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    Announcement and Call for Papers

    Workshop on AI Problems and Approaches for Intelligent Environments
    AI@IE - http://ai4ie.de

    (in conjunction with ECAI 2012 in Montpellier, France)

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-- Important Dates ---------------------------------------------------------

 - Submission deadline technical papers 28. May 2012
 - Submission deadline position papers  28. May 2012
 - Submission deadline posters & demos  28. May 2012
 - Notification of acceptance:          28. June 2012
 - Final version deadline:              15. July 2012
 - Workshop date:                       27. or 28. August 2012


-- Call for Papers ---------------------------------------------------------

Researchers in the area of intelligent environments try to embed intelligence 
into everyday working and living spaces. To reach this goal they investigate 
options to integrate smart technologies into ordinary objects within the 
environment or by controlling the available infrastructure in some clever way. 
The scale of tackled environments ranges from single rooms up to complete 
houses and whole cities. The ultimate goal is the creation of environments 
which support their users proactively and optimise themselves, for example 
with respect to energy usage. Advances in the area of artificial intelligence 
as well as in computer science in general should already enable researchers to 
build truly intelligent environments. In the last decade, numerous projects in 
industry and academia have targeted at providing intelligent environments and 
produced an impressive count of showcase-rooms or even buildings. Researchers 
from diverse disciplines, most notably Pervasive Computing, have been 
attracted by the chances and challenges in applying AI in IE. However, so far 
most intelligent environments are not yet  intelligent from an AI perspective, 
but only instrumented environments providing some intelligent interaction 
modalities and some support for maintenance tasks. With this workshop we aim 
at bridging the gap between AI researchers and developers of intelligent 
environments in various disciplines. We want to provide a forum for discussion 
between the different communities. Among the goals of the workshop are:

 - Establishing new research collaborations between researchers from the areas 
of artificial intelligence, intelligent environments and pervasive computing.
 - The identification of open AI problems within the area of intelligent 
environments.
 - The identification of problems occurring while applying AI techniques in 
practice (e.g., the availability of scalable and robust implementations), 
which need to be solved when building intelligent environments.
 - Collecting a set of case studies of smart environments with a particular 
focus on the used AI techniques and open AI problems and the lessons learned 
while building them.
 - The collection of benchmark data sets for the evaluation of AI methods 
within the area of intelligent environments.
 - The development of a suitable notion of intelligence while considering 
intelligent environments.


-- Types of Submissions ----------------------------------------------------

We are looking for technical contributions, position papers, demonstrations 
and system descriptions related to the topics listed below. 
 - technical papers describe one particular problem and its solution
 - position papers report on inspiring and new ideas
 - demonstrations show a system in actions and are 
 - system descriptions provide insights into a running smart environment and 
its related AI problems and solutions
 - posters accompany any of the above 


-- Topics of Interest ------------------------------------------------------

 - AI and the internet of things
 - AI problems while analysing uncertain sensor data in Intelligent 
Environments
 - AI problems while analysing massive amounts of information in Intelligent 
Environments (Novel clustering and classification methods)
 - Activity recognition (in particular AI approaches for infrastructure 
mediated and device-free passive sensing)
 - AI methods for intention analysis (e.g. prediction of activities and user 
goals)
 - Machine learning methods for effective energy monitoring and analysis
 - AI methods like constraint programming for energy optimisation
 - Improving indoor localisation techniques using AI and ML techniques
 - Cooperative and collaborative data processing in dense indoor environments 
(e.g., multi-agent systems, in-network processing approaches)
 - Smart room/home/buildings technologies
 - Ambient/urban intelligence
 - Assisted living technologies and algorithms
 - Evaluation methodologies
 - Benchmarks for IE-related algorithms and technologies
 - Theoretical foundations for AI in IE
 - Application of AI in IE (advances and lessons learned)
 - Organic and printed electronics for AI in intelligent environments
 - AI methods to manage/improve information security in intelligent 
environments
 - Ubiquitous/pervasive computing and context awareness
 - Human-computer interaction in intelligent environments
 - Robotics in IE
As usual, the above list is not an exhaustive list but an indicative one. All 
papers (up to 6 pages) must be written in English and adhere the submission 
guidelines posted on the submission page.         


-- Committees --------------------------------------------------------------

Organisers
 - Sebastian Bader - University of Rostock, Germany
 - Anika Schumann - IBM's Smarter Cities Technology Centre in Dublin, Ireland
 - Stephan Sigg - National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan

Program Committee
 - Juan Carlos Augusto, University of Ulster, UK
 - Ken Brown, Cork Constraint Computation Centre, Ireland
 - Vic Callaghan, University of Essex, UK
 - Patricia Dockhorn Costa, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil
 - Marcus Handte, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
 - Pascal Hitzler, Wright State University, USA
 - Gerrit Kahl, DFKI, Germany
 - Thomas Kirste, University of Rostock, Germany
 - Zico Kolter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
 - Rico Kusber, Kassel University, Germany
 - Brian Lim, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
 - Yannick Pencolé, CNRS-Toulouse, France
 - Gregory Provan, University College Cork, Ireland
 - Alex Rogers, University of Southampton, UK
 - Alessandro Saffiotti, Örebro University, Sweden
 - Johannes Schöning, Germany
 - Rene Schumann, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland
 - Sylvie Thiébaux, The Australian National University, Australia
 - Lena Wiese, University of Hildesheim, Germany
 - Nic Wilson, Cork Constraint Computation Centre, Ireland
 - Kristina Yordanova, University of Rostock, Germany


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visit http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ai4ie2012 for submissions
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