Welcome to ITS 2010

We are pleased to host the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS) 2010, held November 7th to the 10th, 2010, in Saarbrücken, Germany. ITS 2010 is the 5th event in a series of annual research workshops and conferences that began in 2006 in Adelaide, Australia as “Tabletop”, and has subsequently traveled around the world (Tabletop 2007 in Newport, RI, USA; Tabletop and Interactive Surfaces (TIS) 2008 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and the ACM International Conference ITS 2009 in Banff, Canada). In addition, ITS has also broadened in scope beyond its original focus on horizontal computer systems and ITS 2010 is a premier venue for presenting research in the design and use of new and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies. As a still young and very active community, we embrace the growth of the discipline in a wide variety of areas, including innovations in ITS hardware, software, interaction design, and studies expanding our understanding of design considerations of ITS technologies and of their applications in modern society. ITS 2010 will bring together top researchers and practitioners who are interested in both the technical and human aspects of interactive tabletop and surface technologies. In 2010, we have extended the conference format and added a separate day for a doctoral symposium and a larger slate of tutorials before the main conference. In addition, we established a mentor program to help those with less experience in academic publication to prepare competitive publications. Additionally, the review process was formalized, with a smaller program committee each responsible for seeking external reviews for a larger number of submissions. With this change, we intend to continue ITS growth as a premiere venue in the field.

We believe this year’s technical program reflects a broad scope. In these proceedings you will find contributions from both academia and industry from around the world, including 19 full papers and 13 notes (acceptance rate of 28 %). This year’s program reflects both continued innovation of interactive surface technologies and a maturation of the field as it expands to include real-world individual and collaborative activities. The program contains topics that expand the limits of current interactive surface capabilities, including exciting new hardware platforms that enable more sophisticated and nuanced user input, innovative interaction techniques that enable more complex interaction with application data and functionality, and use case examples of interactive tabletop and surface applications developed to support different usage scenarios.

This program was only possible with the help of a tremendous international team of volunteers that supported the conference’s general and program chairs. Mark Ashdown and Michael Rohs acted as posters chairs; Florian Echler, Raimund Dachselt and Shahram Izadi acted as demos chairs; Christian Müller-Tomfelde and Malte Weiss acted as publications chairs; Lucia Terrenghi and Changkyu Choi acted as mentor chairs; and Patrick Baudisch and Hrvoje Benko ran the first doctoral symposium at an ITS conference. Andreas Butz and Edward Tse organized the expanded tutorials track with four 90-minutes tutorials and Mark Hancock acted as the “one-minute-madness” chair. We also gratefully acknowledge the efforts of Kentaro Fukuchi and Maki Sugimoto as publicity chairs in their local regions. Tom Bartindale and Florian Daiber as student volunteer chairs, Gerald Morrison as sponsorship chairs; and Annie Tat who created the website graphics. We would also like to offer special thanks to Nicole Hell and Maria Iskudi who handled all of the local arrangements and especially Petra Isenberg who took on the role of publicity chair, and built and maintained the ITS 2010 website. Special thanks go to our student volunteers for their commitment to assist during the conference.

Whether you are new to the ITS community, or have participated our prior events, we hope you enjoy your time listening to stimulating talks, participating in inspiring demos, reading interesting papers, and meeting new people and reacquainting with colleagues and friends in Saarbrücken, a German town that was once the industrial and transport centre of Saarland, a great coal basin. At those times production included iron, steel, and beer. Over the last 20 years Saarland has reshaped its focus from industrial production to information technology. In modern times, Saarland University boasts one of the most renowned Informatics schools in Germany and high profile research institutes can be found on campus. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy this mixture of industrial culture and the culture of thinking, and wish you a pleasant and enjoyable stay in Saarbrücken.

Antonio Krüger and Johannes Schöning
ITS 2010 Conference General Chairs

Daniel Wigdor and Michael Haller
ITS 2010 Conference Program Chairs