MobileHCI 20182018-05-15T11:15:24+02:00

MADs – Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities of Mobile Ambient Displays (CANCELLED)

This workshop will be held on Sept 3rd, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain in conjunction with MobileHCI 2018.

Important Dates

  • Position Paper Submission Deadline: 3rd 11th of May 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance: 7th of June 2018
  • Papers available on the Website: 3rd of August 2018
  • Workshop: 3rd of September 2018, Barcelona, Spain


As we reach the age of ubiquitous computing, users have constant access to a tremendous amount of information. This can make it complicated for users to divide their attention. Ambient displays, which only draw the attention of the user when needed to convey concise information, allow to focus on a main task while not missing out on potential crucial information of background tasks. However, so far it is not well understood how they handle in mobile and wearable scenarios. This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss current challenges and opportunities of mobile ambient displays, including application scenarios, services and new prototyping techniques. We will discuss the design space and generate ideas of new applications. Furthermore, we will provide materials allowing the participants to implement rapid prototypes of their novel application ideas and try to develop a joined research road map.


The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss the design space of mobile ambient displays and the challenges and opportunities currently connected to them. We want to develop a more holistic understanding of how such displays need to be embedded into the users’ every-day life. This entails not only the functional and design aspects but also the technological aspects of e.g. prototyping. However, we don’t want to limit the audience to certain technologies e.g. OLED displays but rather seek to include as many possible manifestations of mobile ambient displays as possible. Furthermore we aim to identify potential application areas to better coordinate where to invest research efforts in the future.

Topics of Interest

The workshop is concerned with all Ambient displays (or peripheral displays) meaning displays that show information that a user is aware of but not focused on in mobile and wearable settings. Topics of interest include, but are not limited too:

  • Application Cases
  • Interaction Techniques
  • Design Guidelines
  • Evaluation Techniques
  • Prototyping Methods
  • Fabrication Techniques


We invite short (up to 2 pages) and longer (up to 6 pages) contributions using the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Template from researchers and practitioners working in the area of mobile ambient displays. Some examples of topics of interest can be found above. Our goal is to have a group who can share approaches and experiences, identify research and deployment challenges, and envision and prototype the next generation of applications.

Please upload your papers to the EasyChair System (EasyChair Link) latest May 3rd, 2018 (17:00 PST).

Notifications will be send out to the authors latest by June 7th, 2018. In case of acceptance one of the authors must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.  Accepted papers will be made available on the workshop website!

Workshop Details

The workshop is planned as a full-day workshop. The focus of the first part will be on short presentations of the participants and an ideation session. In the second part, the participants will split up in groups and create rapid prototypes of their ideas. First, the workshop starts with an introduction to the overall workshop topic as well as very short introductory building familiarity among all the participants. Next, the accepted submissions will be presented in short talks (e.g., using pecha kucha style). This is followed by an ideation session to create ideas how ambient displays can be utilized to enable new applications and services. Thereby, different breakout sessions are planned in different groups allowing the participants to engage with as many people as possible. In the afternoon, participants receive a brief introduction to the prototyping material that is available. We will provide different types of displays, sensors and actuators to build prototypical applications. Next, participants will create low-fi prototypes of the before generated ideas. We will assist the participant in the development process if necessary. As a wrap up, the participants will present their prototypes.


  • Markus Löchtefeld – Aalborg University
  • Jonna Häkkilä – University of Lapland
  • Andrii Matviienko – University of Oldenburg
  • Jürgen Steimle – Saarland University
  • Walther Jensen – Aalborg University
  • Sebastian Boring – University of Copenhagen

If you have any questions please get in touch.

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