CFP: International Workshop on Digital Object Memories for the Internet of Things (DOMe-IoT) Submission Deadline: May 29, 2012

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DOMe-IoT 2012
International Workshop on Digital Object Memories for the Internet of Things

September 8, 2012. Pittsburgh, PA, USA
In conjunction with the 14th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2012)
Submission Deadline : May 29, 2012

The Internet of Things connects digital information sources with physical objects - which transforms an artifact from being a passive object into a 'thing' that may link to data, store data and even offer data to users. Digital Object Memories (DOMe) comprise hardware and software components, which together provide an open and universal platform for capturing, associating, and interacting with the digital information of connected objects - including storage, documentation and provision of information concerning actions an object is or might be involved in.

DOMe-IoT will continue an established workshop series on digital object memories. In 2012, its focus is on research issues related to agency and digital object memories. Things will be enabled to make suggestions and propositions to human users - which implies that an object may have a level of agency. The latter concept is a striking possibility that may change the way that we further relate to objects.

*** Goals

The goal of this workshop is twofold: 1.) initiate a conversation concerning the potential for objects to develop agency; and 2.) explore how data that is associated with an object may leverage real-world actions. Following this general direction, the workshop will devote special attention to questions related to the modeling of agency for object memories, combining physical artifacts and their digital representation with services in the virtual and actors in the real world, how to identify actions (tasks) supported by an object and its memory, and effects (added value as well as user experience) resulting from this approach.

The workshop wants to bring together technical experts, artists, designers, and possible end-users of IoT systems to discuss and to leverage cooperation in future activities. It provides a hybrid interdisciplinary format that will combine traditional presentations and discussion with practice-based experimentation.

1.    Oral Presentations: In this session each of the position paper authors will be invited to present their work in a short talk followed by a brief Q/A session.

2.    Live Experiment: The workshop participants should transform physical objects into smart artifacts supporting agency - concerning digital services as well as actions related to the object. A toolkit/framework and methods provided by the organizers will support participants in solving tasks such as tagging objects, associating action knowledge and/or linking services in an explorative manner.

3.    Discussion Session: All participants will be invited to discuss and scrutinize topics and questions raised by the presented position papers and the experiment. As outcome of this discussion, a set of agency-related functions for object memories should be defined.

*** Topics

We are looking for contributions that present new techniques, introduce new methodologies, propose new research directions, or discuss strategies for resolving open problems spanning all aspects of Digital Object Memories in the Internet of Things. The focus will cover both the system-level solutions like software/hardware architectures as well as social, privacy, and legal implications of IoT systems. Furthermore, application-oriented demos and prototypes are also highly encouraged. Suggested topics that could be discussed at DOMe-IoT include (but are not limited to):

*     Objects and Agency: Things will begin to make suggestions and propositions to human users. Depending upon their sophistication these 'commands'  imply that an object may have a level of agency.

*     Architectures: Infrastructures for the centralized or distributed capturing, organizing, storing, and exploiting of object-related information, directly on the physical object itself or based on some remote infrastructure.

*     Memory Content Representation and Modeling: Formats for memory content items, discussion of standards and best-practice knowledge concerning the representation of object-related knowledge.

*     Memory Creation: Technologies and concepts for the manual, semi-automatic, or automatic creation of whole memories or single memory entries.

*     Data Mining: Information stored in a digital object memory might be analyzed in order to discover typical usage patterns or anomalies.

*     User Interfaces: How to structure, relate, prepare, and explain the wide variety of diverse data that might be contained in the memory due to its open nature.

*     Applications: Novel application scenarios of digital object memories for IoT and existing prototypes.

*     Privacy and Legal Aspects: Who "owns" the data stored in memory of an IoT, who can access/delete/correct it? How long must/should memory content be stored, and how can trust be established for the object memory?

*     Social Implications: Not only humans now can tell their personal story, but every object potentially allows us to investigate its history and understand how our world is connected.

*** Submission Guidelines

We accept two types of submissions to DOMe-IoT 2012:

*       Research contributions, which must not exceed 4 pages are expected to present novel concepts and new insights;
*       Position statements may be up to 2 pages and should outline individual interest and experience on IoT.
All submissions should be in the SIGCHI archival format.

Accepted workshop papers will be included in the ACM digital library and the supplemental proceedings of Ubicomp 2012. Furthermore, we will consider contacting a publisher for a special journal issue or book series volume considering the quality and novelty of the position papers.

Contributions must be submitted through EasyChair (, no later than May 29, 2012, and should be in PDF format. Detailed format and submission instructions including style templates for MS Word and LaTex are provided at the workshopís website (

*** Important Dates

Paper Submission: May 29, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: June 11, 2012 Camera-ready due: June 20, 2012
Workshop: September 8, 2012

*** Organizers


Alexander Kroener, DFKI, Germany
Jens Haupert, DFKI, Germany
Chris Speed, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Scotland
Fahim Kawsar, Bell Labs, Belgium
Thomas Ploetz, School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Daniel Schreiber, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Program Committee

Michael Schneider, AGT Germany, Germany
Eric Stephan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US
Peter Stephan, DFKI, Germany
Boris Brandherm, DFKI, Germany
Carsten Magerkurth, SAP, Switzerland
Ichiro Kobayashi, Ochanomizu University Tokyo, Japan
Max Mühlhäuser, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Till Riedel, KIT TecO, Germany
Florian Michahelles, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Kris Luyten, Hassel University, Belgium

(to be completed)

*** Contact and Further Information


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