HAI 2012

Agent Technology, Human-Oriented Knowledge and Applications (HAI’12)
URL: http://www.few.vu.nl/~tbosse/HAI12/
Pisa, Italy, November 13, 2012
Workshop at the International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI’12)

Call for Papers
Recent developments within Ambient Intelligence provide new possibilities
to contribute to personal care. For example, our car may monitor us and
warn us when we are falling asleep while driving or take measures when
we are too drunk to drive. As another example, an elderly person may wear
a device that monitors his or her wellbeing and offers support when a
dangerous situation is noticed.

Such applications can be based on the one hand on possibilities to acquire
sensor information about humans and their functioning. However, their full
realisation depends crucially on the availability of adequate knowledge for
analysis of such information about human functioning. If such knowledge
about human functioning is computationally available within devices in the
environment, these systems can show more human-like understanding and
contribute to personal care based on this understanding.

In recent years, scientific areas focusing on human functioning such as
cognitive science, psychology, social sciences, neuroscience and
biomedical sciences have made substantial progress in providing an
increased insight in the various physical and mental aspects of human
functioning. Although much work still remains to be done, models have been
developed for a variety of such aspects and the way in which humans
(try to) manage or regulate them. From a more biomedical angle, examples
of such aspects are (management of) heart functioning, diabetes, eating
regulation disorders, and HIV-infection. From a more psychological and
social angle, examples are emotion regulation, emotion contagion,
attention regulation, addiction management, trust management, and stress

If models of human processes and their management are represented in a
formal and computational format, and incorporated in the human environment
in systems that monitor the physical and mental state of the human, then
such ambient systems are able to perform a more in-depth analysis of the
human’s functioning. An ambience is created that has a human-like
understanding of humans, based on computationally formalised
knowledge from the human-directed disciplines, and that may be more
effective in assisting humans by offering support in a knowledgeable
manner that may improve their wellbeing and/or performance, without
reducing them in their freedom.

This may concern elderly people, medical patients, but also humans in
highly demanding circumstances or tasks. For example, the workspaces of
naval officers may include systems that, among others, track their eye
movements and characteristics of incoming stimuli (e.g., airplanes on a
radar screen), and use this information in a computational model that is
able to estimate where their attention is focussed at. When it turns out
that an officer neglects parts of a radar screen, such a system can either
indicate this to the person, or arrange on the background that another
person or computer system takes care of this neglected part. Similarly,
such intelligent assistants may play a role in providing support to groups
of people, e.g., to help coordinate the evacuation of large crowds in case
of an emergency, or to optimise the performance of teams in sports
or in organisations.

This workshop series addresses multidisciplinary aspects of Ambient
Intelligence and Computer Science with human-directed disciplines such as
psychology, social science, neuroscience and biomedical sciences. The
first workshop in the series (HAI’07) took place at the European
Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI’07), in Darmstadt, Germany,
November 2007. The second workshop in the series (HAI’08) took place at
the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT’08), in
Sydney, Australia, December 2008. The third workshop (HAI’09) took
place at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology
(IAT’09), in Milan, Italy, September 2009. The fourth workshop (HAI’10) took place
at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology
(IAT’10), in Toronto, Canada, August 2010. The fifth workshop in the series (HAI’11)
took place at the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology
(IAT’11), in Lyon, France, August 2011. The aim of the workshops is to
get researchers together from these human-directed disciplines or working
on cross connections of Ambient Intelligence with these disciplines.
The focus is on the use of knowledge from these disciplines in Ambient
Intelligence applications, in order to take care of and support in a
knowledgeable manner humans in their daily living in medical, psychological
and social respects.

The workshop can play an important role, for example, to get modellers in
the psychological, neurological, social or biomedical disciplines
interested in Ambient Intelligence as a high-potential application area for
their models, and, for example, get inspiration for problem areas to be
addressed for further developments in their disciplines. From the other
side, the workshop may make researchers in Computer Science and Ambient
and Artificial Intelligence more aware of the possibilities to incorporate
more substantial knowledge from the psychological, neurological, social
and biomedical disciplines in ambient intelligence architectures and
applications. As part of the interaction, specifications may be generated for experiments
to be addressed by the human-directed sciences.

Some of the areas of interest
* human-aware computing
* computational modelling of cognitive, neurological, social and
biomedical processes for Ambient Intelligence
* modelling emotion and mood and their regulation
* modelling contagion of mental states (e.g., beliefs, intentions or
* social awareness modelling
* collecting and analysing histories of behaviour
* computational modelling of mindreading, theory of mind
* building profiles; user modelling in Ambient Intelligence
* sensoring; e.g., tracking physiological states, gaze, body movements,
* sensor information integration methods
* analysis of sensor information; e.g., voice and skin analysis with
respect to emotional states, gesture analysis, heart rate analysis
* environmental modelling
* situational awareness
* model-based reasoning and analysis techniques for Ambient Intelligence
* responsive and adaptive systems; machine learning
* cognitive agent models
* reflective ambient agent architectures
* multi-agent system architectures for Ambient Intelligence applications
* human interaction with devices
* wearable devices for ambient health and wellness monitoring
* brain-computer interfacing
* analysis and design of applications to care for humans in need of
support for physical and mental health; e.g., elderly or psychiatric care,
surveillance, penitentiary care, humans in need of regular medical or
psychological care, support for psychotherapeutical/self-help communities
* analysis and design of applications to support humans in demanding
circumstances and tasks, such as warfare officers, air traffic
controllers, crisis and disaster managers, humans in space missions
* evaluation studies
* handling aspects of privacy and security
* philosophical, ethical, and political aspects of Ambient Intelligence

Submission and Proceedings
Submissions should follow the Springer LNCS
<http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376-0&gt; guidelines
for proceedings, and should not exceed 16 pages. Submissions should be sent in pdf format,
via an e-mail to Tibor Bosse . Accepted papers will appear in the workshop
proceedings, as well as in an edited volume of the Ambient and Pervasive Intelligence
<http://www.atlantis-press.com/publications/books/ampi.html&gt; book
series, published by Atlantis Press and available via Springerlink.

For every accepted paper at least one author has to pay the special
AmI 2012 workshop registration fee.

Important Dates
Submission deadline          June 15, 2012
Notification                          August 6, 2012
Camera ready papers        August 27, 2012
Workshop                            November 13, 2012

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