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First Workshop on Software Organisation and MonIToring of Ambient Systems
Dates Feb 11, 2008 (iCal) - Feb 14, 2008
Location: Quebec City, Canada
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Submissions: Oct 15, 2007
Table of Contents


Weiser's dream of an environment enhanced with a set of invisible computing devices [13] is slowly becoming a reality ([2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12]). While most technological requirements can be fulfilled with the current technology, there are still many open questions regarding how to design, build and deploy this kind of systems. It is a quite remarkable fact that the world of software engineering has been in a sense surprised by the world of electronics in such a way that we now have sensors and multimodal interactors and no rigourous methodology to create context-aware programs. Moreover, existing monitoring systems for networked computerized systems are not obviously able to adapt to these new systems. We can think of a future where humans interact with a seamlessly integrated cloud of processes and a partly invisible set of devices. This future was originally envisioned by Weiser who coined the term Ubiquitous Computing [13]. From then on, many research areas have appeared (such as Context-Awareness [4] and specific object-oriented developments for ambient intelligence and pervasive services [6], some of them aiming at similar targets (Ambient Intelligence [8, 6]). What are suitable system architectures for dynamic multi-device appliances? Which programming languages cope best with the needs? How should we devise our applications in order to adapt to hardware evolution? How can our systems interact with previously unknown sensor networks? How flexible can applications adapt to new situations and what level of anticipation is unavoidable? How should systems be presented to end users with such a variety of computing devices? How shall we monitor the different devices and the global architecture ?

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

    * Software specification, engineering and evaluation methodology for ambient media and systems
    * Monitoring of ambient systems: state-of-the-art
    * Monitoring of ambient systems: experiments
    * Monitoring of ambient media/systems: works giving solid references to existing monitoring tools and problems of distributed/wireless systems
    * Frameworks, middleware and architectures for ambient media/systems
    * Approaches to support the evolution of ambient media/ systems
    * Software engineering techniques for multimodal interactive systems
    * Methodology to create and validate ergonomic criteria for ambient media/systems
    * Adaptive user interfaces, context-aware interactive systems
    * High-level sensor network management
    * Interaction among modules developed independently (e.g. web services)
    * Context modeling for context-aware applications
    * Discovery, retrieval and orchestration of services in pervasive environments
    * Deployment infrastructures and support for ambient systems

Important dates

(updatedoct 1, 2007)

Manuscript submission due: October 1, 2007 extended to oct 15
Acceptance notification: November 22, 2007
Final manuscript due: December 15, 2007
Ambi-Sys Conference: February 11-14, 2008
Submission Guidelines

Potential attendants are expected to submit either a position paper (2 - 3 pages) or a full paper (up to 10 pages) that presents a formal or experimental approach to the topics of SOMITAS. Papers can either be based on results already achieved or else describe future work or even just wish lists of features that future approaches should provide but are either currently hard to achieve. Submissions should be sent using the ICST Cocus system Unless explicit mention from the authors, a submission implies that the authors give their authorization for publication. Final versions of accepted papers will have to be given to the organizers of the workshop in ACM Conferences format before saturday, 2007 the 15th of december. (cf

Organizing Committee


Pascal Cherrier, France Telecom - Orange , France
Stephane Frenot, INRIA ARES/ CITI , Lyon, France
Frederique Laforest, LIRIS CNRS UMR 5205, Lyon, France
Frederic Le Mouel, INRIA ARES/ CITI , Lyon, France

To be known on December 2007.


[1] P. Cherrier et al., "Software Engineering for Pervasive Services (SEPS'06,SEPS'07)": Workshop at the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Services ICPS,
2006,2007. [Online]. Available:
[2] Endeavour BerkeleyUniversity, "Endeavour project", 1999-2000. [Online]. Available:
[3] F. Laforest et al., "Health Pervasive Services (HPS'06)": Workshop at the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Services ICPS, 2006. [Online]. Available:
[4] F. LeMouel and S. Frenot, "Workshop on Services Integration in Pervasive Services (SIPE'06,SIPE'07)". IEEE Press, June 2006,2007. [Online]. Available:
[5] F. Mattern, "Ubiquitous and pervasive computing: A technology-driven motivation", summer school on ubiquitous and pervasive computing.
[6] H. Mugge et al., "Object Technology for Ambient Intelligence (OT4AmI'05,06,07)": Workshop at the European Conference on Object Oriented Programming ECOOP, 2005,2006,2007. [Online]. Available:
[7] Portolano Washington University, "Portolano: an expedition into invisible computing," 2007. [Online]. Available:
[8] G. Riva et al., "Ambient Intelligence: The Evolution Of Technology, Communication And Cognition Towards The Future Of Human-Computer Interaction"
(Emerging Communication,). IOS Press, March 2005.
[9] D. Saha and A. Mukherjee, "Pervasive computing : a paradigm for the 21st century," pp. 25-31, 2003.
[10] M. Satyanarayanan, "Research Challenges in Project Aura", keynote address at the Ninth IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing, pittsburgh, 2000.
[11] M. Satyanarayanan, "Pervasive computing : Visions and challenges", IEEE Personal Communications, pp. 10-17, 2001.
[12] Sentient CambridgeUniversity, "Sentient Computing project" 2007. [Online]. Available:
[13] M. Weiser, "The computer for the twenty-first century" Scientific American, pp. 94-104, 1991.

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Facts about "SOMITAS 2008"
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End dateFebruary 14, 2008 +
Event typeWorkshop +
Has coordinates46° 48' 45", -71° 12' 16"Latitude: 46.812383333333
Longitude: -71.204361111111
Has location cityQuebec City +
Has location countryCategory:Canada +
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Start dateFebruary 11, 2008 +
Submission deadlineOctober 15, 2007 +
TitleFirst Workshop on Software Organisation and MonIToring of Ambient Systems +