Call for Papers

ISWC 2012, the sixteenth annual International Symposium on Wearable Computers, is the premier forum for wearable computing and issues related to on-body and worn mobile technologies. ISWC brings together researchers, product vendors, fashion designers, textile manufacturers, users, and related professionals to share information and advances in wearable computing.

ISWC invites submissions on everything related to computing on the body: “on-the-go” uses of mobile phones, on-body sensing, wearables for professional use, mobile healthcare, entertainment, cloud computing, etc.... See the lists under “Areas of Interest” below for more.

You are invited to submit original work in one or more of the following formats:

The ISWC Author Guide is available as a resource to help you author a high-quality submission. ISWC 2012 Full Papers, Notes and Posters are due on January 29, 2012 23:59 PDT

Submission Site

Submission Site: PCS

Areas of Interest

Wearable Systems

Usability, HCI and Human Factors in Wearable Computing

Applications of Wearable Systems

Mobile Phones as Wearables


Full Papers

Regular paper submissions must present original, highly innovative, prospective and forward-looking research in one or more of the themes given above. Full papers must break new ground, present new insight, deliver a significant research contribution and provide validated support for its results and conclusions. Successful submissions typically represent a major advance for the field of wearable computing, referencing and relating the contribution to existing research work, giving a comprehensive, detailed and understandable explanation of a device, system, study, theory or method, and support the findings with a compelling evaluation and/or validation.

Each paper must be submitted as a single PDF file in IEEE Computer Science Press 8.5×11 inch two-column format (not longer than eight pages in length). Accepted regular papers will be included in the printed conference main proceedings and presented in the paper sessions. Submissions to ISWC'12 must not be under review by any other conference or publication during the ISWC review cycle, and must not be previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere. See the Author Guide for more information.

Paper submissions are due January 29, 2012 23:59 PDT.

Notes and Posters

Notes (not longer than four pages in length) and posters (not longer than two pages in length) must report new results and provide support for the results, as a novel and valuable contribution to the field – just like full papers. Notes are intended for succinct work that is nonetheless in a mature state ready for inclusion in archival proceedings. Posters are intended to present very concise, yet focused and significant research results. Both notes and posters will be held to the same standard of scientific quality as full papers, albeit for a shorter presentation and must still state how they fit with respect to related work, and provide a compelling explanation and validation.

Notes and posters must be submitted as single PDF file in IEEE Computer Science Press 8.5×11-inch two-column format. Accepted notes and posters will be published in the conference main proceedings. Notes will be presented in the paper sessions of the conference; posters will be presented at the conference poster and demonstration session. See the Author Guide for more information.

Note and Poster submissions are due January 29, 2012 23:59 PDT.

Design Exhibition

Original wearable design works may be submitted to the design exhibition, including practical wearable technology (electronic, mechanical, textile, garments) and wearable art. Designers should submit an illustrated design statement, detailing the work's concept, motivation, technological functionality, and execution. Detailed images must illustrate the text. Submissions will be evaluated by the jury panel for their following design elements: concept, use of technology, execution, and communication.

Accepted works will be exhibited at the conference. During the conference, the jury will select 3 prize winners: Best Concept, Best Execution, and Best in Show.

Reviewing Process for Papers, Notes, Posters

ISWC'12 adopts a double-blind process for full papers, notes and posters. Authors' names and their affiliations must not be revealed or mentioned anywhere in the submission. See the Author Guide for more information.


The ISWC'12 Proceedings consisting of Papers, Notes and Posters will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press as print proceedings, and on-line via IEEE Xplore Digital Library (approval pending). Additional material will be published electronically.

Highly regarded papers will be invited to submit an extended version for possible inclusion in a special issue of the Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal.