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ISCT 2015

International Symposium on Companion Technology

3 Day Symposium

ICTS 2015 will take place from 23rd – 25th September 2015 in Ulm Germany

Poster Submissions

Submit your work on Companion Technologies to our poster track

Expert Panel

Every symposium day will end with a Panel Discussion with renowned international experts in the field

ISCT 2015

International Symposium on Companion Technology

The International Symposium on Companion-Technologies provides a forum for researchers to take a crossdisciplinary perspective on all aspects of research, development, and exploitation of Companion-Technologies. We will initiate a dialogue on fundamental research questions, development, and applications of Companion-Technologies. The organisers are looking forward to welcoming you to the first ISCT symposium in Ulm.

ISCT’15 is organized by the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TRR 62 “Companion-Technology for Cognitive Technical Systems” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The program includes four keynotes, thirteen invited presentations and an interavtive poster sssion. Each day is concluded with an expert panel discussion.

Companion-Technology

A Companion-Technology for Cognitive Technical Systems

Companion-Technology is an emerging field of crossdisciplinary research, aiming at a paradigm shift in human-technology interaction enabling technical systems to smartly adapt their services to individual users, their current needs, requests, situation, and emotion. Their development requires cross-disciplinary research in fields such as Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Psychology and Neurobiology.

The research program offers the vision of future technical systems being Companion-systems – cognitive technical systems that provide their functionality in a completely individualized way: they adapt to a user’s capabilities, preferences, requirements, and current needs and take into account both the situation and the emotional state of the individual user. Furthermore, they are continually available, co-operative, and reliable, and appear as competent and empathic assistants to their users.

International Symposium on
Companion Technology

Proceedings

Program

The print version of the final program can be found here.

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Registration

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM


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Enrico Rukzio

Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

Opening/Welcome

09:00 AM - 09:15 AM


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Susanne Biundo-Stephan

Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

Keynote: “Companion-Technology – A Transdisciplinary Challenge”

09:15 AM - 10:15 AM


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Coffee Break

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM


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Frank W. Ohl

Magdeburg University, Magdeburg, Germany

Dialog and Decision Making in Human Computer Interaction

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM


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Fred Hamker

University of Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany

Decision-making in Brain-like Cognitive Systems

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM


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Maria Wolters

University of Edinburgh, UK

What Companions Know and Remember

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM


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Lunch Break

12:15 PM - 01:15 PM


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Günther Palm

Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

Handling Uncertainty in Hybrid System Architectures for Companion Systems

01:15 PM - 01:45 PM


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Christian Borgelt

European Centre for Soft Computing, Mieres, Spain

Mining Significant Frequent Patterns in Event Sequences

01:45 PM - 02:15 PM


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Artur Garcez

City University London, London, UK

Neural-Symbolic Learning Systems: Opportunities for Companion Technology

02:15 PM - 02:45 PM


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Coffee Break

02:45 PM - 03:15 PM


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Misha Pavel

Northeastern University, Boston, USA

Keynote: “Computational Models in Behavioral Informatics in Support of the Development of Economically Feasible Proactive, Distributed and Individual Centered Healthcare”

03:15 PM - 04:15 PM


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Panel Discussion (chair: A. Nürnberger and A. Brechmann)

04:15 PM - 05:00 PM


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Reception (Finger food & beverages)

Poster Session

05:00 PM - 08:00 PM


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Registration

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM


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David Benyon

Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK

Keynote: Companions and the Sense of Presence

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM


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Coffee Break

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


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Harald C. Traue

Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

Emotions and Dispositions in Human-Companion-Interaction

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


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Panagiotis D. Bamidis

Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

Affective Medicine & Emotion-Aware Medical Applications

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM


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Christina Tsiourti

University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Ambulatory Assessment of Affect by Autonomic Nervous System Activation Pattern

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM


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Dimitris Giakoumis

CERTH/ITI, Greece

Emotion recognition in service robots for Assisted Living Environments – the RAMCIP project approach

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM


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Lunch Break

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM


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Jörg Frommer

Magdeburg University, Magdeburg, Germany

Trustworthiness in Companion Technologies – A Psychological Perspective

01:30 PM - 02:00 PM


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Zheng Yan

Xidian University, China

Trust Management in Pervasive Social Networking

02:00 PM - 02:30 PM


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Elisabeth André

Augsburg University, Augsburg, Germany

Trust Me, I am Your Companion: Modeling and Evaluating Trust in Human-Computer Interaction

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM


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Cornelius Schubert

TU Berlin, Germany

Taming the golem of technology? Unruly companions observed from the sociology of technology

