[robotics-worldwide] 2nd CfP: Cognitive Collaborative Appliances (CCA) - ECAI 2008 WORKSHOP 

Guy Hoffman ghoffman at MIT.EDU
Tue Mar 18 03:01:28 PDT 2008

            Cognitive Collaborative Appliances:
                    From Theory to Praxis

                To be held with ECAI 2008
                      21-22 July 2008
                      Patras, Greece

 From cognitive ergonomics to intelligent assistants, cognitive
robotics, and human-robots interaction there is a wide breadth
of theories and techniques concerned with the development of
intelligent artifacts that are able to exhibit helpful behavior
to their (software and human) peers.
The ultimate objective is the development of systems that will
act in a seamless and adaptive manner in the environment of their
peers, serving their purpose with respect to the intentions,
goals and restrictions of the peers, as any benevolent partner
would do. We call such systems Cognitive Collaborative Appliances (CCA).
Cognitive Collaborative Appliances are systems that have an
extended knowledge of the context in which they act including
the knowledge about the tasks, goals, and constraints of their
peers, as well as the ability to recognize situations, to
learn and manage their plans, and to adapt, exhibiting helpful

   Examples of such appliances include "cognitive TVs", which
helps people locate the best TV programs that fit their mood
and preferences, "cognitive wheel chairs", which helps people
with severe limitations to reach a target location safely and
according to their preferences, "cognitive PDAs", which helps
the user to schedule her obligations that maybe complex and
conflicting, and appliances for gaming and entertainment, which
change the scenario based on the user's mood, abilities, and

Scope and Topics
  Major issues to be discussed at this workshop include the
1.	What exactly are the principles upon which we can develop
2.	To what extend these principles should drive the
         development of the target CCAs?
3.	Are domain/context-independent frameworks and technologies
         available that can readily be used for the development of
         CCA systems? How far are we from having such tools?
4.	How should we evaluate the performance of the available
         tools and systems?

The list of topics within the interest of this workshop includes:
-	Computational frameworks/theories/methodologies for CCAs:
       state-of-the art, issues and challenges
-	Context awareness (context sensing, affect/mood recognition,
       situation/event recognition, context-sensitive reactivity
       and plan management) for CCAs
-	User profiling and system adaptation (including single-
       and multi-agent system adaptation)
-	Decision making (plan management techniques, reasoning
       with uncertainty)
-	Intelligent interaction (dialogue management, natural
       multimodal interfaces, human-robot interaction)
-	Applications (ambient intelligence, medical therapy, games,
       entertainment, personal wellness, etc.)

Important Dates

10 April 2008	Deadline for paper submission.
10 May 2008	Notification of papers acceptance/rejection.
26 May 2008	Deadline for camera-ready paper.


George A. Vouros,
University of the Aegean, Greece
E-mail: georgev at aegean dot gr

Maja Pantic
Imperial College, UK
University of Twente, The Netherlands
Email: m.pantic at imperial dot ac dot uk

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