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IE2021

The International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE) is in its seventeenth year and is now recognized as a major annual venue in the area. IE, that has been hosted all around the world, offers a truly international forum and welcomes contributions from all technically active regions of the planet.

Intelligent environments refer to physical spaces in which information and communication technologies and sensing technologies are woven in order to create interacting spaces enhancing occupants' experience. The ultimate objective of such environments is to enrich users' activities, but also to allow users to manage them and be aware of their capabilities.

IE is a multidisciplinary event welcoming contribution from a diversity of relevant areas including sensing, networking, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, software engineering, context-awareness, internet of things, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, etc. This as an asset of the conference, responding to the complexity of systems developed today and their embedding into society.

The 17th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE2021) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at Middlesex University Dubai.

More information and a call for papers will be released shortly. If you have any questions about the conference, please get in touch with us at ie2021@mdx.ac.ae



We are very pleased to announce the 17th edition will be co-located with the 12th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context.

Both events will take place during the same dates, same venue, same social events, and share some activities of interaction whilst keeping autonomous academic programmes and deadlines.

More details of the co-location and opportunities to register for both events will be provided through the websites of our events - https://www.context21.cloud/



The IE conference is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive forum that supports freedom of thought, expression, and the open exchange of ideas. Every participant is welcomed at the conference that will provide a safe, respectful, and harassment-free environment. Interactions between attendees are expected to be respectful and constructive, including interactions during the review process, at the conference itself, and on social media. Any behavior inconsistent with such principles is expected to be reported directly at the general chairs.

 

The Burj Khalifa: 

The world’s tallest building; with a total height of 829.8 metres. A fun Dubai fact is that the design of the building is based on a local desert flower, hymenocallis, also known as the spider lily. There are three feet or lobes which form the architectural base of the Burj Khalifa, which echo the shape of this flower.

Dubai Museum: 

Dubai's excellent museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort's walls are built out of traditional coral-blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles, and the ceiling is constructed from palm fronds, mud, and plaster.

Dubai Frame:

Sitting slap-bang between Dubai's older neighborhoods clustered around the creek and the city's modern sprawl, this ginormous 150-meter-high picture frame is one of Dubai's latest sights. Inside, a series of galleries whisk you through the city's history and explore Emirati heritage before you travel up to the Sky Deck, where there are fantastic panoramas of both old and new Dubai to be snapped on the viewing platforms.

Dubai Aquarium:

One of the city's top tourist attractions, the Dubai Aquarium houses 140 species of sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. As well as free viewing from the mall, if you enter the Underwater Zoo, you can walk through the aquarium tunnels.

Burj Al Arab:

The world’s only seven star hotel. The Burj Al-Arab is the world's tallest hotel, standing 321 meters high on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline. Designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail, the exterior of the building is lit up by a choreographed, colored lighting show at night. Decadent in every way possible, the Burj Al-Arab is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, with the most luxurious suites costing more than $15,000 for one night.

IMG Worlds of Adventure:

This theme park, near Global Village, is immersive entertainment at its finest and has thrills and spills for both kids and big kids. With one zone devoted entirely to Marvel's iconic characters; another to dinosaur-themed rides; and a zone where the Cartoon Network takes the helm, with gentler rides and activities for younger children, there's something here for every age. Whether you want to help the Avengers battle Ultron, scare yourself silly in a haunted house, or join Spider-Man as he swings through the city, this is heaven for families looking for a fun-filled day out.

Dubai Opera:

For nighttime attractions, look no further. Opened in mid-2016, Dubai's classy new opera building is the centerpiece of the waterfront Opera District in downtown Dubai and set to become the city's major cultural hub and main entertainment venue. The Dubai Opera hosts a year-round program of famous musical theater productions, concerts by world-class musicians, opera, ballet, and classical music, as well as smaller productions, comedy nights, and concerts.

Dubai Miracle Garden:

This is the zaniest garden ever. Not content with constructing the world's largest buildings and malls, Dubai has created the world's largest flower garden, spanning 2,000 square meters and home to a reputed 100 million flowers. Everything that can be covered with flowers has been, from twee English-style cottages to windmills and trucks. There's even a flower version of the Burj Khalifa. Stroll the walkways and enjoy the riot of color and the wacky flower displays.

Facts about Dubai:

  • It has the world’s longest automated metro line

Boast that you’ve traveled on the longest driverless metro line in the world. Combine the red line (32.37 miles) and the green line (13.98 miles) and you’ve got a Guinness World Record. On this food tour, you’ll ride the metro to get you from one delicious tasting stop to the next.

  • It has a set of islands shaped like a palm tree.

The Palm in Dubai is the world’s largest artificial archipelago. These artificial islands were created out of only sand and rocks. In fact, it took over 3 billion cubic feet of sand from the seabed and 7 million tons of rock from the Hajar Mountains. Explore it on a fun jet ski ride, or take to the skies in a thrilling tandem skydiving experience.

  • It has a UNESCO World Heritage Site#

Escape the appeal of Dubai’s bling and glamor to discover the historic Dubai Creek area. Walk in the small alleyways of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and explore museums, galleries, and local food. You can even cruise the river on a traditional abra boat. Take a tour with a local guide to learn facts about Dubai in this fascinating area.

