Intelligent Environments (IEs) refer to physical spaces in which IT and other pervasive computing technologies are woven and used to achieve specific goals for the user, the environment, or both. IEs have the ultimate objectives of enriching user experience, improving the management of that environment and increasing user awareness.
Research in IEs is driven by inventive, innovative and fast-paced ideas, and, as such, there is a sense of urgency in materializing them, assessing their practical implications, and verifying whether they deliver their promised results. The mantra for research in this area is well conveyed by a thought brought to us by Steve Jobs: “Let's go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday”. Workshops, as brief gatherings towards the establishment of collaborations and incitement of creativity, are the ideal venue for creating and sharing this “tomorrow”.
The 12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments focuses on the development of advanced intelligent environments, as well as newly emerging and rapidly evolving topics. In the present edition, we are pleased to include in this volume the proceedings of the following workshops and symposia that emphasize multi-disciplinary and transversal aspects of IEs, as well as cutting-edge topics:
• 5th International Workshop on Smart Offices and Other Workplaces (SOOW'16);
• 5th International Workshop on the Reliability of Intelligent Environments (WoRIE'16);
• 1st International Workshop on Legal Issues in Intelligent Environments (LIIE'2016);
• 2nd International Symposium on Future Intelligent Educational Environments and Learning (SOFIEE'16);
• 2nd International Workshop on Future Internet and Smart Networks (FI&SN'2016);
• International Workshop on Intelligent Environments Supporting Healthcare and Well-Being (WISHWell'2016);
• International Workshop on Computation Sustainability, Technologies and Applications (CoSTA'2016);
• Creative Science 2016 (CS'16) and Cloud-of-Things 2016 (CoT'16);
• Workshop on Wireless Body Area Networks for Personal Monitoring in Intelligent Environments (WBAN-PMIE);
• Physical Computing Workshop.
As is visible from the list, the workshops and symposia organized in conjunction with the main conference provide a forum for researchers, scientists and engineers to engage in many interesting and active discussions that will encourage further research in these key areas of Intelligent Environments.
The proceedings contain a series of contributions reflecting the latest research developed in IEs and related areas, focused on stretching the borders of the current state of the art and contributing to an ever increasing establishment of IEs in the real world.
It is our aim to inspire readers in their own work, in the hope that reading these proceedings plants the seeds for new, interesting, and original ideas.
We would like to thank all the contributing authors, as well as the members of the Organizing Committees and Program Committees of the workshops and symposia for their highly valuable work, which contributed to the success of the Intelligent Environments 2016 event. We are also grateful to the conference organizers and local staff who worked for the success of this event.
Thank you for your help, this event would not exist without your contribution.
As a final note, the Workshops Chairs would like to take the opportunity to thank Professor Juan Carlos Augusto and the other members of the IE'2016 organization for the trust they placed on us.
We are looking forward to seeing you all in London and actively participating in these exciting workshops.
Paulo Novais, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Shin'ichi Konomi, University of Tokyo, Japan
Workshops Chairs of IE'16