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Agent Technology, Human-Oriented Knowledge and Applications



Milan, Italy, September 15, 2009

Workshop at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology


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 generates an action
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

In recent years, scientific areas focusing on human functioning such as
cognitive science, psychology, 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, attention regulation, addiction management, trust
management, stress management, and criminal behaviour 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 more
effectively affect the state of humans by undertaking in a knowledgeable
manner actions that improve their wellbeing and performance.

This may concern elderly people and 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.


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 (HAI'08) took place at the
International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'08), in
Sydney, Australia, December 2008. The aim of the workshops is to get
researchers together from the human-directed disciplines or working on
cross connections of Agent Systems and Ambient Intelligence with these
disciplines. The focus is on the use of knowledge from these disciplines
in ambient agent 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

* 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 and ethical

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'09
conference). Expected length is 4 pages, with the possibility to buy one
additional page. Double submission is allowed (for example, for papers
submitted to the main conference IAT'09), 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-2009 conference. There is no separate workshop registration fee (i.e.,
only one conference registration covers everything).

Important Dates

Submission deadline:              April 30, 2009

Notification:                     June 10, 2009

Camera ready papers:              June 30, 2009

Workshop:                         September 15, 2009

Coordination Commitee

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

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

Cristiano Castelfranchi
(CNR Rome, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies)

Diane Cook
(Washington State University, USA)

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

Fariba Sadri
(Imperial College, Department of Computing)

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

Programme Committee

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

Marc Böhlen
(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 Technologies)

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)

Anthony Jameson
(DFKI, Human-Computer Interaction)

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

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)

Jose del Millan
(Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne EPFL, Research Institute IDIAP, Martigny, Switzerland)

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 Interaction)

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

Steffen Pauws
(Philips Research Europe, Media Interaction Department, Netherlands)

Christian Peter
(Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Rostock, Human-Centered Interaction Technologies, 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, USA)

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)

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