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UbiMount - ubiquitous computing in the mountains

A UBICOMP'16 Workshop - Heidelberg, Germany

About the workshop

The UbiMount workshop addresses the challenges that arise, when Ubicomp technologies are applied to alpine activities. It will take place as part of UBICOMP '2016 conference in Heidelberg, Germany. In this two day workshop, the participants will present their positions and research, followed by a hands-on experience on current technology during a field trip.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline for workshop papers: June 3, 2016
    Extended deadline: June 17, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2016
  • Deadline for camera ready version: July 1, 2016
  • Workshop: September 12-13, 2016


Call for Participation

The "UbiMount - Ubiquitous Computing in the Mountains" workshop addresses the challenges that arise when Ubicomp technology is applied to activities in the mountains. The ubiquity of technology in our everyday life raises the question if and how ubiquitous computing can inform novel technologies to support rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, or skiing. These technologies can be used to guide, monitor, track and - in case of emergency - assist users during their adventurous activities in the mountains.

This workshop focuses on the challenge of designing Ubicomp technologies and user experiences for alpine sports. We welcome researchers and practitioners working on wearable technologies and sensors, user research, design cases, and prototype development related to technology in mountaineering in general.

The two day workshop will include short presentations, hands-on group projects with current technologies (including wearables, 3D scanners & camera, software systems, and drones) and an optional field trip. At the field trip on the second day one can try out the projects developed on the first day either at a local outdoor climbing spot or during a hike in the Heidelberg area.

To apply to the workshop, submit a max. 4 page position or research paper in SIGCHI Extended Abstract format (references will not count towards page limit), through the EasyChair submission system. The submission deadline is June 3, 2016. The papers will be reviewed by the workshop organizers and program committee. Accepted position papers will be made available at the workshop webpage, while accepted research papers will be included in the ACM Digital Library and supplemental proceedings of UbiComp 2016. Upon acceptance, at least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop. All participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

The workshop welcomes submissions addressing one or more but not limiting to the following topics:

  • Design and implementation of (ambient) assistive real-time systems and the adequate use of notifications
  • Social acceptance of technology use in alpine activites
  • Novel navigation systems, tailored for the special needs in mountaineering or climbing
  • Systems that enable disabled or impaired people to pursue outdoor activities
  • Emergency or quick response systems for e.g. mountain rescue
  • Tools and methods for movement analysis
  • Interaction techniques for motor skills learning
  • Wearable computing technologies for mountaineers

accepted papers

We are happy to announce that the following position and research papers are accepted and will be presented at the workshop.

Research Papers

Position Papers


Below you can find the program for the workshop. Please note that the first day of the workshop will not take place at the conference venue but at the VertiGo, a local climbing gym in Heidelberg.

DAV-Kletterzentrum VertiGo
Harbigweg 20
69124 Heidelberg (Kirchheim)

  12th of September
Location: VertiGo
Participants will be guided by an SV from the
conference venue (8:45 at the conference venue) to the climbing gym.
13th of September
Location: Riesenstein / Königsstuhl
We meet at 9:00 at the conference venue.

9:30 Opening and introduction of the participants. Fieldtrip (Hiking or Climbing)
9:50 Paper Presentations
10:40 Coffee Break
10:50 Paper Presentations
11:30 Group Work
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Group Work
15:00 Coffe Break ä Demo
15:20 Group Work
16:30 Wrap Up
17:30 Optional Post-Worskhop Activity: Climbing