Multi-channel Adaptive Context-sensitive (MAC) Systems:
Building Links Between Research Communities

University of Glasgow, 15 May 2006


A user's experience of computing has been radically transformed during the past 10 years by several parallel developments, including web-based commerce, multimodal user interfaces (e.g., speech driven input), mobile and digital phone technology, PDA-based mobile systems, tangible and ubiquitous computing, among others. This has resulted in the deployment of distributed, multi-device, multi-user mobile and ubiquitous systems of increasingly large, indeed massive, scale.

The resulting design and engineering problems are the focus of attention for a variety of research efforts, originating from communities as diverse as the technologies that they address. In particular:

Workshop Aims

The aim of this workshop is to begin the long overdue task of building links between these communities, for sharing results and finding ways of combining our expertise. Included among the high level goals for the workshop would be:

Papers are invited that focus on challenges, opportunities for, or experience of, working on MAC problems, e.g., arising from the diverse nature of these problems (i.e., tackling the problems can require looking at generic software architecture issues, user interaction techniques, distributed systems algorithms and protocols, web engineering design patterns).

Workshop Topics

Topics include:


Papers are invited that address one or more of the workshop themes. Papers should not exceed 15 pages in length and should include a 200-word abstract. Papers will be reviewed by the workshop programme committee and will be selected based on relevance, originality and academic quality.

Authors are requested to use LNCS format, although conformity to this format at this stage is not a requirement for acceptance. Thoughtful and reflective papers of a more conceptual nature will be considered alongside more traditional studies and "practice & experience" reports. It is intended that authors of selected papers from the workshop will be invited to submit revised versions of their papers as the basis of a publication (e.g., special issue of a journal). Participation in the workshop requires the submission and acceptance of a paper. These papers will form the basis of workshop presentations and discussions.


Submissions are due by 5pm GMT 20 February 2006.
Contributions should be sent to both organisers in both pdf form and Word.
Authors will be notified of acceptance by 1 April 2006.


Richard Cooper (
Phil Gray (

Programme Committee

Boualem Benatallah, Univ NSW, Australia
Richard Cooper, Univ of Glasgow, UK
Gaelle Calvary, IMAG, Univ of Grenoble, France
Joelle Coutaz, IMAG, Univ of Grenoble, France
Florian Daniel, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Anind Dey, CMU, USA
Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Peter Forbrig, Univ of Rostock, Germany
Phil Gray, Univ of Glasgow, UK
Michael Harrison, Univ of Newcastle, UK
Geert-Jan Houben, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Moira Norrie, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Nuno Nunes, Univ of Madeira, Portugal
Fabio Paterno, ISTI - C.N.R., Pisa, Italy
Jeff Pierce, Georgia Tech, USA
Dave Roberts, IBM, Warwick, UK
Gustavo Rossi, UNLP, La Plata, Argentina
Adrian Williamson, Graham Technologies, Scotland