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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Human Aspects in Ambient Intelligence, 13 Nov 2012, Pisa. ITALY

HAI 2012-Workshop at the International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence(AmI'12)


Recent developments within Ambient Intelligence provide new possibilities to contribute to personal
care. For example, 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 that monitors his or her wellbeing and offers support when a dangerous situation is noticed.

Such applications can be based on the one hand on possibilities to acquire sensor information about
humans and their functioning. However, their full realisation depends crucially on the availability
of adequate knowledge for analysis of such information about human functioning. If such knowledge 
about human functioning is computationally available within devices in the environment, these 
systems can show more human-like understanding and contribute to personal care based on this 

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 systems that monitor the physical and mental 
state of the human, then such ambient systems are able to perform a more in-depth analysis of the 
human's functioning. An 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 
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 Computer 
Science 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 (HAI'09) took place
at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'09), in Milan, Italy, September
2009. The fourth workshop (HAI'10) took place at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent 
Technology (IAT'10), in Toronto, Canada, August 2010. The fifth workshop in the series (HAI'11) 
took place at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'11), in Lyon, 
France, August 2011. 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 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 Computer Science and Ambient and Artificial Intelligence more 
aware of the possibilities to incorporate more substantial knowledge from the psychological, 
neurological, social and biomedical disciplines in ambient intelligence 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,

* 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

Submissions should follow the Springer LNCS 
 guidelines for 
and should not exceed 16 pages. Submissions should be sent in pdf format,
via an e-mail to Tibor Bosse . Accepted papers will 
appear in the workshop
proceedings, as well as in an edited volume of the
Ambient and Pervasive Intelligence 
 book series, 
published by Atlantis Press
and available via Springerlink.


For every accepted paper at least one author has to pay the special
AmI 2012 workshop registration fee.

Important Dates

Submission deadline        June 15, 2012

Notification               August 6, 2012

Camera ready papers        August 27, 2012

Workshop                   November 13, 2012

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)

Aart van Halteren (Philips Research, Consumer Electronics, The Netherlands)

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)