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Massimo Zancanaro <[log in to unmask]>
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                          CALL FOR PAPERS
                             Workshop on
Ubiquitous Computing: interacting in the future computational

                    Trento, Saturday 25 May, 2002

                     In conjunction with AVI 2002

Building a world of disappearing computers, in which a new generation
of devices distributes computing power among everyday objects with
which users interact in a seamless, natural and ubiquitous way, is a
challenge that requires the integration of competence and vision from
various domains. On the one hand, new artefacts need to be designed to
be integrated with clothes and other objects of daily life in the
home, workplace, open environments and so on. On the other, however,
information processing methods that were typical of the desktop
computing generation must also be reconsidered: an effort must be made
to assess how some of the issues that have arisen so far might be
re-evaluated, to contribute to this new 'vision of the future'. Part
of this effort has already been undertaken over the last ten years in
the areas of user modelling and agent-based systems.

The way that computing devices may adapt to user characteristics has
also been studied: initially, the aim of research in this field was to
make systems more 'usable', by considering the level of experience,
the interests, the preferences of the user. More recently, attention
has also moved towards considering 'agreableness' factors in the
interaction and towards trying to adapt it to extra-rational features
of users, such as their personality, attitudes or emotions. Once
again, this experience might be an excellent baseline to discuss which
forms of 'natural', 'seamless' and 'pleasant' interaction the new
devices should establish with individual users or with groups of users
with similar needs.

The way that communication, coordination and negotiation among
software agents should be performed has been long debated: various
languages and methods have been proposed, and several prototypes have
been developed in this field. Experience gained in this area provides
an excellent baseline to discuss how the new artefacts of a world of
'disappearing computers' should communicate in wireless networks,
integrate functionality so that new functionalities emerge, manage
 conflicts in their behavior and so on.

This workshop aims to promote discussion and exchange of ideas among
the three fields of Ubiqitous Computers, Multi-Agent Systems and
Intelligent Interfaces; the organisers come from the three fields and
are supported by a committee of experts from these areas.

Topics addressed in this workshop:

  - agent support for embedded (consumer) devices
  - agent-based service provision
  - agent communication protocols
  - decision-making capabilities
  - coordination, cooperation and negotiation among agents
  - adaptive behaviour of agents
  - agent applications to ubiquitous computing
  - intelligent virtual agents and environments
  - interaction metaphors and interaction devices for mobile /ubiquitous
  - context-aware interaction
  - agent, user and context modeling in ubiquitous computing
  - user and context-adapted forms of output presentation

Program Committee

  -  Roberto Brunelli - ITC-irst, Italy
  -  Berardina Nadja De Carolis - Universit&agrave di Bari
  -  Rino Falcone - Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology - CNR,
  -  Antonio Krüger - Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
  -  Rainer Malaka - European Media Laboratory, Germany
  -  Massimo Zancanaro - ITC-irst, Italy

Paper Submission

Paper submissions should be sent electronically in Postscript or
Portable Document Format (PDF) to the following address
[log in to unmask] Submissions should not exceed 6 pages.

Important dates

Submission Deadline: Friday, 5th April
Notification Date: Friday, 12th April
Workshop Held: Saturday 25 May