  • It has a museum dedicated to coffee

Coffee lovers need their cup of the good stuff to start the day, and the Arabic culture certainly delivers. Visit the Coffee Museum to learn about the history of this beloved beverage and see coffee artifacts from around the world. For a taste of tradition, take part in a Bedouin coffee ritual.

  • It’s a birder’s paradise

Bird-watchers will be thrilled to hear that there are over 320 bird species that migrate between Europe, Asia, and Africa via Dubai. During the spring and fall, birds such as spotted eagles, broad-billed sandpipers, and greater herons pass through the city. They can be seen on a visit to Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, and a falconry safari is a must for bird-lovers young and old. Experience the traditional sport of falconry first-hand with a greater spotted eagle, Harris’ hawk, and desert eagle owl.

 

IE2021 Special Sessions

Vehicular communications & ITS, by Carlos T. Calafate (UPV, Spain) & Francisco J. Martinez (UNIZAR, Spain):

This special session is focused on attracting works which show the application of intelligent systems in the research field of transportation systems and communication among vehicles, including applications, infrastructures, systems and/or models for autonomous vehicles, vehicular and transportation data analytics, simulators and tools for vehicular environments and cooperative driving, among other topics.

Intelligent Healthcare Environment, by Nazar Zaki (UAEU, UAE), Farkhund Iqbal (Zayed University):

This special session is focused on bringing researchers, healthcare providers and decision-makers, global AI, and students together to advance discussions on how to apply the new generation of information technologies such as the internet of things (loT), artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and cloud computing, to transform the traditional medical system in an all-round way, making healthcare more efficient, more convenient, more consumer-driven, more secure, more personalized and above all, more intelligent.

Deep Learning Applications, by Olarik Surinta, Mahasarakham University, Thailand; Kevin Kam Fung Yuen, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR; Jeng-Shiou Leu National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan; and Sanya Khruahong Naresuan University, Thailand

The main purpose of this special issue is to present original contributions of studies, both theoretical and applications in the research area of deep learning, including intelligent environments, computer vision, natural language processing, medical diagnosis, remote sensing, and other related areas. This special issue also intends to create a community of researchers and students to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions.

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Special Sessions will be included in the main conference. Papers accepted as part of a special session will be included in the main conference proceedings.

Q: When is the deadline for submissions?

A: Same as for papers in the main conference.

Q: How do I format my papers?

A: follow the formatting guidelines than for papers in the main conference you can submit either long or short papers.

Q: Where do I submit my papers?

A: Use the main conference system. There will be an option so submit your paper to different tracks, one of those options will be the Special Session you intend to submit to.

 

IE21 AWARDS

A number of awards will recognize the best full paper, short paper, doctoral colloquium paper, and demo/video paper. Moreover, two awards will be offered to acknowledge the best female researcher in intelligent environments and the best paper from the industry.

BEST FULL PAPER

  • Certificate
  • One year free subscription to the journal JAISE for all authors
  • Invitation to publish and extended version of the paper in JAISE
  • 1050 AED prize

BEST SHORT PAPER

BEST DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM PAPER

For the papers submitted to the Doctoral Colloquium showing the most promising advances (supported by evidence) to the state of the art, the award is:

BEST DEMO/VIDEO PAPER

BEST INDUSTRIAL PAPER

For the best paper with a first/corresponding author with an industrial affiliation, the award is:

BEATRICE WORSLEY AWARD

For the best paper with a female as first/corresponding author, the award is:

BEST REVIEWER

  • 450 AED prize

*one copy will be sent per award

FREE REGISTRAION

  • IE’21 free registration will be offered to the following:

  • IE’20 Full Paper Winner: Offered to Luis Ronquillo

  • IE’19 Full Paper Winner: Offered to Michele Girolami

  • IE’18 Full Paper Winner: Offered to Niek Tax

  • IE’19 Most cited Paper**: Offered to Fabio Mavilia

  • IE’18 Most cited Paper**: Offered to Alexis Brenon and Falk Brockmann

** According to IEEE Xplore

PAST EDITIONS WINNERS

  • IE’20 Best Full Paper: “Towards an automatic recommendation system to well-being for elderly based on augmented reality” by Luis Ronquillo, Víctor Zamudio, David Gutiérrez-Hernández, Javier Navarro, Faiyaz Doctor and Carlos Lino.

  • IE’20 Best Short Paper: “Estimation of User's Orientation via Wearable UWB” by Chiara Bonsignori, Fabio Condomitti, Marco Del Gamba, Federico Garzelli, Leonardo Lossi, Francesco Mione, Alessandro Noferi and Alessio Vecchio

  • IE’19 Best Full Paper: “Remote Detection of Indoor Human Proximity using Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons” by Michele Girolami, Fabio Mavilia, Paolo Barsocchi, Filippo Palumbo and Stefano Chessa

  • IE’19 Best Short Paper: “Holistic Blockchain Approach to Trust, Privacy and Security in IoT based Ambient Assisted Living” by Akpanakak Henry Mkpa, Jeannette Chin and AndrainWinckles

  • IE’18 Best Full Paper: “Mining Local Process Models with Constraints Efficiently: Applications to the Analysis of Smart Home Data” by Niek Tax, Natalia Sidorova, Reinder Haakma and Wil M. P. van der Aalst.

