CFP: Position Statements @ UBICOMP 2014

Call for Position Papers / Position Statements UBICOMP 2014 Workshop on “The Superorganism of Massive Collective Wearables”

Seattle, WA, USA # September 13, 2014 (right before UBICOMP and ISWC – Sept. 15-17)

Submissions due: September 5th, 2014


This workshop held in conjunction with the UBICOMP 2014: The 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and ISCW 2014: The 18th International Symposium on Wearable Computers asks questions on the potentials and opportunities of turning massively deployed wearable systems to a globe spanning superorganism of socially interactive personal digital assistants. While the individual wearables are of heterogeneous provenance and typically act autonomously, it stands to reason that they can (and will) self-organize into large scale cooperative collectives, with humans being mostly out-of-the-loop. A common objective or central controller may thereby not be assumed, but rather volatile network topologies, co-dependence and internal competition, non-linear and non-continuous dynamics, and sub-ideal, failure prone operation. We refer to these emerging massive collectives of wearables as a “superorganism”, since they exhibit properties of a living organism (like e.g. ‘collective intelligence’) on their own.

One essential aspect of such globe-spanning collective ensembles is that they often exhibit properties typical observed in complex systems, like (i) spontaneous, dynamic network configuration, with (ii) individual nodes acting in parallel, (iii) constantly acting and reacting to what the other agents are doing, and (iv) where the control tends to be highly dispersed and decentralized. If there is to be any coherent behavior in the system, it (v) has to arise from competition and cooperation among the individual nodes, so that the overall behavior of the system is the result of a huge number of decisions made every moment by many individual entities.


The workshop will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Downtown Seattle (Seattle, Washington, US) on September 13th. It will be collocated with UBICOMP 2014 and ISWC 2014.


09:00 Workshop Opening
09:15 Keynote I “Principles of Sociotechnical Superorganisms”, Franco Zambonelli
10:00 Session I “Human-Aware Superorganisms”
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Keynote II “Collective Eyewear: 7 Billion Live Streams”, Paul Lukowicz
11:45 Session II “A Web of Wearables”
12:15 Lunch Break
14:00 Keynote III “Collective Wristwear: The World in the Hands of Humankind”, Alois Ferscha
14:45 Session III “Goal Oriented Smart Watches for Cyber Physical Superorganisms”
15:15 Coffee Break
15:45 Position Statements
17:45 Workshop Summary and Consolidation


As an instrument of involving a broad spectrum of individual research opinions, this workshop promotes the submission of (2 page) position papers, and the presentation of (10 min) position statements. Each position paper should be submitted as a single PDF file, not longer than two pages in length, containing a description of

  • a research vision / research question
  • a research approach and method
  • and an analysis of the potential impact of the proposed research

Position papers will be published as part of the FoCAS (Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems, Research Agenda Book.


All contributions must be submitted by email to; template:


Alois Ferscha (University of Linz, Austria)
Paul Lukowicz (DFKI, Germany)
Franco Zambonelli (Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)


Submission Deadline: September 5th, 2014

Notif. of Acceptance September 8th, 2014
Camera Ready Version
Workshop September 13th, 2014


Authors of accepted position statements will get free admission to the workshop.