CfP 5th Annual ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010

5th Annual ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010

ITS 2010

November 7-10, 2010 Saarbrücken, Germany


The Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010 Conference (ITS) is a premiere venue for presenting research in the design and use of new and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies. As a new community, we embrace the growth of the discipline in a wide variety of areas, including innovations in ITS hardware, software, design, and projects expanding our understanding of design considerations of ITS technologies and of their applications.

Building on their success in previous years, ITS again features Papers and Notes presentations, as well as tutorials, posters, and demonstrations tracks. For the first time, ITS 2010 will also include a doctoral symposium.

ITS 2010 will bring together top researchers and practitioners who are interested in both the technical and human aspects of ITS technology. On behalf of the conference organizing committee, we invite you to begin planning your submissions and participation for this year’s conference!


The use of interactive surfaces is an exciting and emerging research area. Display technologies, such as projectors, LCD and OLED flat panels, and even flexible display substrates, coupled with input sensors capable of enabling direct interaction, make it reasonable to envision a not-so-distant future in which many of the common surfaces in our environment will function as digital interactive displays. ITS brings together researchers and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds and interests, such as camera and projector based systems, new display technologies, multi-touch sensing, user interface technologies, augmented reality, computer vision, multimodal interaction, novel input and sensing technologies, computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), and information visualization.

The intimate size of this single-track symposium provides an ideal venue for leading researchers and practitioners to exchange research results and experiences. We encourage submissions on (but not limited to) the following topic areas as they relate to interactive tabletops and surfaces:

  • Applications
  • Gesture-based interfaces
  • Multi-modal interfaces
  • Tangible interfaces
  • Novel interaction techniques
  • Data handling/exchange on large interactive surfaces
  • Data presentation on large interactive surfaces
  • User-interface technology
  • Computer supported collaborative systems
  • Middleware and network support
  • Augmented reality
  • Social protocols
  • Information visualizations
  • Interactive surface hardware, including sensing and input technologies with novel capabilities
  • Human-centered design & methodologies


Conference Co-Chairs

Johannes Schöning

Antonio Krüger

Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs

Daniel Wigdor

Michael Haller


To help those with less experience in academic publication, ITS 2010 offers the help of our two Mentors Chairs. The mentoring program is intended primarily for authors from non-academics, including industry.

Two types of help are available from the mentor: assistance in framing and composing your research paper (early feedback), and help and feedback reviewing an already completed paper (later feedback). In either case, the mentor will help frame your work in context of other related work, and make meaningful suggestions to improve the quality of your contribution. Both types of mentorship have the same submission deadline.

Although we cannot guarantee that your submission will be accepted by ITS, mentoring would be helpful for you to turn your ideas into a proper research paper. If you wish to avail yourself of this program, you can do so by sending e-mail to both of the Mentor Chairs Lucia Terrenghi ( and Changkyu Choi ( The submission type will vary depending on the type of feedback you are seeking.

Early-Stages Feedback (Deadline: 2010.05.25):

Send a 1-page document describing your intended contribution. This 1-page must include author names and affiliation (e.g. company name), and enough information for the chairs to understand both what it is that you have done.

Completed Paper Feedback (Deadline: 2010.05.25):

Send your completed paper to both mentors chairs by May 25.

For both early and paper feedback, you will receive a response by June 14.


Papers/Notes: We invite paper submissions of two kinds: Papers (10 pages) and Notes (4 pages). Papers must present original, highly innovative, prospective and forward-looking research, possibly in one or more of the themes given above. Notes must also report novel and complete research, but where the scope and scale of the contribution is more focused and succinct than papers. Submissions must be submitted as a single PDF file in the ACM format through the submission system. A template for submissions can be found on the ITS website (

All accepted submissions will be presented at ITS 2010 and appear in the ITS proceedings and be archived in the ACM digital library.


  • Paper / Note Mentorship Requests (optional): May 25, 2010
  • Paper / Note Mentorship Feedback Received (optional): June 14, 2010
  • Paper / Note Submissions: June 23, 2010
  • Paper / Note Author Notifications: August 27, 2010
  • Paper / Note Camera-Ready Deadline: October 1, 2010

The calls for the posters, demos, tutorials, and the doctoral symposium will be published soon, please check our website for further information.

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