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Subject: Cfp: CHI 2008 Workshop - User Interface DescriptionLanguages forNext Generation user Interfaces

Dear colleagues,

the CFP below might be of interest for you:



User Interface Description Languages for Next Generation User Interfaces

 April 6, 2008

Florence, Italy


In recent years HCI researchers have developed a broad range of
interaction styles that diverge from the "window, icon, menu, pointing
device" (WIMP) paradigm and employ novel interaction techniques and
devices. These emerging interaction styles include virtual, mixed and
augmented reality as well as tangible interaction and interaction with
pervasive and ubiquitous computing. 

Developers of these next generation user interfaces currently face
challenges that are not addressed by state of the art user interface
software tools. As part of the user interface software community’s
effort to address these challenges, the concept of a User Interface
Description Language (UIDL) is reemerging as a promising approach.

 To date, the UIDL research area , which has its foundations in user
interface management research and model-based authoring,  has
demonstrated promising progress with concrete, useful development,
mainly targeting multi-platform and multi-modal user interfaces.
However, many open questions remain regarding the usefulness and
effectiveness of UIDLs in supporting the development of next generation

The aim of this workshop is to bring together user interface software
researchers and interaction designers in order to enable a two-way
dialogue between tool builders and potential users of these tools. In
the workshop, discussions will focus on identifying key challenges
facing this community, developing new approaches aimed at solving these
challenges and considering future spaces for UIDL research.



 We invite interaction designers, computer scientists and user interface
software researchers to submit a 2-4 page position paper outline your
interest in the workshop topic. Position papers are encouraged to
address the following themes:


      * Requirements for supporting the design and implementation of
        next generation  interfaces. 
      * Characteristics and comparison of emerging interaction styles
        (e.g. TUIs, Mixed Reality, VR, Ubicomp). 
      * Models for specifying the structure and behavior of next
        generation interfaces. 
      * Architectural frameworks for emerging interaction styles. 
      * Lessons learned from developing, using or evaluating specific


Papers will be peer-reviewed and 15-20 selected by relevance and
likelihood of stimulating and contributing to this discussion. 

Email your paper, in PDF , to oshaer@cs.tufts.edu by October 3rd 2007.
Submitted papers should adhere the CHI paper format.

Participants will be notified of selection by 28 November 2007.

The workshop date is April 6th 2008 immediately before CHI 08 in
Florence, Italy.

See http://www.cs.tufts.edu/~oshaer/workshop/ for more information. 


Orit Shaer, Tufts University, MA, USA
Robert Jacob, Tufts University,  MA, USA
Mark Green, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Kris Luyten, Hasselt University, Belgium

Kris Luyten
Assistant Professor
Expertisecentrum voor Digitale Media - Hasselt University
Wetenschapspark 2, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
tel.: +32 (0)11 268411
email: kris.luyten@uhasselt.be
web: http://research.edm.uhasselt.be/kris

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