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AISB event Bulletin Item

CfP: "Human Aspects in Ambient Intelligence", 22 Aug 2011, France

Fifth International Workshop on Human Aspects in Ambient Intelligence: Agent Technology, Human-Oriented Knowledge and Applications (HAI'11) Lyon, France

Call for Papers



Recent developments within Ambient Intelligence and Agent Technology provide new possibilities to contribute to personal care. For example, an intelligent ambient agent in our car may monitor us and warn us when we are falling asleep while driving or take measures when we are too drunk to drive. As another example, an elderly person may wear a device with an ambient agent that monitors his or her wellbeing and offers support when a dangerous situation is noticed.

Such Ambient Intelligence applications can be based on the one hand on possibilities to acquire sensor information about humans and their functioning, but on the other hand, more knowledgeable applications crucially depend on the availability of adequate knowledge for analysis of such information about human functioning. If such knowledge about human functioning is computationally available in intelligent software/hardware agents within devices in the environment, these agents can show more human-like understanding and contribute to personal care based on this understanding.

In recent years, scientific areas focusing on human functioning such as cognitive science, psychology, social sciences, neuroscience and biomedical sciences have made substantial progress in providing an increased insight in the various physical and mental aspects of human functioning. Although much work still remains to be done, models have been developed for a variety of such aspects and the way in which humans (try to) manage or regulate them. From a more biomedical angle, examples of such aspects are (management of) heart functioning, diabetes, eating regulation disorders, and HIV-infection. From a more psychological and social angle, examples are emotion regulation, emotion contagion, attention regulation, addiction management, trust management, and stress management.

If models of human processes and their management are represented in a formal and computational format, and incorporated in the human environment in agents that monitor the physical and mental state of the human, then such ambient agents are able to perform a more in-depth analysis of the human's functioning. An agent-based ambience is created that has a human-like understanding of humans, based on computationally formalised knowledge from the human-directed disciplines, and that may be more effective in assisting humans by offering support in a knowledgeable manner that may improve their wellbeing and/or performance, without reducing them in their freedom.

This may concern elderly people, medical patients, but also humans in highly demanding circumstances or tasks. For example, the workspaces of naval officers may include systems that, among others, track their eye movements and characteristics of incoming stimuli (e.g., airplanes on a radar screen), and use this information in a computational model that is able to estimate where their attention is focussed at. When it turns out that an officer neglects parts of a radar screen, such a system can either indicate this to the person, or arrange on the background that another person or computer system takes care of this neglected part. Similarly, such intelligent agent-based assistants may play a role in providing support to groups of people, e.g., to help coordinate the evacuation of large crowds in case of an emergency, or to optimise the performance of teams in sports or in organisations.


This workshop series addresses multidisciplinary aspects of Ambient Intelligence and Agent Systems with human-directed disciplines such as psychology, social science, neuroscience and biomedical sciences. The first workshop in the series (HAI'07) took place at the European Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI'07), in Darmstadt, Germany, November 2007. The second workshop in the series (HAI'08) took place at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'08), in Sydney, Australia, December 2008. The third workshop in the series
(HAI'09) took place at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'09), in Milan, Italy, September 2009. The fourth workshop in the series (HAI'10) took place at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'10), in Toronto, Canada, August 2010.
The aim of the workshops is to get researchers together from these human- directed disciplines or working on cross connections of Ambient Intelligence with these disciplines. The focus is on the use of knowledge from these disciplines in Ambient Intelligence applications, in order to take care of and support in a knowledgeable manner humans in their daily living in medical, psychological and social respects.

The workshop can play an important role, for example, to get modellers in the psychological, neurological, social or biomedical disciplines interested in agent-based Ambient Intelligence as a high-potential application area for their models, and, for example, get inspiration for problem areas to be addressed for further developments in their disciplines. From the other side, the workshop may make researchers in Ambient Intelligence, Agent Systems, and Artificial Intelligence more aware of the possibilities to incorporate more substantial knowledge from the psychological, neurological, social and biomedical disciplines in ambient agent architectures and applications. As part of the interaction, specifications may be generated for experiments to be addressed by the human-directed sciences.

