[robotics-worldwide] CFP: Special issue of JPMC on "Ambient Ecologies"

Alessandro Saffiotti asaffio at aass.oru.se
Sun Jan 17 06:23:08 PST 2010


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           Journal of Pervasive and Mobile Computing
              Special Issue on "Ambient Ecologies"
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In order for a new technology to become widespread, novel tools and
objects that realize and support it must be developed. On the road to
the realization of the Ambient Intelligence (AmI) vision, new
technological artifacts have started to appear and change the nature
of almost every human activity. As the computer disappears, new Smart
Objects appear, augmented with Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) components (i.e. sensors, actuators, processor,
memory, wireless communication modules) and able to receive, store,
process and transmit information. Recently, Smart Objects have become
mobile by combining research results from Robotics. In addition to
objects, spaces also undergo a change towards becoming Smart
Environments, which offer a set of digital services by embedding
sensing, actuating, processing and networking infrastructure in a
physical space.

An Ambient Ecology consists of smart objects, autonomous artifacts,
portable objects, mobile robots, plain objects, services and
people. Ambient Ecologies reside in Smart Environments. They can be
thought of as distributed application platforms, which support the
deployment of ubiquitous computing applications; the latter are
developed as orchestrations of available services, features and
capabilities in order to support user activity. While smart objects
and environments focus on information storage and processing, the main
feature of an Ambient Ecology is interaction: Smart Objects interact
with each other and with the Smart Environment, people interact with
the Ambient Ecology components or the applications these support, etc.

Ambient Ecologies integrate their, possibly heterogeneous, components,
into a coherent whole. They exhibit systemic properties such as
adaptation and learning; they may also exhibit emergent properties, as
a consequence of the interactions among their components.

In this special issue, we are seeking high quality papers reporting
original research results on topics that include, but are not limited
to:

* Design frameworks, architectures and models of Ambient Ecologies,
  middleware and ubiquitous computing applications

* Design of smart and adaptive Ambient Ecology components,
  i.e. artifacts, robots, smart spaces, services, policies and
  applications

* Realization of system-level properties of Ambient Ecologies,
  i.e. reflection, self-awareness, self-configuration, and adaptation

* User interaction with Ambient Ecologies, including speech
  recognition and natural language processing, multimodal interaction,
  computer vision, gesture recognition, activity recognition, emotion
  and mood recognition etc

* Data/information processing, machine learning and decision making
  techniques in Ambient Ecologies

* Knowledge representation and management, management of heterogeneity
  and design of semantically rich Ambient Ecologies

* Plan and activity recognition, task and workflow modeling and
  realization

* Tools to engineer and maintain Ambient Ecologies

* Evaluation of Ambient Ecologies, including both formal evaluation,
  empirical evaluation and user studies

* Case studies of successfully deployed Ambient Ecologies

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

Authors should prepare and submit manuscripts according to the Guide
for Authors as published in the Journal website at
http://www.ees.elsevier.com/pmc/.  Manuscripts must not have been
previously published or currently under consideration for publication
elsewhere.  If a similar version of the paper has been published in a
conference, the submitted version should contain significant
additions/enhancements (with at least 33% new material).  Authors are
requested to submit their published conference articles and a summary
document explaining the enhancements made in the journal version.

IMPORTANT DATES:

* Paper submission: March 22, 2010
* Notification: September 15, 2010
* Revised manuscripts: October 29, 2010
* Expected publication: May 2011

GUEST EDITORS:

* Achilles Kameas (Hellenic Open University & CTI, Greece)
* Alessandro Saffiotti (Orebro University, Sweden)

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