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CFP: ICEIS'2004: Workshop on Ubiquitous Computing IWUC'2004

From: KOUADRI MOSTEFAOUI Soraya <soraya.kouadrimostefaoui@unifr.ch>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2003 11:59:21 +0200
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International Workshop on Ubiquitous Computing (IWUC 2004)

April 13-14, 2004 - Porto, Portugal 
In conjunction with the Sixth International Conference on Enterprise
Information Systems - ICEIS 2004 (<http://www.iceis.org/>) 

Workshop Background and Goals 

The development and availability of new computing and communication devices,
and the increased connectivity between these devices, thanks to wired and
wireless networks, are enabling new opportunities for people to perform
their operations anywhere and anytime. Furthermore, due to the high
acceptance rate of such devices by the user community, it is expected that
these devices will become so pervasive that most users will take them for
granted. Generally known as Ubiquitous Computing (UC), the vision of UC is
to push computational services out of conventional desktop interfaces into
environments characterized by transparent forms of interactivity.

Despite the growing interest in UC, there is still some progress to be made
before UC shifts from the research mode to the commercial and intensive use
modes. The support technologies, however, are improving at an impressive
pace. Most of the research and development activities are currently aimed at
improving the devices themselves and the technologies these devices will use
to communicate. At present, the main use of mobile devices is still
voice-oriented, but several indicators show that this is changing. 3G
networks (e.g., GPRS, UMTS) and recent development of communication and
presentation protocols (e.g., XML, WAP) are being combined to give users a
high-quality experience of data-centric services. 

Besides the central role that hardware infrastructure plays in the expansion
and penetration of UC, other issues still need to be tackled to better
assist developers of UC applications. Developers are put on the front line
of satisfying the promise of businesses and service providers for delivering
Internet content to mobile devices. Indeed, the fact that an application for
mobile users has different requirements, calls for new techniques to
identify and specify these requirements. With regard to users, it is
expected that they will be frequently engaged in complex operations such as
searching the net for better business opportunities. Therefore, their
association with intelligent components, to act as proxies, is deemed
appropriate. UC environments of the near future will be populated by a large
number of computing devices, spread across the network, and often invisible.
These devices need to be coordinated for better interactions. Devices,
whether carried on by people or embedded into other systems (within the home
or at other sites), will constitute a global networking infrastructure --
and likely to provide a new level of openness and dynamics. These
interactions raise many new issues that draw upon existing research areas,
as well as introduce new research and development challenges, in technical
areas (such as device design, wireless communication, location sensing,
etc), psychology (privacy concerns, attention focus, multi-person
interaction, etc), and design (direct interaction, work patterns, etc).

Existing global efforts in Grid Computing also shares some similarities with
the aims of this workshop, although Grid computing at present is restricted
to high-end computational resources. Making the Grid more open, and
accessible to a wider range of users will also require the need to address
similar challenges. 

Topics of interest 

In this workshop, we aim to identify ecent and significant developments in
the general area of ubiquitous computing. Topics of interests include, but
are not limited to:
- Mobile computing vs. Pervasive computing vs. Ubiquitous computing.
- Design methodologies and evaluation techniques.
- New interfaces and modes of interactions between people and ubiquitous
computing devices, applications or environments. 
- Grid Computing technologies for Wireless networks 
- Context awareness.
- Agent-based ubiquitous applications.
- Services for ubiquitous applications.
- Middleware for service discovery.
- Integration of wired and wireless networks.
- Enabling technologies such as Bluetooth, 802.11, etc.
- Security and privacy issues.
- Visionary future scenarios.
- Mobile services 
- Performance tuning of mobile applications 

Submission of Papers 

There will be two types of papers: long (approx. 4000 words) and short
(approx. 2000 words). Furthermore, a keynote speaker and a discussion panel
are planned.

Important Dates 

Full paper submission: 	December 15, 2003 
Author notification: 	January 30, 2004
Camera-ready: 		February 15, 2004


Soraya Kouadri Mostéfaoui (primary contact)
Dep. of Computer Science
University of Fribourg Switzerland
Zakaria Maamar
College of Iss Zayed University
Dubai U.A.E
Omer Rana
School of Computer Science and Welsh E-Science Center,
Cardiff University, UK

Workshop Program Committee: 

P. Bellavista (Bologna University, Italy)
W. Binder (EPFL, Switzerland)
B. Benatallah (The University of New South Wales, Australia)
M. Dumas (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
G. Dimarzo Serugendo (University of Geneva, Switzerland) 
T. Finin (UMBC, USA)
S. Helal (University of Florida, USA)
A. Karageorgos (UMIST, United Kingdom)
G. Kouadri Mostéfaoui (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
D. McMullen (Pervasive Technologies Lab, Indiana University, USA)
B. Michael (Siemens, Germany)
B. Medjahed (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University)
A. Messer (Samsung, USA)
A. Popovici (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
A. Skarmeta (University of Murcia, Spain)
S. Tatesh (Lucent Technologies, UK)
M. Ulieru (University of Calgary, Canada)
C. Van Aart (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Q. Z. Sheng (The University of New South Wales, Australia)

Conference Location 

The workshop will be held at the Universidade Portucalense, Porto, Portugal

Registration Information
To attend the workshop you need to register at http://www.iceis.org

ICEIS-2004 Secretariat - International Workshop on Ubiquitous Computing
Universidade Portucalense
Departamento de Informática
Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 541-619
4200 - 072 Porto - Portugal
Fax: +351 22 557 2015
Tel: +351 22 557 2512
E-mail: secretariat@iceis.org
Web site: http://www.iceis.org

Kind regards | Maa salama | Meilleures salutations

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