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[*** Financial support for travelling available, see below ***]

[*** The submission deadline has been extended until April 23rd ***]


Agent Technology, Human-Oriented Knowledge and Applications


Toronto, Canada, August 31, 2010


Workshop at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology


Final 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 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 in the series
(HAI'09) took place at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent
Technology (IAT'09), in Milan, Italy, September 2009. 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 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'10
conference). Maximum length for submission is 8 pages, although papers may
also be accepted as short papers. Double submission is allowed (for
example, for papers submitted to the main conference IAT'10), 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 are mentioned at the workshop's Website:

Financial Support for Travelling

For those presenters at the workshop for whom excessive travelling costs
may cause problems, financial support is available. This support may take
the form that for a flight ticket above 500 euro, part of the costs of the
ticket can be refunded by the workshop organisation (assuming a ticket of
reasonable price for the given distance). After acceptance of a paper,
this support can be requested for one author of the paper.


For every accepted paper at least one author has to register for the WI /
IAT-2010 conference. There is no separate workshop registration fee (i.e.,
only one conference registration covers everything).

Important Dates

Submission deadline              April 23, 2010 (extended!)

Notification                     June 7, 2010

Camera ready papers              June 21, 2010

Workshop                         August 31, 2010

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 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

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)

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

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

Steffen Pauws (Philips Research Europe, Media Interaction Department,

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,

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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