Ubicomp 2014, Workshop on
“The Superorganism of Massive Collective Wearables”

This workshop asks questions on the potential and opportunities of turning massively deployed wearable systems to a globe-spanning superorganism of socially interactive personal digital assistants. While individual wearables are of heterogeneous provenance and typically act autonomously, it stands to reason that they can (and will) self-organize into large scale cooperative collectives, with humans being mostly out-of-the-loop. A common objective or central controller may thereby not be assumed, but rather volatile network topologies, codependence and internal competition, non-linear and non-continuous dynamics, and sub-ideal, failure-prone operation. We refer to these emerging massive collectives of wearables as a “superorganism”, since they exhibit properties of a living organism (like e.g. ‘collective intelligence’) on their own.

Get the full CfP in PDF-Format.

Important dates

Submission deadline June 2nd, 2014
Extended deadline July 2nd, 2014
Notification of acceptance July 2nd, 2014
Camera ready version due July 6th, 2014
Early registration deadline July 18th, 2014
Workshop at the conference September 13, 2014

For registration issues, participation fees, etc. we refer to the Ubicomp 2014 website.


Alois Ferscha, University of Linz, Austria
Paul Lukowicz, DFKI, Germany
Franco Zambonelli, University di Modena, Italy


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Workshop on “The Superorganism of Massive Collective Wearables”