CfPapers+Tutorials+Workshops: ACM Academic MindTrek 2009 // Everyday Life in the Ubiquitous Era // Ambient Media + Social Media + Games

   ACM Academic MindTrek 2009: Everyday Life in the Ubiquitous Era

   Ambient Media *** Social Media *** Games
   September 30th – 2nd October, 2009, Tampere, Finland 
   Submission Deadlines:
   - 15th May 2009: submission of tutorial and workshop proposals
   - 31st May 2009: submissions of long papers (6-8 pages)
   - 15th June 2009: submission of short papers (3-4 pages)
   - 30th June 2009: submission of poster presentations (1 page)
   - 15th June 2009: submissions of workshop papers for accepted papers

   In cooperation with ACM, ACM SIGMM and ACM SIGCHI 
   Publications will be published in the ACM digital library 
   Selected set of high-level contributions will published as book chapters
or in journals

Academic MindTrek 2009 Call for Papers, Tutorials and Workshops

We are pleased to invite you to the Academic MindTrek conference from
September 30th – 2nd October, 
which brings together a cross-disciplinary crowd of people to investigate
current and emerging topics
of media in the ubiquitous arena. Media to be discussed range from business,
social and technical 
to content-related topics. 

September 30th is the main Academic day, featuring the following three
* Social Media 
Social media and Web 2.0 technologies are applied in ever diverse practices
both in private and public 
communities. Traditional communication and expression modalities are
challenged and totally new 
practices are constructed in the collaborative, interactive media space;

* Ambient and Ubiquitous Media 
“The medium is the message!” – This conference track focuses on the
definition of ambient and ubiquitous 
media with a cross-disciplinary viewpoint: ambient media between technology,
art, and content. The focus 
of this track is on applications, theory, art-works, mixed reality concepts,
the Web 3.0, and user 
experiences that make ubiquitous and ambient media tick;

* Digital Games 
Digital play and games are currently undergoing many transformations: gaming
devices are becoming truly 
connected, players are finding more possibilities for collaboration, and
simultaneously games are being 
applied into novel uses and mobile use contexts. 

In addition, special academic sessions (e.g. tutorials, workshops, and
multidisciplinary sessions) will 
be held on Oct 1st & 2nd, parallel to the MindTrek business conference.
Academic speakers and authors 
are warmly welcome to attend the business conference tracks as part of the
academic conference fee during 
these days as well. 

The MindTrek Association hosts MindTrek as a yearly conference, where the
Academic MindTrek conference has 
been a part of this unique set of events comprising competitions, world
famous keynote speakers, plenary 
sessions, media festivals, and workshops since 1997. It is a meeting place
where experts and thinkers 
present results from their latest work regarding the development of
Internet, interactive media, and the 
information society. MindTrek brings together researchers and practitioners
from diverse disciplines that 
are involved in the development of media in various fields, ranging from
sociology and the economy, to 

The organizing committee invites you to submit original high quality full
papers, long or short, addressing 
the special theme and the topics, for presentation at the conference and
inclusion in the proceedings. 
We are interested in contributions in the topic areas social media,
ambient/ubiquitous media, and games 
such as:
- case-studies (successful, and especially unsuccessful ones)
- oral presentation of fresh and innovative ideas
- artistic installations and running system prototypes
- user-experience studies and evaluations
- technological novelties, evaluations, and solutions
- scientific, business, or media oriented contributions
- proposals for own workshops.

Paper Proposals
All submissions will be peer-reviewed double blinded, therefore please
remove any information that could 
give an indication of the authorship. The scientific part of the conference
is organized in cooperation 
with ACM SIGMM, and ‘ACM SIGCHI. Conference proceedings will be published in
the ACM Digital Library. 
Selected high quality papers will be published in international journals, as
book chapters, edited books, 
or via open access journals. There will also be a reward for the overall
best paper from the academic 

Workshop Proposals
 Feel free to suggest workshops which are co-organized with MindTrek 2009.
Workshop proposals should 
include the organizing committee, a 1 page description of the theme of the
workshop, a short CV of 
organizers, duration, the proceedings publisher, and the schedule. Workshop
organizers also have the 
possibility to add publications to the main conference proceedings.

Tutorial Proposals
Tutorial proposals should include a 2-page description of the tutorial,
intended audience, a short CV, 
timetable, required equipment, references, and a track record of previous
tutorials. The target length 
of tutorials is 2 hours.

