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Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) Research Lab: A Computing Research in Action Showcase

January 13th, 2014

Shwetak Patel, Director of the UbiComp LabThe Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is releasing its third segment in the Computing Research in Action Series.   This segment features the Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) research lab, led by Professor Shwetak Patel, at the University of Washington. The UbiComp lab, which consists of an interdisciplinary team of students (CSEECEME), focuses on solving interesting and socially meaningful problems using a mix of hardware and software applications.

The UbiComp lab focuses on four areas of ubiquitous computing:

Novel interaction techniques: With the growing number of computers around us embedded into the environment, there is a need to interact with these computers beyond the traditional keyboard and mouse.

Sustainability  sensing: Using computer science, machine learning and signal processing can give homeowners information about not just how they are consuming energy, but also exactly where that energy is going and how it is being used.

Low-power sensing: The so-called “smart home” has been an elusive goal due in large part to a lack of sufficient battery life in sensors.  Low-power sensing solves this problem by extending the life of a sensor by decades. This allows sensors to be placed throughout a house’s walls, floors, crawl spaces and attic, allowing the detection of dangers such as mold, humidity, and leaks.

Health sensing: Computing technology is being used to have a significant impact in the quality and cost of healthcare. An example of this is “SpiroSmart,” a mobile phone based application that turns the phone into a spirometer.

Shwetak Patel, Director of the UbiComp Lab“This research is important because it really shows what the impact of what computer science and electrical engineering can have on people’s daily lives. We’re doing this great work in the lab but a lot of times people can’t relate to it in their daily lives and what we’re doing is trying to solve real applications so that people can actually benefit from this work.” says Shwetak Patel, Director of the UbiComp Lab.

For more information on the UbiComp lab, please visit:

http://ubicomplab.cs.washington.edu/

The CCC is still accepting submissions for the Computing Research in Action series. Selected projects will receive a $1,500 travel award for a research team member to present the featured project at a conference. We encourage you to submit your research project for consideration by filling out this short entry form. If you have any questions about our series, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kenneth Hines, CCC Program Associate.

 

Challenges and Vision Track at Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2013 Conference

July 16th, 2013

The following entry is a special contribution to this blog from Hamidreza Chitsaz, Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. This year Hamidreza and Moslem Kazemi, Carnegie Mellon University organized a challenges and vision track at Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS 2013) on June 27th in Berlin, Germany. 

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored three challenges and vision best paper awards at Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2013, a premiere conference on robotics. The conference was held in Berlin, Germany June 24-28, at the Technische Universität Berlin. The best challenges and vision paper awards promote visioning and revolutionary novel ideas in robotics, on principles and applications that address the most difficult challenges as well as new directions for the next generation of corobots. This year’s winning papers were:

1. Soft Subdivision Search in Motion Planning, authored by Chee K. Yap (Courant Institute, NYU)

2. Large Motion Libraries: Toward a “Google” for Robot Motions. authored by Kris Hauser (Indiana University)

3. Predicting the Change – A Step Towards Life-Long Operation in Everyday Environments, authored by Niko Sünderhauf, Peer Neubert and Peter Protzel (Technische Universität Chemnitz)

CCC will provide travel awards to authors of the awarded papers.  This is the first year that the CCC has sponsored the challenges and vision award at the RSS conference. With the advent of corobots acting in direct support of individuals and groups, we are now at the dawn of a new era in which semiautonomous robots intimately enter our lives. In such a symbiotic human-robot and bionic world, corobotic systems with critical missions will emerge as human mates for medical, educational, entertainment, and military applications.

The award enables the RSS Community to recognize the critical new problems that do not fit into the conventional frameworks as well as novel directions expected to help solve existing unresolved problems, particularly in light of the paradigm shift induced by this change. (http://compbio.cs.wayne.edu/robotics/rcv2013).

We encourage you to apply for a Challenges and Visions track at your conference!  Requests need only include a brief description of the conference and a proposed list of program committee members for the track.

For more information — including guidelines for conference program committees, recommendations for selecting winners, and logistics for issuing CCC-sponsored travel awards to the winners, as well as a sample call for papers for a Challenges and Visions track — visit http://cra.org/ccc/vct.php.

 Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS ) - 1st Place Winner

Hamidreza Chitsaz, Wayne State University, pictured with first place winner, Chee K. Yap, Courant Institute, New York University

 Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) - 2nd place winner

Hamidreza Chitsaz, Wayne State University, pictured with second place winner, Kris Hauser, Indiana University

 Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) - 3rd Place Winner

Hamidreza Chitsaz, Wayne State University, pictured with third place winner, Niko Sünderhauf, Technische Universität Chemnitz

CCC Sponsors Challenges and Visions Track at AAMAS 2013

May 30th, 2013

The following is a special contribution to the blog from Jeff Rosenchein, Head of The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In this entry, Jeff highlights the CCC sponsored Challenges and Visions track at the twelfth international conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS ’13) held in St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this month.

The Twelfth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2013) [image courtesy AAMAS].

The Twelfth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2013) [image courtesy AAMAS].

The Challenges and Visions Track was a new track, initiated for the first time at AAMAS’13 under the sponsorship of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), an organization established to push the U.S. computing research community to pursue a bold vision for computing research. The CCC awards funding to conferences to be used for prizes to the top 3 papers in the track. The emphasis is on visionary ideas, long-term challenges, and new research opportunities that are outside the current mainstream of the field. This track serves as an incubator for innovative approaches, risky and provocative ideas, and to propose challenges and opportunities for the field in the near future.

An eight-person committee was assembled to review submissions in this track, and to decide upon winners. The committee was chaired by Jeff Rosenschein, and included Sandip Sen, Sven Koenig, Carles Sierra, Munindar P. Singh, Cristiano Castelfranchi, Victor Lesser, and Margo Seltzer as representative of the Computing Community Consortium on the committee.

Twenty-four submissions were received for the track, and underwent double-blind review, as is the current AAMAS practice. Out of these twenty-four papers, six semifinalist papers were then selected through reviewer ratings and discussion. The six semifinalist papers were then sent to be reviewed and voted on by all committee members who were not aware of any author identities (so, for example, the chairman did not vote, nor a committee member who had authored one of the papers). The six “blind” committee members then submitted an ordered ranking of the six semifinalist papers, and the three winners were chosen using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) protocol. As a check, the Borda Count was also computed, and resulted in the same three winners, in the same ordering:

1st place

Curing Robot Autism: A Challenge

Gal A. Kaminka (Bar Ilan University, Israel)

2nd place

Collaborative Health Care Plan Support

Ofra Amir (Harvard University, USA)

Barbara J. Grosz (Harvard University, USA)

Edith Law (Harvard University, USA)

Roni Stern (Harvard University, USA)

3rd place

Systems Resilience: a Challenge Problem for Dynamic Constraint-Based Agent Systems

Nicolas Schwind (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)

Tenda Okimoto (Transdisciplinary Research Integration Center, Japan)

Katsumi Inoue (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)

Hei Chan (Transdisciplinary Research Integration Center, Japan)

Tony Ribeiro (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan)

Kazuhiro Minami (Transdisciplinary Research Integration Center, Japan)

Hiroshi Maruyama (Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan)

The winners have been recognized at the conference banquet and will also receive travel grants from the CCC. The papers are in the conference proceedings available in the ACM DL and on the IFAAMAS web site at http://www.aamas-conference.org/Proceedings/aamas2013/

Overall, the process spurred very interesting submissions from a wide variety of researchers. This is a useful process that hopefully can be continued in future years with a similar track.

As a reminder, we have an open call for challenges and visions tracks at conference. If you or your colleagues would like to run a visions session at an upcoming conference, please contact us!

(Contributed by Jeff Rosenschein, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

CCC Sponsors Computational Sustainability Award at CHI 2013

May 2nd, 2013

Pictured from left to right: Tom Erickson, 2013 CCC Sustainability award winner and CHI 2013 Sustainability Community co-chairs, Samuel Mann and Lisa Nathan.

