Call for Participation: AAAI-12 Activity Context Representation Workshop at Toronto, Canada (July 23, 2012)

Important Dates:

  • April 13th, 2012: Workshop submissions due to organizers
  • April 20th, 2012: Notifications sent to authors
  • April 20th, 2012: List of participants due at AAAI
  • April 27th, 2012: Detailed Review Shared with Authors
  • May 16th, 2012: Final workshop papers due at AAAI

Description: Pervasive context-aware computing technologies are essential enablers for next generation applications for the digital workplace, consumer electronics, research, education, government and health-care. Context-aware cognitive support requires activity and context information to be captured and, ever more often, moved across devices – securely, efficiently and with multi-device interoperability. This workshop builds on techniques to represent context within activity models using a synthesis of HCI/CSCW and AI approaches to improve the human-computer interface for enhanced human performance of knowledge work, including reducing demands on people, such as the cognitive load inherent in activity/context switching.

We will explore task and context modeling issues of capture, representation, exchange, standardization and interoperability for creating context-aware and activity-based assistive cognition tools, including but not limited to the following (details available at

  • Activity Modeling, Representation, Recognition, Detection, and
  • Context Capture and Representation within Activities
  • Semantic Activity Reasoning
  • Information integration and Exchange
  • Use-cases/Scenarios, Architectures and Prerequisites
  • Security and Privacy

The objectives and intended end results of the workshop are (please see details at

1. Discuss and review/revise initial drafts of structure of potential Activity Context Representation and Exchange Languages

2. Explore fresh topics by discussing position papers/proposals building on key research focus areas.

3. Augment the core research group, identify new collaborations, and formalize an international academic and industrial consortium to significantly augment existing standards/drafts/proposals and create new research initiatives.

Format of workshop: This workshop will include keynotes to set the tone, invited comprehensive reviews of the field, new proposals, open panel focusing on key research issues and directions, discussion of proposals on new frameworks for synthesis of multiple/new approaches, and working group formation to investigate sub-areas during the year. There will be plenty of opportunity for questioning existing systems, creating research partnerships and identifying fresh research ideas.

The size of the workshop will be 18-20 researchers with about 10 invited participants and about 8 participants selected from the respondents to the call for participation. There may be 1-2 observers from among technical leaders in industry and 1-2 research analysts from Gartner/Forrester who might want to maintain awareness of the current status in
the field.

Those wanting to participate without submitting a 6-8 page paper or 4 page position statement, will need to provide a 1-2 page statement of interest along with a description of their related work.

Workshop Submissions:

1. Papers/proposals should be around 5-6 pages in length (max 8 pages), and be in PDF format. We also welcome short (maximum 4 pages) submissions with representation technology or representation language proposals at a concept stage, relevant to the workshop focus. Multiple submissions from the same authors will be accepted on a case by case basis.

2. We request a 1-2 page Statement of Interest from anyone who wishes to attend without submitting a paper. In this statement, please describe your relevant interest, related projects (if any), and list a few relevant publications (if any).
3. Please email all Submissions, Statements, or requests to be on this workshop’s (moderated) mailing list to Vikas Agrawal (
4. The Workshop Organizing Committee will select presentations through a peer review process.
5. PDF paper/proposal submissions should be formatted according to the AAAI 2012 Workshop Author Instructions, with the addition of your name(s), affiliation(s), and email address(es) at the top of the first page as this will not be a double-blind reviewing process.
6. Authors of all accepted or invited workshop papers should sign AAAI’s Distribution License form and mail or FAX it to AAAI:

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
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Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
Telephone: 650-328-3123
Fax: 650-321-4457

Organizers: Lokendra Shastri (Infosys) – Chair, Henry Kautz (Rochester); James “Bo” Begole (PARC – Palo Alto Research Center), Tim Finin (University of Maryland, Baltimore);