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CFP IJCAI'13 Workshop, Beijing, Aug 3-4

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Activity Context-aware Systems

IJCAI 2013 Workshop, August 3rd-4th 2013, Beijing, China



Important Dates:

*April 20, 2013: Workshop Submissions Due to Organizers *May 20, 2013: Notifications Sent to Authors.
*May 30, 2013: Final Camera Ready Papers Due *June 15, 2013: Deadline for completed workshop notes submission to local organizer



Call for Participation



Description: Pervasive context-aware computing technologies will become mainstream within five years. They will enable a new generation of applications in digital workplaces and smart homes, revolutionizing retail, media, travel and healthcare, among other significant markets. Following excellent progress made at AAAI'11 and AAAI'12 workshops, this workshop seeks to discover novel architectures and key components needed for domain-focused, task-specific systems that "know"
*    What a user is doing (context, activity structure),
*  Who are they (identities, profile, history) with (social context) and in what role (responsibility, security, privacy)
*    When and where (event, time, place),
*    Why (goals, shared or personal),
*    How are they doing it (methods, applications), and
*    Using what resources (device, services, ownership, and access).



All along, these systems will be observing and recording such context of work and play. Smart workspaces and playspaces will increasingly utilize that context data to let users move seamlessly between applications and devices, without having to explicitly carry, transfer, and exchange activity context.



These smart environments will support contextual interaction through multi-modal interfaces combining speech, touch and gesture, by embedding context-aware services for:
*    Proactive delivery of relevant and timely information into situations and events;
*    Helping users reason and decide faster, with greater confidence, by giving them greater access to the provenance, quality, and derivation of recommended information;
*    Semantic interpretation of terse (highly contextual) dialogs, commands and queries;
*  Proactive task-specific personal advice on steps others took before in meaningfully similar situations (contextual knowhow); and *  Collaboration frameworks that contextually recommend experts from within and outside an organization, and enable distributed users to manage, semantically divide, and track their work.



Main Objectives: The intended end results of the workshop are:
1. Create a broader and deeper focus on issues involved in creating system architectures for Activity Context-aware Systems in different domains and application areas: Identify use cases, domain-specific considerations, and owners and drafts of initial reasoning schemes and algorithms. Discuss, in the context of enabling top use-case categories, the results from creation of solution architectures and proposals for languages, data structures, and algorithms.

2. Discuss papers/proposals for new research areas and review work building on key research themes with specific opportunities for collaborative work in the next two-three years in this academically and commercially important area, with topics such as semantic computing, task modeling, context representation, and activity recognition.

3. Augment the core research group with increased participation from the Far East, Europe and Australia, identify new collaborations: Significantly augment existing standards/drafts/proposals; create fresh initiatives in system architecture for capture, transfer, and recall of activity context across multiple devices and platforms, supporting both individuals and groups. Create an adoption plan addressing likely barriers such as privacy, participation, proprietary platforms, and implementation complexity.

Topics and Research Questions to be Explored

This workshop expects to make serious progress in following research areas:

1.    Activity Modeling, Representation, Recognition, Detection, Acquisition, Simulation and Prediction: Which (low-level) human activities can be reliably learned and detected? How indicative are those for human tasks and intent? Which granularities of activities could be chosen for creating an extensible hierarchy of human activity? What representation frameworks are most suitable for modeling activities and context switching, and for enabling uniform context recall universally (across devices, platforms and technologies)? Do we need sub-languages for user-device specific activity and context dialogue? What types of, and how much, context information can be captured and incorporated into activity models? How can we do so effectively and efficiently? How far can activity context capture be automatic and to what extent will it require collaborative meta-dialogue between people and devices?

2.    Role of Episodic Memory and Semantic Memory in Activity Reasoning: How to model and represent activities, objects, resources, actions and their semantics in their context during task performance? How do we design activity/context models to enable the searching of repositories of previous activities that have behaviorally and semantically similar components to current activity requirements? The role of semantic memory and episodic memory, techniques needed to create, manage and properly retrieve episodic memory, deriving generalizations from episodic memory to create semantic memory, using a combination of semantic memory and episodic memory to guide users. We will define the role of activity context working memory and its relationship to persistent episodic and semantic memories

3.    Fast Scalable Hybrid Any-Time Reasoning Systems for Context-Aware Assistance which combine numerical (and sub-symbolic) and knowledge driven (symbolic) approaches for reasoning, together with abductive reasoning, to create meaningful real-time guidance engines.

