In collaboration with our host, Columbia College Chicago, we are pleased to invite submissions for paper presentations, performances, workshops and more to the 8th International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO) which will be held 22nd-25th June in Chicago, IL.
MOCO is a conference aiming to better understand how bodily movement interacts with computational technology. This year’s theme is Artificial Embodiment: Windy Shifts. Wind chaotically rippling across the prairies of Illinois has a wildly different characteristic movement than the linear predictability of the Shift key on a computer keyboard. Yet, both result in a transformation of the landscape, an opening of new possibilities. Referencing the famed winds of the midwest where our conference event takes place alongside an oft-used keyboard affordance (through which many attendees may access the event), this theme highlights human physical intelligence and the artificial systems that attempt to measure and recreate it.
We are curious about which aspects of the moving human can and cannot be measured, as well as those that can and cannot be represented in artificial systems. For example, telepresence robots that attempt to give remote humans physical presence in work, social, or public physical spaces are a type of artificial embodiment that grapples with natural and artificial modalities of movement. These are just some examples of technologies that we may be shifting toward due to the prevailing winds of current events that necessitate interaction at a distance. We are excited to explore these concepts in person and online at Columbia College in Chicago this coming June.
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MOCO is an interdisciplinary community where artistic and technical contributions are synergistic and equally valued. Thus, we invite submissions that span academic approaches, applied practices, and fields of study, unified by the concepts of movement and computing. We encourage submitters to carefully articulate the relationship of their work to this lens through both scientific and artistic methods of inquiry. Topics include, but are not limited to:
In order to support our interdisciplinary community, MOCO is open to a wide range of formats for presenting work. In addition to papers for oral and poster presentations, we invite submission of practice works such as demos, performances, games, artistic works and movement workshops. We are open to novel formats and we encourage submitters to be creative in proposals for practice sessions. We anticipate being able to provide limited support for student travel for accepted work across all categories. The submission categories are:
The conference is an opportunity to present original research and details of collaborative work. Participants will have the chance to offer a presentation of the results of their research on one of the themes of the conference and to interact with their scientific/artistic peers in a friendly and constructive environment.
Three types of published submissions are accepted: long paper with oral presentation (8 pages maximum), short paper with oral presentation (4 pages maximum), extended abstract with poster presentation (6 pages maximum in the extended abstract format). All submissions should be original and anonymized and will be peer-reviewed in a double blind review process by members of the MOCO community. All submissions will receive at least two reviews which will be reviewed by the publications and proceedings chairs. Reviewers will allot 4-8 weeks for completing reviews. Minor revisions will be accepted.
We deliberately use a very open term – “practice work” – to encourage diverse ideas of what practice in movement and computing is – and could be – and how such practice can be presented. We suggest the following as examples of what a practice work might be, but also stress that the list is not exhaustive and other types of presentation can be considered, the only criteria being excellence of the work and appropriateness to the conference theme. MOCO has limited means to present live work. Accepted Practice Works that require significant resources, time, and/or space will need to be presented in alternative formats, e.g. video, structured discussion, or at independent or remote venues that can be made accessible to MOCO attendees.
Suggested practice work formats:
Practice Works Submissions consist of:
All submissions should be original and will be peer-reviewed by the MOCO community.
Please note that we are an academic conference with a relatively low registration fee, which means we cannot pay for commissioned performances and art works.
The Doctoral Consortium is an opportunity for graduate students to present their work-in-progress on their advanced studies, especially their terminal degree, e.g., doctorate or MFA, to share and develop their research ideas in a supportive environment with participation from experts in the field. Students will have the opportunity to establish a community with other graduate students at a similar stage of their research.
Accepted students will give an oral presentation in a dedicated session. We encourage students to submit a description of their doctoral work even if they are at an early stage. Videos and other supplementary materials are welcomed and encouraged. Students accepted to present their work at the Doctoral Consortium must plan to attend.
Submissions consist of:
All submissions should be in pdf format and should use the ACM proceedings format:https://www.acm.org/publications/taps/word-template-workflow
All submissions must be made through EasyChair:https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=moco22
All papers submissions must be as anonymous as possible, including references that may reveal the author(s). The MOCO conference proceedings will be indexed and published in the ACM digital library.
At this year's MOCO, award-winning artist Yanira Castro is creating a piece that is inspired by the Puerto Rican güiro (a percussive instrument) and apito (a whistle) used in improvisational jibaro music. Her work and process exploring artificial embodiment will be featured at this year's conference.
Additionally, extending our approach from SloMoCo (hosted over the course of 2021), in person and virtual attendance options will be offered in sync and out of sync with the live conference program.
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