Workshop Theme and Goals

Users of digital devices are increasingly confronted with a tremendous amount of notifications that appear on multiple devices and screens in their environment. If a user owns a smartphone, a tablet, a smartwatch and a laptop and an email-client is installed on all of these devices an incoming email produces up to four notifications — one on each device. In the future we will receive notifications from all our ubiquitous devices. Therefore, we need an smart attention management for incoming notifications. One way for a less interrupting attention management could be the use of ambient representations of incoming notifications.

The goal of this workshop is to discuss how the problems of information overload and overchoice -- in our opinion two of the most relevant problems in information technology for the next few decades — can be solved. In the era of the Internet of Things (IoT) we have to handle incoming notifications from all our devices. Together with developments in smart city environments or with smart mobility the information overload will grow. In this workshop we want to focus on a larger understanding of the different roles notifications can play in a wide variety of computing environments including the office, the home, in cars, and other smart environments.

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Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding behavior and habits around notifications
  • Detection/prediction of availability, attention, and opportune moments for interruptions
  • Ambient, peripheral, distributed and multimodal presentation of information or augmentation
  • Timing of pro-active recommendations and user engagements
  • Infrastructures, frameworks and tools for the development of smart attention systems
  • Strategies for attention management from notifications of IoT devices
  • Use of ambient representations for "BigData analysis"
  • Management of information overload in "Smart City" environment and Cyber Physical Systems or "Smart Mobility" and Vehicle environment

Accepted Papers

We are very proud to have received so many excellent submissions. Please find a list of all 15 accepted papers below.

Workshop Summary

Workshop Program

Workshop Location: Kammermusiksaal

09:30 - 09:45 Interactive Welcome Session
09:45 - 10:30

Session 1: "IoT and Attention" (3 x 15 minutes)

  • An IoT Infrastructure for Ubiquitous Notifications in Intelligent Living Environments
  • Designing Natural Language Output for the IoT
  • How to Inform Privacy Agents on Preferred Level of User Control? Best Paper
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00

Session 2: "Innovative and Ambient Notification" (4 x 15 minutes)

  • The roles of Emojis in Mobile Phone Notifications
  • Dynamic Guide Signs System to Control Pedestrian Flow
  • Envisioning an Ambient Smart Calendar to Support Aging in Place
  • Towards an Ambient Awareness Interface for Home Battery Storage System
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:45

Session 3: "Sensing Attentional Status" (5 x 15 minutes)

  • TaskyApp: Inferring Task Engagement via Smartphone Sensing
  • Investigating Interruptibility at Activity Breakpoints using Smartphone Activity Recognition API
  • Preliminary Investigations About Interruptibility of Smartphone Users at Specific Place Types
  • Demonstrator for Extracting Cognitive Load from Pupil Dilation for Attention Management Services
  • Assessment of Social Roles for Interruption Management: A New Concept in the Field of Interruptibility
14:45 - 15:30 Group Discussion: "Identification of Emerging Challenges"
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:45

Session 4: "Future Challenges" (3 x 15 minutes)

  • Interruptibility Research: Opportunities for Future Flourishment
  • Challenges for Designing Notifications for Affective Computing Systems
  • Challenges in Designing and Implementing Adaptive Ambient Notification Environments
16:45 - 17:15 Group Discussion: "Action Points for Emerging Challenges"
17:15 - 17:30 Closing Remarks and Future Planning
19:00 - Workshop Dinner @ Heidelberger Kulturbrauerei

Important Dates

June 17, 2016 (23:59 AoE) Submission Deadline
June 28, 2016 Notification of Acceptance
July 3, 2016 Camera Ready
September 13, 2016 Workshop Date (Full-Day)

Submission Details

A paper should have a length of 2 to 6 pages (including references) in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format and will be reviewed by at least two workshop organisers. Successful submissions will have the potential to raise discussion, provide insights for other attendees, and illustrate open challenges and potential solutions. All accepted publications will be published on the workshop website and in the ACM Digital Library.

At least one author of each accepted paper needs to register for the conference and the workshop itself. During the workshop, each paper will be given about 10 minutes for an oral presentation. In addition, there will be room for demonstrations and hands-on sessions.

Submission System

Organising Committee

Alexandra Voit Alexandra Voit
University of Stuttgart

Benjamin Poppinga Benjamin Poppinga
Smarttention Systems

Dominik Weber Dominik Weber
University of Stuttgart

Matthias Böhmer Matthias Böhmer
TH Köln

Niels Henze Niels Henze
University of Stuttgart

Sven Gehring Sven Gehring

Tadashi Okoshi Tadashi Okoshi
Keio University

Veljko Pejovic Veljko Pejovic
University of Ljubljana


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