Call: Discovery, Exploration and Understanding of Urban Context (Workshop with AmI 2015)

Discovery, Exploration and Understanding of Urban Context
Workshop in conjunction with the European Conference on Ambient Intelligence (Aml) 2015
November 11th Athens, Greece

Submission Deadline 31st July 2015

AmI 2015:

Call for Papers

Mobile technology offers significant potential to connect users to their immediate geographic environment. Yet existing approaches to doing so are largely visual, which can isolate users from that environment, and utilitarian, such as directing a user to a destination or showing nearby coffee shops as a list. The recent rise of geo-social media (images, text updates and check-ins) has offered new ways to support contextualising the environment and connecting users with it. Work such as PULSE (that presents geographically nearby tweets as audio), Columbus (that allows the rediscovery of photographs taken in the nearby environment) and HotCity (that uses check-in data to create context-sensitive heatmaps to show tourists the socially active areas of a city) have shown how this media can be used to provoke and engage users with the environment through mobile technology, without isolating them from that environment.

In this workshop we will explore how this media, or `urban context’, can be used to encourage more playful and exploratory engagement by users with their immediate built environment. Using the geo-social media about that environment as a way to encourage users to discover it in-situ. Contribution areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Geo-Social Media
  • Geo-HCI
  • Multimodal Interaction
  • Data fusion
  • Tourism Applications
  • Pedestrian Navigation
  • Pervasive Displays
  • Urban Context
  • Pervasive Interaction
  • Geo-Visualisation

The workshop will start with short Pecha Kucha presentations before working on brainstorming new, novel urban interactions based on an historical social dataset.

Participants should email an (up to) 4-page CEUR format abstract in pdf format to the organisers. A template is available here. Accepted papers will be published as an online CEUR Volume, indexed in SCOPUS. The position paper should clearly articulate a position relevant to the workshop. At least one author must register for the workshop and the conference.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31st July 2015
Notification: 31st August 2015
Workshop: 11th November 2015

Submissions should be made to

Questions or queries can be sent to


David McGookin (Aalto University, Finland)
Andreas Komninos (Strathclyde University)
Vassilis Kostakos (University of Oulu)


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