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TICE 2007: Tangible Interaction in Collaborative Environments

WETICE-2007 2nd International Workshop on "Tangible Interaction in Collaborative Environments" (TICE), at the 16th International IEEE Workshops on Enabling Technologies (WETICE-2007).

Paris, France, June 18-20, 2007.

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TICE 2007 is held in Cooperation with

WETICE-2007 British HCI Group IEEE Computer Society Press


14-05-2006: The program of TICE 2007 is online.
09-05-2007: IEEE set the camera-ready deadline to May 18, 2007.
16-04-2007: Due to the new submission deadline, the notification about accepted papers has been extended to April 27, 2007.
13-02-2007: The submission deadline has been extended to March 4, 2007.
26-01-2007: The Call for Papers is available in TXT and PDF.
06-12-2006: The TICE 2007 webpage is online.


Due to recent technological advances, it has become possible to integrate sensor and actuator technologies as well as wireless communication in everyday objects and environments. These developments open up a huge amount of innovative interaction scenarios, involving new forms of user interfaces. One kind that enables intuitive and natural interaction is tangible user interfaces, referring to interfaces in which persons interact with digital information through the physical environment. Tangible user interfaces are not limited to the interactions of a single person, but can be used to support interaction within - even dislocated - groups and smart artefacts.

Motivated by these developments, we see this workshop as an opportunity for exploring the potentials and perspectives of tangible interaction for supporting collaborative work. Because of its interdisciplinary topic, TICE 2007 aims at bringing together researchers of various fields, including Human Computer Interaction, Tangible User Interfaces, Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Sociology, Communication Technologies, Embedded Systems and Ubiquitous Computing, to discuss key issues, approaches, open problems, innovative applications, and trends of tangible interaction in collaborative environments.

Workshop Topics

We welcome participants from all disciplines related to the topic of this workshop, including but not limited to Tangible User Interfaces, CSCW and Ubiquitous Computing environments. We invite original research papers and experience reports in all areas of collaborative methods and systems development. Additionally, position papers outlining novel research domains and approaches are welcome. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Interaction design of collaborative tangible environments
  • Design process for embodied/tangible interaction
  • Guidelines, methods and methodologies for collaborative interaction design
  • Concepts and patterns for physical and tangible interaction
  • Programming paradigms for building tangible environments
  • New paradigms for collaborative environments
Technological aspects of tangible user interfaces
  • Middleware, platforms and tools
  • Architectural concepts for enhancing tangible interaction in groups
  • Enabling technologies for instrumenting tangible artefacts
  • Innovative technological solutions
Case studies and application scenarios
  • Usability studies and evaluations of collaborative tangible environments
  • Visions and application scenarios
  • Security, privacy and trust in collaborative tangible environments
  • Collaborative tangible interaction for mobile users
Call for Papers (txt, pdf)

Format and Submission

Papers must be written in English, and they should not exceed 6 pages double column, including references, figures and tables. Papers must be formatted according to the IEEE formatting instructions (8.5"x11", two-column). The papers have to contain original contributions not published or submitted elsewhere, and references to related state-of-the-art work. Papers should include a title, the name and affiliation of each author, an abstract of up to 150 words and no more than eight keywords.

Each paper will receive at least three anonymous peer reviews by program committee members or additional expert reviewers. The accepted papers and a summary report of this workshop will be published in the post-conference proceedings and directly mailed to the registered authors by the IEEE Computer Society Press after the conference. In order to get an accepted paper published in the proceedings, at least one author has to register and present the paper at WETICE-2007. If enough high-quality papers are submitted, we will contact a journal to explore the possibility of a special issue.

Papers must be submitted anonymized in either PDF or PS format by email to the organizers ( Make sure that the subject of the email is "TICE 2007 Submission"! If you have further questions or remarks, please do not hesitate to contact the workshop organizers.


Accepted and presented papers will be included in the post-conference proceedings, published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

Important Dates

Extended deadline for paper submission: March 4, 2007
Decision to paper authors: April 27, 2007
Camera-ready papers to IEEE: May 18, 2007
Advance registration with discount: June 1, 2007
WETICE-2007 workshops and on-site registration: June 18-20, 2007
Workshop chairs' final reports due to IEEE: July 9, 2007


Alois Ferscha
Department of Pervasive Computing
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz, Austria

Clemens Holzmann
Department of Pervasive Computing
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz, Austria

Program Committee

Alois Ferscha, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Elgar Fleisch, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Tom Gross, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany
Clemens Holzmann, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Eva Hornecker, The Open University, UK
Gerd Kortuem, Lancaster University, UK
Gabriele Kotsis, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Antonio Krüger, University of Münster, Germany
Max Mühlhäuser, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
Albrecht Schmidt, Fraunhofer IAIS and b-it University of Bonn, Germany
Norbert Streitz, Fraunhofer IPSI, Germany
Brygg Ullmer, Louisiana State University, USA
Andreas Zeidler, Siemens AG, Corporate Research and Technologies, Germany


TICE 2007 will take place on Monday, June 18, 2007.

9:00-12:30 WETICE-2007 Joint Sessions
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:30 TICE Presentation Session (25 min. presentation + 5 min. discussion)

TICE 2007 Intro

Tabletop Collaboration Through Tangible Interaction
Sriram Subramanian, Philips Research Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Jan Korst, Philips Research Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Vincent Buil, Philips Research Eindhoven, The Netherlands
David Pinelle, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

A Tuple-Space based Middleware for Collaborative Tangible User Interfaces
Florian Georg Furtmüller, University of Linz, Austria
Stefan Oppl, University of Linz, Austria

A Dual-Driver System of Networked Fire Truck Simulator with Rotating Motion Platform and Force Display
Tatsuya Nagai, University of Aizu, Japan
Michael Cohen, University of Aizu, Japan
Yoko Murakami, University of Aizu, Japan
Yoshinori Moriguchi, University of Aizu, Japan

15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:30 Closing Session
18:30 WETICE-2007 Reception

(Preliminary program, might be subject to changes)


TICE 2006:
Phone: +43 732 2468 1226
Fax: +43 732 2468 8426