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored a sustainability award at CHI 2013, ACM’s premiere conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The conference was held in Paris, France April 27-May 2, at the Palais de Congrès de Paris. The best sustainability paper award promotes work at the intersection of computing and sustainability, on principles and applications that address environmental, economic, and societal needs in support of a more sustainable future. This year’s winning paper was:

The Dubuque Electricity Portal: Evaluation of a City-Scale Residential Electricity Consumption Feedback System, authored by Tom Erickson (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA), M. Li, Y. Kim, A. Deshpande, S. Sahu, T. Chao, P. Sukaviriya, and M. Naphade.

CCC will provide travel awards to authors of the awarded paper.  This is the second year that the CCC has sponsored the sustainability award at the CHI conference. The award enables the CHI Sustainability Community to recognize the critical contributions of human computer interaction research relating to sustainability. The community is not confined to issues of environmental sustainability, but also issues related to “the implications of our design and use of interactive technologies within and beyond HCI for climate change mitigation and adaptation, health, regional concerns especially coastal regions, food, ecosystems, water, as well as economic systems, reducing consumption, re-constructing business practices, and more.” (http://chi2013.acm.org/communities/sustainability/).

The winning paper was chosen from a selection of CHI 2013 Best Papers and Honorable Mentions that have significant links to sustainability concerns. The list of best papers and honorable mentions that were considered for the award are provided below to demonstrate the breadth of innovative, sustainability-oriented work that was showcased at this year’s conference. After the conference the papers will be available through ACM’s Digital Library.

PAPERS CONSIDERED FOR THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

(FROM CHI’S SELECTION OF BEST PAPERS AND HONORABLE MENTIONS)

Mind the Theoretical Gap: Interpreting, Using, and Developing Behavioral Theory in HCI Research

E. Hekler (Arizona State Univ., USA), P. Klasnja, J. Froehlich, M. Buman

 

At Home with Agents: Exploring Attitudes Towards Future Smart Energy Infrastructures

T. Rodden (The Univ. of Nottingham, UK), J. Fischer, N. Pantidi, K. Bachour, S. Moran

 

Indoor Weather Stations: Investigating a Ludic Approach to Environmental HCI Through Batch Prototyping

W. Gaver (Goldsmiths, Univ. of London, UK), J. Bowers, K. Boehner, A. Boucher, D. Cameron, M. Hauenstein, N. Jarvis, S. Pennington

 

A Conversation Between Trees: What Data Feels Like In The Forest

R. Jacobs (The Univ. of Nottingham, UK), S. Benford, M. Selby, M. Golembewski, D. Price, G. Giannachi

 

Looking Past Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Using Futures Studies Methods to Extend the Research Horizon

J. Mankoff (Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA), H. Faste, J. Rode

 

Using Crowdsourcing to Support Pro-Environmental Community Activism

E. Massung (Univ. of Bristol, UK), D. Coyle, K. Cater, M. Jay, C. Preist

For more information, see the Best of CHI 2013 awards.

We encourage to you apply for a Challenges & Visions session at your respective computing research conference! For more information — including guidelines for conference program committees, recommendations for selecting winners, and logistics for issuing CCC-sponsored travel awards to the winners, as well as a sample call for papers for a CV session — visit http://cra.org/ccc/vct.php

(Contributed by Lisa Nathan, University of British Columbia)

Wireless Health 2013 Calling for Papers, Abstracts and Research Demonstrations

April 18th, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 10.53.16 AMThe Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance is hosting it’s fourth annual Wireless Health conference on November 1-3, 2013 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The mission of the conference is to “provide the highest-quality academic health and industrial research forum to develop an international community that will accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies for improving health and lowering costs.” To support it’s mission, the organizers have issued a Call for Papers, Abstracts and Research demonstrations.

From the call for submissions:

To Submit a Paper for Review:

The committee solicits original contributions in Health Technology, Engineering and Computer Science disciplines with applications in clinical practice and innovative applications of wireless health principles and technologies in clinical and health settings.

