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AISB event Bulletin Item

AISB Symposium - PERSIST Workshop on Intelligent Pervasive Environments

PERSIST Workshop on Intelligent Pervasive Environments

Authors are invited to submit papers for the 1-day PERSIST Workshop on Intelligent Pervasive Environments, part of the AISB09 Convention. The workshop will take place on 9th April 2009, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.



Submission Deadline: 7th February 2009
Acceptance Deadline: 23rd February 2009
Camera-ready Submissions: 2nd March 2009
Workshop Date: 9th April 2009
Pervasive environments represent a vision of the future where environments populated with computational technology adapt to meet the needs of individual users.  Networks, services and devices should be ubiquitously available and work in concert to support each individual in carrying out their everyday life activities, tasks and rituals in transparent and unobtrusive ways.  To meet this challenge, environments and the devices within should not only be adaptable but also intelligent to provide real benefit rather than hindrance to the user.

Firstly, there is the challenge of adaptable network, service and device provision.  How can such entities be ubiquitously available and adapted to meet user needs?  The discovery, management and configuration of pervasive entities should be performed on behalf of the user.  These processes should be continuous as the user moves through their pervasive environment.  Intelligence is essential in such processes to allow for an environment which meets the users needs with minimal user input.

Secondly, how should a pervasive system facilitate the management and communication of system intelligence within a pervasive environment?  Context awareness and personalisation processes provide invaluable knowledge for system decision taking.  However, how should such knowledge be gathered? How is it shared and exploited most beneficially and how could higher level knowledge be accurately inferred?  Explicitly asking the user to provide and manage such information is undesirable and goes against the pervasive ideology.

Finally, how should system intelligence and information be kept private and secure?  Pervasive systems could potentially amass large stores of sensitive user information.  How can such information be securely communicated throughout the system as well as to third parties.  Further, how should the users identity be kept private and when should their associated data be shared or concealed?

In this workshop we solicit papers which address intelligent pervasive environments.  Papers which address intelligence in pervasive environments are particularly sought however we also welcome papers which address any aspect of pervasive computing.  Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Objects, devices and environments that embody intelligent pervasiveness
Context awareness, sensing and inference
Distributed software, systems, middleware and frameworks
Analysis, design, implementation and evaluation
Security, privacy and trust
Communication systems and infrastructure
Service discovery and management
Personalisation and user modelling
Submissions of papers should follow the convention-wide guidelines specified in the AISB09 website (
Sarah McBurney, Heriot-Watt University
Elizabeth Papadopoulou, Heriot-Watt University
Micheal Crotty, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
Kevin Doolin, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
Pierfranco Ferronato,, Italy
Korbinian Frank, German Aerospace Centre, Germany
Jan Porekar, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Ioanna Roussaki, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Charles Sheridan, Intel, Ireland
Nick Taylor, Heriot-Watt University, UK 
Claudio Venezia, Telecom Italia, Italy
John Whitmore, Lake Communications, Ireland
Howard Williams, Heriot-Watt University, UK

For more information, contact Sarah McBurney ( or Elizabeth Papadopoulou (