HomeSys 2013

Advance Program

The workshop will be held in "ETH Zentrum CHN E 46". Follow this link to get to the directions to the workshop venue.

As the official Ubicomp website seems to be down at the moment, please find instructions to get to the campus Zentrum here and to get to the building please locate CHN in this pdf map.

09:00 Opening
09:10 Attendee Introductions

Keynote: Ubicomp and the Home, Gregory D. Abowd

Regents' and Distinguished Professor
School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Inst. of Technology

Gregory Abowd is in his 20th year on the faculty at Georgia Tech, where he has worked on applications of mobile and ubiquitous computing. In 1998, he launched an effort to explore ubicomp technologies in the home through the Aware Home. 15 years later, he would like to reflect on progress in the field of ubicomp technologies in the home.
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Poster Session
see list below
11:30 Papers and Discussion: Understanding Users
  • Affective Home Networking
    Renata Teixeira
  • The Security and Privacy Impacts of Children and Childhood on Technology for the Home
    Stuart Schechter
  • Discussion with speaker panel
  • Video: The Digital Bookshelf: Decorating with Collections of Digital Books
    Ilhan Aslan, Martin Murer, Florian Primessnig, Christiane Moser, Manfred Tscheligi
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Papers and Discussion: Challenges of Conducting Research in the Home
  • Always Beta: Cooperative Design in the Smart Home
    Timo Jakobi, Gunnar Stevens
  • Exploring the hidden impacts of HomeSys: Energy and emissions of home sensing and automation
    Oliver Bates, Mike Hazas
  • Current Issues and Future Directions in Methods for Studying Technology in the Home
    Tim Coughlan
  • Discussion with speaker panel.

  • Video: Living++: A Platform for Assisted Living Applications
    Muhammad Umer Iqbal, Ngewi Fet, Stephan Wagner, Marcus Handte, Pedro Jose Marron
  • Video: homeBLOX: Introducing Process-Driven Home Automation
    Michael Rietzler, Julia Greim, Marcel Walch, Florian Schaub, Bjoern Wiedersheim, Michael Weber
  • Video: The Security Assistant - A Mobile Application for Informing Users About Privacy and Security in Smart Homes
    Peter Wolkerstorfer, Christina Hochleitner, Marc Busch, Manfred Tscheligi
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Practical Session: Visions of Future Homes
17:45 Wrap Up
18:00 Social Event
at bQm bar right next to ETH Zurich, Leonhardstrasse 34. Please find directions here.


HomeSys 2013 will be an inspiring, interactive, cross-disciplinary workshop for anyone conducting research into technology in homes.

This includes anyone...

We have decided to focus the plenary talks in the workshop on visionary (i.e. painting a vision of the future of homes and technologies within them) and reflective (i.e. relating past experiences with conducting research in the home which is informative for those working in the space). We also have some great posters and videos representing cutting edge work-in-progress in this space. Last but not least, we are excited to welcome Gregory Abowd from Georgia Tech to give a keynote to kick off the day.

Important dates

Submission for optional papers: May 24, 2013
Notification: June 7, 2013
Camera-ready: June 21, 2013, midnight PST
Registration: find deadlines and rates here
Attend: Sept 9, 2013 (Monday)
Thanks for your participation and interest!

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In conjunction with UbiComp 2013, the 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing.