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AISB event Bulletin Item

2nd CALL FOR PAPERS: Modelling and Reasoning in Context, 26-27 Sep 2011, GERMANY

http://events.idi.ntnu.no/mrc2011/

7th International Workshop on Modelling and Reasoning in Context (in conjunction with CONTEXT 2011) Karlsruhe, Germany

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Welcome to MRC 2011
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Context has moved from the researchers' workbench to become a major selling point in applications, 
devices and smart environments. Indeed, context sensitive processing plays a key role in many 
modern IT applications, with context-awareness and context-based reasoning essential not only 
for mobile and ubiquitous computing, but also for a wide range of other areas such as collaborative
software, web engineering, personal knowledge management, information sharing, health care 
workflow and patient control, adaptive games, and e-Learning solutions.

One of the challenges, from an intelligent systems perspective, is to integrate context with other 
types of knowledge for reasoning, decision-making, and adaptation to form a coherent and versatile 
architecture. There is a common understanding that achieving desired behaviour from intelligent 
systems will depend on the ability to represent and manipulate information about a rich range of 
contextual factors.

These factors may include not only physical characteristics of the task environment, but, possibly 
more importantly, many other aspects including cognitive factors such as the knowledge states (of 
both the application and user) or emotions, and social factors such as networks, relations, roles, 
and hierarchies. This representation and reasoning problem presents research challenges to which 
methodologies derived from areas such as artificial intelligence, knowledge management, human- 
computer interaction, semiotics and psychology can contribute solutions.

Despite the value of diverse approaches to context, integrating findings from the social sciences 
into the design of context-aware systems and building psychologically plausible knowledge models 
remains problematic. Furthermore, it is difficult to deal with uncertainty on different levels, 
from interpretation of uncertain sensor input data through to identification of contexts with 
fuzzy borders.  Moreover, the ability of the system to use explanations, both as a part of its 
reasoning and as a means of communication with the user requires further consideration.


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Workshop Objectives
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The Modelling and Reasoning in Context workshop series aims to bring together researchers and 
practitioners from different communities, both in industry and academia, to study, understand, 
and explore issues surrounding context. By considering modelling and reasoning approaches for 
context-sensitive systems from a broad range of areas, the workshop will facilitate the sharing 
of problems, techniques, and solutions. The workshop covers different understandings of what 
context is, different approaches to modelling context, mechanisms and techniques for structured 
storage of contextual information, effective ways to retrieve it, and methods for enabling 
integration of context and application knowledge.

MRC provides a forum to exchange and discuss issues and ideas in a friendly, cooperative 
environment. The focus of this years workshop is on commercialising context and the impact of this 
on context models. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Generic and specific context models
* Explicit representations of context
* Representation of and reasoning with uncertainty
* Retrieval of context and context information
* Context-based retrieval and reasoning
* Socio-technical issues
* Approaches to the integration of findings from the social sciences
* Context awareness and context-sensitivity
* Context awareness in applications
* Evaluation of context-aware applications
* Explanation and context
* Mobile context
* Issues of time, dynamics and information ageing
* Context focusing and context switching
* Context management


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Agenda
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The workshop will last two full days and will be organised into three main parts.

The first part will consist of short presentations of the accepted papers, grouped into sessions. 
Each session will be followed by a discussion period. The goal of these sessions is to introduce 
the work of all the participants.

The second part will consist of three panel discussion sessions, each dedicated to one specific 
issue. The suggested issues are "perception", "context awareness", and "context sensitivity", but
these are subject to change dependent on the interests of the attendees and the nature of 
submissions. The goal of these panels is to discuss the various approaches to each of these basic 
issues and to identify the critical problems in need of attention and the most promising research 
directions.

The workshop will be concluded with an open discussion summarising the most important lessons 
learned.


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Submissions
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Workshop submissions are electronic, in PDF format only, using the EasyChair submission system.

Paper length should not exceed 12 pages in the Springer LNCS format.
Guidelines and templates are available on the web at http://www.springer.de/comp/ncs/authors.html.

Papers will be published in accompanying proceedings and online.
Provided that the quantity and quality of submissions justifies a special journal issue on context 
aware systems, authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit extended versions for such a 
publication.

All workshop participants must register both for this workshop and the main conference. At least 
one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop.


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Background to MRC
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MRC was first held at the German AI conference KI in 2004. Subsequent workshops have been held at 
IJCAI, AAAI, CONTEXT, HCP and ECAI (2010).

These workshops have been successful in raising awareness about the importance of context as a 
major issue for future intelligent systems, especially for the use of mobile devices and current 
research on ubiquitous computing. At the same time, advances in methodologies for modelling and 
retrieving context have been made and MRC continues to provide a venue for the discussion and 
furthering of research into issues surrounding context.

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Websites
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More information about MRC and the paper submission system can be found on the workshop website at:
http://events.idi.ntnu.no/mrc2011/

Submission System:
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mrc2011

Join the mailing list for MRC by visiting:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/mrc-discuss/

The CONTEXT 2011 main conference website has more information about the location and the registration process as well as other workshops:
http://context-11.teco.edu/


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Important Dates
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Submission of abstracts   Sun   July  3, 2011
Submission of papers      Sun   July 10, 2011
Notification of authors   Thu August  4, 2011
Camera-ready copies       Thu August 18, 2011
CRC updates (LaTeX only)  Thu August 25, 2011
MRC Workshop              Mon/Tue September 26-27, 2011

Correctly formatted camera ready versions of manuscripts typeset using LaTeX can be updated up to 
one week after the camera ready version has been submitted if (and only if) they pass EasyChair's
 check and compile without errors when uploaded. You will have to submit a working version by the 
normal camera ready deadline, this helps you to check whether your LaTeX code compiles without 
errors. It also gives us a version to work with. Note that this applies to LaTeX users only since,
 out of experience, Word documents need much more fine tuning on our side, so we need the additional time.


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Organisation
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Chairs

Jörg Cassens
Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems University of Lübeck, Germany

Rebekah K. Wegener
Centre for Language in Social Life
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Anders Kofod-Petersen
SINTEF Information and Communication Technology Trondheim, Norway

Contact all chairs at:mrc2011@easychair.org



Program Committee (subject to amendment)

* Agnar Aamodt,
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
* Tarek Richard Besold,
    University of Osnabrueck, Germany
* Patrick Brezillon,
    University of Paris 6, France
* Henning Christiansen,
    Roskilde University, Denmark
* Adrian Clear,
    Lancaster University, UK
* Lorcan Coyle,
    lero, Ireland
* Martin Christof Kindsmueller,
    University of Lübeck, Germany
* David Leake,
    Indiana University, USA
* Ana Gabriela Maguitman,
    Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina
* Alessandra Mileo,
    DERI, Ireland
* Olga Murdoch,
    University College Dublin, Ireland
* Thomas Roth-Berghofer,
    University of Hildesheim, Germany
* Patricia Tedesco,
    University of Pernambuco, Brazil
* Santtu Toivonen,
    Idean, Finland