Personal and Ubiquitous Computing: Special Issue on Extreme Navigation (Oct 2010)

Call for journal papers in Personal and Ubiquitous Computing: Special Issue on Extreme Navigation
Guest editors: David McGookin (University of Glasgow) Charlotte Magnusson (University of Lund)
Initial submission due: 20 October 2010


Location-based data and services for geographical and navigational information (such as electronic maps and gps directions), are usually presented using visual displays. With the increasing complexity of information, and the variety of contexts of use, it becomes important to consider how other non-visual sensory channels, such as audition and touch, can be used to communicate necessary and timely information to users. Activities such as running, rock-climbing and cycling, are all examples of activities where navigational and geographical information may be needed, but where the visual modality is unsuitable. Additionally, there are a number of user groups such as visually impaired people and the emergency services, who also require  non-visual access to geo-data. This workshop will provide a forum  for sharing  research ideas and findings about new interaction and perceptualization metaphors, novel application contexts, multimodal and context-aware technologies for mobility — thereby creating a solid foundation for further exploration of pervasive extreme navigation.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:

Sensing and applying user context to navigation and wayfinding
Multimodal techniques to augment visual map displays
Multimodal navigation systems for extreme sports
Multimodal navigation systems for runners
Multimodal systems for rescue workers
Navigation systems for “eyes-busy” activities
Wearable technology and textiles for navigation
Environmental awareness for Disabilities and Visual Impairment.
User requirements capture/user involvement for non visual design

Submission Details

Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has
neither appeared in, nor is under consideration by, other official
publications such as journals or conference papers. Submissions should be
between 6000 and 8000 words and authors are encouraged to use the Springer
guidelines for authors, available at

Submissions and Enquires should be made to David McGookin (


29th October 2010 – Initial Submission
10th January 2011 – First Notification
10th February 2011 – Revisions Due
10th March 2011 – Final Notification
March – Dec 2011 – Paper Publication

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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