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EvAAL ( is a project created and supported by universAAL 
( and hosted by AALOA ( It is an 
open strategy for moving towards assessable user experience in AAL in a 
series of annual competitions. The topic of the first open call for 
competition is Indoor Localization which is a base technology for AAL 

			 1st EvAAL Competition
        (Evaluating AAL Systems through Competitive Benchmarking)

	Special theme on Indoor Localization and Tracking

			    25-29 July, 2011
			      Valencia, ES

		   in conjunction with the AAL Forum
		   (26-28 September 2011, Lecce, IT)


An initiative supported by the AALOA community (
and organised by the universAAL project (

We are pleased to announce the first EvAAL Competition on Indoor
Localization and Tracking to be held on the 25-29 July, 2011 at the
CIAMI Living Lab in Valencia, and the concluding workshop to be held in
conjunction with the AAL Forum on the 26-28 September 2011, Lecce, IT

Localization is a key component for achieving context-awareness. Recent
years have witnessed an increasing trend of location-based services and
applications. In most cases, however, location information is limited by
the accessibility to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), largely
unavailable for indoor environments. The scope of this competition is to
award the best indoor localization system from the point of view of
Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) applications. To this end much research
has been done in both the sensor network community and the ubiquitous
computing community to provide techniques for localization and tracking
in smart environments. This competition is an opportunity to bring
together both academic and industrial research communities to work
together on challenging and open problems, to evaluate various
approaches, and to envision new research opportunities. The universAAL
project organises this competition because it is an opportunity to find
good solutions to relevant AAL challenges. Participation in the
competition is therefore also an opportunity to influence the universAAL
project. This competition is the first of several planned by universAAL
to find good solutions to different challenges in the AAL domain. The
whole initiative is organized as an AALOA project so that the AAL
community is involved from the beginning and can more easily take over
the continuation of EvAAL after the universAAL project finishes.

During the competition, we will collect a large amount of data that
could be very useful as benchmarks to researcher communities who
simulate and test their solutions. These will be significant benchmarks,
because they will have been collected in a realistic environment (the
living lab).

Candidate competitors are invited to submit a paper describing their
localization system. A "competitor" can be any individual or group of
individuals, from one or several organisations, working as a single
team.  The papers will undergo a peer review by the technical program
committee members. The papers must describe original work and include a
description of the hardware, deployment, and algorithms and protocols

Each paper must not exceed 4 pages (including tables, figures, etc.) and
must be submitted by April 24th, 2011 using the web forms which will be
available from March 15th on the EvAAL website.

Submitters of accepted papers will be invited to participate in the
competition itself, to be held at the CIAMI Living Lab
( in Valencia, during the last two weeks of July,

The evaluation criteria for the competition, restrictions on the
accepted technologies, and a description of the benchmarks are detailed
in the technical annex of this call, available in  (see notes 1 and 2
below). Possible refinements of the annex, also based on participating
competitors comments, will be timely distributed to all participants.

Depending on the number of accepted papers, it may be necessary to
restrict participation in the competition to the best ranked papers, due
to space/logistic constraints at the Living Lab.

Accepted papers will be presented at the EvAAL workshop that will be
held in conjunction with the AAL Forum (, and
will be published in the AAL Forum proceedings.

The winner(s) of the competition will be announced at a special session
of the AAL forum, a major event in the field of Ambient Assisted Living
in Europe. The organizers intend to provide a prize for the best
entries, and to make some contribution to travel costs for all

The organizers encourage submissions from both academia and industry
(there are no restrictions to the composition of competing teams) with
the aim of seeking innovative localization solutions for AAL
applications that represent leading-edge research prototype
development. Please check the EvAAL web site (
for more information and regular updates on progress with the

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Important Dates
Abstract registration: from March 15th, 2011
Paper Submission Deadline: April 24th, 2011
Acceptance Notification: May 14th, 2011
Camera Ready Deadline: June 30th, 2011

Organizing Committee:
General Co-Chairs
Stefano Chessa, (University of Pisa and ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Sergio Guillen, (ITACA-UPV University of Valencia, Spain)

Technical Program Committee Co-Chairs:
Rainer Mautz (ETH Zurich)
Francesco Furfari (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Dario Salvi (Polytecnic University of Madrid, Spain)
Juan Pablo Lazaro (TSB Spain)

Local Committee:
Juan Pablo Lazaro (TSB Soluciones Tecnologicas, Spain)
Dario Salvi (Polytecnic University of Madrid, Spain)
Laura Belenguer (ITACA-UPV, Spain)

Publication chair:
Reiner Wichert (Fraunhofer IGD, Germany)

Publicity Chairs:
Casper Dahl Marcussen (Region Syddanmark, Denmark)
Francesco Potortý (ISTI-CNR, Italy)

Program Committee:
Bruno And˛ (University of Catania, Italy)
Paolo Barsocchi (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Philippe Canalda (University of Franche-ComtÚ, France)
Francesco Furfari (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Juan Pablo Lßzaro (TSB Spain)
Ivan Martinovic (University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)
Rainer Mautz (ETH Zurich)
Filipe M. L. Meneses (University of Minho, Portugal)
Adriano J. C. Moreira (University of Minho, Portugal)
Francesco Potortý (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Dario Salvi (Polytecnic University of Madrid, Spain)
Saied Tezari (Fraunhofer IGD, Germany)
Reiner Wichert (Fraunhofer IGD, Germany)



(1) In order to have a smooth organization of the competition, the
     competitors will be requested to interface their competing artefacts
     with the measurement tools (that will be provided by universAAL
     project) that will be used in the competition. To this purpose there
     will be a shepherding phase in which the EvAAL organizer will help
     competitors to implement this integration.

(2) The evaluation criteria for the competition, restrictions on the
     accepted technologies, and a description of the benchmarks are
     described in the technical annex of this call. Refinements of the
     technical annex based on competitors requests will be timely
     distributed to all participants.

The technical annex is available at:


Dr. Reiner Wichert
Head of Fraunhofer-Allianz Ambient Assisted Living
Department Head Interactive Multimedia Appliances

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