Collaboration Within Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies Research Opens Doors for Significant Breakthroughs

The increasing use of mobile systems, wearable technologies and intelligent environments creates a wide range of research opportunities around technologies and their potential impact on both individuals and the healthcare community.

Lena Mamykina, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University, believes that interdisciplinary and collaborative research in this area is critical to making breakthroughs. Recently named the co-editor-in-chief of Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT), a scholarly journal that publishes research papers within this discipline, Mamykina hopes to bring researchers from different backgrounds together to enhance the potential impact.

Lena Mamykina, PhD

“There is exciting research happening around interactive, mobile, wearable and ubiquitous technologies, and within such areas as novel sensor technologies that capture human activities and behaviors in the wild, machine learning, signal analysis, and pattern recognition of data collected in mobile and ubiquitous settings, and human-computer interaction that investigates new application areas and studies how people engage with new forms of computing,” Mamykina said. “While all of this tremendous work alone is important, we need to bring these communities together so they can collaborate. The depth of expertise in this field is so vast, and only together can we achieve what is possible.”

Papers published by IMWUT, a journal with new issues published three times per year, are invited to be presented at the annual UbiComp / ISWC conference, a premier interdisciplinary venue in which leading international researchers, designers, developers, and practitioners in the field present and discuss novel results in all aspects of ubiquitous, pervasive and wearable computing.

UbiComb 2024 will be held Oct. 5-9 in Melbourne, Australia.

IMWUT studies go through the full peer-review process, including two rounds of feedback and revision, before being published and eligible for presentation at UbiComb. The IMWUT scope includes research contributions in systems and infrastructures, new hardware and sensing techniques, and studies of user experiences and societal impact. IMWUT also welcomes contributions on new methodologies and tools, theories and models, as well as visionary and survey papers that help advance the field.

Mamykina serves as co-editor-in-chief with Thomas Ploetz, Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies at Georgia Tech.