Magazine article AI Magazine

The Fifth International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE09): A Report

Magazine article AI Magazine

The Fifth International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE09): A Report

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The Fifth International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE09) was held July 20-21 at the Castelldefels campus of the Technical University of Catalonia near Barcelona, Spain. The general chairs were Dolors Royo, Angelica Reyes, and Leandro Navarro of the Technical University of Catalonia. Vic Callaghan of the University of Essex, UK, and Achilles Kameas of the Hellenic Open University and Computer Technology Institute, Greece, served as program chairs. This article presents a report of the conference.

The IE conferences traditionally provide a leading-edge forum for researchers and engineers from around the world to present their latest research and to discuss future directions in the area of intelligent environments. The previous four editions of the IE conference have been held at the University of Essex, UK (in 2005), at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (in 2006), at the University of Ulm, Germany (in 2007), and at the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington, USA (in 2008).

The development of intelligent environments is considered the first and primary step toward the realization of the ambient intelligence vision. Intelligent environments are technologically augmented everyday spaces that are able to host ubiquitous computing applications that will intuitively support human activity. Consequently, the realization of intelligent environments requires input from research and contributions from several scientific and engineering disciplines, including computer science, software engineering, artificial intelligence, architecture, social sciences, art, and design. IE conferences are unique in the sense that they bring together researchers from the various disciplines contributing to the area on intelligent environments and foster cross-disciplinary discussions, debate, and collaborations.

This year, 58 papers were included in the conference program, which lasted two days and had two parallel tracks, which in total contained 12 special sessions. All papers were included in the conference proceedings, which were published in time for the conference by IOS Press. Additionally, this year, for the first time, five workshops (three full day and two half day) were organized on July 19. Workshops have a looser structure and aim at facilitating cross-fertilization of ideas by giving participants the opportunity to engage in discussion and debate. The proceedings of the workshops were published as a companion volume by IOS Press.

In addition to the paper presentations, the conference program included three keynote speeches. Marcus Brunner of NEC Europe discussed how the future Internet will support the deployment of intelligent environments; Carles Montenegro of Technical University of Catalonia analyzed how ambient intelligence can result from large-scale wireless sensor networks that are connected to the Internet; Brian David Johnson of Intel described his science-fiction prototyping methodology and its application to the development of ambient intelligence products based on user experiences. To demonstrate his approach, Johnson staged a reading of a short play he prepared based on a paper that was presented in IE07. The reading took place during the conference dinner, in front of the conference attendees; it was so amusing and successful that it will become a permanent feature of future IE conferences. …

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