4.    Context Information Exchange and Integration: How can we integrate and exploit the growing amount of information available from devices, services, the environment, and the various sources of general background knowledge, in order to support activity context recognition tasks? What common ontologies or data vocabularies will be useful? What communication techniques and formalisms will be most effective in specific domains? How can the externalized cognitive state transfer be properly affected?

What are the relevant use-case scenarios and collaboration environments? What are suitable software architectures, user interfaces, developer tools, and benchmarking tools for activity-based computing? What kind of text, context and behavioral analytics are needed?

5.    Security and Privacy: What features must be designed into activity /context models for information exchange across enterprise or private domain boundaries to enable masking, security and privacy measures without compromising user experience? What are the suitable mechanisms of transparency and choice for consumers with respect to context data, short of all or none approaches commonplace at present.

6.    Context Capture, Storage, Transfer, Retrieval, Management and Presentation Systems: What might be ways of determining the most relevant elements of context for a given task and for an activity/context switch? For instance, within an activity there may be context elements such as the following (these are merely suggestions to seed discussions and need to be augmented by research at the workshop and subsequently):

User: Users work within a role, permissions, preferences, bringing past and immediate history, memory, skills, goals and perceptions.
Type of Activity and Domain: People create diverse activities in multiple domains, including but not limited to office work, healthcare, financial services, retail, education, and entertainment.
Social: Users have the support of collaborators, connected devices, and adjacent networks.
Spatial and Temporal: People may be at a certain geo-location, experiencing local conditions (weather, traffic, network connectivity). Tasks may be synchronous or asynchronous.
Resources Available: Users may have access to other people, databases, multiple applications, networks, related datasets, transportation methods, non-electronic resources (tools, paper etc.).
Devices and Interfaces: People may use a variety of devices such as workstations, tablets, smartphones, and also different applications, operating systems and interfaces.



Format of workshop: This two day workshop will include: keynotes, to set the tone; invited comprehensive reviews of the field; new proposals; an open panel focusing on key research issues and directions; proposals for new frameworks that combine multiple/new approaches; and working group formation, to investigate sub-areas during the year. There will be plenty of networking opportunities for questioning existing systems, creating research partnerships, and brainstorming fresh research ideas.

Those wanting to participate without submitting a 6-10 page paper or 4-5 page position statement, will need to provide a 1-2 page statement of interest along with a description of their related work.



Participation: The size of the workshop will be 20 researchers with invited participants and participants selected from the respondents to the call for participation.



Submission Requirements: Researchers should submit either a 6-10 page paper, or a 4-5 page position statement or proposal, in the standard IJCAI format, or provide a 1-2 page statement of interest along with a description of their related work and publications. All submissions, statements, or requests to join this workshop's (moderated) mailing list should be addressed to Vikas Agrawal ([log in to unmask])

We are working on having an edited volume published with a reputed publisher as well and will keep you posted.



Workshop Primary Contact: All communications should be addressed to Vikas Agrawal ([log in to unmask]) Phone: +91-40-4429-4074  +91-40-4429-4074



Workshop Organizing Committee

Lokendra Shastri (Chair), Associate Vice President and Head of Center for Knowledge Driven Intelligent Systems and Enterprise Technology Research Labs, Infosys  Labs, Infosys Technologies Limited, India.
Pankaj Mehra (Co-Chair), Senior Vice President and CTO at Whodini Inc., Vikas Agrawal, Principal Research Analyst, Center for Knowledge Driven Intelligent Systems, Enterprise Technology Research Labs, Infosys Limited

Workshop URL: http://www.activitycontext.org





CFP AAAI'13 Workshop, Bellevue, WA, July 15

CFP in PDF Format for AAAI13_ActivityContext_Bellevue_WA_USA_July_15<http://activitycontext.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/CFP_AAAI13_ActivityContext_Bellevue_WA_USA_July_15.pdf>

