Workshop Artificial Intelligence Methods for Ambient Intelligence

at the European Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI'07)

Darmstadt, Germany, November 7, 2007

Ambient Intelligence (AmI) is the vision of our future environment. It will be surrounded by various kinds of interfaces supported by computing and networking technology providing an intelligent, seamless and non-obtrusive assistance to humans. The ambient environment will be aware of the presence and identity of the humans, it will be able to communicate in multi-modal form and to anticipate the humans’ goals and needs in order to provide best possible assistance to them. This broad vision addresses all areas of human life, such as home, work, health care, travel and leisure activities.

Within the interdisciplinary research aiming at approaching this vision, Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides a rich set of methods for implementing the “intelligence bit” of the AmI vision. Speech recognition, image interpretation, learning (from user interaction), reasoning (about users’ goals and intensions) and planning (appropriate user interaction) are core features of AmI to which AI can contribute significantly.

The goal of this workshop is to make a step forward towards a common understanding of how AI can contribute to the AmI vision and how to align AI research with it. For this purpose we solicit contributions of the following kind:

  • Papers describing the application of AI methods in any kind of AmI scenario. These contributions should clearly describe the application scenario, the AI method(s) used and their purpose, and which of the particular difficulties in AmI are addressed in this work.
  • Papers addressing the relationship between AI and AmI in general, including architectures and models for AmI systems based on AI principles.


We solicited papers of up to 10 pages, written in English language, which should conform to the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) style. All submitted papers were reviewed by at least two members of the program committee and selected according to their significance to the workshop, their originality, quality, and potential impact. The accepted papers will be published in a proceedings volume.

Electronic Workshop Proceedings

Please find below the papers published in the workshop proceedings.

  • Invited Paper: AI Methods for Smart Environments: A Case Study on Team Assistance in Smart Meeting Rooms. (Paper | Slides)
    Martin Giersich, Thomas Heider, Thomas Kirste
  • A Survey of Semantics-based Approaches for Context Reasoning in Ambient Intelligence. (Paper | Slides)
    Antonis Bikakis, Theodore Patkos, Grigoris Antoniou, and Dimitris Plexousakis
  • Distributed Reasoning with Conflicts in an Ambient Peer-to-Peer Setting. (Paper | Slides)
    Antonis Bikakis and Grigoris Antoniou
  • Model-Based Default Refinement of Partial Information within an Ambient Agent. (Paper | Slides)
    Fiemke Both, Charlotte Gerritsen, Mark Hoogendoorn, and Jan Treur
  • CAMPUS NEWS - Artifical Intelligence Methods Combined for an Intelligent Information Network. (Paper | Slides)
    Markus Maron, Kevin Read, Michael Schulze
  • Searching for Temporal Patterns in AmI Sensor Data Romain Tavenard. (Paper | Slides)
    Romain Tavenard, Albert A. Salah, and Eric J. Pauwels


Workshop Format

The workshop took place as a one-day workshop (see workshop schedule). It was open to all interested AmI-07 conference participants. One author from each accepted paper attended the workshop to present the work.  


  • August 29 2007: Submission Deadline
  • September 20, 2007: Notification of Acceptance
  • October 20, 2007: Final Papers Due
  • November 7, 2007: Workshop at AmI'07 in Darmstadt, Germany

Workshop Chairs

Program Committee

  • Juan Carlos August, University of Ulster, U.K.
  • Michael Berger, Siemens, Germany
  • Iryna Gurevych, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • Otthein Herzog, Uni Bremen, Germany
  • Thomas Kirste, Uni Rostock, Germany
  • Gerd Kortuem, Uni Lancaster, U.K.
  • Ramon López de Mántaras, IIIA, Barcelona
  • Max Mühlhäuser, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • Jörg Müller, TU Clausthal, Germany
  • Markus Nick, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany
  • Mihaela Ulieru, The University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • Reiner Wichert, Fraunhofer IGD, Germany
  • Volker Wulf, Uni Siegen, Germany