  • IE’18 Best Short Paper: “Implementation and Evaluation of Peripheral Light Feedback for Mid-Air Gesture Interaction in the Car” by Florian Roider and Konstantin Raab

  • IE’18 Best Presentation: “Implementation and Evaluation of Peripheral Light Feedback for Mid-Air Gesture Interaction in the Car” offered to Florian Roider

  • IE’18 Best Doctoral Colloquium Paper: “Anomaly Detection in Elderly Daily Behavior” by Parvaneh Parvin, Fabio Paterno and Stefano Chessa

  • IE’18 Best Reviewer: Miguel J. Hornos

  • IE’16 Best Full Paper: “Evaluating future automation work in process plants with an experience-driven science fiction prototype” by T. Kymäläinen, E. Kaasinen, M. Aikala, H. Paunonen, J. Ruotsalainen, L. Hakulinen, T. Heimonen, and P. Mannonen

  • IE’16 Best Short Paper: “Money Handling Training: Applications for Persons with Downs Syndrome” by S. Rus and A. Braun.

  • IE’16 Best Doctoral Colloquium Paper: “Activity Recognition from Video Data using Spatial and Temporal Features” by M. Al-Wattar, R. Khusainov, D. Azzi, and J. Chiverton.

  • IE’16 Best Demo/Video Paper: “Human Gaze and Focusof- Attention in Dual Reality Human-Robot Collaboration” by M.M. Moniri, F.A. Espinosa Valcarcel, D. Merkel, and D. Sonntag.

 

The following list of tutorials are confirmed for the IE2021 conference.

IoT and Home Building Automation Technology

by Ammar Ali Moazzam, The Assembly

Since decades, the world is moving towards automation which has given rise to the term “Internet of Things”. The advancement in technology with time has led to smart access to everyday objects through Internet solving daily life problems and bringing ease. One such application of such smart technology is the smart door lock.

This tutorial will go over how one can make a smartphone-controlled smart door lock, which is one of the fundamental requirements for a smart home. The tutorial will use simple hardware to build a door lock that can be controlled using a smartphone as opposed to the legacy lock and key method.

Considering Emotional Requirements in Intelligent Systems

by Dr. Sofia Ouhbi, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

One of the main objectives of intelligent systems is to enrich user experience by assisting users and offering help when it is needed. Emotions play an important role in user experience as users feel different emotions when interacting with intelligent environments. Emotional requirements should therefore be considered and specified in early stages of intelligent systems development, which is not often the case due to lack of awareness or negligence. The goal of this tutorial is to explain the importance of emotional requirements and how to considerer them in the design and evaluation of intelligent systems.

Predictive Digital Twin Opportunities in Heritage Management

by Dr. Noha Saleeb, Middlesex University, UK

Heritage assets globally suffer from heavy deterioration, maintenance and operations issues, which are cost/time extensive, unsustainable in energy usage and wasteful in materials and usability. Moreover, with emergence of global adversities e.g COVID19, physical decision-making actions on crucial building aspects can be difficult. Thus, a need emerges to automate these decisions remotely/continuously allowing facilities/operations management, restoration/conservation to be conducted more efficiently. This tutorial highlights importance and ways of using a digital "twin" of heritage assets, and implementing continuous stream-feeds of data/information through sensors, upon which decisions/actions would be predicted and performed back in the asset using actuators, for its enhancement.

This session will start by outlining the importance of Digital Twins in the construction industry. Different types and methodologies of using Twins will be elaborated , including methods of assessment . The session will then elaborate on the opportunities of Digital twins to predict issues in existing and Heritage assets , how these might be similar and different from new builds, followed by examples of enhancing/controlling assets with higher quality, less time, budget, in an automated/remote method, especially during disasters. This increases Heritage performance management e.g. sustainability, usability, energy efficiency, operations costs, ventilation, moisture & carbon footprint, health and safety.

IoT-based Digital Twins Composition and Planning for Smart Factories

Double Session (3 hours)

by Massimo Mecella, Sapienza Università di Roma; Francesco Leotta, Sapienza Università di Roma; Andrea Marrella, Sapienza Università di Roma

Content Outline

  1. Introduction to Smart Factories
  2. Digital Twins. Platforms and state-of-the-art
  3. Background on automated planning
  4. Modeling Digital Twins for their composition
  5. Composing Digital Twins
  6. Hands-on session with a prototype tool

References

Tiziana Catarci, Donatella Firmani, Francesco Leotta, Federica Mandreoli, Massimo Mecella, Francesco Sapio: A Conceptual Architecture and Model for Smart Manufacturing Relying on Service-Based Digital Twins. ICWS 2019: 229-236 

Andrea Marrella, Massimo Mecella, Sebastian Sardiña: Supporting adaptiveness of cyber-physical processes through action-based formalisms. AI Commun. 31(1): 47-74 (2018) 

Andrea Marrella, Massimo Mecella, Sebastian Sardiña: Intelligent Process Adaptation in the SmartPM System. ACM Trans. Intell. Syst. Technol. 8(2): 25:1-25:43 (2017)

Microservices: Issues and Solutions

by Dr. Noura Faci, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon 1 & LIRIS Lab

With advent of the DevOps culture in the corporate world, microservices have become one of the hottest technological trends in developing applications and achieving business agility. Microservices promote higher maintainability compared to traditional Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) by coupling services at a very low level of granularity. However, microservice-based applications have their own set of challenges like service granularity (e.g., the right size and the right assignment of responsibilities) and service adaptation (for instance, for self-repair like fixing an application after failures).

