2nd International UBI Challenge 2013: Schedule

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1. Submission of a written proposal (Apr 8, 2013, 23:59:59 UTC)

A proposal must be presented using the given template. A proposal must be submitted as a single PDF file via email (maximum total message size is 50 MB) to ubi-challenge@ubioulu.fi by Apr 8, 2013, 23:59:59 UTC. The deadline is firm and all proposals received after the deadline will be rejected automatically.

2. Selection of finalists (April 24, 2013)

Proposals are evaluated in three phases as follows:

Phase 2-1. Completeness and anonymity: A proposal is expected to address each and every aspect of the proposal template. An incomplete proposal is rejected automatically and does not advance to phase 2-2. Further, a proposal is expected to be anonymous so that information identifying the participant is provided only in section "1. Identification of participant" of the proposal template, not anywhere else in the proposal. A proposal violating the anonymity requirement is rejected automatically and does not advance to phase 2-2.

Phase 2-2. Technical feasibility: The researchers of the UBI program assess the technical feasibility of each proposal, to determine whether the proposed application could be implemented with available resources. The assessment may involve correspondence with the contributor of a proposal. If you have any doubts about the technical feasibility of any aspect of your proposal, do not hesitate to ask in advance. Proposals deemed technically unfeasible are rejected and do not advance to phase 2-3.

Phase 2-3. Ranking by jury: Each jury member individually ranks the proposals in a decreasing order of merit according to their innovativeness, user value, feasibility and sustainability. The rankings are combined into an aggregate ranking. Top N proposals from the aggregate ranking will be invited as finalists to implement and deploy their applications in Oulu.

3. Deployment (Jul 1, 2013)

The applications have to be deployed for use by the general public in Oulu on July 1, 2013.

Each finalist is assigned with a dedicated liaison researcher, a local researcher working in the UBI research program helps the finalist in the implementation and deployment of the application in Oulu. The finalists agree on the implementation and deployment schedule with their liaison researchers.

The finalists are welcome to attend the UBI Challenge Camp in Oulu on June 17-19, 2013, that will be organized to support upcoming deployment. The Camp follows right after the 4th International UBI Summer School 2013 in Oulu on June 10-15, 2013 that the finalists are also welcome to attend. The application deadline to the summer school is on Mar 11, 2013.

4. Collection of research data (Jul 1 - Aug 30, 2013)

The finalists are allowed to collect quantitative and/or qualitative research data on their applications from Jul 1 till Aug 30, 2013. The finalists can collect the data either by themselves and/or by instructing their liaison researchers to collect the data. Jury's Oulu-based members assess the applications in situ.

5. Reporting (Sep 30, 2013)

Each finalist report their study in form of a 10-page manuscript in the ACM Conference Proceedings format co-authored with the liaison researcher. The acceptance of the manuscript for presentation in the UBI Challenge special session in the MUM 2013 conference and subsequent inclusion in the MUM 2013 conference proceedings archived in the ACM Digital Library is subject to regular peer review conducted by selected members of the jury. The manuscript has to be submitted for peer review by Sep 30, 2013. The preparation of the final version of the paper will be shepherded by the chair of the jury. The deadline for the final version of the paper is Oct 28, 2013. Further, each finalist has to prepare a presentation using a given presentation template and provide a video recording of their presentation by Oct 28, 2013.

6. Jury nominates award recipients (Nov 2013)

Each jury member individually ranks the finalists in a decreasing order of merit based on the reports provided by the finalists and the organizers of the challenge. The individual rankings are combined into the final ranking that determines the award recipients.

7. Award ceremony at MUM 2013 in Luleå, Sweden (Dec 2-5, 2013)

A special session dedicated to the UBI Challenge will comprise of presentations by the finalists and the award ceremony. The finalists are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses.