The Fifth International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI-PUI'03) will be held Nov. 5-7th 2003 in Vancouver B.C., Canada. The three-day ICMI-PUI'03 Conference will bring together researchers from North America, Europe, and Asia to present and discuss the latest multidisciplinary work on multimodal interfaces, systems, and applications. ICMI-PUI'03 is sponsored by ACM, and will be co-located in Vancouver with ACM's UIST'03. This meeting follows three successful Perceptive User Interface Workshops (PUI) and four International Multimodal Interface Conferences (ICMI). These now have joined together to initiate an annual international conference. 

The ICMI-PUI'03 conference represents the growing interest in next-generation perceptive, adaptive and multimodal user interfaces. These new interfaces are especially well suited for interpreting natural communication and activity patterns in real-world environments. Their emergence represents a radical departure from previous computing, and is rapidly transforming the nature of human-computer interaction by creating more natural, expressively powerful, flexible and robust means of interacting with computers.  

Topics of special interest to the conference include multimodal input and output interfaces, fusion techniques & hybrid architectures, processing of language and action patterns, gaze and vision-based interfaces, speech & conversational interfaces, pen-based interfaces, haptics interfaces, cognitive modeling of users, AI techniques & adaptive multimodal interfaces, multibiometric interfaces, multimodal-multisensor interfaces, interfaces for attentive & intelligent environments, mobile, tangible & virtual/augmented multimodal interfaces, universal access interfaces, and tools & system infrastructure issues for designing multimodal interfaces.  

The initial ICMI-PUI'03 evening demo-reception and day of program will be held jointly with UIST'03 to celebrate advances in next-generation interfaces of common interest to both communities. The following two days of invited talks, panels, presentations and posters will facilitate smaller group interaction and discussion over single-track presentations and meals. ICMI-PUI'03 proceedings will be published by ACM Press. Interested researchers are invited to submit to any of the following four categories by April 21st:

Submission details can be found on the Information for Authors page.




Sandra Marshall, San Diego State University

Charles Spence, Oxford University

Anil Jain, Michigan State University


Final papers due

August 12, 2003

Early registration deadline

September 24, 2003

Late registration deadline

October 24, 2003

UIST'03 dates November 3-5, 2003

ICMI-PUI'03 conference dates

November 5-7, 2003


Become an ICMI corporate sponsor and receive valuable benefits, while supporting the technical quality of the conference and its accessibility to students. See the sponsorship page for further information.



Students can volunteer to assist with the conference. As benefits, they will receive free conference registration and housing, as well as the opportunity to learn about the latest multimodal interface research. Volunteers are expected to spend at most 20 hours helping out during the conference. Volunteers are also expected to attend the entire conference, including arriving at least a couple of hours before the conference starts to help with setup, and staying until the end of the last session. Limited funding also is available for student travel subsidies in cases of financial hardship.

To apply, please send your email address, name, country, school, year in school, degree goal, and previous student volunteering experiences, to Jennifer Mankoff ( The deadline for application is September 1st.

A one-page conference announcement (PDF file) can be seen here.


        SIGCHI - Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction               







General Motors

Microsoft Corp.

Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL)

National Science Foundation

Natural Interaction Systems, LLC

NewMIC - The New Media Innovation Center


Oregon Health and Sciences University