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Ubicomp workshops are scheduled to take place on Sunday September 17 and Monday September 18, before the main conference program. Except for W13 and W14, the workshops are one day long, on either Sunday or Monday. W13 and W14 span both days. The workshops generally require a position statement from each potential participant. The workshop organizers will use these statements to decide whom to invite to participate in the workshops. Position statements for the workshops are generally due June 16, 2006, and should be submitted to the relevant workshop organizers as per the instructions on their respective Web pages.

Table of Contents

Sunday, September 17
W2: ECHISE 2006: Exploiting Context Histories in Smart Environments
W3: Future Networked Interactive Media Systems and Services for the New-Senior Communities: Enabling Older Users to Create and Share Self-Authored Multimedia Content
W4: FUMCA 2006: System Support for Future Mobile Computing Applications
W6: Usable Ubiquitous Computing in Next-Generation Conference Rooms: Design, Evaluation, and Architecture

Monday, September 18
W7: Pervasive Image Capture and Sharing
W8: ubi-PCMM06: Personalized Context Modeling and Management for ubiComp Applications
W9: Nurturing Technologies in the Domestic Environment: Feeling Comforted, Cared for, and Connected at Home
W10: UbiHealth 2006: Pervasive Healthcare
W11: UbiSys: System Support for Ubiquitous Computing

Sunday and Monday, September 17-18
W13: Exurban Noir

Sunday Workshops

W2: ECHISE 2006: Exploiting Context Histories in Smart Environments
web site: http://echise.ipsi.fhg.de
primary contact: thorsten.prante [at] ipsi.fhg.de

Exploiting context histories, i.e. recorded histories of interactions in context - user interactions, service interactions, robot interactions, etc. - is a general and powerful approach to learning and adapting information or knowledge and behavior over time. It is also used to inform filtering or recommending and to provide integrated memory/trail representations or "diaries" of what had happened at the respective level of observation. Further exploitation includes sharing these representations at different levels of abstraction as well as prediction or guessing of future contexts, situations, or actions that an entity might take. More generally, context histories may make it possible for us to better understand the interaction between humans and their environments, with each other, and with future technologies.

Organizers:
Thorsten Prante, Fraunhofer IPSI, Germany
Lonnie D. Harvel, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Brian Meyers, Microsoft Research, USA
Khai N. Truong, University of Toronto, Canada

W3: Future Networked Interactive Media Systems and Services for the New-Senior Communities: Enabling Older Users to Create and Share Self-Authored Multimedia Content
web site: http://www.sintef.no/ubicomp
primary contact: A.C.Roibas@bton.ac.uk

This workshop is a discussion platform to unfold the design of future scenarios of pervasive interactive multimedia for elderly people. These systems should seek to improve elderly peoples' access to social services, to facilitate social contacts as well as access to context-based infotainment and entertainment, to facilitate social participation and independent living, in sum, to improve the welfare and quality of life for the industrialized world aging society and reducing the digital divide.

More specifically this workshop addresses three major obstacles that must be overcome for elderly citizens to take advantage of these new technological developments: 1) lack of methods and tools to identify elderly users requirements for a social and creative media usage, 2) lack of knowledge in understanding the factors motivating usage of such applications as well as its social impact on senior citizens and 3) the complexity of multimodal user interfaces in networked applications.

The aim is to generate debate about the design and development of new pervasive applications which will make it possible for elderly citizens to be content creators and consumers of self-authored content facilitating in this way leisure and social activities and, at the same time, encouraging mobility. The workshop will focus on a discussion on new methods such as living labs, on-the-field enactments, 'Cultural Probes', Participatory Design approaches and advanced in-situ evaluation techniques.. Moreover, workshop organizers will open up a debate around how too identify suitable novel interaction models more appropriate for these scenarios.

organizers:
Dr. Anxo Cereijo Roibás, University of Brighton
Petter Bae Brandtzæg, SINTEF ICT
Prof. Dr. Veerle Van Rompaey, University of Leuven
Urpo Tuomela, City of Oulu

W4: FUMCA 2006: System Support for Future Mobile Computing Applications
web site: http://research.nokia.com/events/workshops/ubicomp2006/index.html
primary contact: cristiano.di-flora [at] nokia.com

Development, deployment, and usage of mobile services and applications typically require extensive compiler and runtime support (i.e. system support) from all the different layers of a mobile device's system software. Such a system support environment can significantly affect the widespread and rapid adoption of novel mobile devices because it influences both functional and non-functional characteristics of the forthcoming mobile applications.

This workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers and engineers in academia and industry to foster an exchange of research results and experiences in the area of mobile applications from a system support perspective. The ultimate goal is to envision new trends and ideas about theoretical, technical, and practical aspects of designing, implementing, deploying, and evaluating future system platforms for next-generation mobile computing applications.

organizers:
Cristiano di Flora, Nokia Research Center, Tampere, Finland
Domenico Cotroneo, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy
Paolo Bellavista, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
Cristian Borcea, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
Vinny Cahill, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Christopher D. Gill, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Valerie Issarny, INRIA, France
Eija Kaasinen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
Mario Lauria, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
Tatsuo Nakajima, Waseda University, Japan
Kimmo Raatikainen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Stefano Russo, ITEM Lab, Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l'Informatica (CINI), Italy

W6: Usable Ubiquitous Computing in Next-Generation Conference Rooms: Design, Evaluation, and Architecture
web site: http://www.fxpal.com/UbiComp2006/
primary contact: back [at] fxpal.com

In the UbiComp 2005 workshop “Ubiquitous computing in next generation conference rooms” we learned that usability is one of the primary challenges in these spaces. Nearly all “smart” rooms, though they often have interesting and effective functionality, are very difficult to simply walk in and use. Most such rooms have resident experts who keep the room’s systems functioning, and who often must be available on an everyday basis to enable the meeting technologies. The systems in these rooms are designed for and assume the presence of these human “wizards”; they are seldom designed with usability in mind. In addition, people don’t know what to expect in these rooms; as yet there is no technology standard for next-generation conference rooms. The challenge here is to strike an effective balance between usability and new kinds of functionality (such as multiple displays, new interfaces, rich media systems, new uploading/access/security systems, robust mobile integration, to name just a few of the functions we saw in last year’s workshop). So, this year, we propose a workshop to focus more specifically on how the design of next-generation conference rooms can support usability: the tasks facing the real people who use these rooms daily.

organizers: Maribeth Back, Saadi Lahlou, Rafael Ballagas, Surapong Lertsithichai, Masatomi Inagaki, Kazunori Horikiri, Jeffrey Huang

Monday Workshops

W7: Pervasive Image Capture and Sharing
web site: http://groups.sims.berkeley.edu/pics/
primary contact: mirjana [at] yahoo-inc.com

Portable digital cameras continue to enable prolific photo capturing in a variety of settings and to inspire digital photo sharing via an extensive repertoire of mechanisms and modalities, including exchange of physical prints, sharing of digital copies via email, web pages and blogs, or simply showing images on the imaging devices during face-to-face encounters. Camera phones expand sharing activities further through MMS (multimedia messaging), email from phones, and transfer via IR or Bluetooth between phones. All these functions, embedded in a device that is always close at hand, are creating opportunities for pervasive image capture and sharing. This second workshop on “Pervasive Image Capture and Sharing: New Social Practices and Implications for Technology” will continue ongoing discussions among a multi-disciplinary group of researches around this emerging phenomena. The goal is to examine new technical developments and social practices, and to understand implications for further research, including design and development of new devices, applications and services.

organizers: Mirjana Spasojevic, Mizuko Ito, Nancy Van House, Ilpo Koskinen, Fumitoshi Kato

W8: ubi-PCMM06: Personalized Context Modeling and Management for ubiComp Applications
web site: http://mase.itc.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ubiPCMM06/
primary contact: jang [at] itc.nagoya-u.ac.jp

There is growing interest in the development of personalized context-aware applications for multi-user scenarios in ubiquitous computing (ubiComp) environments where a user’s personalized service is harmonized with one another without any conflicts among users, devices, services, etc. The applications need to support seamless integration and interaction for mobile users in heterogeneous environments through the various emerging concept of sensing, processing, context modeling and management. However, for achieving such seamless, harmonious, personalized services in ubiComp environments, we first have to solve the challenges associated with user-centric context modeling and group context management that include context representation, integration, reasoning, and conflict resolution in distributed heterogeneous environments.

