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 last year's successful UbiTtention 2016 workshop, the UbiTtention 2017 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.

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

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

09:00 - 09:10 Interactive welcome session
09:10 - 10:00

Presentations: "Smartphone Interruptibility" (5 x 10 minutes)

  • Who Matters: A Closer Look at Interpersonal Relationship in Mobile Interruptibility
  • Designing Architecture of a Rule-Based System for Managing Phone Call Interruptions
  • People's Interruptibility in-the-wild: Analysis of Breakpoint Detection Model in a Large-Scale Study
  • Investigating The Perceptibility of Different Notification Types on Smartphones Depending on the Smartphone Position
  • What Do Smartphone Users Do when They Sense Phone Notifications?
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 - 11:20

Presentations: "Beyond Interruptibility" (5 x 10 minutes)

  • Investigating Contextual Cues as Indicators for EMA Delivery
  • Emu: Engagement Modeling for User Studies
  • Understanding Recency-Based Behavioral Model for Individual Mobile Phone Users
  • Towards Cognitive Awareness: A Mobile Context Modeling- and Notification-based Approach
  • Symbiotic Attention Management in the Context of Internet of Things
11:20 - 11:40 Short break
11:40 - 12:30

Presentations: "Calmness and Overload" (5 x 10 minutes)

  • Application Overchoice: Preliminary Lessons from a Longitudinal Study
  • How Blocking Distractions Affects Workplace Focus and Productivity
  • Probing calmness in applications using a calm display prototype
  • Using Corneal Imaging for Measuring a Human's Visual Attention
  • Exploration of Tactile Feedback In BI&A Dashboards
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00 Group discussions, part 1
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00 Group discussions, part 2
17:00 - 17:35 Closing remarks and future planning

Important Dates

June 23, 2017 (23:59 AoE) Submission Deadline (extended)
June 30, 2017 Notification of Acceptance
July 14, 2017 Camera Ready
September 12, 2017 Workshop Date (Full-Day)

Organising Committee

Tadashi Okoshi Tadashi Okoshi
Keio University

Anja Exler Anja Exler
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Alexandra Voit Alexandra Voit
University of Stuttgart

Dominik Weber Dominik Weber
University of Stuttgart

Martin Pielot Martin Pielot
Telefonica Research

Benjamin Poppinga Benjamin Poppinga
Smarttention Systems

Niels Henze Niels Henze
University of Stuttgart

Sven Gehring Sven Gehring

Matthias Böhmer Matthias Böhmer
TH Köln

SeungJun Kim SeungJun Kim
Carnegie Mellon University

Veljko Pejovic Veljko Pejovic
University of Ljubljana

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 time for an oral presentation. In addition, there will be room for demonstrations and hands-on sessions.

Submission System


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