Multimodal Interfaces for Pervasive Assistance

Call for journal papers
MULTIMODAL INTERFACES FOR PERVASIVE ASSISTANCE
A special Issue of the Springer Journal on
Multimodal User Interfaces

Special Issue: https://sites.google.com/site/multimodalpervasiveassistance/
Journal: http://www.springer.com/computer/hci/journal/12193

Submission deadline: March 31, 2012

MOTIVATION
Current technological developments provide people with an increasing
number of digital gadgets for personal assistance. Electronic calendars,
email, social networking and not least access to a wealth of information
are available through various mobile or stationary devices. An
overwhelming amount of software applications exist for all of those
devices, each coming with their specific interface and assistance
paradigm. The increasingly number of related APIs and other widget-based
services makes composing distributed modalities in pervasive applications
a very important issue. This is reflected in efforts like web APIs, Web
Intents handling, W3C WPC or MPEG-U.

With ever more sensors being integrated in today’s devices, multimodality
becomes a real option for interacting with assistance systems. Cameras,
microphones, motion sensors and GPS can provide an application with
valuable information on the users and their environments, allowing for
fine-tuned situation-aware assistance. Ubiquitous availability of
information through the Internet allows accessing specific data as it is
required in any given situation. All this combined with the ability of
devices to interconnect and to use each other’s sensors, processing
capabilities and interaction means opens new possibilities for the design
of assistance systems and supportive environments.

The opportunity to use multiple modalities in the real world confront the
community with a number of very practical challenges which have only
partially been addressed in research before. This includes the following
questions:
– Which modalities should be used in which situations?
– Which information should be displayed, through which
modalities, in which granularity?
– Which interactions should be offered, through which modalities?
– When and how should be switched between the different modalities?
– How should modalities be combined?

We believe that pervasive supportive environments will benefit most from
really user-centric, situation aware multimodal interfaces with
multimodality applying not only to the interaction of the user with the
system or environment but also to the system inferring on the user’s
likely affective state and intentions.

TOPIC
We solicit practical research papers as well as scientifically grounded
implementation reports on multimodal assistance systems or supportive
environments. The following topics are of particular interest:
– Applications of multimodal assistance and multimodal interaction
– Architectures and knowledge representations supporting multimodal
interaction and multimodal sensing
– Studies on multimodal display of information and interaction
– Interface design aspects specific to multimodal interaction
– Multimodal sensing of user states and behaviour
– Mobile and wearable sensors for pervasive assistance
– Ad-hoc networks for multimodal interfaces
– Privacy and ethical aspects

Please note that the journal’s aim is to report on practical realisations
and insights related to multimodal interaction. Papers submitted to this
special issue should therefore focus on actual implementations and
practical aspects rather on pure theoretical considerations.

SUBMISSIONS
Articles are expected to have a minimum of 8 pages and to not exceed 20
pages and should be consistent to Springer’s journal guidelines. Please
refer to the journal’s author instructions which can be found at
http://www.springer.com/computer/hci/journal/12193

DATES
March 31,2012 Articles due
June 01, 2012 Notification of acceptance
June 29, 2012 Camera-ready version due
Autumn, 2012 Publication

CONTACT
For any questions feel free to contact
Christian Peter: cpeter at igd-r.fraunhofer.de
Gerald Bieber: gery at igd-r.fraunhofer.de
Kostas Karpouzis: kkarpou at cs.ntua.gr

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