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Situational Awareness for Assistive Technologies

AISE Series
We are pleased to announce a new book as a part of the Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (AISE) Series published by IOS Press.

Situational Awareness for Assistive Technologies
Volume 14 of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments
Editors: Bhatt, M., Guesgen, H.W., September 2012, approx. 200 pp., softcover.
ISBN 978-1-61499-122-9 (print), ISBN 978-1-61499-123-6 (online).

Mehul Bhatt, University of Bremen, Germany
Hans Guesgen Massey University, New Zealand

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Assistive Technologies
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES are instruments of human empowerment. The crucial developmental aim of these technologies is to transfer the cognitive stress involved in a human decision-making, control, and analytical activity onto a system, e.g., by externalising and operationalising the intelligent processes concerned with context, space, time, actions and events involved therein. In essence, these techonologies enable human assistance, assurance and empowerment, and they serve one or more of these functions depending on the precise area of their application. A wide range of assistance systems and functions encompassing areas such as Smart Environments (homes, offices etc), Ambient Assistance Living (e.g., ambient healthcare), Pervasive and Ubicomp Systems are identifiable.
Situation Awareness
SITUATION AWARENESS (SA) has been a subject of long-time investigation from human cognition, complex systems, human factors and computer-human interaction viewpoints. Given the background of these research areas, situation awarenes for the domain of Assistive Technologies and Systems concerned with models of Spatio-Temporal, Contextual, and Behavioural intelligence within Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments may be abstractly defined as the perception of elements within the volume of time and space, the comprehension of their meaning, the explanation of their present (observed) status and the ability to project the same in the near future.
This call invites basic research as well as applied work related to the two broad topics for the book, namely assistive technologies, and situation awareness. The following is indicative of the scope of the call:
Basic Topics of Interest
Modelling and Design for Assistive Awareness:
  • Situational Context Modelling, Context Awareness (e.g., ontological formalizations)
  • Models of Indoor Environments
  • Design of / for Ambient Environments (e.g., design assistance for home automation)
  • Human-Computer Interaction Aspects
  • (Natural) Interaction Design from a Situation Awareness viewpoint
Computational Aspects of Assistive Awareness:
  • Reasoning about Space, Actions, Events, and Change
  • Logic-based Formalizations of Reasoning (for Situation Awareness)
  • Cognitively Motivated Computational Models for aspects of Situation Awareness
  • Behaviour and Interaction Interpretation
  • Spatio-Temporal Dynamics, Spatial Reasoning for Situation Awareness
  • Spatio-Temporal Data-Mining (e.g., event individuation)
  • Activity and Process Models
Application Areas
The following applications areas are indicative of the direction of this call:
  • Spatial Assistance Systems
  • Smart / Intelligent Environments
  • Ambient Assisted Living (e.g, ambient healthcare)
  • Indoor Navigation Assistance
  • Emergency Assistance, Rescue
  • Pervasive and Ubicomp Systems (e.g., pervasive advertising)
  • Domotics / Home Automation
  • Creative Computation for Assistance (e.g., automatic camera control, cinematography)
In general, the book synergizes with the foundational aspects underlying the overall Vision and Objectives of the STAMI initiative, and is especially aligned with the scientific Agenda and Scope of STAMI 2011. We welcome contributions addressing other novel topics and application areas not addressed above, in so far as they address or are related to the general vision of the STAMI initiative, and / or the scope of the AISE book series.
About the AISE Book Series
AISE is a leading book series (IOS Press) for the latest advances in the two mutually complementary fields of Ambient Intelligence (AmI) and Smart Environments (SmE). AISE regularly publishes high-impact multi-disciplinary research with a huge potential to benefit society.
The series is indexed by Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI) as a part of the Conference Proceedings Citation Index.
Principal AISE Series Editor:
Juan Carlos Augusto, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
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