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LoCA 2009: Final Call for Papers (Abstracts are due January 9th, 2009. Papers are due January 16th, 2009)

From: Alexander Varshavsky <walex@cs.toronto.edu>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2009 14:33:39 -0500 (EST)
To: www-multimodal@w3.org
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************************** 3rd CALL FOR PAPERS **********************


                               LoCA 2009
       4th International Symposium on Location and Context Awareness
                    May 7th-8th, 2009. Tokyo, Japan


           Abstract submission deadline: January 9th, 2009
            Paper submission deadline: January 16th, 2009


LoCA 2009 (May 7-8, Tokyo Japan) is the 4th International Symposium on
Location and Context Awareness, with proceedings published in the LNCS
series by Springer-Verlag. LoCA 2009 is co-located with Pervasive 2009
the Seventh International Conference on Pervasive Computing, which will
be held May 11-14, 2009 in Nara, Japan.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Shonozaki of Koozyt (PlaceEngine)
will be a Keynote Speaker for LoCA 2009.

The 2009 Symposium on Location and Context Awareness (LoCA) seeks new and 
significant research on systems, services, and applications to detect, interpret 
and use location and other contextual information. Context includes 
physiological, environmental and computational data whether sensed or inferred. 
In addition, context includes users' activities, goals, abilities, preferences, 
interruptibility, affordances, and surroundings. With context, we can expect 
computers to deliver information, services, and entertainment in a way that 
maximizes convenience and minimizes intrusion. Developing awareness involves 
research in sensing, systems, machine learning, human computer interaction, and 

We seek technical papers describing original, previously unpublished research 
results. We are especially interested in submissions in the following areas but 
welcome submissions from other areas that are relevant to the theme of the 

    * New hardware platforms for sensing location and context
    * Machine learning techniques for inferring user location and context from 
low-level sensor data
    * Location and context representation, management, and distribution
    * Privacy policies and communication protocols for location and context 
    * User studies of location- and context-aware systems
    * Industrial case studies of end-to-end systems

One paper will be elected for a Best Paper Award by the LoCA program committee 
and is designed to recognize outstanding work. In addition, a combination of the 
LoCA program committee and all symposium participants will elect the recipient 
of the Best Presentation Award following the symposium. Both awards will be made 
during the symposium.

Paper Submission Guidelines:
All papers will be reviewed by our international program committee. LoCA 2009 
aims to be selective and the committee will favor a technically robust program. 
The ideal LoCA submission should provide an insightful survey of existing work, 
introduce a radically new concept, or present concrete, significant, 
transferable research based on the implementation and evaluation of a working 

All accepted papers will be contained in the symposium proceedings which will be 
published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series by Springer. 
Therefore submissions must conform to the LNCS LaTeX stylesheets. We solicit 
papers of up to 18 pages in LNCS style but explicitly welcome shorter papers for 
presentation of pointed results. All paper submissions will be treated as full 
papers but it is important that their length is appropriate for their content.

Accepted papers will be presented by their authors at the LoCA Symposium in the 
Tokyo. Submit papers as Adobe PDF via EDAS at 
http://www.edas.info/newPaper.php?c=6603. Preparation of the camera-ready 
version of accepted papers may be shepherded by the program committee.

Best Paper and Presentation Awards:
One paper will be elected for a Best Paper Award by the LoCA program committee 
to recognize outstanding work.  In addition, a combination of the LoCA program 
committee and all symposium participants will elect the recipient of the Best 
Presentation Award following the symposium.

Symposium Website:

Program Chairs:     
Tanzeem Choudhury, Dartmouth College USA,
Aaron Quigley, University College Dublin Ireland

International Program Committee:
Hamid Aghajan, Stanford University, USA
Christian Becker, Universitat Mannheim, Germany
Hung Bui, SRI International, USA
Andrew T. Campbell, Dartmouth College, USA
Lorcan Coyle, University College Dublin, Ireland
Anind Dey, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Simon Dobson, University College Dublin, Ireland
Dieter Fox, University of Washington, USA
Mike Hazas, Lancaster University, UK
Jeffrey Hightower, Intel Research Seattle, USA
Johan Hjelm, Ericsson Research Tokyo, Japan
Ashish Kapoor, Microsoft Research, Redmond USA
Minkyong Kim, IBM Research Watson, USA
John Krumm, Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA     
Marc Langheinrich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Rene Mayrhofer, University of Vienna
Nuria Oliver, Telefonica Research, Spain
Shwetak Patel, University of Washington, USA
Matthai Philipose, Intel Research, USA
Matthew Reynolds, Duke University, USA
Bernt Schiele, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Chris Schmandt, MIT Media Lab, USA
James Scott, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
Thomas Strang, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Alexander Varshavsky, AT&T Labs, USA
Chris Wren, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), USA
Danny Wyatt, University of Washington, USA

Local Chair:     
Koji Suginuma, Sony Corporation, Japan

General Chair:     
Thomas Strang, DLR and UIBK

Publicity Chairs:     
Alexander Varshavsky, AT&T Labs, USA
Ashish Kapoor, Microsoft Research, Redmond USA

Important Dates:
9 January 2009         Abstract Submission Deadline
16 January 2009        Paper Submission Deadline
27 February 2009       Author Notifications
6 March 2009           Camera Ready Copy
7-8 May 2009           Symposium (Tokyo, Japan)

Alexander Varshavsky <varshavsky@research.att.com>
LoCA 2009 Publicity Chair
Received on Monday, 5 January 2009 19:34:21 UTC

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