IE09 JPMC Special issue (Elsevier)

CFP: Special issue of JPMC on "Ambient Ecologies"

Journal of Pervasive and Mobile Computing

Special Issue on "Ambient Ecologies"

[ Note: submission deadline extended ]

An Ambient Ecology consists of smart objects, autonomous artifacts, portable objects, mobile robots, plain objects, services and people. Ambient Ecologies reside in Smart Environments. They can be thought of as distributed application platforms, which support the deployment of ubiquitous computing applications; the latter are developed as orchestrations of available services, features and capabilities in order to support user activity. While smart objects
and environments focus on information storage and processing, the main feature of an Ambient Ecology is interaction: Smart Objects interact with each other and with the Smart Environment, people interact with the Ambient Ecology components or the applications these support, etc.

A recent trend in robotics generalizes the notion of a "robotic system" to include distributed networked systems consisting of robots, sensors, small devices, and software agents. Witnesses of this trend are the areas of Network Robot Systems and Ubiquitous Robotics. A complementary trend in pervasive computing extends the notion of "pervasive computer system" to include devices that interact with the physical world through sensors and actuators. Witnesses of this trend are the areas of Cyber-Physical Systems and Cooperating Objects. Unfortunately, work along these two trends is often confined within its specific community, and potential for cross-fertilization is wasted because of lack of common venues. The ambition of this special issue is to provide a bridge between the Robotics and the Pervasive Computing communities.

In this special issue, we are seeking high quality papers reporting original research results on topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Design frameworks, architectures and models of Ambient Ecologies, middleware and ubiquitous computing applications
  • Design of smart and adaptive Ambient Ecology components, i.e. artifacts, robots, smart spaces, services, policies and applications
  • Realization of system-level properties of Ambient Ecologies, i.e. reflection, self-awareness, self-configuration, and adaptation
  • User interaction with Ambient Ecologies, including speech recognition and natural language processing, multimodal interaction, computer vision, gesture recognition, activity recognition, emotion and mood recognition etc
  • Data/information processing, machine learning and decision making techniques in Ambient Ecologies
  • Knowledge representation and management, management of heterogeneity and design of semantically rich Ambient Ecologies
  • Plan and activity recognition, task and workflow modeling and realization
  • Tools to engineer and maintain Ambient Ecologies
  • Evaluation of Ambient Ecologies, including both formal evaluation, empirical evaluation and user studies
  • Case studies of successfully deployed Ambient Ecologies



Authors should prepare and submit manuscripts according to the Guide for Authors as published in the Journal website at Manuscripts must not have been previously published or currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. If a similar version of the paper has been published in a conference, the submitted version should contain significant additions/enhancements (with at least 33% new material). Authors are requested to submit their published conference articles and a summary document explaining the enhancements made in the journal version.


  • Paper submission: April 30, 2010
  • Notification: September 15, 2010
  • Revised manuscripts: October 29, 2010
  • Expected publication: May 2011



  • Achilles Kameas (Hellenic Open University & CTI, Greece)
  • Alessandro Saffiotti (Orebro University, Sweden)