The Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Environments: A Report

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Intelligent environments are populated with numerous devices and have multiple occupants, inherently exhibit increasingly intelligent behavior, support consistent functionality and human-centered operation (humans, as opposed to mere users, have increased requirements from a system, including, for example, intuitive interaction, protection of privacy, fault tolerance, and so on), and provide optimized resource usage. The development of intelligent environments is considered the first and primary step toward the realization of the ambient intelligence vision and requires input from research and contributions from several scientific and engineering disciplines, including computer science, software engineering, artificial intelligence, architecture, social sciences, and art and design. The IE conferences have been consistently created a unique blend of researchers in these disciplines, fostering crossdisciplinary discussions, debate, and collaborations.

The Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE11) was held July 25-28 at the Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England. The general chairs were Ahmad Lotfi of the Nottingham Trent University, UK, and Sean Hanna of the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, UK. Juan Carlos Augusto of the University of Ulster, UK, and Achilles Kameas of the Hellenic Open University and Computer Technology Institute, Greece, served as program chairs.

After a thorough reviewing process, 42 papers were accepted as full papers, 6 as poster papers, 13 as a doctoral colloquium, and 5 papers for the demos and videos session. The conference program lasted three days and had two parallel tracks, which in total contained 11 sessions, on topics such as ambient assisted living, adaptation, agents, user modeling and social perspectives, smart homes and smart spaces, hybrid spaces and adaptive structures, urban and sustainable environments, human computer interaction, sensor networks, and others.

In addition to the sessions, the conference program contained two doctoral colloquium sessions, a posters session, and a demos and videos session. The increased participation in the doctoral colloquium session is an indication of the strong research potential of intelligent eEnvironments. Awards sponsored by IOS Press were presented to the best video (to Supporting Persons with Special Needs in their Daily Life in a Smart Home by Robert Nesselrath, Jens Haupert, Jochen Frey, and Boris Brandherm) and the best demo (to Jochen Frey and colleagues, for the video SmartCase: A Smart Home Environment in a Suitcase). All papers were included in the conference proceedings, which were published in digital format by IEEE.

Seven workshops--more than ever before--were held during the conference, including the Second International Workshop on Human-Centric Interfaces for Ambient Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Ambient Intelligence, The Intelligent Campus, Smart Offices and Other Workplaces, the Third International Workshop on Intelligent Environments Supporting Healthcare and Well-being, Creative Science: Science Fiction Prototyping for Engineering and Product Innovation, and Scientific Theatre: Multidisciplinary Approach to Designing Intelligent Environments. Many of these workshops have been regularly running with IE conferences, providing a focused forum for open discussion and cross fertilization of ideas on emerging and multidisciplinary topics. The proceedings of the workshops were published as a volume by IOS Press.

In addition to the paper presentations, the conference program included four keynote speeches. Sumit Paul-Choudury, editor of NewScientist.com, London, discussed the role of science communicators in shaping the future of scientific discovery. Wolfgang Wahlster, DFKI, discussed how intelligent Car2X technologies create smart spaces inside connected cars and their environment and presented a new generation of car assistants that provide a broad range of situation-aware services from local danger warnings, intelligent intersection and traffic-light management, to persuasive eco-driving coaching. …