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The use of interactive surfaces is an exciting and emerging research area. Display technologies, such as projectors, LCD and OLED flat panels, and even flexible display substrates, coupled with input sensors capable of enabling direct interaction, make it reasonable to envision a not-so-distant future in which many of the common surfaces in our environment will function as digital interactive displays. ITS brings together researchers and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds and interests, such as camera and projector based systems, new display technologies, multi-touch sensing, user interface technologies, augmented reality, computer vision, multimodal interaction, novel input and sensing technologies, computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), and information visualization.

The intimate size of this single-track symposium provides an ideal venue for leading researchers and practitioners to exchange research results and experiences. We encourage submissions on (but not limited to) the following topic areas as they relate to interactive tabletops and surfaces:

  • Gesture-based interfaces
  • Multi-modal interfaces
  • Tangible interfaces
  • Novel interaction techniques
  • Data handling/exchange on large interactive surfaces
  • Data presentation on large interactive surfaces
  • Software engineering methods
  • Computer supported collaborative work
  • Middleware and network support
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality
  • Social protocols
  • Information visualizations
  • hardware, including sensing and input technologies with novel capabilities
  • Human-centered design & methodologies
  • Applications

Paper and Notes

We invite paper submissions of two kinds: Papers (10 pages) and Notes (4 pages). Papers must present original, highly innovative, prospective and forward-looking research, possibly in one or more of the themes given above. Notes must also report novel and complete research, but where the scope and scale of the contribution is more focused and succinct than papers. Submissions must be submitted as a single PDF file in the ACM format through the submission system.

Importnat Dates

  • Paper/Note Submissions: 5pm June 30, 2011 (PDT)
  • Paper/Note Author Notifications: September 2, 2011
  • Paper/Note Camera-Ready Deadline: October 21, 2011

Templates and Submission

Anonymized Submissions must be submitted as a single PDF file in the ACM format through the submission system. ITS 2011 will use a double-blind reviewing process. Submissions should be anonymized.

The conference submission system is located at:

Please use one of the following templates for your submission:

All accepted submissions will be presented at ITS 2011 and appear in the ITS proceedings and be archived in the ACM Digital Library.


ITS 2011 offers a mentorship program to help those with less experience in academic publication. The mentoring program is intended primarily for authors from non-academics, including industry.

Two types of mentoring are available from the mentor:

  • Early feedback: assistance in framing and composing your research paper
  • Later feedback: reviewing an already completed paper and providing feedback on the paper

In either case, the mentor will help frame your work in context of other related work, and make meaningful suggestions to improve the quality of your contribution. Depending on a type of mentoring submission deadlines are different.

Although we cannot guarantee that your submission will be accepted by ITS, mentoring would be helpful for you to turn your ideas into a proper research paper. If you think the mentoring program is beneficial to you, please feel to contact both of the Mentor Chairs via email:

  • Changkyu Choi (
  • Yoichi Sato (

The submission type will vary depending on the type of feedback you are seeking.

Early-Stages Feedback

- Deadline: 2011.06.07

Send a 1-page document describing your intended contribution. This 1-page must include author names and affiliation (e.g. company name), and enough information for the chairs to understand what you have done. You will get a response back within a week.

Completed Paper Feedback

- Deadline: 2011.06.14

Send your completed paper to both mentor chairs by June 14. You will receive a response by June 21.