In this year, ubiPCMM06 focuses on personalized context models that seamlessly provide the adapted services along with user’s service environment changes. In addition, this workshop focuses on harmonious context management that resolves conflicts resulting from multi-user’s simultaneous service requests in the same space with limited resources. The workshop also responds to the growing popularity of ontology principles and methods, and actively investigates the state-of-the-art techniques, methodologies, framework for developing killer context-aware applications in ubiquitous computing environments.

organizers:
Seiie Jang, Nagoya Univ.
Kristof van Laerhoven, Darmstadt Univ. of Technology
Sang-Goog Lee, SAIT
Kenji Mase, Nagoya Univ.

W9: Nurturing Technologies in the Domestic Environment: Feeling Comforted, Cared for, and Connected at Home
web site: http://www2.parc.com/csl/members/aelliott/nurturance
primary contact: aelliott [at] parc.com

This workshop will explore the potential for technology to support the experience of being nurtured in the home. Emerging practices (observed or imagined) around nurturance in the home will be explored using the lenses of architectural space and social context. These practices will inform proposals for the design of nurturing technology for a variety of domains including healthcare, entertainment, education, spiritual practice, and communication. Negative examples of invasive or harmful domestic technologies are also welcome, particularly if they suggest positive corrective possibilities. The goals of the workshop are to 1) gain an understanding of emerging practices of using technology for nurturance and 2) propose designs for technology that can nurture people.

organizers:
Ame Elliott, PARC
Scott D. Mainwaring, Intel Research
Phoebe Sengers, Cornell University
Allison Woodruff, Intel Research

W10: UbiHealth 2006: Pervasive Healthcare
web site: http://www.pervasivehealthcare.dk/UbiHealth2006/
primary contact: bardram [at] daimi.au.dk

On the one hand, the term `pervasive healthcare' is used to denote the use of pervasive computing technologies in de­ livering healthcare services to the citizens in the future. On the other hand it covers the trend and vision of making healthcare services more `pervasively' available across boundaries in time, organization, and place.

The aim of this one­day workshop is to continue the devel­ opment of a community of researchers working with perva­ sive computing technology and healthcare, and to identify and discuss research themes and methods in pervasive healthcare in order to guide future research.

organizers: Jakob E. Bardram, Thomas Riisgaard Hansen, Ilkka Korhonen

W11: UbiSys: System Support for Ubiquitous Computing
web site: http://www.magic.ubc.ca/ubisys/
primary contact: rodger.lea [at] gmail.com

UbiSys 2006 is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners developing systems for ubiquitous computing environments to meet and exchange ideas. It will provide opportunities to present recent findings, and to discuss ongoing research in the field fostering greater collaboration and cooperation. The main goal of this workshop is to address issues related to ubiquitous application deployment. To address this, one objective is to identify and discuss issues that differentiate ubicomp systems from traditional systems, and are common to both, such as the use of service oriented architectures and emerging standards. Another is to continue to make progress toward deriving a common set of abstractions. This will enable application developers to more easily utilize system resources in an environment. Finally, since the evaluation of ubiquitous systems is not well understood, we also hope to advance the techniques and benchmarks used to effectively evaluate ubiquitous computing systems.

organizers:
Jalal Al-Muhtadi, King Saudi U.
Christian Becker, U. Stuttgart
Michael Blackstock, UBC
Roy Campbell, UIUC
Charles “Buck” Krasic, UBC
Rodger Lea, UBC
Alan Messer, Samsung
Nitya Narasimhan, Motorola
Paddy Nixon, UCD
Umar Saif, LUMS, Pakistan
Sotirios Terzis, Strathclyde

Two-day workshops: Sunday and Monday

W13: Exurban Noir
web site: http://drzaius.ics.uci.edu/meta/exurban-noir/
primary contact: exurbannoir [at] gmail.com

The Exurban workshop seeks to include a wide range of risk-taking urban practitioners that will undertake a two-day active exploration of exurban noir. Whether we like it or not, as urban designers and researchers we are contributing in unknown but significant ways in choosing our future technological urban lifestyles. Are we making it better or worse? For whom? And when? With Orange County, the ultimate in exopolis, as a backdrop, we will collectively undertake this challenge of understanding the relationship between future technology comforts and social discontent.

organizers:
ken anderson, Intel PaPR
Anthony Burke, UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Architecture
Eric Paulos, Intel Research Berkeley
Amanda Williams, UC Irvine