Workshop details

To all participants: Students should prepare a poster for our workshop poster session.  Max size A1 (W23.39″ x H33.11″  or W594 x H841mm)  The poster can be about your research, a class project, or planned area of study.  The poster session is a time to talk with a friendly audience about your interests.   We strongly encourage all attendees to prepare a poster!  Last year, attendees that did not participate in the poster session wished they had taken the time to create a poster.   If transporting a larger poster is difficult for you, print out slides and you can post them up together. You want to participate!

Workshop Details
When: Tuesday September 8, 2015
Where: Room CO2

More details coming soon!
To see the general agenda and list of UbiComp/ISWC 2015 workshops, click here.

Call for Participation!

About the Workshop

The 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp/ISWC 2015) will host the second annual Broadening Participation Workshop for student participants. This event is intended to increase the involvement of women, all students from developing countries, as well as underrepresented minorities, including persons with disabilities, in the field of ubiquitous and wearable computing.

This one-day workshop will focus on achieving three goals:

  1. To expose students to cutting-edge research in the field and engage participants in discussion and knowledge exchange,
  2. To provide mentoring and networking opportunities to students that will help them in their studies and professional careers, and
  3. To increase and engage the overall participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in the wearable and ubiquitous computing community and contribute to its diversification.
Group photo from last year's Broadening Participation Workshop (Ubicomp 2014).

Group photo from last year’s Broadening Participation Workshop (Ubicomp 2014)

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: June 12, 2015
  • Notification date: July 1, 2015
  • Workshop: September 8, 2015

General Agenda

The workshop will entail a variety of activities, including:

  1. Presentations by invited speakers on research topics and methods
  2. Discussion sessions about career options and career planning in the field
  3. Student poster session and feedback on their work from peers and mentors
  4. Networking sessions

Internationally renowned researchers including women and minorities from the field will be invited to serve as speakers, mentors, and leaders for the workshop activities.  Click here to see the fantastic agenda we had at last year’s Broadening Participation Workshop at Ubicomp 2014 (Seattle, USA).

Student Participants

Students from other groups working in ubiquitous and wearable computing as well as those whose research focuses on underrepresented groups in ubiquitous and wearable computing are encouraged to apply. We anticipate that this workshop will be of maximum benefit to graduate students in the early- to mid-stages of their graduate studies.

Financial Support to Attend

Our aim is to provide funding assistance to the majority of our attendees to cover:

  1. Workshop registration
  2. Your flight to Osaka /Ground transportation to the hotel
  3. Two nights in a shared hotel room
  4. We may also have some limited funding to cover the additional costs for attending UbiComp/ISWC 2015 (conference registration and additional hotel nights) for some students.

Application Process

Interested students should submit an application (max. 2 pages in ACM 2-column format) through this online form.

The application must include the following:

  1. A brief biographical sketch including the names and affiliations of the research advisors, the program in which the student is enrolled, the date that the student enrolled in the program, and the expected date of completion (1 paragraph)
  2. A statement of your objectives for attending the Broadening Participation workshop and how you think it will help you in your studies and career (1 paragraph)
  3. A description of your current or planned research topic. This section should describe what part of the research has already been completed (if any) and what research activities are planned for the rest of the studies.
  4. An indication of whether you would like to present in the student poster session if accepted to participate in the workshop. Please note that we cannot guarantee a presentation space to all accepted participants at this time; decisions about presentations at the poster session will be made depending on space and time constraints, and the number of participants.

Additionally, the applicant’s research supervisor should also send a supporting letter on university letterhead to The letter should contain a statement expressing how the student’s participation will help to diversify the Ubicomp/ISWC research community, and how the student will benefit from participation in the workshop. Please note that this is NOT a recommendation letter; the supervisor is not asked to comment on the abilities of the student or the quality of the student’s research.

Applications and supporting letters must be submitted by June 12, 2015.  Students will be notified of decisions on July 1st, 2015.