Activity Context Representation: Techniques and Languages

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The second international Workshop on "Activity Context Representation: Techniques and Languages" at IUI 2012 is being organized to help discover novel techniques at the intersection of AI and HCI to solve critical problems in developing activity context aware systems. The workshop will explore task and context modeling issues of capture, representation, exchange, standardization, and interoperability, encountered in creating context-aware and activity-based assistive tools for supporting knowledge work in next-generation digital workspaces. Exploration of solutions of these outstanding problems will lay the groundwork for smart digital workspaces that "know" what the user is doing (activity structure, context, goals), how are they doing it (methods), what resources are they using (allocation and discovery), when (time) and where (location, application, device) are they doing it, who are they (profile, history), what is their role (responsibility, security, privacy) and who are their collaborators (social network), all the while observing, recording this context of work (institutional tribal knowledge). These smart workspaces to be developed in the next five years will let the users seamlessly move between applications and devices without having to remember or copy what they did earlier (activity context transfer and exchange), proactively show them steps others took in meaningfully similar situations before (semantic task reasoning), quickly find and show them directly related information and present answers to questions based on what they mean (proactive semantic extraction and search), in the context they need it, with access to provenance, quality, and derivation of information, connect them to insights of experts within the organization and beyond, helping them reason and decide faster, with greater confidence, within a framework for managing, semantically dividing, tracking and enabling distributed work.

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