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MODIE 2006: Modeling and Designing User Assistance in Intelligent Environments

In conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, Mobile HCI
2006, Espoo, Finland.

Workshop date: Tuesday September 12 2006.

Workshop Overview
Ubicomp research continually develops novel interaction techniques, sensing technologies, and new ways of presenting personalized
information to the user. Gradually, companies operating in environments such as airports, museums or even shopping malls are
becoming aware of the potential benefits in letting such technologies assist their users and customers. Intelligent environments are
predicted to aid their users in pursuing their activities, such as wayfinding or shopping, through the situated presentation of
personalized information. However, due to the large design space that ranges from wearable computing to public displays, the
conceptual and technological choices pose new challenges to the designer of such user-assistance systems.
Themes & Topics
We are interested in models, principles and methodologies, which guide the designer of an intelligent environment in the early
stages of the development process, such as task and requirements analysis and conceptual design. We are looking for contributions,
which will help the designer of user assistance systems to address the following questions: 

- Which user activities and tasks require assistance? 
- How to map an activity model into interactions with computing artifacts? 
- How should the designer choose the best sensing and interaction technologies for a scenario? 
- Which mobile or wearable personal devices can be employed? 
- How should multiple users with concurrent activities be supported? 
- How should the current state of the user assistance system be represented, especially when dealing with multiple tasks? 

The intention of the workshop is to share experiences and perspectives on user assistance in intelligent environments from the
different viewpoints of developers, designers, ethnographers and cognitive scientists. Each participant will give a short
presentation about their contribution. The second half of the workshop will be focused on the discussion of key topics: 

- How to unify the complementary concepts of public and personal devices in IEs 
- How to model user activity (terminology, structure, notation) for the design of IEs 
- Suggest a terminology for intelligent environments (IEs) 
- How tools can support the modelling and designing of user assistance in IEs 
- What the problems of applying traditional software engineering methodologies are 
- Are there principles that can be generalized for the design of all IEs? 

Intended Participants
We encourage researchers from the following disciplines to contribute position papers (2-6 pages) and knowledge to the discussion: 

- Computer Scientists (in the fields of Mobile HCI and Intelligent Environments): contribute experiences with working prototypes,
discuss technical issues. 

- Designers: contribute new paradigms and concepts, discuss existing environments and current solutions to present information to
the user, how might the future look like? 

- Ethnographers: contribute an analysis of user activities and problems in current environments, discuss application areas for
Intelligent Environments. 

- Cognitive Scientists: contribute design principles for Intelligent Environments based on their knowledge about the limited
resources of the human processor, discussion of pros and cons of interaction paradigms, concepts and technologies. 

Workshop Format
MODIE will be a full day workshop. Each participant will give a short presentation on their position and experience in dealing with
one or several of the workshop topics. It is assumed that the participants are already familiar with the position papers, which will
be available as online proceedings prior to the workshop. In the afternoon, the participants will split into small groups and
discuss interesting research topics. Afterwards we will present and discuss their results. 

Important Dates
Submission Deadline June 23, 2006  
Acceptance Notification July 13, 2006 
Workshop Date September 12, 2006 

Organizing Committee
Thomas Pederson (Umea University, Sweden, [log in to unmask])
Helder Pinto (University of Minho, Portugal, [log in to unmask])
Michael Schmitz (DFKI GmbH, Saarbruecken, Germany, [log in to unmask])
Christoph Stahl (Saarland University, Germany, [log in to unmask])
Lucia Terrenghi (University of Munich, Germany, [log in to unmask])

Primary Contact
Dipl.-Inform. Christoph Stahl 
FR 6.2 Informatik 
Universitaet des Saarlandes 
P.O. Box 151150 
66041 Saarbruecken 

Fon +49-681-302-3191 
Fax +49-681-302-4136 
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