 

  • Paper submissions should be 4 – 8 pages in length
  • Papers must be submitted in the ACM conference format
  • All submissions should include author information (names and affiliations) in the document for a single-blind review process (i.e.authors will be known, but reviewers will be anonymous)
  • Full length papers will be included in the conference proceedings and will be archived in the ACM Digital Library (ACM DL)
  • Papers can be submitted for either oral or poster presentation (or both). Posters will be presented in a speed-talk format in a dedicated session.
  • The authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their contribution for publication in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC).  For further information on the special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC), please visit here.

To Submit an Abstract for Review:

The committee invites Biomedicine, Behavioral and Social Sciences researchers to submit brief abstracts for consideration. Abstracts may highlight pilot studies, clinical trials, and clinical instrument validation studies using wireless and mobile health technologies.  Contributions highlighting unmet clinical needs that can potentially benefit from wireless health technologies are also invited.

 

  • Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words.
  • Abstracts should follow the WH2013 Abstract Submission Format
  • The authors of the accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a paper for review to the Journal of Translational Behavioral Medicine
  • Abstracts will not be included in the conference proceedings and the ACM Digital Library
  • Posters will be presented in a speed-talk format in a dedicated session

 To Submit a Demonstration for Review:

The committee also invites abstracts from academic and industry researchers describing technical demonstrations that represent advances in fundamental components and/or complete systems serving individuals/communities. Technical demonstrations presented at the conference will include both short oral presentations and a poster session.

 

  • Demonstrations submissions should be no longer than 2 pages
  • Demonstrations must be submitted in the ACM conference format
  • All submissions should include author information (names and affiliations) in the document for a single-blind review process (i.e.authors will be known, but reviewers will be anonymous)
  • Demonstrations will be included in the conference proceedings and will be archived in the ACM Digital Library (ACM DL)
  • Demonstrations will be presented in a speed-talk format in a dedicated session and given space in the demonstration hall

The submission deadline is Friday, April 26, 2013. ALL submissions must be registered and submitted electronically through EDAS at https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=14795Please contact Julien Penders at julien.penders@imec-nl.nl or Donna Spruijt-Metz at dmetz@usc.edu with any questions.

CCC Sponsoring Challenges and Visions Track at Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2013 Conference

April 15th, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-04-15 at 11.28.00 AMThe CCC is sponsoring another in its series of “Challenges and Visions” tracks as a Robotics Challenges and Vision workshop at the 9th Robotics: Science and Systems conference June 24 – 28, 2013, Technische Universität Berlin.

The Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference has been a venue for presentation of breakthrough results in robotics since its inception in 2005. RSS is the most selective annual venue for timely publication of revolutionary theories and techniques in robotics, achieved through development of novel algorithms and systems. Proceedings of RSS are citable and published both by the MIT press and online. The RSS community comprises most of the top leaders in the field, from both academia and industry. RSS solicits research contributions from all areas of robotics, including but not limited to:

  • Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control
  • Planning and Algorithms
  • Manipulation
  • Human-Robot Interaction and Human Centered Systems
  • Field Robotics
  • Distributed Systems
  • Medical Robotics
  • Biological Robotics
  • Mechanisms
  • Robot Perception
  • Mobile Systems and Mobility
  • Estimation and Learning for Robotic Systems

As a special CCC Challenges and Visions track, the main purpose of the Robotics Challenges and Vision workshop is promoting dialogue and brainstorming in the robotics community to identify new research directions and underdeveloped areas. The solicited papers are expected to present challenges in the field and potential future directions. To archive these discussions, the accepted papers will be published, and a summary of the discussed topics will be disseminated either in the form of a review article or a website. The CCC will sponsor three Best Paper Awards for the workshop, which will be selected out of the accepted papers based on evaluations by the program committee and potentially votes from the audience.

For more information, please visit the workshop website.

We encourage you to apply for a Challenges and Visions track at your conference!  Requests need only include a brief description of the conference and a proposed list of program committee members for the track.

For more information — including guidelines for conference program committees, recommendations for selecting winners, and logistics for issuing CCC-sponsored travel awards to the winners, as well as a sample call for papers for a Challenges and Visions track — visit http://cra.org/ccc/vct.php.