For the fourth time, the Intelligent Environments Conference hosted a range of international and multidisciplinary workshops. The conference itself was held for the eighth time in 2012 at the historic World Heritage UNESCO city of Guanajuato (Mexico), following a series of highly successful conferences that were organized in Colchester, UK (2005), Athens, Greece (2006), Ulm, Germany (2007), Seattle, USA (2008), Barcelona, Spain (2009), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2010), and Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom (2011). The workshops provide a forum for scientists, researchers and engineers from both industry and academia to engage in discussion on newly emerging, or rapidly evolving topics that have yet to reach the level of maturity associated with conferences or journals. This year we are pleased to include the following workshops:
WISHWell'12: The 4th International Workshop on Intelligent Environments Supporting Healthcare and Well-being discussed novel research regarding all aspects of pervasive healthcare solutions. The workshop was organized by Juan Carlos Augusto (University of Ulster, United Kingdom) and John O'Donoghue (University College Cork, Republic of Ireland).
AITAmI'12: The 7th workshop on Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Ambient Intelligence aimed at gathering researchers in a variety of AI subfields together with representatives of commercial interests to explore the technology and applications for ambient intelligence. This year's edition presented a special focus on context and situation understanding. The workshop was organized by Asier Aztiria (University of Mondragon, Spain), Juan Carlos Augusto (University of Ulster, United Kingdom), and Diane Cook (Washington State University, USA).
WOLSIE'12: The Workshop on Large Scale Intelligent Environments was organized by James P. Dooley (Essex University), Matthew H. Ball (Essex University), and Mohammad Al-Mulla (Kuwait University). The aim of the workshop was to go towards intelligent environments beyond the size of normal experimental labs.
iDR'12: The First International Workshop on Intelligent Domestic Robots provided a forum to explore the latest research in domestic robots, with particular emphasis on robots that are functionally designed to interact and communicate with people. The workshop was organized by Simon Egerton (Monash University, Sunway Campus, Malaysia) and Eduardo Morales (National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Mexico).
WOFIEE'12: The 1st Workshop on Future Intelligent Educational Environments was organized by Victor Callaghan (Essex University), Minjuan Wang (San Diego State University), and Juan Carlos Augusto (University of Ulster, United Kingdom). The focus on the workshop is on the increasingly crucial role intelligent environment technology is playing in the delivery of education.
IMIASH'12: The 1st International Workshop on Intelligent Multimodal Interfaces Applied in Skills Transfer, Healthcare and Rehabilitation investigated the strong integration between humans and technology as an opportunity to investigate human behavior through this interaction and to analyze potentialities and advantages when the multimodal interfaces are used in the field of skills transfer, healthcare and rehabilitation. The organizers were Oscar Sandoval (Instituto Tecnológico de Orizaba, Mexico), Alejandro Rodriguez-González (University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain), Paolo Tripicchio (Perceptual Robotics Labortory (PERCRO) Scuola Superiore Sant Anna, Italy), and Otniel Portillo-Rodríguez (University of Mexico State, Mexico).
WoRIE'12: The 2nd Int. Workshop on Reliability of Intelligent Environments was organized by Miguel J. Hornos (University of Granada, Spain), Juan Carlos Augusto (University of Ulster, United Kingdom), and Pablo A. Haya Coll (Escuela Politécnica Superior IIC-UAM, Spain). The event brought together developers and researchers to focus on all aspects of the development process that can contribute to make Intelligent Environment systems safer and to provide methodologies that can increase the confidence in these developments.
AIE'12: The 1st International Workshop on Improving Industrial Automation Using the Intelligent Environments Paradigm was organized by Juan Carlos Orozco (ACELAB Industrial Automation, México) and Victor Zamudio (Instituto Tecnológico de León, México). It addressed the oportunities brought by the intelligent environments paradigm to industrial automation. The format of this workshop was different than the rest. It had no paper based presentations in order to foster discussion among participants coming from the industry rather than from an academic context.
As is evident from this list, the IE'12 workshops addressed a diverse set of topics. The formats are equally diverse ranging from regular lectures to practical sessions.
Of course, we would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody who made these proceedings possible. We are especially grateful to our organizing committees, without whom these workshops would not have been possible. We are also grateful to the local organizers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make these events a success. Of course we reserve our special thanks for the researchers, who do the work, achieve the advances, set the research agenda and then come to Intelligent Environments workshops to present and discuss their insights. Through these proceedings we hope to be able to share not only these insights but also the unique, inspiring spirit of the IE workshops.
Juan A. Botía, Hedda Schmidtke, Tatsuo Nakashima
General chairs of the IE'12 Workshops