When embracing microservices within organizations, the digital transformation starts with migration techniques from legacy monolithic applications to microservices. Cloud technologies like containerization and virtualization are key enablers in this transformation. Despite well-identified design principles about microservices, there is no clear understanding of what microservices should be or look like. Moreover, implementation and deployment of microservices constitute challenges in pervasive environments like Internet of Things.

In this tutorial, we discuss the main concepts associated with microservices and discuss the latest development for their design, implementation, and deployment. We will also illustrate the application of microservices in the context of Internet of Things. Finally, we discuss future research.

Learning objectives

  • Present the rationale and benefits of microservices
  • Present the concepts underlying microservices
  • Highlight key research architectural solutions
  • Demonstrate the synergy between microservices and systems of systems

Outline

  1. Introduction to microservices.
  2. Microservice design patterns
  3. Microservice implementation patterns
  4. Microservice migration techniques
  5. Cloud deployment techniques
  6. Application to Internet of Things
  7. Future research investigations

Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing - How deep learning can enhance the user experience

by Basil Ayass, Google

AI is making it easier for people to do things every day, whether it’s searching for photos of loved ones, breaking down language barriers with automatic translation, typing emails on the go, or getting things done with the AI Assistants. AI also provides new ways of looking at existing problems, from rethinking healthcare to advancing scientific discovery. In this talk, we'll briefly cover what AI solutions are on offer on Google Cloud and what are the most common use cases in public sector, education, and enterprise.

 
 
 

Areas of Interest

Relevant research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Theories and Models
  • Artificial and Computational Intelligence
  • Multimodal Human-Computer Interaction
  • Reliability, Privacy and Trust
  • Internet of Things, Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing
  • Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Reality
  • Technology, Methodologies and Tools
  • Agent Technologies
  • Development Processes and Tools
  • Networking and Communication
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Applications
  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • Mobility Support
  • Robotic Companions
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Support for Productive Collaborations
  • Technology Supported Education
  • Smart Farming
  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Communities
  • Smart Tourism
  • Industry 4.0
  • Systems and Infrastructures
  • Architecture and Design
  • Intelligent and Smart Spaces
  • System Architecture and Middleware for Intelligent Environments
  • Evaluation and Corpora
  • Evaluation Paradigms and Campaigns
  • Data Acquisition, Labelling and Data Sets
  • User Studies and Trials
 
  • During Autumn 2020 we will welcome proposals to host the event in June 2022 which should start to be organized from January 2021 onwards. Please send enquiries to Callaghan, Victor vic@essex.ac.uk; Juan Augusto J.Augusto@mdx.ac.uk . Our basic conditions for hosting the event is that it is organized in a country where it has not been hosted recently, that it is held in the capital city of that country (or one bigger than the capital) and that the General Chairs and Program Committee Chairs have an h-index >30.

 

We are constantly monitoring the evolution of the pandemic. The conference will adopt the best mode of participation and will not be cancelled. We are preparing all the needed facilities to offer the best possible experience to everyone interested.

 

JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUES

The conference organizers will organize special issues in relevant journals covering a variety of topics related to intelligent environments. Intelligent environments are a distributed mix of intelligent systems, mobile devices and innovative services that are sensitive, adaptive and responsive to the presence of people, and able to anticipate user needs.

The main target is to gather quality research contributions in the most recent advancements in these next-generation technological ecosystems. The goal of the proposed special issues is to highlight the state-of-the-art and to address new research challenges on adaptation, security, education and human interaction in intelligent environments. From highly rated papers, the organizers will select the top papers and invite the authors to submit a substantially extended version of their papers for possible consideration in any of the special issues below.

LIST OF JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUES

  • "Intelligent Environments for Health and Well-being" at Applied human informatics (AHI) journal
  • "Secure and Advanced Technology for Intelligent Environments" at Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (JAISE
 

 

 

 

Honorary Chairs

Vic Callaghan

University of Essex, UK

vic@essex.ac.uk

Fehmida Hussain

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

f.hussain@mdx.ac.ae


General Chair

Juan Carlos Augusto

Middlesex University London, UK

J.Augusto@mdx.ac.uk

Philippe Lalanda

University Grenoble-Alpes (UGA)

philippe.lalanda@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr


Programme Chair

Massimo Mecella

Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

mecella@dis.uniroma1.it

Raja Jurdak

Queensland University of Technology

rjurdak@ieee.org


Local Organising Committee Chair

Sameer Kishore

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

s.kishore@mdx.ac.ae


Workshops Chairs

Bruno Bouchard

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada

bruno_bouchard@uqac.ca

Engie Bashir

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

e.bashir@mdx.ac.ae

Mitja Luštrek

Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

mitja.lustrek@ijs.si


Sponsorships Chair

Krishnadas Nanath

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

k.nanath@mdx.ac.ae

 

