UbiComp/ISWC 2021 
Call For Workshop Proposals 

UbiComp and ISWC 2021 invite proposals for the workshop program of the 2021 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp)  and the 2021 International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC). Workshops provide an effective forum for attendees with common interests and are a great opportunity for community building. Workshops can vary in program length, size, and format depending on their specific objectives. Workshops will be held on Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26, 2021 after the main conference.
We are soliciting workshop proposals on any topic of relevance to Ubiquitous Computing and/or Wearable Computing. There are many ways in which workshops can enrich a conference, and we are aiming to accommodate diverse opportunities for the community to engage. This includes, but is not limited to:
●       Workshops that provide a forum to share advances in an area of special interest to the community. Such workshops would typically solicit original research contributions and involve a peer-review process for submitted papers, but would be open to wider attendance. All accepted workshop papers can be included in the ACM Digital Library (DL) and the supplemental proceedings.
●       Workshops that aim to gather a group of researchers for a focused activity, such as hands-on prototyping, or joint development of a cross-disciplinary research agenda. Such workshops typically involve a selection process for attendance, but not necessarily a solicitation of materials for publication.

We encourage workshop organizers to consider a juried or lightweight review process. Workshops are not intended to be mini-conferences and we would like organizers to come up with proposals that can include and engage members from the community. To that end, having a large PC for workshop papers is probably not needed, but encouraging senior researchers and experts to attend the workshop is strongly recommended. Paper presentations are expected at the workshops, but we would also encourage proposals with other activities such as having substantial discussion time to engage workshop participants. We also encourage organizers to run an open workshop — that is, conference participants can sign up for the workshop and attend without submitting a workshop (position) paper. This allows workshops to draw more people from the community who are interested in the subject matter.
●       Submission deadline for workshop proposals: March 31, 2021 AoE
●       Notification of accepted workshops: April 10, 2021
●       Distribution of all workshop CFPs: April 15, 2021
●       Suggested paper submission deadline: June 15, 2021
●       Suggested paper notification date: July 15, 2021
●       Camera ready deadline for workshop description (ACM DL): July 31, 2021
●       Camera ready deadline for workshop papers (ACM DL): July 31, 2021
●       Workshops: September 25-26, 2021 (virtually online) 

Should you wish to discuss ideas for a workshop proposal prior to the submission deadline, feel free to contact the Chairs of the Workshops Program at workshop-chairs-2021@ubicomp.org.

The proposal should be prepared as a document of no more than 4 pages in the ACM sigconf format, and must in addition include a CFP (Call for Papers, or Call for Participation) as text. It must describe the topic, rationale, and objectives for the workshop, the organizers' backgrounds, an estimate of expected attendance (and whether participation will be limited), and a detailed plan for conducting the workshop (including any plans for pre-workshop preparation and/or post-workshop follow up). Some guiding questions:
●       What is the objective of the workshop and how is it achieved?
●       Why should this workshop be a part of UbiComp & ISWC 2021?
●       How will it make an impact for the community?
●       What types of submissions are you looking for and how will the papers be selected?
●       What activities are planned during the workshop?
●       What is the planned schedule and proposed duration (e.g., 1-day or  half-day workshop)? 
●       Do you want to opt out of running an open workshop? If so, please justify why you choose to run a closed workshop (i.e., only accepted participants can attend).
Upon acceptance, the workshop description is expected to be revised and adapted for inclusion in the supplemental proceedings and ACM Digital Library.
All workshops have the option of soliciting contributions for inclusion in the ACM Digital Library and supplemental proceedings of the conference. Workshop organizers must clearly describe in their proposal whether they plan to have workshop contributions published in this way. Organizers can specify page numbers for papers they solicit, but all workshop papers must use the ACM sigconf template (https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template).

Workshop proposals will be reviewed by a jury of experts based on how compelling they expect the workshops to be to UbiComp and ISWC attendees. The jury will consider several factors during the selection process, including:
●       Potential for the workshop topic to generate stimulating discussions and useful results
●       Expected interest level of the topic in the community
●       Relevance and timeliness of the topic suggested
●       Organizers' ability to demonstrate in the proposal a well-organized process and plan for the workshop
●       Feasibility of the planned activities and schedule
●       Overall balance of topics in the Workshops program. If multiple submissions on the same or similar topics are received, the organizers may be encouraged to merge their workshops.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 31, 2021 AoE. The submission should be a single PDF file that includes the proposal (max. 4 pages) and an appended CFP. The PDF file should use the ACM sigconf template (https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template). Please download and use the required template to prepare the proposal.
Submissions can be made via PCS at https://new.precisionconference.com/submissions. The workshop proposal page can be found via: SIGCHI -> UbiComp/ISWC 2021 -> UbiComp/ISWC 2021 Workshop and Tutorial Proposals
For further questions please email the workshop chairs at workshop-chairs-2021@ubicomp.org.