NEW: The workshop program is now available.

Workshop on Handheld CSCW
at CSCW '98, 14 November, Seattle

The Handheld CSCW workshop at CSCW'98 aims to investigate the application of handheld and wearable computers to support of collaborative work. To this end active participation is sought both from the collaborative work research community and handheld computing related research areas such as ubiquitous computing, wearable computing, personal digital assistants, and mobile computing. Specific objectives are to analyse handheld CSCW systems and applications, to review handheld technologies with respect to their application in CSCW, and to inform handheld computing development from analysis of collaborative work. More general goals are to promote an awareness of handheld computing in the CSCW community, to stimulate a shift from single-user to multi-user application of handhelds and wearables, and to foster a community for handheld CSCW research.

Call for Participation


Over the last years, handheld computing has become more common for support in our work environments and beyond, stimulated by a research in areas such as mobile computing, ubiquitous computing, personal digital assitants and wearable computing. Handheld computing is based on devices that are small and unobtrusive enough to be used "most of the time", including palm-sized computers, smart mobile phones, and wearable computers.

Handheld computing applications as to yet are mostly single-user. Recently, the networked usage of handhelds has become more of a focus, enabling the application of handhelds for support of collaborating groups. We propose that the distinguishing features of handhelds and wearables compared to desktop computing will enable distinguished support for collaborative work. For this we suggest the term Handheld CSCW. Handheld CSCW covers the application of handhelds in both co-located work settings and remote collaboration, in both synchronous and asynchrounous collboration modes, and in both support of specific groups and support of communities.

Areas of Interest

We seek contributions Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Submission Details

Participation in the workshop will be based on the submission of either a short paper (max. 2500 words) on ongoing work related to handheld CSCW, or a position paper (about 1500 words) articulating your view on one of the above areas or some other relevant issues.

Submissions have to be in electronic form, preferably in HTML. PostScript formatted to A4 is also acceptable. Please send the document by email to The email should further contain the names, contact, and full addresses of the authors.

All accepted submissions will be included in informal workshop proceedings. Expanded versions of selected papers will be published in a special issue of Personal Technologies, Springer-Verlag.

Important Dates

1 SeptemberSubmissions due
1 OctoberParticipants notified
9 OctoberLast day of advance registration!
14 NovemberWorkshop day at CSCW'98 in Seattle

Programme Committee

Len Bass, Software Engineering Institute, USA
Oliver Frick, Digital Equipment, Germany
Hans-W. Gellersen, University of Karlsruhe, Germany (workshop organizer)
Saul Greenberg, University of Calgary, Canada
James Landay, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Fredrik Ljungberg, Viktoria Research Institute, Sweden
Max Mühlhäuser, University of Linz, Austria
Jun Rekimoto, Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Japan
Tom Rüdebusch, FH Offenburg, Germany
Bill N. Schilit, FX Palo Alto, USA
Albrecht Schmidt, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Peter Thomas, University of the West of England, United Kingdom
Walter Van de Velde, Riverland Next Generation, Belgium
Michael Weber, University of Ulm, Germany
Suzanne J. Weghorst, University of Washington, USA
Mark Weiser, Xerox PARC, USA
Robert Wicke, SilverPlatter, United Kingdom