Posters and Short Papers Chairs

Francisco Leotta

Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

leotta@diag.uniroma1.it

Wesam Almobaideen

Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai, UAE

wxacad@rit.edu

Ehsan Adeli

Stanford University, USA

eadeli@stanford.edu


Doctoral Colloquium Chairs

Mario Quinde

Universidad de Piura, Peru

mario.quinde@udep.edu.pe

Somaya Ben Allouch

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

s.ben.allouch@hva.nl

Maha Saadeh

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

m.saadeh@mdx.ac.ae


Demos and Videos Chairs

Miguel J. Hornos

Universidad de Granada, Spain

mhornos@ugr.es

Jaspreet Singh Sethi

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

j.sethi@mdx.ac.ae

Ellen Yi-Luen Do

University of Colorado Boulder, USA

ellen.do@colorado.edu


Special Sessions Chairs

Kevin Yuen Kam Fung

Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore

kfyuen@suss.edu.sg

Andrés Muñoz Ortega

Universidad Católica San Antonio, Spain

amunoz@ucam.edu

Sofia Ouhbi

United Arab Emirates University, UAE

sofia.ouhbi@uaeu.ac.ae


Keynotes and Tutorials Chairs

Francisco Falcone

Universidad de Navarra, Spain

francisco.falcone@unavarra.es

Santhosh Menon

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

s.menon@mdx.ac.ae

    Pi-Cheng Hsiu

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

pchsiu@citi.sinica.edu.tw


Journal Special Issues Chairs

Francois Portet

Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble, France

Francois.Portet@imag.fr

Guillaume Lopez

Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan

guillaume@it.aoyama.ac.jp

Publicity & WWW & Social Media Chairs

Victor Zamudio

Universidad de Leon, Mexico

vic.zamudio@ieee.org

Jeannette Chin

University of East Anglia, UK

J.Chin@uea.ac.uk

Faiyaz Doctor

University of Essex, UK

fdocto@essex.ac.uk

Jeni Pilling

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

J.Pilling@mdx.ac.ae


Professional Society Liaisons

Diane J. Cook

Washington State University, USA

djcook@wsu.edu

Madhumita Das

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

m.das@mdx.ac.ae


Industrial Forum Chairs

Obinna Anya

Google, USA

obinnaa@google.com

Jeannette Chin

University of East Anglia, UK

J.Chin@uea.ac.uk

Faiyaz Doctor

University of Essex, UK

fdocto@essex.ac.uk

Judhi Prasetyo

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

j.prasetyo@mdx.ac.ae

 Shantanu Pal

Macquarie University, Australia

shantanu.pal@hdr.mq.edu.au


Awards and Prizes Co-Chairs

Maha Saadeh

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

m.saadeh@mdx.ac.ae

Carlos Rodriguez Dominguez

Universidad de Granada, Spain

carlosrodriguez@ugr.es


Steering Committee

Vic Callaghan

University of Essex (UK)

Honorary

Jose Ignacio Moreno Novella

Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain)

General Chair 2020

Francisco Falcone

University of Navarra (Spain)

Program Chair 2019

Mounir Ghogho

UIR (Morocco)

General Chair 2019

Daniele Riboni

Università di Cagliari (Italy)

Program Chair 2018

Massimo Mecella

University of Rome(Italy)

General Chair 2018

Juan Augusto

Middlesex University (UK)

General Chair 2018

Jason J. Jung

Chung-AngUniversity (South Korea)

General Chair 2017

Andrés Muñoz

Univ.Católicade Murcia, (Spain)

General Chair 2017

Paulo Novais

Universidade do Minho(Portugal)

Program Chair 2017

 

The following workshops are confirmed for IE 2021:

  • 10th International Workshop on the Reliability of Intelligent Environments (WORIE ‘21) organized by Miguel J. Hornos and Juan Carlos Augusto
  • 2nd International Workshop on Open and Crowdsourced Location Data (ISOCLoD '21) organized by Fernando Terroso Sáenz and Andrés Muñoz
  • 11th International Workshop on Intelligent Environments Supporting Healthcare and Well-being (WISHWell '21) organized by Mario J. Quinde Li Say Tan, Juan Carlos Augusto and Sofia Ouhbi
  • 2nd International Workshop on Social Media Analysis for Intelligent Environment (SMAIE ’21) organized by Raquel Martínez-España and Andrés Bueno-Crespo
  • 3rd International Workshop on Intelligent Environments and Buildings (IEB ’21) organized by Mohammed Bakkali
  • 5th International Workshop on Intelligent Systems for Agriculture Production and Environment Protection (ISAPEP ’21) organized by Andrés Muñoz and José Martín Soriano-Disla
  • 6th Symposium on Future Intelligent Educational Environments and Learning (SOFIEE '21) organized by Juan Carlos Augusto and others
  • 7th International Workshop Smart Offices and Other Workplaces (SOOW ‘21) organized by Peter Mikulecky, Goreti Marreiros and Pavel Cech
  • 5th International Workshop on Legal Issues in Intelligent Environments (LIEI '21) organized by Pedro Miguel Freitas (contact person), Ugo Pagallo and Massimo Durante
  • The first International Workshop on Self- Learning in Intelligent Environments (SeLIE ’21) organized by Antonio Coronato and Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo.

We expect a few additional workshops to be added to the list in the following weeks.

The list is not final, so watch this space for updates. Note that new workshops are very welcome and the final selection will be made mid-September.

All papers accepted in the Workshops program will be published as a volume of the Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments Series (ISI indexed) of IOS Press and electronically available through ACM Digital Library.  The proceedings will be indexed in the Web of Science® database (through their Proceedings Citation Index) and also proceedings in the AISE series are fully published Open Access (cost included in workshop registration).

Special sessions in IE aim to develop specialized discussions and stimulate further analysis on relevant and emergent subjects within the conference topics (e.g., IoT, Smart Cities, data fusion, security, etc.).

