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Best of MobileHCI 2012

Best Papers

  • An investigation into the use of tactile instructions in snowboarding. Daniel Spelmezan
  • MemReflex: Adaptive Flashcards for Mobile Microlearning. Darren Edge, Stephen Fitchett, Michael Whitney, James Landay

Best Demo

  • Tilt Displays: Display Surfaces with Multi-Axis Tilt and Actuation. Jason Alexander, Andrés Lucero, Sriram Subramanian

Demo honorable mention

  • PoI Poi: Point-of-Interest Poi for Multimodal Tethered Whirling. Michael Cohen

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Demonstrations and Space Challenges

The Mobile HCI 2012 Demonstration and Space Challenges track provides a space for researchers and practitioners to bring hands-on experiences to conference attendees. We want to see and try your:

  • prototypes
  • services
  • devices
  • systems
  • …and any innovative examples of mobile experiences or interactions!

We encourage making your demonstration visually or otherwise appealing and presenting it in an innovative way, to attract the participation of attendees.

Challenges will be mobile experiences that address the particular challenge theme set for Mobile HCI 2012: provide a mobile experience that best fits one of several different designated places at the conference venue - we call these ‘Space Challenges’.

The submission processes for Demonstrations and for Space Challenges are slightly different so please take a close look at both of them. Your exhibit may be listed as a Demonstration, Challenge, or both if you fit both categories.

Key Dates
  • Submission deadline: May 9, 2012
  • Submission via Precision Conference Submission System.
  • Notification of acceptance: June 11, 2012


Demonstrations provide an opportunity to present hands-on demonstrations of your work, research, service, prototype or product, addressing one or more of the suggested topics in the general call for participation, e.g., focusing, but not limited to, the following:

  • Novel mobile devices and hardware
  • Novel user interfaces and interaction techniques
  • Mobile social networks
  • Context-aware systems
  • Mobile Multimodal interaction
  • Group interaction and mobility
  • Wearable computing, smart clothes, new devices and sensors
  • Mobile entertainment, storytelling and location based gaming
  • Mobile art
  • User centred design tools and methods for mobile systems
  • Ethnographical and field studies with mobile technology
  • Model-based design of interactive mobile systems
  • Visualization techniques for the mobile context (including 3D graphics on mobile devices)
  • Safety issues e.g., in-car user interfaces, payments
  • Trust, privacy, content protection, legal aspects & issues in mobile applications & services

These will be highlighted at a conference Demo Reception and during breaks.

Equipment and resources

Participants are expected to bring the necessary equipment to the conference site with them. By default, the conference will provide:

  • 1 table
  • 2 chairs
  • 1 poster board with enough space left for one A0-sized poster in portrait orientation
  • Power
  • Internet (Ethernet and Wi-Fi)
  • Additional resources may be available upon request
Submission and formatting

Your extended abstract should be submitted by May 9 to the Conference Submission System, according to the MobileHCI 2012 Extended Abstracts format.

The submission should include:

  • Maximum four page description (including figures), max 4 MB
  • One page specification of the infrastructural requirements. Please specify which of the default facilities you intend to use and whether you have additional wishes (e.g., a 17″ LCD screen). The Demonstrations Chair will investigate infrastructure and equipment possibilities for the accepted demonstrations.

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference.

Publication in electronic proceedings

Accepted proposals abstracts (including figures) of the demonstration will be distributed in the electronic conference proceedings. Submission of the final camera-ready version includes and is not complete without giving us permission to distribute your final camera-ready version as described above. This permission is given when submitting the final version of your work via the Conference Review System.

Space Challenges

Mobile HCI 2012 is happening right in San Francisco’s Union Square, the sight of Coppola’s The Conversation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Conversation), where a mobile specialist worked with people and their environment to gain new insights and understandings. The Space Challenges at Mobile HCI 2012 present a similar set of creative challenges to the student, industry and research communities. We open to all exhibitors, areas of the conference where there will be social gatherings, meetings, or receptions; we challenge you to construct a mobile demo that fits the specific space. This enables researchers to test their applications in a real-life setting with a potential user group of hundreds of conference attendees. The challenge period is not only during the conference, but also before, so that the users can take advantage of the applications in their daily life and the rich surroundings of San Francisco. Experiences can be a subtile display based interactions to smartest mobile immersive applications. We are looking for: demonstrations that fit the space and that fit the city. More so, those which demonstrate the best of flexibility, creativity, and efficacy will receive Judge’s awards. On the MobileHCI 2012 website, all submissions will be publicly displayed, encouraging users to install the applications on their own phones (if applicable). We encourage submissions with matching papers, posters, or workshop submissions, but it’s not a requirement.

We have designated a few challenge spaces, but you are not limited to these spaces:

  • Union Square, the setting for MobileHCI 2012;
  • The Alexander Ballroom, where the Conference Reception will be held with it views of San Francisco;
  • The conference Reception Area, with its central location and function in our event; and
  • A final challenge will be the experience best representing a technology-enabled MobileHCI flash mob.

We challenge you to enhance the conference attendees experience of one or more of these places.

David A. Shamma, Yahoo Research, USA
Les Nelson, PARC, USA
Alex Olwal, MIT Media Lab, USA

Space photos & submission form coming soon.