PerFab 2013 – 1st International Workshop on Personal and Pervasive Fabrication (Sep 2013, Zurich)

Dates: 9 September 2013
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2013

In conjunction with the ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2013)

Recently, technologies for fabricating real-world objects and products that can be designed and built directly by the end-user have decreased in costs and are increasingly common. These technologies are expected to have a great impact on society. However, there is a great need to explore many novel research challenges and issues before the idea of personal fabrication becomes truly pervasive and applicable to the wider public. Our workshop is aimed at facilitating discussion and exploration of these challenges. We encourage submissions of research papers, work-in-progress papers with interesting preliminary results, and position papers. Attendance at the workshop is not limited, as anyone may register and attend. The long-term goal is to gather a community of researchers and establish this workshop as a leading forum for research dissemination in the area.


We invite researchers from various disciplines (human-computer interaction, user interfaces, computer graphics, geometry modeling, visualization, computational design, fabrication, and rapid prototyping) to submit to our workshop.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

– user interfaces for designing fabricatable objects
– geometric modeling tools for fabrication
– fabrication-aware analysis of 3D models
– computational design of objects that takes fabrication constraints into account
– rapid prototyping technologies that are novel and low-cost
– new materials for fabrication
– crowd sourcing for designing fabricatable objects
– representation and visualization of physically realizable objects
– simulation of physically realizable objects


Submissions can either be notes with a maximum length of four pages, or full papers with a maximum length of eight pages (landscape formats). We encourage submissions of research papers, work-in-progress papers with interesting preliminary results that can lead to more future work, and position papers.

All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. The review process is a double blind review, so submissions must be anonymized. Submissions should not contain any proprietary or confidential information at the time of publication. Submitted papers cannot be previously published or be under simultaneous review for other conferences, journals, or workshops.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library and the UbiComp 2013 conference supplemental proceedings, if at least one of the authors registers for the conference and attends the workshop to present the paper.

Submission Templates:
Submission Website:
Workshop Website:


– June 1, 2013:           Paper submission deadline
– June 19, 2013:         Notification of accepted papers
– June 23, 2013:         Camera-ready version of workshop papers due
– September 9, 2013:  Day of workshop

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Associate 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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