ACM ISS 2022
Sun 20 - Thu 24 November 2022 Wellington, New Zealand

The Rethinking Smart Objects workshop provides a platform for researchers to discuss the development of smart objects and novel techniques for interacting with smart objects in interactive spaces, as well as to discuss what steps are needed to make smart objects in interactive spaces more viable and practical for the masses. This full-day hybrid workshop will address researchers from industry and academia to pinpoint the implications and interaction paradigms of smart objects. The workshop engages with group discussions for researchers and practitioners working in these research areas but also encourages the exchange with aspiring researchers. During the workshop, we will elaborate on recent approaches on how to design smart objects and interact with them. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to discuss in interactive sessions the entire creation process from the idea to the design and optimization to the evaluation of such smart objects. This workshop aims to connect the provided benefits of smart objects and the interaction paradigms, leading to natural interaction with smart objects. The result includes an action plan with leading questions moving the research field forward.

The Rethinking Smart Objects workshop will discuss how intelligence embedded in smart objects can be used to foster more natural, efficient, and enjoyable interaction. The topics cover designing of smart objects from various perspectives, including technical aspects, such as processing of data from sensors embedded in everyday objects, the actuation of such, the self-representation of their behavior, interaction concepts and techniques to control and query intelligent objects, and also their ethical aspects and privacy challenges. Further, we will discuss current design methods, processes, and tools to design and fabricate smart objects in interactive spaces.

Call for Participation

There is an ongoing trend on embedding computing and communication capabilities into everyday objects, turning them into smart objects. Examples range from smart (tangible) objects over smart cars to even large-scale urban infrastructures. Other recent examples deal with the fabrication of smart objects, smart sensory augmentation, and smart spaces. This workshop will focus on how the intelligence situated in these smart objects can be harvested to provide more efficient and enjoyable interaction possibilities for the users. The underlying research fields pose unique challenges and opportunities for designing the interaction with such devices.


We seek high-quality contributions that explore the combination of intelligent interaction with the specific characteristics of smart objects. Topics include but are not limited to: technology and models required for enabling the interaction with smart objects novel interaction concepts for smart objects engineering of smart objects multimodal interaction self-explanatory smart objects fabrication of smart objects smart sensory augmentation and smart spaces smart cars embodied and tangible interaction context-awareness accessibility through smart objects intelligibility of smart objects user studies and evaluation techniques privacy and trust aspects of smart objects

Submission Guidelines

We invite submissions as papers (2-6 pages, excluding references) that describe a motivated opinion or viewpoint on interaction with smart objects, identify an open issue or important problem, or present a work in progress.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three peers. Besides based on general contributions, submissions will also be selected on their potential to foster discussion. All submissions should be prepared according to single-column acmart (for templates see here; please use \documentclass[sigconf,anonymous,review]{acmart} for submission). Please submit your work anonymously as PDF.


All accepted submissions will be made available to all participants before the workshop. In addition, accepted submissions will appear in our proceedings published through TUprints (including a DOI). The authors retain copyright. Thus, papers can be submitted for other venues that allow this. Please note that at least one author must register for the workshop.

Important Dates

Paper Submission: October 4, 2022 (AOE) Author Notification: October 14, 2022 (AOE) Camera-ready version: November 4, 2022 (AOE) Workshop: November 20, 2022


Martin Schmitz, Saarland University Sebastian Günther, Technical University of Darmstadt Karola Marky, University of Glasgow Florian Müller, LMU Munich Andrii Matviienko, Technical University of Darmstadt Alexandra Voit, adesso SE Roberts Marky, Black Arrow Financial Solutions Ltd. Max Mühlhäuser, Technical University of Darmstadt Thomas Kosch, Utrecht University

Venue Details

Room: RH103 (Rutherford House Level 1 Room 103)

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