03:00 PM - 03:30 PM


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Coffee Break

03:30 PM - 04:00 PM


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Panel Discussion (chair: H.C. Traue and M. Weber)

04:00 PM - 04:45 PM


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Social Event: BellaVista

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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Registration

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM


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Andreas Wendemuth

Magdeburg University, Magdeburg, Germany

Multimodality in Cognitive Technical Systems

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM


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Roland Goecke

University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia

From Facial Expression Analysis to Multimodal Mood Analysis

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM


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Björn Schuller

University of Passau, Passau, Germany

What the Voice tells about the Face and the Heart

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


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Panel Discussion (chair: A. Wendemuth)

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


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Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


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Nick Campbell

Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Closing Keynote: “Interactive Dialogue Systems: Human-Machine Partnerships”

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


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Andreas Wendemuth

Magdeburg University

Closing/Farewell

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM


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Lunch

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM


International Symposium on
Companion Technology

Call For Posters

Poster

Posters are the main medium to contribute to the International Symposium on Companion Technology (ISCT 2015). Posters provide the opportunity for researchers to get feedback on early-stage work, discuss potential collaborations and discuss current issues in the field of Companion Technologies. All submissions should convey a scientific result or work in progress that is not yet ready to be published as a full length research paper at a refereed conference. Accepted submissions will be presented as a physical poster at the symposium and made available to the community through the Extended Abstracts proceedings published through the Open Access Archive of the University of Ulm which is certified as a DINI Open Access Repository and Publishing Service.

Topics:

Companion-Technology is an emerging field of cross-disciplinary research, aiming at a paradigm shift in human-technology interaction enabling technical systems to smartly adapt their services to individual users, their current needs, requests, situation, and emotion. Its development requires cross-disciplinary research in fields such as Cognitive Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Psychology and Neurobiology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Affective Computing
• Computational Models of Cognitive Processes
• Cooperative and Adaptive Systems
• Decision Making
• Emotion and Disposition Modelling
• Health Applications of Knowledge-based Systems
• Knowledge-based Dialogue Management
• Knowledge-based Human-Computer Interaction
• Multimodal Emotion and Motivation Recognition
• Multimodal Stress and Pain Recognition
• Neuroscience, Neural Models and Electrophysiology
• Reasoning for Adaptive Systems
• Strategy Change and Reversal Learning
• User-Centered Planning


Submission Guidelines :

A poster submission consists of 4-6 pages and optionally a 1-page poster draft. The extended abstract of the poster must be formatted according to the Springer LNCS format. The posters themselves have no predefined formatting, but we recommend that the poster’s dimensions are in A0 or similar format (84cm x 119cm / 33 x 47). The posters must be in portrait orientation. Authors are expected to register for the symposium and to bring the accepted poster to the symposium site with them and be present throughout the poster session. The submissions do not need to be anonymized. You should submit your work by 10. July, 2015 using EasyChair.

Selection process:

Submissions will be accepted based on a juried selection process. External submissions are reviewed by a committee but in a less rigorous process than at a refereed conference.

Poster Committee

André Brechmann (Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology), Anke Huckauf (Ulm University), Heiko Neumann (Ulm University), Dietmar Rösner (Magdeburg University)

Upon acceptance:

At least one author must register for the symposium and present the poster. If you have questions about Posters for ISCT 2015, contact the Program Chair .


Call For Posters:

Important Dates:

  •  Poster Submission Deadline: 10 July 2015
  •  Notification: 31 July 2015
  •  Camera Ready Submission: 07 September 2015
  •  Symposium: 23 – 25 September 2015 at Ulm University, Germany

International Symposium on Companion Technology

Commitee

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General Chairs

Ulm University

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Magdeburg University

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Program Chair

Ulm University

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Local Organization Chair

Ulm University

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Ulm University

Registration

Registration will be open starting June 2015. Registration now ONLY possible WITHOUT the conference dinner. The venue is fully booked out!

200€

Early Registration (August 15th)

Register now

225€

Regular Registration (Sept. 15th)

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Location (City of Ulm)

Detailed Directions

A PDF with detailed directions can be found at ISCT2015 Directions.

Hotels

It is adviseable to stay in a hotel in walking distance to a bus stop of the line 3 (“Linie 3″). We would suggest one of the following hotels:

 

Furthermore hotels can be booked via portals like HRS, Expedia or Hotels.com. You should look for a hotel in Ulm (Germany) which is located in Baden-Württemberg / Swabia.

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