Proposals for special sessions are expected to include the rationale of the topic, a brief curriculum vitae of the proponent(s) and a plan about how submissions are expected to be attracted to the special session. Proposals must be sent at amunoz@ucam.edu.

The list of the accepted special session will be published on the conference website and they will be part of the main conference. Submissions for the special session will follow the same guidelines as for main track submissions.

Accepted papers in the Special Sessions will be part of the IEEE Main Conference Proceedings

Special Session Chairs

Andrés Muñoz, Catholic University of Murcia, Spain

Sofia Ouhbi, United Arab Emirates University, UAE

Kevin Yuen Kam Fung, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore

Edward Lee

Prof. Edward A. Lee

Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley

The Coevolution of Humans and Machines

Abstract:
Are humans defining technology, or is technology defining humans? In this talk, Edward Ashford Lee considers the case that we are less in control of the trajectory of technology than we think. Technology shapes us as much as we shape it, and it may be more defensible to think of technology as the result of a Darwinian coevolution than the result of top-down intelligent design. Richard Dawkins famously said that a chicken is an egg's way of making another egg. Is a human a computer's way of making another computer? To understand this question requires a deep dive into how evolution works, how humans are different from computers, and how the way technology develops resembles the emergence of a new life form on our planet.

Bio:

Edward A. Lee has been working on embedded software systems for 40 years. After detours through Yale, MIT, and Bell Labs, landed at Berkeley, where he is now Professor of the Graduate School in EECS. His research is focused on cyber-physical systems. He is author of leading textbooks on embedded systems and digital communications, and has recently been writing books on philosophical and social implications of technology.


Balaji

Bharathan Balaji

Research Scientist at Amazon

Sustainable Buildings

Abstract: 

Buildings are pillars of our civilization, providing us with a safe and comfortable place to work, rest and live. Buildings account for nearly 40% of our energy use, and solutions to make them sustainable abound with electric vehicles, renewable energy sources, and internet of things. The talk will present ideas on how we can transition our buildings to be sustainable with sensing, software and intelligence. We cannot optimize what we cannot measure, and therefore, sensors form the basis of data driven decision making. The sensors need to be low cost and low maintenance for adoption at scale. Utilizing the sensory information effectively can help the building be responsive to occupant requirements, reduce energy waste and handle events such as demand surge. With the deluge of data from sensors comes the challenge of extracting useful information from them. The challenge is compounded by the unique nature of each building. We can tame the complexity of buildings with knowledge graphs, programing interfaces and machine learning, to create next generation buildings that are not only efficient and sustainable, but also convenient and personalized.

Bio:

Bharathan Balaji is a Research Scientist at Amazon. He works on reinforcement learning (RL) tools and applications. He helped launch Amazon SageMaker RL, that adds support for RL in AWS ML toolset. He also helped launch AWS DeepRacer, an educational car racing platform in 2018. He has applied RL to various domains such as scheduling of activities in online courses, sending push notifications on smartphones, management of energy harvesting sensors in buildings. He did his PhD in Computer Science at UC San Diego, where his research focused on improving energy efficiency of buildings, by creating software applications that exploit existing infrastructure to provide services such as information organization, fault detection, personalized control and occupancy sensing. He helped launch the first workshop on the Internet of Safe Things in 2017. He helped develop the Brick schema for building automation, and it is slowly being adopted by industry and slated to be adapted as an ASHRAE standard.


Aiham

Aiham Alakhras

Vice President at Gartner

The next generation: A challenge and an opportunity for Smart Cities

Abstract:

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has caught cities by surprise at different levels. It has also shown city challenges in serving children and youth, who account for more than half the region’s population. We will discuss how smart cities can serve the next generation better and bridge the gap in education and employment.

Bio:

Aiham Alakhras is a Smart Cities expert who is passionate about shaping a better tomorrow for humanity through good use of technology fueled by data, global collaboration and positive impact on people’s lives. He has 20 years of professional experience in various leadership, consulting and IT services roles across EMEA. Aiham is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at industry events, and has served in smart city advisory boards. He has lead global teams of up to 500 employees and traveled for business to over 40 countries. Aiham is currently Vice President at Gartner. He holds an MS in City Sciences with distinction from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters in International Business with distinction from University of Wollongong.

IE'21 DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM – CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

As a part of the latest in the highly successful series of International Conferences on Intelligent Environments, we will be hosting a Doctoral Colloquial (DC) at the 2021 conference in Dubai, UAE from 21-24 June 2021. The aims of this Colloquium are both social and educational - to provide research students in the early to mid phases of their projects an opportunity to meet other people in a similar position, to make relatively informal presentations on their work, to discuss and give/receive feedback on each other's experiences, ideas and findings, to make connections and to have fun!

If you have any suggestions as to what you would like included, or have any questions about the colloquium, then please email the colloquium chairs (contact details in the committees page).

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS – DC SHORT PAPERS

Key aspects of the Doctoral Colloquium are the presentations, where research students present, discuss and defend their work.

All accepted presentations will be submitted as "short written papers" (maximum of 4 pages) and will be published in the IEEE Proceedings for the IE'21 conference.

A prize will be awarded for the best colloquium paper, which will be announced during the main conference.

