“The Pervasive and UbiComp Joint Steering Committee (JSC) has decided to hold a single conference in 2013 instead of two separate events. By offering a single venue for the leading worldwide research in Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing, we hope to better serve the needs of our research community by attracting more attendees (including the leading Pervasive/UbiComp researchers worldwide), and enabling more satellite events.
The aim is not to reduce publication opportunities but to coalesce them – the conference will be multi-track and the acceptance rate is planned to be at the higher end of previous UbiComp and Pervasive conferences (~20% or more). Topics for submissions will include any work that one would previously expect to find at either UbiComp or Pervasive. We also aim to attract attendance at the high end of previous conferences – the current record being held by UbiComp 2005 (Tokyo) with over 600 attendees.
The merged conference will be an ACM sponsored conference, co-sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE and ACM SIGCHI (as recent UbiComps have been). The short name of this merged event will be “UbiComp” in recognition of the visionary work of Mark Weiser. The long name of the event will become “The 20XX ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing” in recognition of the dual history of the event.
The UbiComp conference series was founded in 1999 as HUC’99 and the last pre-merger conference will be the 14th, in Pittsburgh, USA in September 2012. The Pervasive conference series was founded in 2002 and the last pre-merger conference will be the 10th, in Newcastle, UK in June 2012. Pervasive and UbiComp have typically taken place over a 4-day programme, featuring technical papers and notes in the archival proceedings, specialized workshops, live demonstrations, posters, video presentations, panels, doctoral colloquia, and tutorials, and we expect the merged conference to both continue and expand on this legacy.
While we look forward to the merged event in 2013, please do make sure to also join in with our community’s two exciting 2012 events:
http://pervasiveconference.org/ – Newcastle, UK, June 2012
http://ubicomp.org/ – Pittsburgh, USA, September 2012″
-From Khai Truong: