This volume contains the papers and posters selected for presentation at the
International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI 2012) held in Pisa
in November 2012. The vision of ambient intelligence is to provide environments enhanced by
intelligent interfaces supported by computing and networking technology embedded
in everyday objects, and which enable users to interact with their surroundings
in a seamless manner. More specifically, such environments should result in systems that are aware
of the characteristics of users, recognize their needs, learn from their behavior,
and are able to intelligently and even proactively act in order to support humans
in achieving their goals. Ambient intelligence should also be unobtrusive – interaction should be natural and engaging for the users.
From a scientific point of view, ambient intelligence (AmI) comprises a multidisciplinary
approach covering fields such as computer science, human computer
interaction, electrical engineering, industrial design, behavioral sciences, aimed
at enriching physical environments with a network of distributed devices, such
as sensors, actuators, and computational resources, in order to support users in
their everyday activities. From a technological perspective, AmI represents the convergence of recent
achievements in ubiquitous and communication technologies, pervasive computing,
intelligent user interfaces and artificial intelligence, just to name a few.
This conference started as the European Symposium on Ambient Intelligence
in 2003, and has grown to an annual international event that brings together
researchers and serves as a forum to discuss the latest trends and developments
in this field.
These AmI 12 proceedings include the latest research into technologies and
applications that enable and validate the deployment of the AmI vision.
This year the program contained 18 full papers carefully chosen from a total
of 47 submissions (38% acceptance rate). There were also five short papers
accepted out of 14 (acceptance rate 36%). All papers were reviewed in a doubleblind
review process. For some papers this included a conditional acceptance
step which required further revisions finally checked by reviewers and Chairs. In
addition, the program included five landscape papers (papers that brainstorm
on the future evolution of AmI), ten posters, and two demos.
The competition for paper acceptance was strong and final selection was
difficult. The published material originates from 27 countries, including Africa,
Australia, North and Central America, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and
Each paper had at least two independent reviews from reviewers who were
matched by expertise area to the topic of each paper. The Chairs handled borderline
cases, and requested additional reviews when needed.
In addition to the main conference, seven workshops were held prior to the
main AmI 2012 event, and stimulated interesting discussions on specific relevant
A special thanks goes to the dedicated work of the 54 Program Committee
members involved in the review panel who came from Europe and North America,
thus reflecting the international spirit of AmI participation. Their names are
listed in the conference proceedings and on the website.
We would also like to express our gratitude to ACM SIGCHI, Interactiondesign.
org, SIGCHI Italy, IFIP WG 2.7/13.4 for their help in creating interest
in the conference.
Finally, we would like to thank the conference Organizing Committee for their
dedicated support, as well as the paper presenters and conference participants
who contributed to the vibrant discussions, presentations, and workshops held
at AmI 2012.
Boris de Ruyter
Evert van Loenen