The Ubiquitous Computing (UC) idea envisioned by Weiser in 1991, has recently evolved to a more general paradigm known as Ambient Intelligence (AmI). Ambient Intelligence then represents a new generation of user-centred computing environments aiming to find new ways to obtain a better integration of the information technology in everyday life devices and activities.
AmI environments are integrated by several autonomous computational devices of modern life ranging from consumer electronics to mobile phones. Ideally, people in an AmI environment will not notice these devices, but they will benefit from the services they provide them. Such devices are aware of the people present in those environments by reacting to their gestures, actions and context. Recently the interest in Ambient Intelligence Environments has grown considerably due to new challenges posed by society, demanding highly innovative services such as vehicular ad hoc networks (VANET), Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), e-Health, Internet of Things and Home Automation among others.
The main focus of this new edition of the conference will be to explore how Ambient Intelligence can contribute towards Smarter but still more Sustainable Environments (e.g. Smart Cities, Smart Cars, Eco-aware device orchestration and so on). This also explains why it will be celebrated in the European Green Capital for 2012, i.e. Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain. Other key application domains (e.g. Intelligent Transport, AAL, e-Health or IoT) will still play an important role in the conference.
Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) proposes solutions based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to enhance the quality of life of elderly people. AAL promotes the provision of infraestructures and services for the independent or more autonomous living, via the seamless integration of info-communication technologies within homes and residences, thus increasing their quality of life and autonomy and reducing the need for being institutionalized or aiding it when it happens (See: http://www.aal-europe.eu/). According to the European Union, up to 19 Million persons give primary assistance with daily activities to their elderly or dependent relatives. Moreover, most people prefer to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. However, formal care services are in many cases indispensable and, in this way, ICT-based solutions can enable and sustain older adults to continue managing their daily activities in their homes. Thus, this edition focuses on "Home Care" solutions for elderly according to the 5th call of AAL Joint Programme.
Topics of interest:
Use of sensors for environmental monitoring
Smart Control for eco-friendly devices and building
Eco-aware Devices, Services and Environments
AmI for a Greener Planet
Green Computing and Power-Aware Middleware
Human Interaction in Ambient Intelligence:
Human-Centric Interfaces for AmI environments (multi-modal, touch computing, NFC, 2D codes)
Context- and Location-aware Frameworks and Sensing (context modelling, user-adaptability, automatic-generation of user interfaces, sentient computing, knowledge-based approach, affective and social interfaces, etc.)
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Smart-object based interaction, persuasive computing and Tangible Interactions.
Ubiquitous and Ambient Displays Environments, Wall Displays, Urban Displays, Multi-screen Environments.
Detection and Support for collaboration, User Intentions and Activity Recognition, Analysis of Psychological User States
Digital TV-based interfaces
ICT instrumentation and Middleware support for Smart Environments and Objects:
Mobile Ad Hoc Networks and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs)
RFID and 2-D codes for real-world labelling
Custom made internet-connected objects
Semantic Middleware Infrastructure (Semantic Web, OSGi, DLNA, DPWS, Home automation standards)
Adding intelligence for Environment Adaptation:
Knowledge Representation and Management for user and environment modelling and understanding (Ontologies, Semantic Web, Logic, Expert Systems Multi-agents)
Autonomic Computing, Responsive and Proactive Systems and Dynamic Reconfiguration
Ontologies for user and environment modelling and understanding
Learning, Reasoning and Adaptation Techniques over context models. Collaborative Smart objects
Linked Open Data applied to Smart Environments
Key application domains for Ambient Intelligence:
Internet of Things and Social Web of Things
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
Selected papers will be published in the following journals:
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