UbiTtention 2016: Smart & Ambient Notification and Attention Management Workshop

in conjunction with ACM UbiComp 2016, Heidelberg, Germany
Submission deadline: June 17, 2016
Workshop date: September 13, 2016


Users of digital devices are increasingly confronted with a tremendous amount of notifications that appear on multiple devices and screens in their environment, such as at smart homes, smart offices, smart cities, and smart mobile environments. It becomes obvious that intelligent attention management systems and alternative, for example ambient, representations of incoming notifications are needed.

The goal of this workshop is to discuss how the problems of information overload and overchoice can be solved. In the era of the Internet of Things (IoT) we have to handle incoming notifications from all our devices, and together with developments in smart city environments or with smart mobility the information overload will grow. In this workshop we want to focus on a larger understanding of the different roles notifications can play in a wide variety of computing environments including the office, the home, in cars, and other smart environments.

We solicit original, unpublished, technical papers in the areas relevant to the above topics, including, but not limited to: understanding mobile information needs, mobile notifications, mobile attention behavior, detection/prediction of availability and attention, detection/prediction of information perception, information overload, multimodal interaction with focus on attention optimization, interaction across devices, multi-device interaction, frameworks and tools for the development of smart attention systems, ambient notifications.

Submission Details

A paper should have a length of 2 to 6 pages in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format and will be reviewed by at least two workshop organizers. Successful submissions will have the potential to raise discussion, provide insights for other attendees, and illustrate open challenges and potential solutions. All accepted publications will be published on the workshop website and in the ACM Digital Library. At least one author of each accepted paper needs to register for the conference and the workshop. During the workshop, each paper will be given about 15 minutes for an oral presentation. In addition, there will be room for demonstrations and hands-on sessions.

Details of the submission procedure and further information can be found on the workshop website:

Any questions should be mailed to ubittention16-org@ht.sfc.keio.ac.jp.

Important Dates

  • June 17, 2016 – Submission Deadline
  • June 28, 2016 – Notification of Acceptance
  • September 13, 2016 – Workshop Date

Organizing Committee

  • Alexandra Voit, University of Stuttgart
  • Benjamin Poppinga, Smarttention Systems
  • Dominik Weber, University of Stuttgart
  • Matthias Böhmer, TH Köln
  • Niels Henze, University of Stuttgart
  • Sven Gehring, DFKI
  • Tadashi Okoshi, Keio University
  • Veljko Pejovic, University of Ljubljana
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