Submission Deadlines
- 15th May 2009: submission of tutorial and workshop proposals
- 31st May 2009: submissions of long papers (6-8 pages)
- 15th June 2009: submission of short papers (3-4 pages)
- 30th June 2009: submission of poster presentations (1 page)
- 15th July 2009: submission of workshop papers for accepted workshops

- 25th May 2009: notification of acceptance/rejection of workshop and
tutorial proposals
- 15th July 2009: notification of acceptance/rejection for long and short
- 10th August 2009: camera ready papers, copyright forms, and conference
- 30th September – 2nd October 2009 MindTrek academic conference

Conference Themes

1. Social Media
- business models, service models, and policies
- questions related to identity, motivation and values
- blogs, wikis, collaboration and social platform designs in practice
- user-created content and social networks
- mashups
- enterprise 2.0 and social computing in work organizations
- evaluation and research methods of social media
- ‘old’ and ‘new’ social media
- social media and community design

2. Ambient and Ubiquitous Media - between Technology, Services, and Art
- applications and services utilizing ubiquitous and pervasive technology 
- ubicom in eLearning, leisure, storytelling, art works, advertising, and
mixed reality contexts
- next generation user interfaces, ergonomics, multimodality, and
human-computer interaction
- art works for smart public or indoor spaces, mobile phones, museums, or
cultural applications
- context awareness, sensor perception, context sensitive internet, and
smart daily objects
- personalization, multimodal interaction, smart user interfaces, and
- ambient human computer interaction, experience design, usability, and
audience research
- software, hardware, middleware, and technologies for pervasive and
- theoretical methods and algorithms in ubiquitous and ambient systems
- business models, service models, media economics, regulations, x-commerce,
and policies

3. Digital Games

       - theoretical and analytical studies of games and play
       - game design research
       - playful experiences in and around games: social play and funware
       - non-entertainment uses for games: serious games, persuasive games
       - games as services: new business models, service models
       - games and user-created content
       - pervasive and ubiquitous gaming
       - online, mobile, casual and cross-media gaming

Paper Submission
- Please follow the style guidelines on for formatting
your position paper and final paper.

- Note that since the papers will be published by ACM, all authors need to
sign an ACM copyright form. (For further guidelines see:

Submit papers here

Organizing Committee

Artur Lugmayr (General Chair)
Heljä Franssila, Olli Sotamaa, Jukka Vanhala (Conference Co-chairs)
Pertti Näränen (Workshop and Tutorial Chair)
Karen Thorburn (Local Arrangements Chair)

Programme Committee

       Pradeep K.Atrey, The University of Winnipeg, CANADA
       Staffan Björk, Chalmers University of Technology, SWEDEN
       Irek Defee, Tampere University of Technology (TUT), FINLAND
       Nicole Ellison, Michigan State University, USA
       Jussi Holopainen, Nokia, FINLAND
       Abdelmagid Salem Hammuda, Qatar University, QATAR
       Sal Humphreys, Queensland University of Technology, (QUT), AUSTRALIA
       Aki Järvinen, IT University of Copenhagen, DENMARK
       Juha Kaario, NOKIA, FINLAND
       Jan Kallenbach, Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), FINLAND
       Jonas Kronlund, ELISA, FINLAND
       Kai Kuikkaniemi, HIIT - Helsinki Institute for Information
Technology, FINLAND
       Cai Melakoski, TAMK University of Applied Sciences, FINLAND
       Frans Mäyrä, University of Tampere (UTA), FINLAND
       Marko Nieminen, Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), FINLAND
       Marianna Obrist, ICT & S Centre, University of Salzburg, AUSTRIA
       Hannu Paunonen, Metso Automation, FINLAND
       Matthias Rauterberg, Eindhoven University of Technology, NETHERLANDS
       Calin Rusu, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA
       Antti Salovaara, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology
       Kirsi Silius, Tampere University of Technology (TUT), FINLAND
       Manfred Tscheligi, ICT & S Centre, University of Salzburg, AUSTRIA
       Kaisa Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila, Tampere University of Technology
(TUT), Finland
       Annika Waern, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, SWEDEN
       Karsten D.Wolf, University of Bremen, GERMANY
       Zhiwen Yu, Kyoto University, JAPAN

Questions concerning academic content, papers, tutorials, workshops,
scientific contributions:
Email: academic.chairs (at)

General questions concerning payments, administration, copyright forms,
local arrangements, and the venue:
Email: (at)

Submit papers here
Further Information

Supported by: 
City of Tampere, Nokia Oyj, Ubiquitous Computing Cluster, Tampere University
of Technology, Tampere University, TAMK University of Applied Sciences,
Technology Centre 

Hermia, Neogames, Digibusiness cluster, Sombiz, COSS The Finnish Centre for
Open Source Solutions, and the Ambient Media Association (AMEA).


Artur Lugmayr, Adj.-Prof., Dr.
Head of the New AMbient MUltimedia (NAMU) Lab.
Tampere University of Technology, POB. 553, FIN-33101, FINLAND
Tel.: +358 (40) 849 0773, Fax: +358 (3) 3115 3087,,

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