Ubicomp 2016, Workshop on
“Collective Adaptation in Very Large Scale Ubicomp: Towards a Superorganism of Wearables”

This workshop (following up on the UBICOMP 2014 WS in Seattle and the 2015 WS in Osaka) 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, co-dependence 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. Collected Ideas of the previous workshops can be found at https://www.pervasive.jku.at/ubicomp14/ and https://www.pervasive.jku.at/ubicomp15/.

Get the full CfP in PDF-Format.

Important dates

Extended Submission deadline June 17th, 2016
Submission deadline June 7th, 2016
Notification of acceptance June 24th, 2016
Camera ready version due July 01st, 2016
Workshop at the conference September 13th, 2016

For registration issues, participation fees, etc. we refer to the Ubicomp 2016 website.


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


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Workshop on “Collective Adaptation in Very Large Scale Ubicomp”