2nd WorkShop On Large-Scale Intelligent Environments (WOLSIE) 2013

Co-Located with the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments

Athens, Greece. 16-19th July 2013


***Proceedings will be electronically available through ACM Digital Library and published by IOS-Press in the Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments Series (indexed by Thomson Reuters – formerly  ISI)***

Paper submission Deadline : 24 April 2012;

Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2013;

Final Paper Version Due: 30 May 2013

Organising Committee:

James Dooley (University of Essex, UK) – jpdool <at> essex.ac.uk,

Matt Ball (University of Essex, UK),

Mohammad Al Mulla (Kuwait University, Kuwait),

Aaron Crandall (Washington State University, USA).

Workshop Theme

As technology permeates into every aspect of our lives and becomes embedded in the environments that we encounter on a daily basis, the dreams for a world of ubiquitous computing are being realised. Augmented by the deployment of artificial intelligence, the technology rich spaces that surround us are given an ambient intelligence where software samples the real world, reasons with available information and pro-actively takes action. Much work has been done in this area as reflected by the literature, but as we delve further, the scale of the environments we envision increases. This workshop is intended to focus specifically on the challenges related to scaling-up intelligent environments research “beyond four walls”.

Within the context of this workshop, we consider an Intelligent Environment (IE) to be a ubiquitous computing deployment, preferably (but not necessarily) with some form of ambient intelligence. And so, a “large-scale” IE (LSIE) goes beyond the size of “normal” experimental labs and can be defined as adhering to one or more of the following characteristics:

• Monolithic : Large ubiquitous computing environments that exist as a whole and typically contain several physical sub-spaces (e.g. multi-room apartment, entire building, campus, town, city, etc.).
• Composite : Environments composed of multiple geographically or organisationally separated IEs that are electronically joined to form a larger compound. For example, a building that is not a monolithic IE, but composed of several independent IEs, or a “virtual University” that is composed of several classrooms from different countries and electronically linked to transcend their physical separation.
• Mobile: Environments that may move from place-to-place or are created in an ad hoc fashion by bringing together many mobile devices.
• Virtual-reality : Software simulations that are entirely virtual and model an IE on the scale of at least a multi-room / multi-floor building.
• Mixed-reality : Physical Environments that are extended / reflected by some component of virtual reality to enlarge their scale.

The smallest LSIE we consider in this workshop would be a multi-room apartment, but it is anticipated that the typical scale would be that of a multi-floor building, and at the larger scale go beyond four walls to the campus, town or even city scale.

We are interested in papers that present new and novel approaches to the core problem area and are especially interested in real-world deployments (i.e. “living-labs”), experimental results and technology or software that facilitates the transition of users and their digital assets / profiles as they roam between IEs.

Topics of Interest

We are keen to encourage the submission of papers from a wide variety of backgounds and perspectives that relate to Large Scale Intelligent Environments in both research and industry. The following list gives an overview of some example topics :
• Infrastructure & Middleware
• Real-World deployments
• Formal methods & Modelling
• Simulation and Virtualisation
• Agent-based approaches to AmI
• Applications
• Proof-of-concept and demonstration deployments
• Asset / Resource management and access control
• Responsive / Active architecture
• Mixed reality
• Context awareness
• Activity recognition
• Profile management / handling for single & multi users
• Conflict resolution among differing user preferences
• Intelligent interactive systems
• Multi-modal interfaces
• Mobile / Portable applications
• User evaluation and social studies.

Information for Authors

• Attendance – At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the workshop to present the paper.
• Proceedings - All accepted papers will be electronically available through ACM Digital Library and published by IOS-Press in the Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments Series (indexed by Thomson Reuters – formerly  ISI)
• Length & Format – Authors are invited to submit papers of between 6 and 12 pages in length and formatted using the IOS press style.
Online  Submission System - https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/WOLSIE2013/Default.aspx