Technical Motivation

Pervasive context-aware computing technologies will become mainstream within five years. They will enable a new generation of applications in digital workplaces and smart homes, revolutionizing retail, media, travel and healthcare, among other significant markets. Following excellent progress made at AAAI’11 and AAAI’12 workshops, this workshop seeks to discover novel architectures and key components needed for domain-focused, task-specific systems that “know”
•    What a user is doing (context, activity structure),
•  Who are they (identities, profile, history) with (social context) and in what role (responsibility, security, privacy)
•    When and where (event, time, place),
•    Why (goals, shared or personal),
•    How are they doing it (methods, applications), and
•    Using what resources (device, services, ownership, and access).

All along, these systems will be observing and recording such context of work and play. Smart workspaces and playspaces will increasingly utilize that context data to let users move seamlessly between applications and devices, without having to explicitly carry, transfer, and exchange activity context.

These smart environments will support contextual interaction through multi-modal interfaces combining speech, touch and gesture, by embedding context-aware services for:
•    Proactive delivery of relevant and timely information into situations and events;
•    Helping users reason and decide faster, with greater confidence, by giving them greater access to the provenance, quality, and derivation of recommended information;
•    Semantic interpretation of terse (highly contextual) dialogs, commands and queries;
•  Proactive task-specific personal advice on steps others took before in meaningfully similar situations (contextual knowhow); and
•  Collaboration frameworks that contextually recommend experts from within and outside an organization, and enable distributed users to manage, semantically divide, and track their work.