- Cell phone technologies, e.g. combining short and long range
radios, multimedia streaming
- Extending cell phone hardware e.g. sensing, novel IO
modalities, embeddings
- Cell phone interaction, cooperative cell phones, grids and
clouds of cell phones
- Studies based on cell phone deployments (especially large


*Full Papers*
Regular paper submissions must present original, highly
innovative, prospective and forward-looking research in one or
more of the themes given above. Full papers must break new
ground, present new insight, deliver a significant research
contribution and provide validated support for its results and
conclusions. Successful submissions typically represent a major
advance for the field of wearable computing, referencing and
relating the contribution to existing research work, giving a
comprehensive, detailed and understandable explanation of a
device, system, study, theory or method, and support the
findings with a compelling evaluation and/or validation. Each
paper must be submitted as a single PDF file in IEEE Computer
Science Press 8.5x11 inch two-column format (not longer than
eight pages in length). Accepted regular papers will be
included in the printed conference main proceedings and
presented in the paper sessions. Submissions to ISWC'09 must
not be under review by any other conference or publication
during the ISWC review cycle, and must not be previously
published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

*Notes and Posters*
Notes (not longer than four pages in length) and posters (not
longer than two pages in length) must report new results and
provide support for the results as a novel and valuable
contribution to the field - just like full papers. Notes are
intended for succinct work that is nonetheless in a mature
state ready for inclusion in archival proceedings. Posters are
intended to present very concise, yet focused and significant
research results. Both notes and posters will be held to the
same standard of scientific quality as full papers, albeit for
a shorter presentation, and must still state how they fit with
respect to related work, and provide a compelling explanation
and validation. Notes and posters must be submitted as single
PDF file in IEEE Computer Science Press 8.5x11-inch two-column
format. Accepted notes and posters will be published in the
conference main proceedings. Notes will be presented in the
paper sessions of the conference, posters will be presented at
the conference poster and demonstration session.

*Late Breaking Results*
This submission format aims at presenting very topical issues
and late breaking application oriented results in all areas of
wearable computing. Just like regular papers, late breaking
results should present directing research, but in a very
focused and compact format. Late breaking results are not
understood as short papers condensed into less page space, but
are intended to present pointed results at a high level of
technicality. LBR submissions can gain from an "extended
submission deadline" (May 18, 2009), and should be formatted in
Springer LNCS single column format, not exceeding 8 pages).
They will undergo a scientific reviewing process managed by the
LBR program committee under the steering of the LBR chair.
Accepted LBRs will be presented at the conference, and will be
published in the "Advances in Wearable Computing" book of the
OCG (adjunct proceedings), accompanying the conference

*Video Papers*
Submissions are invited to present novel wearable computing
systems, devices or just designs, or demonstrate innovative
styles of interaction or usability of those systems - in a
lively format: as a video. Video clips should be no longer than
8 minutes and be accompanied by a 4 page (or approx. 2000
words) written summary. Video paper submissions should be
formatted in Springer LNCS single column format, and not
exceeding 4 pages). Accepted video papers will be published in
the "Advances in Wearable Computing" book of the OCG,
accompanying the conference proceedings. The author(s) of a
video are expected to present a brief introduction at the
conference, while all full videos will be presented during the
ISWC'09 night show - a special event in the frame of the 30th
anniversary of the Ars Electronica Festival. Video papers will
be published in the ISWC'09 adjunct proceedings, all video
clips will be presented in the ISWC'09 Video DVD.

*Reviewing Process for Papers, Notes, Posters, LBRs and Videos*
ISWC'09 will adopt a double-blind process for full papers,
notes and posters - as well as for late breaking results and
video papers. Authors' names and their affiliations must not be
revealed or mentioned anywhere in the submission. Please refer
to the paper submission link at the conference website
( Questions about the papers, notes and posters
should be directed to, about late breaking
results submissions to, and about video
papers to

Demonstrations provide an opportunity to show research
prototypes and works-in-progress to colleagues for comment in a
relaxed atmosphere. Both independent demonstrations and those
accompanying accepted papers and posters are welcome.
Demonstrations will not be published in the main conference
proceedings, but will be included in the adjunct proceedings.
Accommodations (power, space, etc...) will be limited, so
participants should plan to be mobile and self-supported. To
apply to perform a demonstration, please submit (i) a one-page
summary that describes what you plan to demonstrate, including
a 200 word abstract (ii) a photo or diagram to be included in
the demonstration handout alongside the abstract (minimum size
640 x 480 pixels), and (iii) to by
Monday, May 18, 2009. Only the abstract will be included in the
"Advances in Wearable Com-puting" book (adjunct proceedings),
the rest of the summary will be used to judge the quality of
the submission.

