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                         Call for Papers

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                           Symposium on
                    AFFECTIVE SMART ENVIRONMENTS

                         in the frame of the
                        2007 AISB Convention
               (Artificial and Ambient Intelligence)

                       Newcastle University,
                      Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

             http://www.di.uniba.it/intint/ase07.html
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Extended deadline for papers: January 19, 2007


Motivation
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Ambient Intelligence (AmI) is an emerging and popular research field
with the goal to create "smart" environments that react in an
attentive, adaptive and proactive way to the presence and activities
of humans, in order to provide the services that inhabitants of
these environments request or are presumed to need.

AmI is increasingly affecting our everyday lives: computers are
already embedded in numerous everyday objects like TV sets, kitchen
appliances, or central heating, and soon they will be networked,
with each other as well as with personal ICT devices like organizers
or cell phones. Communication with ambient computing resources will
be ubiquitous, bio-sensing will allow devices to perceive the
presence and state of users and to understand their needs and goals
in order to improve their general living conditions and actual
well-being.

According to the 'Computers As Social Actors' paradigm, interaction
with technology is driven by rules that derive from social
psychology. These aspects become even more relevant when media are
not boxed in a desktop computer but are integrated pervasively in
everyday life environments. An Affective Smart Environment should be
able to grasp these factors and adapt its behavior accordingly.

Imagining and designing this kind of environment requires combining
knowledge and methods of ubiquitous and pervasive computing with
those of affective and social computing. And as yet there exists
little in the way of coherent models of interaction on which to base
our design approaches to such environments.

Objective
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This symposium is an interdisciplinary meeting focused on methods
and techniques for integrating affective and social factors in
ambient intelligence. In particular, we will solicit original papers
dealing with (but not limited to) the following topics of interest:

- non invasive methods for sensing, recognizing and modeling the
    emotional state of users in 'natural', everyday situations;
- methods and models for profiling emotion information;
- methods for building the inhabitants' group profiles from their
    individual models;
- methods for learning long-term features, from tracing of
    interaction histories;
- methods for inferring how to adapt the environment to the
    recognized situation;
- methods for enforcing the sense of trust in the environment;
- theoretical approaches to the design of ambiently intelligent
    interaction.

The symposium will also welcome applications to the smart
environment of methods and tools which were originally thought for
other domains, but may highly enhance the ambient intelligence; for
instance:

- Affective Conversational Agents;
- Social Robots;
- Natural language and speech-based dialog simulators.


Submissions Details
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We welcome and encourage submissions of original papers. Papers
should be written in English, formatted according to ECAI style
which can be obtained from
http://ecai2006.itc.it/cda/images/ecai2006.pdf
http://ecai2006.itc.it/cda/images/ecai2006.zip.
Papers should not exceed 8 pages including figures, references, etc.
and should be sent to [log in to unmask]

For any information please do not hesitate to contact us using the
same email address.


Proceedings
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Proceedings will have an ISBN and will be available at the symposium.


Important Dates
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Paper submission deadline:  19 January 2007 (extended)
Notification of acceptance: 05 February 2007
Camera ready copy due:      23 February 2007
Symposium date:             April 2007 (see AISB’07 web site)

Organizers:
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Berardina Nadja De Carolis University of Bari - Italy
Christian Peter            Fraunhofer IGD Rostock - Germany
John Waterworth            Umeå University - Sweden

Scientific committee:
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Elisabeth Andre            University of Augsburg  - Germany
Russell Beale              University of Birmingham - UK
Gerald Bieber              Fraunhofer IGD - Germany
Andreas Butz               University of Munich - Germany
Marco Combetto             Microsoft Research Cambridge - UK
Lola Cañamero              University of Hertfordshire - UK
Fiorella de Rosis          University of Bari - Italy
Rino Falcone               ISTC-CNR - Italy
Thomas Kirste              University of Rostock - Germany
Catherine Pelachaud        Université de Paris 8 - France
Paolo Remagnino            Kingston University - UK
Thomas Rist                University of Applied Sciences Augsburg
and DFKI-  Germany
Massimo Zancanaro          ITC IRST – Italy

Home page of Affective Smart Environment Symposium:
http://www.di.uniba.it/intint/ase07.html


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Christian Peter, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics
Joachim Jungius Str. 11, 18059 Rostock, Germany

Phone:  +49 - 381 - 40 24 122; Fax:   +49 - 381 - 40 24 199
Email:  [log in to unmask]
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