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ARDUOUS 2023 : 7th International Workshop on Annotation of useR Data for
UbiquitOUs Systems


When Mar 13, 2023 - Mar 17, 2023
Where Atlanta, USA.
Submission Deadline Nov 14, 2022
Notification Due Jan 5, 2023
Final Version Due Jan 30, 2023

Labelling user data is a central part of the design and evaluation of
pervasive systems that aim to support the user through situation-aware
reasoning. It is essential both in designing and training the system to
recognise and reason about the situation, either through the definition of
a suitable situation model in knowledge-driven applications, or though the
preparation of training data for learning tasks in data- driven models.
Hence, the quality of annotations can have a significant impact on the
performance of the derived systems. Labelling is also vital for validating
and quantifying the performance of applications. With pervasive systems
relying increasingly on large datasets for designing and testing models of
users’ activities, the process of data labelling is becoming a major
concern for the community. Even more, with the increase of pervasive
applications relying on annotated data, it becomes important to develop
standards and normalisation methodologies for transferability of annotated
data across different applications.

To address the problem, this year’s workshop focuses on experiences with
existing tools, datasets and annotation approaches in real-world use cases,
including negative outcomes and the reflection of possible resolutions of
the related problems. Furthermore, we aim to address the general problems
of (1) the role and impact of annotations in designing pervasive
applications, (2) the process of labelling, and the requirements to produce
high quality annotations for diverse settings and tasks, (3) innovative
tools, interfaces and automated methods for annotating user data,
especially weekly supervised and unsupervised machine learning methods for
annotating data and (4) methods for standardisation and normalisation in
annotation practices, (5) label adaptation and evolution. The goal of the
workshop is to bring these topics to the attention of researchers from
interdisciplinary backgrounds, and to initiate a reflection on possible
resolutions of the related problems.

We invite you to submit papers with a maximum of 6 pages that offer new
empirical or theoretical insights on the challenges and innovative
solutions associated with labelling of user data, as well as on the impact
that labelling choices have on the user and the developed system. The
topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

methods and intelligent tools for annotating user data for pervasive
methods for standardisation and normalisation in annotation practices;
influence of interface on annotation;
processes of and best practices in annotating user data;
methods towards automation of the annotation process;
improving and evaluating the quality of annotations;
beyond the labels: ontologies for semantic annotation of user data;
high-quality and re-usable annotation for publicly available datasets;
impact of annotation on a ubiquitous and intelligent system’s performance;
building classifier models that are capable of dealing with multiple
(noisy) annotations and/or making use of taxonomies/ontologies;
the potential value of incorporating modelling of the annotators into
predictive models;
evaluating the efficacy of transfer learning via existing annotated
handling semantic and temporal shift and drift in pervasive computing

Position papers: This year, we are also encouraging participants to submit
position papers to support discussion during and after the workshop, as
well as to support participants in gaining feedback for their work. These
papers should broadly reflect open questions, concerns, proposals or
recommendations surrounding data annotation. For example, topics of
interest in a position paper might include:

• limitations in current reporting of data annotation methodologies

• reuse and sharing of data annotation vocabularies and ontologies

• reflections on data annotation praxis
• ethical and privacy issues connecting to annotation of user data

• protocol papers for studies employing annotation in pervasive

Submission guidelines:

Format: Maximum of 6 pages including references, formatted in accordance
with the IEEE Computer Society author guidelines. The IEEE LaTeX and
Microsoft Word templates, as well as related information, can be found at
the IEEE Computer Society website. Workshop papers will be included and
indexed in the IEEE digital libraries (Xplore).

Submission: Through the EDAS submission system:

Review process: The review process will be double blind.

Registration: Each accepted workshop paper requires a full PerCom
registration (no registration is available for workshops only). It is
mandatory that at least one author registers and presents the paper during
the technical sessions of workshops.

Important dates:
Submission deadline: November 14, 2022

Notification: January 05, 2023

Camera ready version: January 30, 2023 (TBA)

Workshop: March 2023 (TBA)

The 7th International Workshop on Annotation of useR Data for UbiquitOUs
Systems is held as part of the 21st International Conference on Pervasive
Computing and Communications (PerCom 2023) in Atlanta, USA.

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