[robotics-worldwide] Submissions open for World Haptics 2009

John Hollerbach jmh at cs.utah.edu
Thu Sep 11 08:35:11 PDT 2008

Dear colleague,

Submissions are now open for World Haptics 2009 (the 3rd Joint 
Eurohaptics Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual 
Environment and Teleoperator Systems), to be held March 18-20, 2009,
in Salt Lake City.  Besides the submissions information below, please
visit the conference web site at http://www.worldhaptics2009.org/.
I invite you to submit your haptics-related research to World Haptics 2009.

Sincerely yours,
John Hollerbach, General Chair

There are two categories of submissions:

     * Regular papers are limited to six pages. This year, there will be 
no category of 2-page sketches. In addition, authors will be able to 
submit a video accompanyment. Finally, authors will have an option of 
including a hands-on demonstration as part of their paper.

           o Submissions deadline: October 15, 2008, midnight Pacific 
Daylight Time.
           o Notification of acceptance by: November 26, 2008.
           o Final contributions due: December 23, 2008.

     * Demonstration papers are limited to two pages, and describe a 
hands-on demo.

           o Submissions deadline: November 15, 2008, midnight Pacific 
Daylight Time.
           o Notification of acceptance by: November 26, 2008.
           o Final contributions due: December 23, 2008.

In addition, exhibitors are invited to submit demonstrations of products 
or developments.

Papers and videos will appear both in the conference DVD and printed 
proceedings, and will be posted on IEEE Xplore. If authors choose to 
retain the copyright, their papers and videos will appear only in the 
conference DVD and will not be posted to Xplore. Such papers will not be 
eligible for awards.

As the World Haptics Conference grows, the only way to keep to a 3-day, 
single-track schedule is to rely more on poster presentations. The 
designation of podium versus poster presentations is considered to be 
one of style, not weight. Consequently, in the proceedings there will be 
no distinction made as to how a paper was presented. Special emphasis 
will be given to the poster sessions. Assignment of a paper to be a 
poster versus podium presentation will take into account achieving a 
spectrum of topics, and where possible authors' wishes as to the 
presentation style. When a paper is accompanied by a hands-on demo, it 
will be assigned to poster presentation.
Submission of Regular Papers
Please visit the IEEE Robotics and Automation Paperplaza web site to 
submit your paper by the October 15, 2008 deadline.

     * Papers must be in English, and not exceed six (6) pages in length.
     * We are using the IEEE Computer Society templates to format 
papers. Please use one of the following two templates:
           o Latex format
           o MS Word format
       More information about these templates can be found at: 

Videos should not use special codecs (coders/decoders) in order to 
provide as much portability across platforms as possible. We strongly 
recommend the most common media formats (mpeg 1 or mpeg 4). Only freely 
available players (e.g., QuickTime, RealPlayer, Microsoft Windows Media 
Player, MPlayer) should be required for viewing the video. Although the 
paper has to be self-contained (i.e., fully readable and understandable 
independently from the video), an explicit reference to the accompanying 
video should be present in the text of the paper.
Submission of Demonstration Papers

Demonstrations are an effective way to convey progress in haptics. For 
demonstrations not associated with a regular paper submission, proposals 
consist of a two-page paper and optional video due November 26, 2008. 
The two-page paper should describe the demo purpose, organization, and 
equipment, possibly including pictures and other explanatory material.

The conference will provide basic infrastructure for the accepted demos, 
which by default will consist of a posterboard, table, two chairs, and 
electrical connections. Please add a third page describing any special 
needs beyond the basic setup.

Please use the paper templates for regular papers, and submit at the 
IEEE Robotics and Automation Paperplaza web site.
Submission of Exhibitions

World Haptics is the best chance to present your organization's products 
or developments related to haptic interfaces, simulation environments, 
robotics, components, and ancilliary systems. Proposals for exhibitions 
should be submitted by December 15, 2008 to the General Chair 
(jmhATcsDOTutahDOTedu). In your proposal, please describe any needs 
besides the standard booth setup.

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