Call for Papers

In conjunction with Pervasive 2012
San Francisco, CA, USA
June 18, 2012

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: March 9, March 16, 2012
  • Notification to Authors: April 02, 2012
  • Camera-Ready Papers: April 20, 2012
  • Workshop: June 18, 2012

Workshop Theme

Due to the proactive and complex dynamics of pervasive computing applications, it is important that systems are intelligible (or scrutable) to allow end-users to understand "what the systems know, how they know it, and what they are doing". Furthermore, these systems should put end-users at the center of control by empowering them to better co-ordinate, control, and personalize pervasive systems. Intelligibility and control are crucial to improve the usability of these novel, and possibly unintuitive, systems and to help users understand, appreciate, trust, and ultimately adopt them.

The aim of the Pervasive Intelligibility workshop series is to provide a forum for specifying, designing, developing and evaluating intelligible and user-controllable pervasive computing systems. Drawing upon the state-of-the-art, our goal is to refine existing and identify new directions for research in intelligibility and user-centric controls for pervasive computing that will foster further work in the community.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel applications and prototypes demonstrating the implementation and implications of intelligibility and control.
  • Programming techniques (e.g., design patterns, models), algorithms, middleware, toolkits and tools to support intelligibility and/or control, including work on how machine learning algorithms can be made intelligible and controllable, techniques to explain and configure ubicomp middleware, and tools for end-user programming.
  • Interaction techniques and user interfaces to support intelligibility and/or control, including solutions for challenging interaction contexts (e.g., tangibles, wearables).
  • Information visualization techniques to help users better interpret explanations from pervasive computing applications and better understand how they can control them.
  • User studies of pervasive computing systems and experience reports addressing end-user needs and discussing issues of intelligibility and control.
  • Ethnographic, cognitive psychological, or social science studies about how users understand and seek to control ubicomp systems and applications.
  • Models, theory and conceptual frameworks about how users understand and interact with pervasive systems.
  • Evaluation criteria and methods to assess support for intelligibility and control in pervasive computing systems.


There will be two separate categories for submission:

  • Research contributions should introduce novel concepts and present new insights. They must not exceed 6 pages (ACM Format).
  • Position statements may be up to 2 pages (ACM Format). They should outline a person's interest and experience in the topic of the workshop.

Authors are encouraged to submit to both categories, if considered appropriate. Supplementary material (e.g., videos) can be submitted as well and will be made available on the workshop website before the start of the workshop.

Accepted papers will be published online on the workshop website and will be included in the electronic conference proceedings. In addition, authors of selected submissions will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue of a journal or possibly an edited book.

Contributions must be submitted through EasyChair, no later than March 16, 2012, and should be in PDF format. More information can be found on the workshop website. If you have any further questions, we encourage you to contact the organizers at

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