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Special issue on Fabrication and Printing for Pervasive Computing


Submission deadline: 25 Oct 2013
Publication date: July–Sept 2014

Digital fabrication is changing the way in which pervasive computing hardware is designed, prototyped, and produced. No longer requiring years of experience and extensive resources, a broad set of researchers and end-users now have access to tools and techniques that empower them to create new devices and realize new concepts more quickly, cheaply, and easily than ever before.

In particular, advances in additive processes like 3D printing and subtractive processes like laser cutting have increased the quality, speed, and ease of physical prototyping while simultaneously bringing down cost. Machines that print conductors, transistors, organic LED pixels, and even batteries are being developed and promise a future where digital functionality can be "printed into" a physical object. In the meantime, a plethora of electronic hardware toolkits and platforms which support the fabrication of more conventional digital devices are available — for example, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, .NET Gadgeteer, and BeagleBone.

All these physical fabrication technologies are complemented by a wide range of tools and services that support design, development, and deployment. At the same time, new business models and processes (such as online 3D printing bureaus and crowd-funding sites) are emerging, which enable the production, dissemination, and adoption of a wide variety of pervasive devices in a way which was not previously possible. For example, services such as online 3D printing bureaus and crowd funding sites.

The aim of this special issue is to explore technologies related to all aspects of pervasive printing and fabrication. Relevant topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Experiences with printing and fabrication in pervasive computing applications
  • Software tools to facilitate design for rapid prototyping
  • Tools and platforms to support electronics prototyping
  • Processes, techniques, tools, and applications relating to printing and fabrication
  • Developments in both additive and subtractive digital manufacturing
  • Approaches to integrating electronics with other fabrication processes
  • Techniques for scaling digital fabrication from prototype to product
  • New applications of 3D printing
  • Tools and techniques for laser-cutting
  • New materials for physical fabrication
  • Upcoming printing technologies, e.g conductors, optics, and/or electronics
  • End-user design of physical interfaces through fabrication
  • Personalized objects and interfaces
  • Online fabrication communities and collaborative interfaces for distributed fabrication
  • Education at high-school and beyond through printing and fabrication
  • Do-it-yourself interfaces and devices
  • Digital fabrication and craft
  • New business processes and models enabled by digital fabrication

The guest editors invite original and high-quality submissions addressing all aspects of this field, as long as the connection to the focus topic is clear and emphasized. Review or summary articles — for example critical evaluations of the state of the art, or insightful analysis of established and up-coming technologies — may be accepted if they demonstrate academic rigor and relevance.

Special Issue Guest Editors

  • Steve Hodges, Microsoft Research, Cambridge
  • Hans Gellersen, Lancaster University
  • Björn Hartmann, University of California, Berkeley
  • Albrecht Schmidt, University of Stuttgart

Submission Information

Submissions should be 4,000 to 6,000 words long and should follow the magazine's guidelines on style and presentation. All submissions will be single-blind anonymously reviewed in accordance with normal practice for scientific publications.

For more information, contact the guest editors at pvc3-2014@computer.org.

For general author guidelines or submission details: www.computer.org/pervasive/author.htm or pervasive@computer.org.

To submit your article directly to our online peer-review system, go directly to Manuscript Central.