Special Tracks

Special tracks are an integral part of ICPCA10 offering researchers in focused areas a forum for wide interaction and collaboration. Accepted papers in special tracks are expected to meet the same quality requirements and will be published in ICPCA10 conference proceedings. For paper submissions, authors should follow the link from the main ICPCA10 web page and specify in which track her paper should be considered. The special tracks for ICPCA10 are:

  • ST1: Pervasive Collaboration
  • ST2: Application platform for Pervasive Computing
  • ST3: Environmental Monitoring and Emergency Response
  • ST4: Ubiquitous Healthcare
  • ST5: Smart Space
  • ST6: Ubiquitous Learning
  • ST7: Trust and Security

Pervasive Collaboration

The ICPCA2009 Conference has successfully developed into an international event for researchers and developers to exchange their experiences and expertise on pervasive computing.

Thus far, more users are connected with mobile devices along with which we see the looming of a new research area to accommodate the needs of working collaboratively in pervasive environment. The notion of Pervasive Collaboration is to extend the conventional Computer Supported Collaborative Work into one underpinned by mobile and wearable devices. This has strong implications on both hardware and software development in CSCW. This special track seeks participation from the conventional CSCW community to examine the insufficiency of current state-of-the-art in research on collaborative work. It also serves as forum to discover new research areas and foster future collaborations.

Ubiquitous Learning

The way to deliver education has undergone major changes in last decade years, with the significant advance of digital information transfer, storage and communication technology. Ubiquitous Learning emerges after the concept of ubiquitous computing was introduced in the education domain. Ubiquitous Learning aims to provide intuitive solutions to identifying the right learning collaborators, right materials and right services in the right place at the right time. It allows students at all levels to access to resources available today from the Internet. Ubiquitous Learning has strong implications on both hardware and software development.

Smart Space

Smart Spaces are working or living environments with embedded computers, information appliances, and multi-modal sensors allowing people to perform tasks efficiently by offering unprecedented levels of access to information and assistance from computers. Smart Space highlights natural interaction by providing variable sensor systems, perceptual or tangible user interfaces. Smart Space will have the abilities to: 1) identify and perceive users, their actions, and even goals; 2) facilitate interaction with information rich sources; 3) anticipate user needs during task performance; 4) provide improved records and summaries for later use; 5) support distributed and local collaboration.

Besides of the use of the living or working space (such as a meeting room, a laboratory, a living room, etc.), Smart space is a right experimental environment for researches on pervasive computing.

Pervasive Environmental Monitoring and Emergency Response

Pervasive computing shifts the conventional centralised environmental monitoring and disaster management into a highly distributed and highly interactive paradigm. We, therefore, face both opportunities and challenges that come along with the new technologies and methodologies, e.g. sensor networks, context awareness, wireless and mobile computing, etc. This special track provides a forum for cutting-edge work on pervasive technologies that are designed and deployed to monitor environments and assist in emergency response in events of major disasters.

Ubiquitous Healthcare

Healthcare is one of the topics where ubiquitous computing technologies promise significant improvements for the daily lives of many people. Personalised, adaptive, and everywhere-everytime monitoring and assistance can create new or extend current possibilities for efficient and patient-friendly healthcare. These new options have not yet been fully explored, and prototypes often lack field trials and user studies.

Application Platform for Pervasive Computing(AP4PC)

The ICPCA2009 special track on Application Platform for Pervasive Computing (AP4PC) seeks to stimulate and promote research and collaboration on all areas of application platforms facilitating pervasive computing. We are particularly interested in contributions on requirement studies, new methodologies, latest research on key technologies, and experience and lessons on constructing platforms. AP4PC also serves as a lively and friendly forum for presenting and discussing work in progress in a less formal way.

Trust and Security

Ubiquitous computing makes computing heavily invovled in our activities and also brings complex interactions between devices. The interweaving of human activities and computing brings heavy concern on the issue of security and trust of ubiquitous computing, including data privacy, access control, identity management, key exchange, etc. The issue of security and trust must be appropriately addressed to enable computing devices to securely cooperate with each other to implement different tasks, and to facilitate the acceptance of ubiquitous computing for daily life applications.