Call for Participation

The call for participation for SmartObjects'18 has been extended until February 2, 2018.

There is an ongoing trend on embedding computing and communication capabilities into everyday objects, turning them into smart objects. Examples range from smart (tangible) objects over smart cars to even large-scale urban infrastructures. Other recent examples deal with the fabrication of smart objects, smart sensory augmentation, and smart spaces.

The SmartObjects Workshop will focus on how the intelligence situated in these smart objects can be used to provide more efficient and enjoyable interaction possibilities for the users. The underlying research fields pose unique challenges and opportunities for designing the interaction with smart objects.

We seek high-quality contributions that explore the combination of intelligent interaction with the specific characteristics of smart objects. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • novel interaction concepts for smart objects
  • self-explanatory smart objects
  • fabrication of smart objects
  • smart sensory augmentation and smart spaces
  • smart cars
  • multimodal interaction
  • embodied and tangible interaction
  • context-awareness
  • accessibility through smart objects
  • intelligibility of smart objects
  • user studies and evaluation techniques
  • technology and models required for enabling the interaction with smart objects
  • situation models and reasoning


We invite submissions as position papers (up to 8 pages, incl. references) that describe a motivated opinion or viewpoint on interaction with smart objects, identifies an open issue or important problem, or presents work in progress.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least 2 peers. Besides based on general contributions, submissions will also be selected on their potential to initiate discussion. Accepted submissions will be made available for workshop participants only. In addition, we invite every accepted submission to appear in our proceedings published through Copyright is retained by the authors. Thus, papers can be submitted for other venues that allow this. Please note that at least one author must register for the workshop and one day of the conference.

All submissions should be prepared according to the CHI Extended Abstracts Format (LaTeX class file, Word template) and submitted in PDF through the workshop management system (easychair).

“Art and science create a tension therefore an oppurtunity. The engine behind old design is a vision, but vision is not technology. Technology is just a mean.”
-Hiroshi Ishii