All presentations should be on research projects (PhD or similar), on topics appropriate to the Intelligent Environments theme which are either (a) in a relatively early stage, but where the investigating student has already identified the nature and key aspects of the problem(s), and has ideas regarding how to solve them, or (b) is at a stage where interesting results are being produced, but the work is not yet quite at a stage appropriate to produce a long paper. As a minimum, papers should describe a research problem, explain why that problem is important and interesting, detail what the existing solutions (if any) or relevant methods are, including why these are not sufficient or satisfactory, and give some indication of the new solutions or methodologies the student is pursuing. There should be enough substance to offer and stimulate discussion, but the work does not need to be complete. Participants will also be expected to give short, informal presentations of their work during the Doctoral Colloquium track session on June 2021 at the main conference, to be followed by a discussion which is intended to help the students optimize their research strategies and develop their research and technical writing skills.

The main author of all contributions to the Doctoral Colloquium MUST be a student registered for a PhD or similar research degree.

CALL FOR SHORT PAPERS

Short papers provide an opportunity to report on early results, position statements, and complementary resources (e.g., novel datasets and benchmarks).

Submissions as short papers must be 4 pages maximum in IEEE format. Accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings and will be presented during a dedicated Poster Session of the conference.

 

Call for Workshops

Intelligent Environments (IE) refer to physical spaces in which IT and other pervasive computing technology are woven and used to achieve specific goals for the user, the environment or both. IEs have the ultimate objective of enriching user experience, better managing, and increasing user awareness of that environment. The 17th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE2021) will be held at the city of Dubai, UAE.                                                                                                                       

As in previous editions, a number of workshops will complement the main conference program. Papers accepted in any of the workshops sponsored by this conference will be included in proceedings published as a volume of the Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments Series of IOS Press with Open Access, will be indexed by Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI), and will be available through ACM Digital Library.

The 2021 Intelligent Environments Workshops will be held within two days, namely 21 and 22 June. Up to 12 workshops will be hosted by IE2021. Half-day, full-day and even two-day workshops are possible depending on the number of participants.

Important Dates

  • Workshop proposals due: 1 September 2020
  • Acceptance notification: 10 September 2020
  • Call for papers for the workshops will be sent out in late September
  • Workshops submission due: 1 March 2021
  • Workshops notification to authors: 5 April 2021
  • Workshops camera ready deadline: 15 April 2021
  • Workshop dates: 21 and 22 June

Workshop Proposal Requirements

Workshop proposals should contain the following elements:

  • Workshop title
  • Workshop overview and topics
  • Past editions
  • Chairs / Programme Committee / Technical Committee
  • Preliminary program, including keynote speech details (a keynote speech is encouraged but not mandatory) and any interactive activities planned (e.g., discussions, hands-on work)

    Submission Details

    To submit the workshop proposal for IE2021, please send an email following the instructions below.  The deadline for submission is 1 September 2020.

  • To: e.bashir@mdx.ac.ae
  • cc: mitja.lustrek@ijs.si, bruno_bouchard@uqac.ca
  • Subject:IE2021 Workshop proposal: <title of the workshop>
  • Body:As the first line, include a request such as Please consider the attached document for submission to the IE2021 workshops.
  • Attachment type: MS Word or PDF

Support to Workshop Organizers

Workshop organizers will be provided with up to 3 free conference registrations depending on the number of participants, which can be used for workshop chairs and/or keynote speakers. IE2021 will also manage the publication of workshop proceedings.

Responsibilities of Workshop Organizers

Workshop organizers have responsibility for maintaining their workshop website;  planning and coordinating the workshop programme; arranging a potential keynote speaker; calling for papers along with reviewing and accepting papers. A minimum of 4 registered papers are required, otherwise the workshop is cancelled.

Organizers

Bruno Bouchard: bruno_bouchard@uqac.ca

Engie Bashir: e.bashir@mdx.ac.ae

Mitja Luštrek: mitja.lustrek@ijs.si

Call for Tutorials

We welcome the submission of proposals for Tutorials at the 17th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, June 21-24, 2021, Dubai, UAE.

Tutorials are short courses (90 minutes + break) intended to provide to the attendees with no special pre-existing knowledge a grasp on the topic.

The proposal must be submitted using the specific template provided and should be submitted via e-mail to Santhosh Menon (s.menon@mdx.ac.ae), Pi-Cheng Hsiu (pchsiu@citi.sinica.edu.tw) and Francisco Falcone (francisco.falcone@unavarra.es). The receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via email.

The proposer will have free registration to the event on the day that they are presenting. In this respect, proposers are encouraged to publicise the tutorial through their own networks and dissemination channels.

A template for the proposal can be downloaded here (docx format).

CALL FOR DEMOS AND VIDEOS

Submissions to the Demos & Videos Track provide an opportunity to show the audience how the innovations developed by a given team work. This could be carried out through a live demo or a video clip, depending on the size of the system to be shown and/or the authors’ preferences.

Contributions to this track can complement more theoretical papers submitted to other IE’21 tracks or even to workshops to be held within this conference. In fact, this track allows teams to present aspects of their research which may not be easy to show in other types of submissions. Consequently, we encourage teams that intend to submit a paper to one of the other tracks and/or workshops of this conference to also submit a complementary contribution to this track, where they can demonstrate the more practical aspects of their works. Thus, for example, they can submit a full or a short paper on the more conceptual side of the system they have developed and then a paper to this track showing how the system behaves when is run.

