Intelligent Environments (IEs) refer to physical spaces into which IT and other pervasive computing technology are woven and used to achieve specific goals for the user, the environment or both. IEs have the ultimate objective of enriching user experience, better manage, and increase user awareness of, that environment.
Imagination, invention and innovation are key ideas which mark the path of research and development in the field of Intelligent Environments. The accelerating pace of today's technological developments urges the materialization of IEs with such innovative ideas and the whole community, from scientists and researchers to the general public, yearns for this. As Albert Einstein says in “Einstein on Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions and Aphorisms” (pp. 49, Covici-Friede, Inc., New York, 1931),
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.”
The 13th 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, which emphasize multi-disciplinary and transversal aspects of IEs, as well as cutting-edge topics:
• 6th International Workshop on the Reliability of Intelligent Environments (WoRIE'17);
• 1st International Workshop on Intelligent Systems for Agriculture Production and Environment Protection (ISAPEP'17);
• 1st Workshop on Citizen Centric Smart Cities Solutions (CCSCS'17);
• 1st International Workshop on Advanced Multiple Access in Mobile Telecommunications (AMAMT'17).
As it can be understood from this list, these workshops, organized in conjunction with IE'17 main conference, provide a forum for researchers, scientists, engineers and developers to engage in many interesting, imaginative and active discussions that will engage further research in these key areas of Intelligent Environments.
The proceedings contain a series of contributions reflecting the latest research developments in IEs and related areas, focusing 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 for their highly valuable work, which contributed to the success of the Intelligent Environments 2017 event. We are also grateful to the conference organizers and local staff that worked thoroughly for the success of this event.
Thank you for your esteemed help, without which this event would not have been possible.
As a final note, the Workshops Chairs would like to take the opportunity to thank Professor Jason J. Jung and Professor Andrés Muñoz, the general chairs of IE'17, and Professor Paulo Novais and Professor Sangwook Kim, the program chairs of IE'17 for their trust in our work, and all the other members of the IE'17 organization for the confidence they placed on us.
We are looking forward to seeing you all in Seoul actively participating in these exciting workshops.
Cesar Analide, University of Minho, Portugal
Pankoo Kim, Chosun University, Republic of Korea
Workshops Chairs of IE'17