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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 manage, and increase user awareness of that environment.

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/

 

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


Programme Chair

Massimo Mecella

Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

mecella@dis.uniroma1.it


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


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

Huda Saadeh

University of Petra, Jordan

hsaadeh@uop.edu.jo

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


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

 

The following are workshops that have been held at the IE conference in previous years and are tentatively planned for 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

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.

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 before September 1, 2020.

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

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

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.

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.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

  • 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 and digital factories
  • 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

KEY DATES

Short Papers Submission Deadline (4 pages): 1 December 2020

Notification to Authors: 20 February 2021

Camera Ready Deadline: 30 March 2021

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 (3h + 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) before the 1st of September 2020. The receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via email.

The acceptance of the tutorial will be notified via e-mail by the 10th September 2020.

The proposer will have free registration to the event if at least 8 participants have registered at the deadline. 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

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 manage, and increase user awareness of that environment.

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 main conference will be published in an indexed proceedings (currently in negotiation with IEEE, as in previous editions). 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.

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 conference 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 and Corpora

  • 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 (pending approval). 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 (pending approval). Both proceedings will be ISI indexed.

As in previous years, a selection of papers will be invited to submit extended versions to important journals (list to be confirmed soon).

IE2021 will be co-located with the 12th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context.

The 17th Intelligent Environments conference, associated workshops and forums are organized by Middlesex University Dubai, and the IE Steering Committee.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Organisers

Sponsors

 
IOS
 

In cooperation with

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
 

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