Activity Context-aware System Architectures

AAAI 2013 Workshop, July 15th, 2013, Bellevue, WA



Important Dates:

*April 3, 2013: Workshop Submissions Due to Organizers *April 19, 2013: Notifications Sent to Authors *April 19, 2013: List of Participants Due at AAAI *May 9, 2013: Final Workshop Papers Due at AAAI



Call for Participation



Description: Pervasive context-aware computing technologies will become mainstream within five years. They will enable a new generation of applications in digital workplaces and smart homes, revolutionizing retail, media, travel and healthcare, among other significant markets. This workshop seeks to discover novel architectures and key components needed for domain-focused, task-specific systems that "know"
*   What a user is doing (context, activity structure),
* Who are they (identities, profile, history) with (social context) and in what role (responsibility, security, privacy)
*   When and where (event, time, place),
*   Why (goals, shared or personal),
*   How are they doing it (methods, applications), and
*   Using what resources (device, services, ownership, and access).



All along, these systems will be observing and recording such context of work and play. Smart workspaces and playspaces will increasingly utilize that context data to let users move seamlessly between applications and devices, without having to explicitly carry, transfer, and exchange activity context.



These smart environments will support contextual interaction through multi-modal interfaces combining speech, touch and gesture, by embedding context-aware services for:
*    Proactive delivery of relevant and timely information into situations and events;
*    Helping users reason and decide faster, with greater confidence, by giving them greater access to the provenance, quality, and derivation of recommended information;
*   Semantic interpretation of terse (highly contextual) dialogs, commands and queries;
*  Proactive task-specific personal advice on steps others took before in meaningfully similar situations (contextual knowhow); and *  Collaboration frameworks that contextually recommend experts from within and outside an organization, and enable distributed users to manage, semantically divide, and track their work.



Main Objectives: The intended end results of the workshop are:
1. Create a set of reference system architectures for Activity Context-aware Systems in different domains and application areas: Identify use cases, domain-specific considerations, and owners and drafts of initial reasoning schemes and algorithms. Discuss, in the context of enabling top use-case categories, the results from creation of solution architectures and proposals for languages, data structures, and algorithms.

2. Discuss papers/proposals for new research areas and review work building on key research themes with specific opportunities for collaborative work in the next two-three years in this academically and commercially important area, with topics such as semantic computing, task modeling, context representation, and activity recognition.

3. Augment the core research group, identify new collaborations, and create an international academic and industrial research team: Significantly augment existing standards/drafts/proposals; create fresh initiatives in system architecture for capture, transfer, and recall of activity context across multiple devices and platforms, supporting both individuals and groups. Create an adoption plan addressing likely barriers such as privacy, participation, proprietary platforms, and implementation complexity.



Topics and Research Questions to be Explored

This workshop expects to make serious progress in following research areas:



1.    Activity Context Representation and Modeling within Activities: What representation frameworks are most suitable for modeling activities and context switching, and for enabling uniform context recall universally (across devices, platforms and technologies)? Do we need sub-languages for user-device specific activity and context dialogue? What types of, and how much, context information can be captured and incorporated into activity models? How can we do so effectively and efficiently?



2.    Context Information Exchange and Integration: How can we integrate and exploit the growing amount of information available from devices, services, the environment, and the various sources of general background knowledge, in order to support activity context recognition tasks? What common ontologies or data vocabularies will be useful? What communication techniques and formalisms will be most effective in specific domains? How can the externalized cognitive state transfer be properly affected?



What are the relevant use-case scenarios and collaboration environments? What are suitable software architectures, user interfaces, developer tools, and benchmarking tools for activity-based computing? What kind of text, context and behavioral analytics are needed?



3.    Security and Privacy: What features must be designed into activity /context models for information exchange across enterprise or private domain boundaries to enable masking, security and privacy measures without compromising user experience? What are the suitable mechanisms of transparency and choice for consumers with respect to context data, short of all or none approaches commonplace at present.



4. Context Capture, Storage, Transfer, Retrieval, Management and Presentation Systems: How far can the context capture be automatic and to what extent will it require collaborative meta-dialogue between people and devices? What might be ways of determining the most relevant elements of context for a given task and for an activity/context switch?

