Archive for January, 2007

Mobile sharing applications for nomad and peripatetic storytellers

Call for papers: Parallel Session on “Mobile sharing applications for nomad and peripatetic storytellers” at HCII 2007.

This parallel session aims to present research addressing innovative data gathering, evaluation and participatory design techniques to develop pervasive interactive multimedia systems that enable the creation and sharing of stories. Supporting and encouraging creativity, collaborative work and socializing. It looks at presenting significant projects and studies carried out in academia and in industry aiming to make new media technologies more enjoyable for the nomadic and peripatetic user by showcasing new relevant solutions that extend the field of action of people on the move improving, at the same time, the quality of the experience with them. The objectives are to understand how nomadic cultures can shape trends in technology, to analyze how sociability can be achieved in nomadic contexts, to unfold the futures of mobile TV, to explore the user-experience in pervasive interactive multimedia systems in general, to design applications to encourage the creation of Mobile Communities, to analyze how mobile digital content could evolve and to examine advanced interaction modalities for handhelds and ambient deployments.


Authors are invited to submit on or before January 22, 2006, the title of their proposal and full contact details. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 29, 2007 about the status of their proposals. Full papers are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2007. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.


Dr. Anxo Cereijo Roibas, University of Brighton
Riccardo Sala, Dare

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to: a.c.roibas at


PhD thesis defended

Tommi Ilmonen successfully defended his thesis “Tools and Experiments in Multimodal Interaction” 14.12.2006 in Espoo, Finland. The opponent was Michael Cohen from Aizu University, Japan. Tommi is currently working in IPCity for workpackages 5 and 7. The dissertation is available on-line in the address:

Currently only the overview is in the Web, but the articles should follow in a few weeks.


LoCA 2007 Call for Papers

3rd International Symposium on Location- and Context-Awareness
September 20th-21st, 2007
Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, Germany

The 2007 Symposium on Location and Context Awareness seeks new and significant research on systems, services, and applications to detect, interpret and use of location and other contextual information. Context includes users’ activities, goals, abilities, preferences, interruptibility, affordances, and surroundings. With context, we can expect computers to deliver information, services, and entertainment in a way that maximizes convenience and minimizes intrusion. Developing awareness involves research in sensing, inference, data representation, and design.

Topic Areas:
We seek technical papers describing original, previously unpublished research results. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Sensing location and context
  • Inference techniques for context from low-level sensor data
  • Privacy and sharing of location and context information
  • User studies of location- and context-aware systems


  • Submission Deadline: May 29, 2007
  • Author Notification: July 3, 2007
  • Camera-Ready Version: July 10, 2007
  • Symposium: Sept. 20-21, 2007


Keho – the place for Presence research

Keho is a new online magazine for the Presence research community. It is the e-zine of Peach, a European project aimed at supporting Presence research. The first issue of Keho will be available to download from the Peach website in Spring 2007. A sample issue is online now.


Keho is looking for input from people working in the field of Presence. Do you have news about an interesting project or an event to share, an opinion about the direction Presence research is, or should be, taking, or perhaps an idea for a feature on Presence research in action? We would welcome your suggestions for articles for Keho. If you would like to contribute to the first issue please get in touch with the editor, before January 31st, i.helgason at or have a look at the Keho wiki:


If you would like to be notified when the first issue of Keho is available please subscribe to the mailing list at keho at peachbit dot org

Keep us in touch

We would like to be kept in touch with your activities. If you have a news mailing list please add the Keho editor: i.helgason at

About Peach

Peach is an EU-funded, Sixth Framework Programme Coordination Action on Presence, which aims to promote and support the networking and coordination of research and innovation activities. Its objective is to stimulate structure and support the Presence research community, with special attention to the challenges associated to the interdisciplinary character of the field. Secondly, because Presence research is set to produce disruptive technologies which can cause profound social impact and raise serious ethical issues, Peach will study the relationship between Presence technologies and society, looking at areas such as trends, ethics and legal aspects. Peach is also working to foster contact between researchers and the market, and enhance the public understanding of Presence research and technology.