*Design Contest*
Participating at the ISWC design contest is a great opportunity
to showcase your product or prototype to the leaders in
wearable computing. The design contest will take place during
the conference banquet dinner on Sunday, September 6, 2009 and
can be used to demonstrate your "smart gadgets" (plan to be
mobile and self-supported). Contributions are encouraged from
all areas of wearable computing, from technologies to textiles,
from potential employers to product vendors. Direct questions
related to the Design Contest to

*Tutorials and Workshops*
Workshop proposals should be submitted in PDF format via E-mail
to by February 1, 2009. The workshops will
provide a forum to discuss topical aspects of wearable
computing in focus groups. State of the art tutorials will be
presented by experienced, distinguished presenters. The
workshops and tutorials will take place on Friday, September 4
2009 (a day before the main conference). (,

*Doctoral Colloquium*
The purpose of the colloquium is to offer PhD students and
candidates, interested in the wearable/mixed and augmented
reality fields, an opportunity to present their ideas and
research plans in an international, agile and renowned audience
of junior and senior researchers and developers in the wearable
computing field. Thesis position papers (5 pages including all
figures and bibliography) are solicited relating a problem
statement, methodological approach, potential for innovation
and expected contribution to the international wearable
computing literature. Accepted submissions will be presented
during the colloquium and will be included in the ISWC'09
adjunct proceedings. The doctoral colloquium will take place on
Friday, September 4, 2009 (a day before the main conference).
Authors will also be expected to present a poster of their work
during demonstration session at ISWC (September 6, 2009).
Further information can be obtained from the conference website or from


The ISWC'09 Proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer
Society Press as print proceedings, and on-line via IEEE XPlore
Digital Library (approval pending). The ISWC'09 Adjunct
Proceedings will be published by the OCG, an ISBN carrying
publisher, in the book "Advances in Wearable Computing".


Conference Co-Chairs
Alois Ferscha (University of Linz, Austria),
Gerfried Stocker (Ars Electronica Center Linz, Austria)

Program Committee Co-Chairs
Paul Lukowicz (University of Passau, Germany)
Kent Lyons (Intel Research, USA)

Finance Chair
Gabriele Kotsis (University of Linz, Austria)

Publicity Chair
Andreas Riener (University of Linz, Austria)


Oliver Amft (ETH Zurich, SUI)
Michael Beigl (TU Braunschweig, GER)
Lucy Dunne (Un. of Minnesota, USA)
Steve Feiner (Columbia University, USA)
Jennifer Healey (Intel, USA)
Cornel Klein (Siemens CT SE 2 Munich, GER)
Tom Martin (Virginia Tech, USA)
Kenji Mase (Nagoya University, JPN)
Joe Paradiso (MIT, USA)
Cliff Randell (University of Bristol, GBR)
Daniel Roggen (ETH Zurich, SUI)
Joachim Schaper (SAP Walldorf, GER)
Bernt Schiele (TU Darmstadt, GER)
Dan Siewiorek (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Asim Smailagic (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Mark Smith (KTH, SWE)
Thad Starner (Georgia Tech, USA)
Bruce Thomas (University of South Australia, AUS)
Kristof Van Laerhoven (TU Darmstadt, GER)
Roy Want (University of Trier, GER)
Leah Buechley (MIT, USA)
Jamie Ward (Lancaster University, GBR)
Holger Kenn (Microsoft EMIC Aachen, GER)


Papers & Posters March 30, 2009
Workshops & Tutorials February 1, 2009
Late Breaking Results May 18, 2009
Design Contest May 18, 2009

ISWC'09 will be held from September 4-7, 2009 in Linz (Austria)
Tutorial/Workshops September 4, Doctoral Colloquium September 4
Main Conference September 5-7, 2009

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