For instance, within an activity there may be context elements such as the following (these are merely suggestions to seed discussions and need to be augmented by research at the workshop and subsequently):

User: Users work within a role, permissions, preferences, bringing past and immediate history, memory, skills, goals and perceptions.
Type of Activity and Domain: People create diverse activities in multiple domains, including but not limited to office work, healthcare, financial services, retail, education, and entertainment.
Social: Users have the support of collaborators, connected devices, and adjacent networks.
Spatial and Temporal: People may be at a certain geo-location, experiencing local conditions (weather, traffic, network connectivity). Tasks may be synchronous or asynchronous.
Resources Available: Users may have access to other people, databases, multiple applications, networks, related datasets, transportation methods, non-electronic resources (tools, paper etc.).
Devices and Interfaces: People may use a variety of devices such as workstations, tablets, smartphones, and also different applications, operating systems and interfaces.



5.  Semantic Activity Reasoning: How to model and represent activities, objects, resources, actions and their semantics in their context during task performance? How do we design activity/context models to enable the searching of repositories of previous activities that have behaviorally and semantically similar components to current activity requirements? The role of semantic memory and episodic memory, techniques needed to create, manage and properly retrieve episodic memory, deriving generalizations from episodic memory to create semantic memory, using a combination of semantic memory and episodic memory to guide users. We will define the role of activity context working memory and its relationship to persistent episodic and semantic memories



6.    Fast Scalable Hybrid Any-Time Reasoning Systems for Context-Aware Assistance which combine numerical (and sub-symbolic) and knowledge driven (symbolic) approaches for reasoning, together with abductive reasoning, to create meaningful real-time guidance engines.



Related Workshops: The Activity Context-Aware System Architectures workshop at IJCAI '13 in Beijing will address items # 5 and #6 above in further depth and focus. The issues of User/Intent Recognition, Activity Recognition, Detection, and Observation will be addressed at the PAIR workshop that is being coordinated together with this workshop at AAAI'13.



Format of workshop: This one day workshop will include: keynotes, to set the tone; invited comprehensive reviews of the field; new proposals; an open panel focusing on key research issues and directions; proposals for new

frameworks that combine multiple/new approaches; and working group formation, to investigate sub-areas during the year. There will be plenty of networking opportunities for questioning existing systems, creating research partnerships, and brainstorming fresh research ideas.



Those wanting to participate without submitting a 6-10 page paper or 4-5 page position statement, will need to provide a 1-2 page statement of interest along with a description of their related work.



Participation: The size of the workshop will be 20 researchers with invited participants and participants selected from the respondents to the call for participation. There may be 1-2 observers from among technical leaders in industry and 1-2 research analysts from Gartner/Forrester who might want to maintain awareness of the current status in the field.



Submission Requirements: Researchers should submit either a 6-10 page paper, or a 4-5 page position statement or proposal, in the standard AAAI format, or provide a 1-2 page statement of interest along with a description of their related work and publications. All the selected papers will be published in a AAAI Technical Report volume. All submissions, statements, or requests to join this workshop's (moderated) mailing list should be addressed to Vikas Agrawal ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)



Authors of all accepted or invited workshop papers will need to sign AAAI's Distribution License form and mail or FAX it to AAAI by 9th of May 2013: 2275 East Bayshore Road, Suite 160,  Palo Alto, California 94303  USA  Telephone: 650-328-3123  Fax: 650-321-4457



Workshop Primary Contact: All communications should be addressed to Vikas Agrawal ([log in to unmask]) Phone: +91-40-4429-4074



Workshop Organizing Committee

Pankaj Mehra (Chair), Senior Vice President and CTO at Whodini Inc., Email: [log in to unmask] Lokendra Shastri (Chair), Associate Vice President and Head of Center for Knowledge Driven Intelligent Systems and Enterprise Technology Research Labs, Infosys  Labs, Infosys Technologies Limited, India.
Vikas Agrawal, Principal Research Analyst, Center for Knowledge Driven Intelligent Systems, Enterprise Technology Research Labs, Infosys Limited

Workshop URL: http://www.activitycontext.org

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