4th International Workshop on
12-13 June, 2007 - Funchal, Madeira
In conjunction with the 9th
International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS
Soraya Kouadri Mostéfaoui (primary contact)
Mobile Information Systems Laboratory
University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, Fribourg
Bd. Pérolles 80, CP-32, CH-1700
Phone: (41) 26 429 68 37
Fax: (41) 26 300 97 31
College of ISs
P.O. Box 19282, Dubai U.A.E
Phone: (971) 4 2082 461
Fax: (971) 4 2640 854
George M. Giaglis
Dep. of Management Science and Technology
Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB)
Evelpidon 47A & Lefkados 33, Office 907,
GR-11362 Athens, GREECE
Phone: (30) 210 8203682
Fax: (30) 210 8203685
Background and Goals
The development and availability of new computing and communication
devices, and the increased connectivity between these devices,
thanks to wired and wireless networks, are enabling new
opportunities for people to perform their operations anywhere and
anytime. Furthermore, due to the high acceptance rate of such
devices by the user community, it is expected that these devices
will become so pervasive that most users will take them for granted.
Generally known as Ubiquitous Computing (UC), the vision of UC is to
push computational services out of conventional desktop interfaces
into environments characterized by transparent forms of
Despite the growing interest in UC, there is still some progress to
be made before UC shifts from the research mode to the commercial
and intensive use modes. The support technologies, however, are
improving at an impressive pace. Most of the research and
development activities are currently aimed at improving the devices
themselves and the technologies these devices will use to
communicate. At present, the main use of mobile devices is still
voice-oriented, but several indicators show that this is changing.
3G networks (e.g., GPRS, UMTS) and recent development of
communication and presentation protocols (e.g., XML, WAP) are being
combined to give users a high-quality experience of data-centric
Besides the central role that hardware infrastructure plays in the
expansion and penetration of UC, other issues still need to be
tackled to better assist developers of UC applications. Developers
are put on the front line of satisfying the promise of businesses
and service providers for delivering Internet content to mobile
devices. Indeed, the fact that an application for mobile users has
different requirements, calls for new techniques to identify and
specify these requirements. With regard to users, it is expected
that they will be frequently engaged in complex operations such as
searching the net for better business opportunities. Therefore,
their association with intelligent components, to act as proxies, is
deemed appropriate. UC environments of the near future will be
populated by a large number of computing devices, spread across the
network, and often invisible. These devices need to be coordinated
for better interactions. Devices, whether carried on by people or
embedded into other systems (within the home or at other sites),
will constitute a global networking infrastructure -- and likely to
provide a new level of openness and dynamics. These interactions
raise many new issues that draw upon existing research areas, as
well as introduce new research and development challenges, in
technical areas (such as device design, wireless communication,
location sensing, etc), psychology (privacy concerns, attention
focus, multi-person interaction, etc), and design (direct
interaction, work patterns, etc).
Existing global efforts in Grid Computing also shares some
similarities with the aims of this workshop, although Grid computing
at present is restricted to high-end computational resources. Making
the Grid more open, and accessible to a wider range of users will
also require the need to address similar challenges.
Topics of interest
In this workshop, we aim to identify ecent and
significant developments in the general area of ubiquitous
computing. Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
• Mobile computing vs. Pervasive computing vs. Ubiquitous computing.
• Design methodologies and evaluation techniques.
• New interfaces and modes of interactions between people and
ubiquitous computing devices, applications or environments.
• Grid Computing technologies for Wireless networks
• Context awareness.
• Agent-based ubiquitous applications.
• Services for ubiquitous applications.
• Middleware for service discovery.
• Integration of wired and wireless networks.
• Enabling technologies such as Bluetooth, 802.11, etc.
• Security and privacy issues.
• Visionary future scenarios.
• Mobile services
• Performance tuning of mobile applications
Format of the Workshop
The workshop will consist of oral presentations. The proceedings of
the workshop will be published in the form of a book by INSTICC.
Submission of Papers
There will be two types of papers: long (approx. 5000 words) and
short (approx. 2000 words). Furthermore, a keynote speaker and a
discussion panel are planned. Postscript/RTF versions of the
manuscript should be submitted thru ICEIS web-based paper submission
Publication in a Journal
A list of selected papers from the workshop will be
published in a special issue of Ubiquitous Computing and
Communication Journal (UBICC)
Paper Submission: March 5, 2007
Author Notification: April 3, 2007
Final Camera-Ready and Registration: April 16, 2007
Workshop Program Committee (will be
Alfredo Cuzzocrea, University of Calabria, Italy
Mieso Denko, University of guelph, Canada
Umesh Bellur, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
Rajiv Ramnath, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
Djamal Benslimane, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
Stephane Bressan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Michael Sheng, CSIRO, Australia
Takahiro HARA, Osaka University, Japan
B. König-Ries, TU München, Germany
P. Mihailescu, British Telecommunications plc, UK
S. Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
P. Bellavista, Universitŕ degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
N. C. Narendra, IBM Software Labs, India
M. Berger, Siemens Corporate Technology, Germany
A. Messer, Samsung, USA
G. Kouadri Mostefaoui, Computing Laboratory, Oxford
Paris Kitsos, Hellenic Open University, Greece
P. E. Kourouthanassis, Athens University of Economics and
S. Hadjiefthymiades, University of Athens, Greece
I. Maglogiannis, University of Aegean, Greece
C. Randell, University of Bristol, UK
E. Fleisch, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology &
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
J. Munoz, Valencia University of Technology, Spain
The workshop will take place in conjunction with the 9th
International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS
2007) in Funchal, Madeira - Portugal.
At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the
workshop. If the registration fees are not received by April 9,
2007, the paper will not be published in the proceedings. For
registering go to
ICEIS 2007 Secretariat - The Fourth International Workshop on
Ubiquitous Computing (IWUC-2007)