Seth Sandler a good friend of mine, released his new website sparkon.net which is a website that he describes as “a social platform for people that are sparked (inspired) by creative and emergent technology”.
Personally I like the way how he organized the site. Basically he created a portal that allows you to rapidly find (multitouch) applications, open source programming frameworks, and community projects that are out there, all in one single place!
Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010
If you’re doing research on interactive tabletops and surfaces, you might want to check out this years ITS 2010 conference. This year it will be hosted in Saarbrücken, Germany!
Check out the details below (more information after the break).
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
5th Annual ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010
November 7-10, 2010
The Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010 Conference (ITS) is a
premiere venue for presenting research in the design and use of new
and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies. As a new
community, we embrace the growth of the discipline in a wide variety
of areas, including innovations in ITS hardware, software, design, and
projects expanding our understanding of design considerations of ITS
technologies and of their applications.
Building on their success in previous years, ITS again features Papers
and Notes presentations, as well as tutorials, posters, and
demonstrations tracks. For the first time, ITS 2010 will also include
a doctoral symposium.
ITS 2010 will bring together top researchers and practitioners who are
interested in both the technical and human aspects of ITS technology.
On behalf of the conference organizing committee, we invite you to
begin planning your submissions and participation for this year’s
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: PAPERS AND NOTES
The use of interactive surfaces is an exciting and emerging research
area. Display technologies, such as projectors, LCD and OLED flat
panels, and even flexible display substrates, coupled with input
sensors capable of enabling direct interaction, make it reasonable to
envision a not-so-distant future in which many of the common surfaces
in our environment will function as digital interactive displays. ITS
brings together researchers and practitioners from a variety of
backgrounds and interests, such as camera and projector based systems,
new display technologies, multi-touch sensing, user interface
technologies, augmented reality, computer vision, multimodal
interaction, novel input and sensing technologies, computer supported
cooperative work (CSCW), and information visualization.
The intimate size of this single-track symposium provides an ideal
venue for leading researchers and practitioners to exchange research
results and experiences. We encourage submissions on (but not limited
to) the following topic areas as they relate to interactive tabletops
* Gesture-based interfaces
* Multi-modal interfaces
* Tangible interfaces
* Novel interaction techniques
* Data handling/exchange on large interactive surfaces
* Data presentation on large interactive surfaces
* User-interface technology
* Computer supported collaborative systems
* Middleware and network support
* Augmented reality
* Social protocols
* Information visualizations
* Interactive surface hardware, including sensing and input
technologies with novel capabilities
* Human-centered design & methodologies
Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs
To help those with less experience in academic publication, ITS 2010
offers the help of our two Mentors Chairs. The mentoring program is
intended primarily for authors from non-academics, including industry.
Two types of help are available from the mentor: assistance in framing
and composing your research paper (early feedback), and help and
feedback reviewing an already completed paper (later feedback). In
either case, the mentor will help frame your work in context of other
related work, and make meaningful suggestions to improve the quality
of your contribution. Both types of mentorship have the same
Although we cannot guarantee that your submission will be accepted by
ITS, mentoring would be helpful for you to turn your ideas into a
proper research paper. If you wish to avail yourself of this program,
you can do so by sending e-mail to both of the Mentor Chairs Lucia
Terrenghi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Changkyu Choi
(email@example.com). The submission type will vary depending
on the type of feedback you are seeking.
Early-Stages Feedback (Deadline: 2010.05.25):
Send a 1-page document describing your intended contribution. This
1-page must include author names and affiliation (e.g. company name),
and enough information for the chairs to understand both what it is
that you have done.
Completed Paper Feedback (Deadline: 2010.05.25):
Send your completed paper to both mentors chairs by May 25.
For both early and paper feedback, you will receive a response by June 14.
Papers/Notes: We invite paper submissions of two kinds: Papers (10
pages) and Notes (4 pages). Papers must present original, highly
innovative, prospective and forward-looking research, possibly in one
or more of the themes given above. Notes must also report novel and
complete research, but where the scope and scale of the contribution
is more focused and succinct than papers. Submissions must be
submitted as a single PDF file in the ACM format through the
submission system. A template for submissions can be found on the ITS
All accepted submissions will be presented at ITS 2010 and appear in
the ITS proceedings and be archived in the ACM digital library.
Paper / Note Mentorship Requests (optional): May 25, 2010
Paper / Note Mentorship Feedback Received (optional): June 14, 2010
Paper / Note Submissions: June 23, 2010
Paper / Note Author Notifications: August 27, 2010
Paper / Note Camera-Ready Deadline: October 1, 2010
The calls for the posters, demos, tutorials, and the doctoral
symposium will be published soon, please check our website for further
ITS 2010 Conference: November 7-10, 2010