Archive for May, 2007

MobileHCI 07 – Workshop

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007


MobileHCI 07  – Workshop
MobiMundi: Exploring the Impact
of Current and Emerging Mobile Technologies and Services on Society
Held at the 9th International Conference on
Human Computer Interaction
with Mobile Devices and Services

·    Position Paper Submission: June 30, 2007
·    Results Notification: July 6, 2007
·    Final Submission: TBA (Mid August)
·    Workshop date: September 11, 2007
·    Main Conference: September 11-14, 2007

Mobile information and communication technologies are increasingly
impacting the lives of individuals and are a major factor in helping
re-shape our cultures and societies. Ubiquitous computing and mixed-
reality computing scenarios are becoming commonplace and have a huge
influence in the way in which individuals relate with others and their
surroundings. This workshop will provide the environment for
researchers and developers to explore the impact of existing and
emerging mobile information and communications technologies and
services on society.

Position papers are currently being accepted for review for select
participation in this unique workshop. Topics considered (but not
limited to) are the following:

·    Interdisciplinary perspectives towards mobile interaction (e.g.
Social aspects)
·    Exploring theories which help us understand how mobile technologies
impact our cultures and societies;
·    Exploring the the social-shaping of mobile technologies and
·    Determining how human behavior in mobile contexts and mixed-
realities is measured and evaluated;
·    Examine the possibility/potential of safety issues (e.g., health
effects, security issues);
·    Exploring the impact of mobile gaming and the emergence of a global
youth gaming culture;
·    Exploring the the impact of mobile technologies and services on
youth and children;
·    Discussing the impact of mobile technologies and services on
cultures and communities;
·    Examining ubiquitous gaming and social computing scenarios and its
impact on society;
·    Determining ways in which mobile technologies can amplify and
enhance human cooperation,
·    Investigate the emergence of smart-mobs and mobile ad-hoc social
·    Explore the concept of social presence within virtual and mixed
·    Examine the impact of mobile blogging and citizen journalism;
·    Examine the unintended and imaginative uses of mobile technologies
and services;
·    Examining the negative aspects of mobile technologies and services;
·    Explore the impact of wearable computers on culture and fashion;
·    Discuss the acceptance of wearable computers within social contexts.
·    Explore best practices for Web sites for mobile devices and examine
how this can enhance society;
·    Discuss results from ethnographical and related field studies with
mobile technologies and services;
·    Explore how mobile technologies can enhance group interaction and
·    The future of location-aware interaction;
·    Explore the concept of mobility, work environments and other mobile

The MobiMundi Workshop (Mobile World) will be held on the 11th of
September 2007.  To encourage interaction, our workshop will be
limited to 30 participants and will be highly interactive and will
allow for ample time for general discussion.

The format of the workshop will be a full-day event in which the
presentation and discussion of thoughtfully written positions papers
will be conducted.  The workshop agenda will be determined by the
organizing committee and will include a panel discussion with invited
speakers who are active researchers in the field of mobile
computing.  The Agenda will be published on the workshop website:

The primary aim of this workshop is to provide the environment for
researchers and developers to explore the impact of existing and
emerging mobile information and communications technologies and
services on society. The goal of this workshop is to assist the
workshop participants to gain a broader understanding on how their
research and development impacts society in order to help improve
current and emerging mobile human computer interaction scenarios and

Authors are invited to submit position statements (max. 2 pages).
All submitted position statements will be peer-reviewed by members of
workshop committee for originality, significance, clarity and quality.

Papers will be published online as MobileHCI07 workshop proceedings.
Authors of papers presented in the Workshop will also be invited to
enhanced versions of their papers for potential publication in a
special issue of a relevant journal.

IMPORTANT: All questions and submissions should be directed to:
Authors should use the ACM format.

The MobiMundi workshop is conceptualized and organized by:

·    Dr. Yutaka Ishibashi:
Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the
Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan;

·    Dr. Adrian David Cheok:
Director of the Mixed Reality Lab at the
National University of Singapore;

·    Dr. Owen Noel Newton Fernando:
Research Fellow at the Mixed Reality Lab. at the
National University of Singapore; and,

·    Mark A.M. Kramer:
Research Fellow and Doctoral Candidate at the
ICT&S Center of the University of Salzburg.

For more information please visit our Workshop Portal:
Or feel free to contact

Podcast about podcasts in education

Monday, May 28th, 2007

A presentation by me about using podcasts in education (in Swedish). The enhanced podcast file (m4a) can be viewed using QuickTime or iTunes, the 3gp file is suitable for mobile phones (tested on a SonyEricsson P990i), and the pdf file is… well a pdf file.

Google calendar for mobiles

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Google has just announced mobile support for Google Calendar. Previously, it was possible to sync your google calendars to your mobile calendar using goosync. However, based on my own experience this is rather shaky, and to sync several calendars you have to use the “pro” service, which costs about 30 euro per year (and which doesn’t work very well for me).

The new google service allows you to see (all) your google calendars through the mobile’s web browser. Just point your mobile web browser to and log in using your regular google account.

