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"Michael H. Coen" <[log in to unmask]>
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Michael H. Coen
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 13:10:03 -0500
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Due to numerous requests, we are extending the deadline for the Intelligent
Environments Symposium.  Also, please see the listing below for possible
submission topics.

Intelligent Environments Symposium
AAAI Spring Symposium Series
March 23-25, 1998 at Stanford University

Submissions are due at MIT by Friday, November 14, 1997.

Intelligent Environments are spaces in which computation is seamlessly used to
enhance ordinary activity. They enable tasks historically outside the normal
range of human-computer interaction by connecting computers to normal, everyday
phenomena that have traditionally been outside the purview of contemporary
user-interfaces.  Their applications are not spreadsheets and word processing
but intelligent rooms and personal assistants.

Interaction with these environments should be in terms of forms that people are
naturally comfortable with. Their user-interface primitives are not menus, mice
and windows but gesture, speech, context, and affect.  At least in theory, it
should be possible for a person to forget she is using a computer while
interacting with one.

Building Intelligent Environments requires a unique breadth of knowledge that
extends beyond any of the traditional boundaries of AI research areas. The
purpose of this symposium is to bring together researchers from various AI
backgrounds to discuss the issues involved in creating these complex,
interactive, embedded systems.

Submissions need not deal explicitly with preexisting intelligent environments.
We are very interested in submissions covering subsystems that would be useful
components of these environments. Possible topics include:

     Multimodal user-interfaces
     Speech recognition and understanding systems
     Software architectures for modular systems
     Computer vision systems for gesture, face, and object recognition
     Computer vision systems for people tracking
     Audio systems for sound localization
     Knowledge representation of real-world events
     Application areas for intelligent environments

(Additional information about this symposium is available at

Submission Information:
Potential participants should submit a short paper (2 - 8 pages) by November 14,
1997 describing work in progress, completed work, positions, testbeds,
discussion topics, or potential panels.  Other interested participants should
submit a one to two page description of their work or interest in this area or
specific questions and issues that they feel should be addressed.  Five
hardcopies of your submission should be sent to:

      Michael Coen
      MIT AI Lab
      545 Technology Square
      Cambridge, MA 02139
      (617) 253-8916

Submissions must include title, author's name(s), affiliation, mailing address,
e-mail address, phone and fax numbers.  Invited participants will be asked to
submit Postscript versions of their papers.

Organizing Committee:
Michael Coen (chair), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
([log in to unmask]); Gregory Abowd, Georgia Institute of Technology
([log in to unmask]); Aaron Bobick, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
([log in to unmask]); Jeremy Cooperstock, Sony Computer Science Laboratory
([log in to unmask]); Eric Horvitz, Microsoft Research ([log in to unmask])