We are witnessing an historic technological revolution as computing reaches maturity to become immersed in our daily life to an extent that some decades ago was considered science fiction.
Advances in the engineering of sensing and acting capabilities distributed in a wide range of specialized devices is providing at last an opportunity for the fundamental advances that computer science achieved in the past few decades to make an impact in our daily lives.
This technical confluence is matched by a unique historical context where users are better informed (and more aware of the benefits that technology can provide) and production of more complex systems is becoming more affordable. Sensors/actuators deployed in an environment (in this context it can be any physical space like a house, an office, a classroom, a car, a street, etc.) facilitate a link between an automated decision making system connected to that technologically enriched space. This computing empowered environment enables the provision of an intelligent environment, i.e., “a digital environment that proactively, but sensibly, supports people in their daily lives”. This is a very active area of research which is attracting an increasing number of professionals (both in academia and industry) worldwide.
The prestigious 10th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE'14) is focused on the development of advanced Intelligent Environments and stimulates the discussion on several specific topics which are crucial to the future of the area. As part of that effort to stimulate development in critically important areas, five workshops were supported as part of IE'14. This volume is the combined proceedings of those five workshops:
• 9th Workshop on Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Ambient Intelligence (AITAmI'14)
• 2nd International Workshop on Applications of Affective Computing in Intelligent Environments (ACIE'14)
• 3rd edition of the Workshop on Future Intelligent Educational Environments (WOFIEE'14)
• 2nd Workshop on Cloud-of-Things 2014 (CoT'14)
• 3rd International Workshop on the Reliability of Intelligent Environments (WoRIE 2014)
• 4th Workshop on Creative Science 2014 (CS'14)
• 1st Workshop on Hyperrealistic Intelligent Environments 2014 (HyperRealitIE'14)
As a result of the content focus of those events described above, this volume offers you a glance at the latest developments in key areas of the development of Intelligent Environments. It compiles the latest research done by active researchers in the area working to push ahead the boundaries of science and focused on achieving the deployment of intelligent environments in the real world. The effort of these professionals will influence the way we leave tomorrow's world. We hope you enjoy as a reader the content of this volume as much as the attendees of these workshops enjoy the live presentation of the papers and the thought provoking discussions emanating from them.
The co-editors of this volume want to thank all the people that facilitated the realization of each one of these events: the remaining co-chairs of the workshops, the members of their Program Committees, which facilitated the review of papers, the external reviewers who also contributed to that task, and the conference organizers which provided a supportive environment for the realization of these events.
Juan C. Augusto, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom
Tongzhen Zhang (Shanghai Jiaotong University, P.R. Of China)
Workshop Co-chairs of IE'14