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                           C A L L  F O R  P A P E R S

AmI-Blocks'08 Workshop
Smart Products: Building Blocks of Ambient Intelligence

Held in Conjunction with
The European Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI'08)
November 19-22, Nürnberg, Germany

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Aim and Scope

The vision of Ambient Intelligence is based on the increasing  
technological
advances in embedding computational power, information and sensing
capabilities into everyday objects and environments. Despite the current
availability of technology, there is a notorious absence of large scale
settings. This absence raises questions about the complexity and effort
required with current approaches to building intelligent living and  
working
spaces. Future ambient intelligent infrastructures must be able to
configure themselves and grow from the available, purposeful objects  
(be it
software services or consumer appliances) in order to become effective  
in
the real world.

The use of embedded systems to control devices, tools and appliances has
been common practice for almost two decades now. With every new  
generation,
these controllers provide an ever increasing list of capabilities in the
form of assistance, information, and customization. However, it is the
addition of communications, and advanced interaction and sensing  
capabilities
that changes the perspectives of what such systems can do: gather  
information
from other sensors, devices and computers on the network, or enable
user-oriented customization and operations through short-range  
communication.
This combination of capabilities enables what we call Smart Products.
We refer to Smart Products as real-world objects, devices or software  
services
bundled with knowledge about themselves and their capabilities, their
environment and their users, enabling new ways of interacting with  
humans and
the environment autonomously. These properties make Smart Products not  
only
intelligible to users, but also smart to interpret user’s actions and  
adapt
accordingly.

The fundamental questions in this workshop are how federations of Smart
Products can reify agentive behavior and compose functionality to become
the generative blocks of ambient intelligence. Another aspect of  
importance
is what kind knowledge and of interfaces, business models and scenarios
Smart Products will create, address and modify.

The research areas involved are many, including Knowledge Modelling and
Embedding, Human Computer Interaction, Economics, Artificial  
Intelligence,
Software and Knowledge engineering, and many more. We look forward in  
this
workshop to bring together different areas of expertise to help us  
shape a
vision of creating living and working environments out of Smart  
Products.

Submissions

We invite all researchers who want to contribute, to participate by
submitting an original paper of up to 8 pages and/or a position  
statement
of 2 pages (both Springer two column style). A Latex template is  
available in
the workshop's website (http://www.ami-blocks.org/)

We strongly encourage members of EU projects related to Smart Products
to participate in this workshop, to discuss highly innovative and
state-of-the-art research challenges and results.

All submissions will be blind reviewed by at least 2 members of the
Program Committee. The workshop proceedings will be published as a
tech report. We are also currently discussing with recognized publishers
to include selected papers in a journal.

Relevant topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

* Design of Smart Products
* Knowledge Representation, Embedding and Reasoning
* AI planning and agents for service composition
* Semantic-based discovery
* Dynamic adaptation of products
* Design of user-centered ambient computing
* Smart Product federations
* End-User service composition
* Interactive communication with Smart Products
* Development of ubiquitous computing applications
* Dynamic adaptation of products
* Semantic representations for Smart Products
* Infrastructure for Smart Products
* Application cases throughout the whole product lifecycle: assembly,
   vending, maintenance, end-user operation, etc.

URL: http://www.ami-blocks.org/

Important Dates:
Sep. 26, 2008   Submission Deadline
Oct. 24, 2008   Notification of Acceptance
Nov.  7, 2007   Final Papers Due

Organizing Committee:
* Fernando Lyardet, SAP Research, Germany.
* Erwin Aitenbichler, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.
* Felix Flentge, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.
* Wolfgang Maass, Hochschule Furtwangen, Germany
* Max Mühlhäuser, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

Program Committee (in Formation):
* Stephan Haller, SAP Research (Zürich), Switzerland
* Gerd Kortuem, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
* Florian Michahelles, ETH (Zürich), Switzerland
* Max Mühlhäuser, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
* Karnouskos Stamatis, SAP Research (Karlsruhe), Germany
* Frèdèric Thiesse, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
* Harald Vogt, SAP Research (Karlsruhe), Germany

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