In my own reserach, I have found that one of the highers prioritized mobile services for students is mobile access to schedules for their courses, and using this service makes that easy.

3 Calls For Papers for “International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation”

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Special Issue on: “Information and Service Personalization for Mobile Learning” (external link: )

Special Issue on: “Emerging Mobile Learning Environments for Industries and Pedagogies” (external link:

Special Issue on: “Mobile Learning and Knowledge Management: Issues in Intellectual Proximity” (external link:

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation (IJMLO)

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

A journal on mobile learning (external link)

Call for Papers WMUTE2008

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

First Call for Papers
************************************************************************ 5th International Conference on Wireless, Mobile
and Ubiquitous Technologies in Education (WMUTE 2008)

March 23-26 2008
Beijing, China

Important Dates:

October 5, 2007 Submissions due
November 23, 2007 Notification of acceptance
December 23, 2007 Camera ready papers due
Call For Papers:

The rapid progress of mobile and ubiquitous technologies enables
internet connections, anytime and anywhere, with ease. Traditional
ways of
learning and teaching, happening at fixed times and places such as
schools or offices and limited with numbers of people, are changing
remarkably. Although such technologies allow people to learn in an
appropriate context, they cannot guarantee that the learning
environments we design will be successful. Issues of design,
implementation, deployment and evaluation of such technology supported
learning environments should be investigated from interdisciplinary
points of view, including computer science, educational research,
cognitive science, and so on.

WMUTE 2008 is the 5th international meeting, extending the four
previous WMTE/WMUTE workshops held in 2002 (Vaxjo, Sweden), 2004
(Taipei, Taiwan),
2005 (Tokushima, Japan) and 2006 (Athens, Greece) to become a conference
the first time. This conference provides a forum for researchers and
practitioners of this emerging area for discussing these innovative
learning technologies and challenging research issues through high
quality papers and presentations.
The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

* Innovative and practical use of wireless, mobile and ubiquitous
technologies for education, learning and training
* Adaptive and adaptable learning environments using mobile and
ubiquitous devices
* Agent support for mobile and ubiquitous learning
* Architectures and implementations of context-aware learning
technology systems
* Architectures and infrastructures for ubiquitous learning systems
* Design of learner-supportive interfaces of ubiquitous learning
* Designs for wireless, mobile and ubiquitous technologies in education
* Digital tangibles or wireless sensor networks for learning
* Entertainment computing for ubiquitous learning
* Evaluation and evaluation methodologies for ubiquitous learning
* Game-based learning in mobile and ubiquitous learning environments
* Innovative devices for mobile/ubiquitous learning
* Amalgamating Integrating individual and collaborative learning in
mobile and ubiquitous learning environments
* Lifelong learning support in ubiquitous/mobile environment
* Mobile and ubiquitous computing support for collaborative learning
* Mobile, ubiquitous and wireless technologies for indoor and outdoor
* New pedagogical theories for ubiquitous learning environments and
* Virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies for ubiquitous/
mobile learning
General Co-Chairs:

Tak-Wai Chan, National Central University, Taiwan
Demetrios G. Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece

Local Chair:
Ronghuai Huang, Beijing Normal University, China

Program Co-Chairs:
Claire O’Malley, University of Nottingham, UK
Masanori Sugimoto, University of Tokyo, Japan

Program Committee:
Mohamed Ally, Athabasca University, Canada
Gerardo Ayala, Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico
Chih-Yung Chang, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Maiga Chang, Office of e-Learning National Project, Taiwan
Yam-San Chee, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Irene Y.L. Chen, Ching Yun University, Taiwan
Weiqin Chen, University of Bergen, Norway
Panayiotis Demestichas, University of Piraeus, Greece
Guangzuo Cui, Peking University, P.R. China
Ulrich Hoppe, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Sherry Hsi, Exploratorium, USA
Gwo-Jen Hwang, National University of Tainan, Taiwan
Tomoo Inoue, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan
Kinshuk, Athabasca University, Canada
Siu Cheung Kong, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
Lam-for Kwok, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Chen-Chung Liu, National Central University, Taiwan
Chee-Kit Looi, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Rose Luckin, Institute of Education, UK
Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada
Marcelo Milrad, Vaxjo University, Sweden
Jun Nakahara, University of Tokyo, Japan
Hiroaki Ogata, Tokushima University, Japan
Roy Pea, Stanford University, USA
Jeremy Roschelle, SRI International, USA
Danae Stanton Fraser, Bath University, UK
Mike Sharples, University of Nottingham, UK
Timothy K. Shih, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Elliot Soloway, University of Michigan, USA
Marcus Specht, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands
Yao-Tin Sung, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Makiko Takenaka, Oita University, Japan
Deborah Tatar, Virginia Tech, USA
Qiong Wang, Peking University, P.R.China
Earl Woodruff, University of Toronto, Canada
Stephen J. H. Yang, National Central University, Taiwan

Mobile phone emulators

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Links to two mobile phone emulators (external links): (web-based, free) (Windows, Linux, Mac clients, trial versions available)