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.

Following the successful UbiTtention 2016 and UbiTtention 2017 workshops, the UbiTtention 2018 workshop brings together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry.

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
  • Understanding users' behavior and habits around notifications and interruptions, including longer term user engagement and behavior change
  • Use of ambient representations for big data analysis
  • Management of information overload in smart city environments and cyber physical systems or smart mobility and vehicle environments
  • Notifications in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)
  • Supporting the digital wellbeing of users

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger

Since 2009 Antonio Krüger is a Globus-endowed professor for Computer Science in Retail and the scientific director of the Innovative Retail Laboratory at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH). He is an internationally renowned expert on Man-Machine-Interaction and Artificial Intelligence. He has established the Mediainformatics study programme at the Saarland University in 2010 and directs it to this day. Antonio is a co-founder of the Saarbrücken-based technology company Eyeled GmbH, which focuses on the development of mobile and ubiquitous information systems. Many of his research findings have found their way into applications in retail and other industrial domains. He holds several high tech patents in the area of Human Computer Interaction. From 2004 to 2009 he was a professor of computer science and geoinformatics at the University of Münster and acted as the managing director of the institute for geoinformatics. He studied Computer Science and Economics at Saarland University and finished his Ph.D in 1999 as a member of the Saarbrücken graduate school of "Cognitive Science". Antonio has published more than 200 scientific articles and papers in internationally recognized journals and conferences and is member of several steering committees, editorial boards and scientific advisory committees.

Accepted Papers

We are very proud to have received so many excellent submissions. Please find a list of all 12 accepted papers below.

Workshop Summary

Workshop Program

October 12, 2018
Room 326

From 08:00 Registration opens
09:00 - 09:30 Interactive welcome session
09:30 - 10:30 Keynote

"Reflections on Attention Management and Notification"
Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:45 Paper session 1: IoT and Ambient Notifications

  • Attention Management for Improved Renewable Energy Usage at Households using IoT-enabled Ambient Displays
  • Things of the Internet (ToI): Physicalization of Notification Data
  • Pseudo-Ambience: Filling the Gap Between Notifications and Continuous Information Displays
11:45 - 12:30 Paper session 2: Predicting Opportune Moments

  • Nurture: Notifying Users at the Right Time Using Reinforcement Learning
  • Exploring Context-aware Proactive Blocking for Distraction Management
  • Improved Smartphone Driving Mode System Design with Differentiated Notifications
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 14:15 Paper session 3: Understanding Behavior and Habits

  • Losing the Power of Defaults: Exploring Changing Patterns in Enabling Mobile Notifications Best Paper
  • Qualitative Investigation of Multi-Device Notifications
  • My Watch Says I'm Busy: Inferring Cognitive Load with Low-Cost Wearables
14:15 - 15:00 Paper session 4: Smart Attention Systems and Frameworks

  • OpenAlerts: A Software to Evaluate Smart Emergency Alerts and Notifications
  • Notification Log: An Open-Source Framework for Notification Research on Mobile Devices
  • Wi-Mind: Wireless Mental Effort Inference
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00 Group discussions
17:00 - 17:30 Closing remarks and future planning

Important Dates

Submission Deadline (extended) July 27, 2018 (23:59 AoE)
Notification of Acceptance August 10, 2018
Camera Ready August 20, 2018 (camera ready guidelines)
UbiComp Early Registration September 7, 2018 (rates/registration, hotels)
Workshop Date (Full-Day) October 12, 2018

Submission Details

A paper should be anonymized and should have a length of 2 to 6 pages (excluding 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 time for an oral presentation. In addition, there will be room for demonstrations and hands-on sessions.

Submission System

Organising Committee

Dominik Weber Dominik Weber
University of Stuttgart

Anja Exler Anja Exler
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Alexandra Voit Alexandra Voit
University of Stuttgart

Niels Henze Niels Henze
University of Regensburg

Sven Gehring Sven Gehring
German University of Applied Sciences for Health Management

Tadashi Okoshi Tadashi Okoshi
Keio University

Veljko Pejovic Veljko Pejovic
University of Ljubljana


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