Call: Sensor/Recognition-based Learning in Contextual Surroundings – Special issue of Interacting with Computers

Special Issue of Interacting with Computers

Sensor/Recognition-based Learning in Contextual Surroundings

Guest Editors: Gheorghita Ghinea, Brunel University, UNITED KINGDOM
Wu-Yuin Hwang, National Central University, TAIWAN
Jiangang Cheng, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Cristina Hava Muntean, National College of Ireland, IRELAND


Recent advances in sensors and recognition technology give a great potential for creating brand new environments for interaction and learning. These could offer users flexible and tangible ways to interact with or learn from meaningful information in authentic environments. Therefore the sensors and recognition technologies can facilitate users to have authentic interaction with surroundings and explore problems by using useful information from digital space. It will potentially integrate the physical and digital worlds into a joyful and highly interactive learning environment.

Many researchers have been devoting to design applications or systems with multimedia, sensors and intelligent recognition to enhance learning and interaction in the authentic context from various aspects of pedagogical principles, activity designs and technological issues, etc. Technologically, context recognition applications employ advanced cloud computing and multimedia recognition technology while intelligent sensors devices utilize embedded chips and sensors together with ubiquitous technologies. Pedagogically, the key point to making sensors/recognition applications for learning/interaction successful is due to active participation and social interaction with others and sharing their experiences together for facilitating individual/team work. The main challenge is how to sustain users’ motivation and how to engage them in meaningful interaction and effective learning. Therefore, sensors and recognition based applications may offer a new angle for exploring all these design issues in education and interaction. To this end, this Special Issue invites papers targeting, but not limited to, the following topics:

Scope of Special Issue

  • Contextual-based learning
  • Multimodal interaction for mobile learning
  • Sensor-based tailoring for mobile learning
  • Designing for context-aware and sensor-based learning
  • Field studies of sensor & recognition-based mobile learning
  • Algorithms & strategies for sensor & recognition-based learning
  • Use of sensor & recognition-based technologies in games-based mobile learning
  • Virtual and augmented reality for mobile learning
  • Learning models for sensor & recognition-based mobile learning
  • Kinematic recognition or measurement for interaction or learning
  • Kinesthetic sensor-based interaction or learning
  • Collaboration with kinematic recognition or kinesthetic sensors
  • Near field communication for interaction or learning in contextual surroundings
  • Interactive or learning environments with near field communication

Submission Information

Each paper submitted will be reviewed by a committee including experts in the related areas. Papers submitted to this special issue need to follow the guidelines of Interacting with Computers. All paper submissions will have to be submitted through the Manuscript Central. For additional information, please contact Wu-Yuin Hwang and George Ghinea. Once a paper is submitted please email George Ghinea and Wu-Yuin Hwang with the manuscript reference number as assigned by the IwC Manuscript Central.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013
  • Notification of Acceptance, Rejection, or Revision: November 18, 2013
  • Paper Revision Submission Deadline: January 20, 2013
  • Notification of Final Acceptance: February 26, 2014
  • Final Revision Submission Deadline: March 16, 2014


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