It is also possible to submit an independent contribution to this track. In this sense, it can provide a good opportunity to explain the work in a lab, the validation pilots carried out in a funded project, or lessons learned from practical experiments, to mention only a few examples.

Submissions to this track, i.e., papers describing the different aspects of what will be presented if the corresponding paper is accepted, should be a maximum length of 4 pages in IEEE format. Accepted papers have to be presented through a live demo and/or a video clip during an exclusively dedicated Demos & Videos Session of the conference and will be included in the Conference Proceedings.

Deadlines for submissions of papers to the Demos & Videos Track are the same as for Full Papers.

Intelligent Environments

The International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE) is in its seventeenth year and is now recognized as a major annual venue in the area. IE, that has been hosted all around the world, offers a truly international forum and welcomes contributions from all technically active regions of the planet.

Intelligent environments refer to physical spaces in which information and communication technologies and sensing technologies are woven in order to create interacting spaces enhancing occupants' experience. The ultimate objective of such environments is to enrich users' activities, but also to allow users to manage them and be aware of their capabilities.

IE is a multidisciplinary event welcoming contribution from a diversity of relevant areas including sensing, networking, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, software engineering, context-awareness, internet of things, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, etc. This as an asset of the conference, responding to the complexity of systems developed today and their embedding into society.

The 17th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE2021) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at Middlesex University Dubai.

Conference Programme

The conference provides a multidisciplinary collaborative forum for researchers and practitioners from Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Building Architecture, Art & Design, Sociology, Government and Education to present theoretical and practical results related to the development and applications of Intelligent Environments. The event will include regular full/short papers as well as a Doctoral Colloquium, a Posters Session and Demos & Videos Session.

Workshops Programme

As in previous editions, a number of workshops will complement the main conference program. Papers accepted in any of the workshops sponsored by this conference will be included in one Proceedings volume that will collect the contributions in all workshops, see more details in the publications section.

Publications

All papers accepted in the Workshops program will be published as a volume of the Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments Series (ISI indexed) of IOS Press and electronically available through ACM Digital Library.  The proceedings will be indexed in the Web of Science® database (through their Proceedings Citation Index) and also proceedings in the AISE series are fully published Open Access (cost included in workshop registration).

Industrial Forum

This will be a networking event and an opportunity for the business sector to showcase their innovation.

Tutorials Programme

For this edition we will include a number of tutorials by well-known colleagues on important topics.

Special Issues

A number of journal issues will be published encompassing core areas of the event.

Special Sessions

Selected topics will qualify to be considered as special tracks organized by members from our scientific community. More details will be released through the webpage of the event.

Awards

These will recognize the best Full Paper and the best Short Paper (amongst Doctoral Colloquium papers, Demo/Video papers, Poster Session Papers.)

If you have any questions about the conference, please get in touch with us at ie2021@mdx.ac.ae or any of our social media channels.

Main Conference

Submission Deadline:
1 December 2020

Notification to Authors:
20 February 2021

Camera Ready Deadline:
30 March 2021

Workshops/Tutorials/Special Sessions

Workshop/Tutorial/Special Session proposals:
1 September 2020

Workshop/Tutorial/Special Session decisions:
10 September 2020

Workshops submission deadline:
1 March 2021

Workshops notification to authors:
5 April 2021

Workshops camera ready deadline:
15 April 2021

The concept of Intelligent Environment (IE) has matured into a vision of a technological ecosystem adaptive to human needs and active along human intentions. Every year research endeavour advances towards this vision. The IE 2021 provides an open platform for interactive discussion, sharing expertise and scientific socialization.

Relevant research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Theories and Models
  • Artificial and Computational Intelligence
  • Multimodal Human-Computer Interaction
  • Reliability, Privacy and Trust
  • Internet of Things, Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing
  • Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Reality
  • Technology, Methodologies and Tools
  • Agent Technologies
  • Development Processes and Tools
  • Networking and Communication
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Applications
  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • Mobility Support
  • Robotic Companions
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Support for Productive Collaborations
  • Technology Supported Education
  • Smart Farming
  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Communities
  • Smart Tourism
  • Industry 4.0
  • Systems and Infrastructures
  • Architecture and Design
  • Intelligent and Smart Spaces
  • System Architecture and Middleware for Intelligent Environments
  • Evaluation Paradigms and Campaigns
  • Data Acquisition, Labelling and Data Sets
  • User Studies and Trials

All the papers accepted in the main conference will be electronically available through IEEE Xplore (approval pending). The Intelligent Environments conference is currently indexed by both EI Compendex and Thomson’s Web of Science (Thomson ISI) and the 2021 edition will also be submitted for indexing.

All papers accepted in the Workshops program will be published as a volume of the Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments Series of IOS Press and electronically available through ACM Digital Library. Both proceedings will be ISI indexed.

As in previous years, a selection of papers will be invited to submit extended versions to important journals.

  • FULL papers should be up to 8 pages
  • SHORT papers should be up to 5 pages
  • SPECIAL SESSIONS papers should be up to 6 pages
  • DEMOS & VIDEOS papers should be up to 2 pages
  • DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM papers should be up to 4 pages

All papers should be submitted as PDF on EasyChair : https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ie2021 by selecting the appropriate category. They should be formatted according to the IEEE Template for Conference Proceedings, https://www.ieee.org/conferences/publishing/templates.html

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