Some of the areas of interest

* human-aware computing

* computational modelling of cognitive, neurological, social and biomedical processes for Ambient Intelligence

* modelling emotion and mood and their regulation

* modelling contagion of mental states (e.g., beliefs, intentions or

* social awareness modelling

* collecting and analysing histories of behaviour

* computational modelling of mindreading, theory of mind

* building profiles; user modelling in Ambient Intelligence

* sensoring; e.g., tracking physiological states, gaze, body movements, gestures

* sensor information integration methods

* analysis of sensor information; e.g., voice and skin analysis with respect to emotional states, gesture analysis, heart rate analysis

* environmental modelling

* situational awareness

* model-based reasoning and analysis techniques for Ambient Intelligence

* responsive and adaptive systems; machine learning

* cognitive agent models

* reflective ambient agent architectures

* multi-agent system architectures for Ambient Intelligence applications

* human interaction with devices

* wearable devices for ambient health and wellness monitoring

* brain-computer interfacing

* analysis and design of applications to care for humans in need of support for physical and mental health; e.g., elderly or psychiatric care, surveillance, penitentiary care, humans in need of regular medical or psychological care, support for psychotherapeutical/self-help communities

* analysis and design of applications to support humans in demanding circumstances and tasks, such as warfare officers, air traffic controllers, crisis and disaster managers, humans in space missions

* evaluation studies

* handling aspects of privacy and security

* philosophical, ethical, and political aspects of Ambient Intelligence

Submission and Proceedings

Papers can be submitted in the IEEE 2-column format (see the IEEE Computer Society Press Proceedings Author Guidelines, as for the IAT'11 conference). Maximum length for submission is 4 pages, although it will probably be possible to buy 1 or 2 additional pages. Double submission is allowed (for example, for papers submitted to the main conference IAT'11), but inclusion in the proceedings requires that the paper was and is not published elsewhere. The workshop proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press and will be available at the workshop. More submission details will follow at the workshop's Website:


For every accepted paper at least one author has to register for the WI /
IAT-2011 conference. There is no separate workshop registration fee (i.e., only one conference registration covers everything).

Important Dates

Submission deadline              March 21, 2011

Notification                     June 1, 2011

Camera ready papers              June 22, 2011

Workshop                         August 22, 2011

Coordination Commitee

Juan Carlos Augusto (University of Ulster, School of Computing and

Tibor Bosse (contact person, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Agent Systems Research Group)

Cristiano Castelfranchi (CNR Rome, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and

Diane Cook (Washington State University, USA)

Mark Neerincx (TNO Human Factors; Technical University Delft, Man-Machine Interaction)

Fariba Sadri (Imperial College, Department of Computing)

Programme Committee

Juan Carlos Augusto (University of Ulster, School of Computing and

Marc Bhlen (State University of New York, USA)

Tibor Bosse (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Agent Systems Research Group)

Antonio Camurri (University of Genoa, InfoMus Lab)

Cristiano Castelfranchi (CNR Rome, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and

Diane Cook (Washington State University, USA)

Hao-Hua Chu (National Taiwan University, Ubicomp Lab, Taiwan)

Rino Falcone (CNR Rome, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies)

Dirk Heylen (University of Twente, Human Media Interaction)

Judy Kay (University of Sydney, Computer Human Adaptive Interaction,

Peter Leijdekkers (University of Technology Sydney, Mobile Ubiquitous Services & Technologies Group, Australia)

Paul Lukowicz (Austrian University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology)

Silvia Miksch (Danube University Krems, Department of Information and Knowledge Engineering)

Neelam Naikar (Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Centre for Cognitive Work and Safety Analysis, Australia)

Tatsuo Nakajima (Waseda University, Distributed and Ubiquitous Computing Lab, Japan)

Mark Neerincx (TNO Human Factors; Technical University Delft, Man-Machine

Toyoaki Nishida (Kyoto University, Department of Intelligence Science and Technology, Japan)

Steffen Pauws (Philips Research Europe, Media Interaction Department,

Christian Peter (Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria; Fraunhofer IGD, Rostock, Germany)

Nitendra Rajput (IBM Research, Telecom Research Innovation Center, India)

Tomasz M. Rutkowski (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Laboratory for Advanced Brain Signal Processing, Japan)

Fariba Sadri (Imperial College, Department of Computing)

Maarten Sierhuis (NASA Ames Research Center, Human-Centered Computing,

Elizabeth Sklar (City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Dept of Computer and Information Science)

Ron Sun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cognitive Science Department)

Bruce H. Thomas (University of South Australia Mawson Lakes, Wearable Computer Lab, Australia)

Jan Treur (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Agent Systems Research Group)