Call for papers 2012

Papers are invited for the 1st international workshop on Smart Material Interfaces: “A Material Step to the Future”, to be held the 26th October 2012, at the 14th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2012, Oct. 22-26, Santa Monica, CA).

The goal of this workshop is to draw attention to the emerging field of smart material interfaces. This field takes advantage of the latest generation of engineered materials that has a special property defined “smart”. Smart materials are capable of changing their physical properties, such as shape, size and color, and can be controlled by using certain stimuli (light, potential difference, temperature and so on). The workshop aims at stimulating research and development in interfaces that make use of these smart materials, and it will provide examples of state-of-the-art design of smart material interfaces, using different modalities of interaction.

Topic Keywords:

 Smart material interface, Reality-based interface, Tangible interface.

Topics of Interest

We invite original contributions in a variety of areas related to Interaction design and development of interfaces that are making use of SMART MATERIALS. Main topic of interest is the application of smart materials in designing and building interfaces that communicate information to the user – or allow the user to manipulate information – using different modalities provided by the material’s properties.

  • Reality-based interfaces
  • Tangible Interfaces
  • Organic User Interface
  • Programmable matter
  • Electronic textiles, computational textiles, smart textiles
  • Robotics
  • Relevant developments in materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, biological engineering, nanotechnology, electrical engineering, textile engineering, and other fields, coupled with thoughtful speculation about applications

We strongly encourage submission with relative demo. 

Paper Submission

The workshop solicits original and unpublished papers concerning Smart Material Interfaces. Authors should submit papers not exceeding 6 pages in total.

Submissions must be sent in PDF using the ACM format (as indicated on the main conference page and here to the address:

smi-submission [ AT ] (substitute [AT] with @) changed in  smi.submission[AT] (substitute [AT] with @).

Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop. All the workshop papers will be included in a USB stick with all the other proceedings of the conference. They will be also published on ACM Digital Library with associated ISBN.

Calendar of important dates and submissions:

  • Workshop papers submission due: July 4th, 2012 – July 5th, 2012 
  • Author notifications: August 15th, 2012
  • Workshop camera-ready paper due: Sept 15th, 2012
  • Workshop: Oct 26th, 2012

For information related to the submission process please refer here.

About Smart Material Interfaces

With the use of smart materials, SMI attempts to overcome the limitation of traditional and tangible interfaces. SMI focuses on changing the physical reality around the user as the output of interaction and/or computation as well as being used as input device. SMI promotes a tighter coupling between the information displayed and the display itself by using the tangible interface as the control and display at the same time – embedding the information directly inside the physical object. It uses the physicality of the object as a way to deliver information. Utilizing smart materials’ properties, SMI can support cohesive interaction by maintaining both channels (input and output) on the same object of interaction. The interaction constructed in this way will grant the user a continuous perception of the object and of the output. For more information refer to this page.

The publications for this workshop can be found here:


and Program Committee here.

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