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International Workshop on Managing Context Information and Semantics in Mobile Environments (MCISME)

in conjunction with the 7th International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM'06), Nara, Japan, May 9-12, 2006

  
General Information Activities and Goals Topics Committees Workshop Format Program Paper Submission Proceedings Important Dates

General Information

Mobile ad-hoc networks, pervasive computing, and sensor networking are three prominent examples in which computation and communication intermingle with the real world. This changes the role of context information and semantics as compared to traditional information systems, as now the physical environment immediately affects and interacts with the processing of data and communication. Real-world context information can help to more efficiently exploit the limited resources in mobile environments by supporting better ways to provide data relevant to the user, to enable improved interoperability with the environment and with other mobile users, and to decide when and how to process data. So far, the contextual and semantic aspects of mobile environments have received insufficient attention from the research community as the specific intricacies and resource issues of mobile environments have not been considered and in mobile data management only limited attention has been paid to context and semantics. In this workshop we plan to address the interdisciplinary issues of the domain and bring together researchers from mobile data management, knowledge management/semantics, distributed systems, and software engineering to discuss the common interests, share and exchange expertise and results, appreciate each other's results and contributions. The long-term goal is to provide application developers with facilities (middleware, infrastructures, agent systems, etc.) that enable the development and deployment of context-aware applications in mobile and pervasive environments.

Workshop Activities and Goals

The increasing popularity of mobile devices, such as laptops, mobile phones, and personal digital assistants, advances in wireless networking technologies, the advent of sensor networks are enabling new classes of applications targeting environments characterized by being dynamic, mobile, reconfigurable, and personalized spontaneously. These applications and their targeted environments raise challenging problems for application developers, as they have to be aware of the variations in the execution context such as location, time, users' activities, and devices' capabilities in order to tune and adapt the behavior and functionalities of applications.

This also changes the role of context information and semantics as compared to traditional information systems, as now the physical environment immediately affects and interacts with the processing of data and communication. Real-world context information can help to more efficiently exploit the limited resources in mobile environments by supporting better ways to provide data relevant to the user, to enable improved interoperability with the environment and with other mobile users, and to decide when and how to process data. Unfortunately, current technologies do not fully support such flexible and self-adapting models based on context. For example, if a mobile user today wants to use the computing resources of a new environment, he/she has to obtain the necessary information, assess it (format, semantics) and figure out manually how to continue his/her activities with the local resources of that new environment. This is unacceptable in pervasive computing environment and neglects the advances which have been made in other research domains dealing with context information and semantics.

In this workshop we plan to address the interdisciplinary issues of the domain and bring together researchers from mobile data management, knowledge management/semantics, distributed systems, and software engineering to discuss the common interests, share and exchange expertise and results, appreciate each other's results and contributions, and to provide application developers with facilities (middleware, infrastructures, agent systems, etc.) that enable the development and deployment of context-aware applications in mobile and pervasive environments.

Topics

We encourage submissions in the areas of mobile networks, ad-hoc networks, sensor netorks, peer-to-peer systems (overlay networks), and semantic data management which specifically focus on mobility. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Committees

Program Chairs

Manfred Hauswirth, EPFL, Switzerland
Wathiq Mansoor, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates

Program Committee

  • Abraham Bernstein, University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • Klemens Böhm, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Brian F. Cooper, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Stefan Decker, DERI, Ireland
  • Elmar Dorner, SAP, Germany
  • Abdelkader Hameurlain, University Paul Sabatier, France
  • Hagen Höpfner, International University, Germany
  • Vana Kalogeraki, University of CA, Riverside, USA
  • Manolis Koubarakis, TU Crete, Greece
  • Pedro José Marrón, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Wolfgang Nejdl, University of Hannover, Germany
  • Evaggelia Pitoura, University of Ioannina, Greece
  • Beng Chin Ooi, University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Aris M. Ouksel, University of Chicago, USA
  • Tore Risch, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Thomas Risse, Fraunhofer IPSI, Germany
  • Kai-Uwe Sattler, TU Ilmenau, Germany
  • Marc Scholl, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Nenad Stojanovic, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Can Türker, ETHZ, Switzerland
  • Ouri E. Wolfson, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • Andreas Wombacher, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Program committee web page

