[Om-announce] 3rd Workshop on AI Techniques for Ambient Intelligence

Juan Carlos Augusto jc.augusto at ulster.ac.uk
Fri Feb 1 18:58:17 CET 2008

Call for Papers

3rd Workshop on Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Ambient Intelligence
(AITAmI'08) - Patras, Greece. 21-22 July 2008

Co-located event of ECAI 2008 ( www.ece.upatras.gr/ecai2008/calls.htm )
Background and Goals:  Imagine a future where human environments respond to 
human preferences and needs. In this world, devices equipped with simple 
intelligence and the abilities to sense, communicate, and act will be 
unremarkable features of our world.  We will expect the car to warn us of 
hazards, track our location and provide timely route advice.  We will speak 
to simple machines and hold conversations with more complex systems, such as 
intelligent homes that will help us monitor conditions, track routine tasks, 
and program the behaviour of the heat, the lights, the garden watering and 
the entertainment centre.  Analogous systems at work will make simple 
decisions in our stead ranging from scheduling meetings to negotiating for 
common services over the web. Such systems will also acquire, and adapt to 
our preferences over time.  In sum, we will come to view simple software 
intelligence as an ambient feature of our environment.

The infrastructure for ambient intelligence is fast coming on line. 
Computational resources are cheap and becoming cheaper, while ubiquitous 
network access has started to appear.  Market forces will soon produce 
applications.  We take the view that ambient intelligence is imminent and 
inevitable, and that the time is ripe to take stock. This workshop will 
provide that opportunity by gathering researchers in a variety of AI 
subfields together with representatives of commercial interests to explore 
the technology and applications for ambient intelligence.

This workshop will complement related events, such as the International 
Conference on Smart Homes and Telecare, and the European Conference on 
Ambient Intelligence. This workshop differs in that it will focus on the 
special relevance of Artificial Intelligence techniques to the goals of 
Ambient Intelligence, and on the most likely avenues for practical 
application. AITAmI'08 will provide an open forum based on a variety of 
presentations: research papers, keynotes, panels and industrial demos.  This 
event will build up on the topics discussed during the two previous 
successful editions: AITAmI'06 held during ECAI'06 and AITAmI'07 held during 
Important Dates:

April 10th: submission deadline
May 10th: notification of evaluation
May 24th: camera ready submission

Web page: www.infj.ulst.ac.uk/~jcaug/aitami08.htm

Sponsors: This event is sponsored by the following companies: Philips, 
Siemens, Nokia

Attendance: The workshop is open to all members of the ECAI community but 
the number of participants will be  restricted by the room size. Preference 
will be given to participants which have an accepted paper and the rest of 
the participants will be selected according to background and order of 

Invited Speakers: As in previous editions of this event distinguished 
speakers will share their experiences and provide their insights on the 
current trends of the field.

Organization: this event will be Co-located with the 18th European 
Conference in Artificial Intelligence, ECAI 2008: 
www.ece.upatras.gr/ecai2008/calls.htmAreas of interest: include, but are not 
limited to, the following:

- agent-based approach to AmI
- interaction with autonomous systems
- individual/group emotional status
- individual/group preferences
- mediating conflicting interests
- intelligent interactive systems
- multi-modal interfaces  (voice, image and video, bio-signals, handwriting, 
- modelling complex environments (smart homes, hospitals, museums, 
transportation, classrooms, etc.)
- non invasive sensing and  interaction
- context awareness
- cognitive modelling of users
- applications (health, industry, teaching, supporting group collaboration, 
-  innovative applications of AI to Ambient Intelligence
- responsive/active architecture
- traditional relevant areas of  AI (KR, reasoning about actions, 
spatio-temporal  reasoning,  CBR, planning,  uncertainty, learning, belief 
revision, vision, decision- making, etc.)

Special Session on Vision-based Reasoning: this edition will have a session 
devoted to the use of networks of video cameras as intelligent sensors 
enabling smart environments. Contact the chair of the session Hamid Aghajan 
(Stanford University, USA) aghajan 'at' stanford.edu for further inquiry or 
visit http://wsnl.stanford.edu/AITAmI_08_VbR.pdf for paper submission 

Submission Details: Authors wishing to participate as speakers in this event 
should format their papers following the same formatting guidelines than for 
the main conference: http://www.ece.upatras.gr/ecai2008/substyles.htm
 More details of the submission process will be given in the web page of the 

Publications: all papers accepted will be published in the proceedings of 
the event.  Related post-workshop publications will be pursued.

Ph.D. Grants: The organizers of this event will offer partial funding to 
Ph.D. students with accepted papers at our event. The quality of the 
submission and the financial situation of the student will be part of the 
selection criteria.

 J.C. Augusto (U. of Ulster, UK)
    jc.augusto 'at' ulster.ac.uk
 D. Shapiro (Applied Reactivity Inc.)
    dgs 'at' appliedreactivity.com

Program Committee

E. Aarts (Philips Res. Eindhoven)
H. Aghajan (Stanford U., USA)
R. Bergmann (U. of Trier, Germany)
M. Böhlen  (State Univ. of NY, USA)
A. Butz (Univ. of Munich, Germany)
V. Callaghan (Univ. of Essex, UK)
A. Cesta (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
D.  Cook (Washington State U., USA)
A.K. Dey  (Carnegie Mellon U., USA)
M. Divitini (NUS, Norway)
M. Freed, (SRI Internacional, USA)
S. Giroux (U. of Sherbrooke, Canada)
B. Gottfried (Univ.Bremen, Germany)
H. Guesgen (Massey Univ., NZ)
S. Helal (U. of Florida, USA)
D. Heylen (U. of Twente, Netherlands)
P. Huuskonen (Nokia)
A. Kameas  (CTI., Greece)
J. Krumm (Microsoft Research, USA)
J. Ma, (Hosei University, Japan)
R. Lopez de Mántaras (CSIC, Spain)
W. Minker (U. of Ulm - Germany)
J. Plomp (VTT Electronics)
H. Raffler (Siemens AG)
C. Ramos (Polyt. of Porto, Portugal)
F. Sadri (Imperial College, UK)
M. Sasikumar (CDAC Mumbai, India)
K. Stathis (R.H. Univ. of London, UK)
J. Treur (Vrije U.,The Netherlands)
R. Wichert  (Fraunhofer, Germany)
T. Yamazaki (NICT, Japan) 

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