    Format of the Workshop

    The workshop solicits scientific papers that address semantic problems specific to mobile environments. Additionally, position papers outlining interesting new research domains and approaches would be welcome. The selection of papers is based primarily on their potential to influence future research. This influence can be exercised in many ways, exemplified by but not limited to the following:

    Program

    TimeTopic
    09:00Opening address by the PC chairs
    09:10 Invited talk: A New Ph.D. Program in Computational Transportation Science
    Ouri Wolfson, University of Illinois at Chicago (presentation slides)

    Abstract:
    In the first part of this talk I will describe a project that establishes a graduate training program in the Information Technology aspects of Transportation Science. Computational transportation scientists will develop the next generation of intelligent transportation systems, aimed at addressing inefficiencies that cause excessive environmental pollution, fuel consumption, risk to public safety, and congestion. The trainees will investigate technologies in which millions of sensors, mobile devices such as PDA's, in-vehicle computers, and computers in the static infrastructure are integrated into a collaborative environment. Basic research in information management, communications, software architectures, modeling tools, human factors, traffic prediction, and transportation planning will be conducted to found the new discipline of Computational Transportation Science (CTS). In the second part of the talk I will describe one of my CTS subprojects called Mobidik. Mobidik builds a platform to enable a new class of local search-and-discover applications that operate in a mobile peer-to-peer environment.

    10:00Coffee break
    10:30Paper session 1 (25 min + 5 min questions)

    Kihwan Kim, Ying Cai and Wallapak Tavanapong
    Sharing Location Dependent Experiences in MANET

    Norun Sanderson, Vera Goebel and Ellen Munthe-Kaas
    Ontology Based Dynamic Updates in MANETs for Rescue Scenarios (presentation slides)

    Hideki Hayashi, Takahiro Hara and Shojiro Nishio
    Update Log Dissemination in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (presentation slides)

    12:00Lunch break
    13:00Paper session 2 (25 min + 5 min questions)

    Jing Cai, Tsutomu Terada, Takahiro Hara and Shojiro Nishio
    On a cooperation of Broadcast Scheduling and Base Station Caching in the Hybrid Wireless Broadcast Environment (presentation slides)

    Juhong Liu, Ouri Wolfson and Huabei Yin
    Extracting Semantic Location from Outdoor Positioning Systems (presentation slides)

    Shigetoshi Yokoyama, Eiji Kamioka and Shigeki Yamada
    An Anonymous Context Aware Access Control Architecture (presentation slides)

    14:30Coffe break
    15:00Paper session 3 (25 min + 5 min questions)

    Katharina Hahn, Agnès Voisard, Manuel Scholz, Heinz Schweppe and Joos-Hendrik Böse
    Using Moving Object Databases to Provide Context Information in Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (presentation slides)

    Marius Mikalsen, Nearchos Paspallis, Jacqueline Floch, Erlend Stav, George Papadopoulos and Pedro Antonio Ruiz
    Putting Context in Context: Context Management's Integral Role in a Mobility and Adaptation Enabling Middleware (presentation slides)

    Shun Hattori, Taro Tezuka and Katsumi Tanaka
    Query Modification Based on Real-World Contexts for Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing Environments (presentation slides)

    16:30Break
    17:00Discussion session
    18:00End of workshop

    Paper Submission

    Papers should not exceed 8 pages double column including figures and tables and MUST be formatted according to standard IEEE 8.5x11 proceedings format (LaTeX formatting macros, Word format). Papers have to present original, English-language research contributions not concurrently submitted elsewhere. The paper abstract should contain title, author name(s), and keywords. Papers have to be submitted electronically via the submission web page. Abstract submission is mandatory.

    Proceedings

    Proceedings are published in the IEEE Digital Libary.

    Same pictures from MDM taken by Masayuki Iwai.

    Important Dates

    Abstract submission:January 30, 2006
    Paper submission:February 13, 2006 (extended from Feb 6, 2006 - HARD DEADLINE now)
    Notification:March 13, 2006
    Camera-ready papers:April 1, 2006
    Workshop date:May 9, 2006


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