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Context-aware Systems and Applications

Editorial Board
Editors in Chief:
  • Phan Cong Vinh (Nguyen Tat Thanh University (NTTU))+ BioPhan Cong Vinh received a PhD in computer science from London South Bank University (LSBU) in the United Kingdom. He finished his PhD dissertation with the title of “Formal Aspects of Dynamic Reconfigurability in Reconfigurable Computing Systems” at LSBU where he was affiliated with the Center for Applied Formal Methods (CAFM) at the Institute for Computing Research (ICR). At present, he is an Associate Professor of Nguyen Tat Thanh University (NTTU) to take on the responsibility of a senior research scientist. He has been author or co-author of many refereed contributions published in prestigious journals, conference proceedings or edited books. He is editor of three books titled, “Autonomic Networking-on-Chip: Bio-Inspired Specification, Development and Verification” (CRC Press, 2012), “Formal and Practical Aspects of Autonomic Computing and Networking: Specification, Development and Verification” (IGI Global, 2011) and “Nature-Inspired Networking: Theory and Applications” (CRC Press, 2018). He has served on many conference program committees and has been general or technical (co)chair and (co)organizer of several international conferences such as ICCASA and ICTCC series. His research interests center on all aspects of formal methods in computing, context-awareness, nature of computation and communication, and applied categorical structures in computer science.
Area Editors:
  • Emil Vassev (Lero, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)
  • Yaser Jararweh (Jordan University of Science and Technology)
  • MIrko Viroli (Università di Bologna)
  • Giacomo Cabri (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)
  • Ashad Kabir (Lecturer in Computing)
  • David Sundaram (The University of Auckland)
  • Chien-Chih Yu (National ChengChi University)
  • Ondrej Krejcar (University of Hradec Kralove)
  • Kurt Geihs (Universitaet Kassel)
  • Abdur Rakib (The University of the West of England)
  • Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • giuseppe de pietro (ICAR CNR)
  • Dr. Muhammad Athar Javed Sethi (University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar Pakistan)+ BioEngr. Dr. Muhammad Athar Javed Sethi is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Systems Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar, Pakistan. He received the Bachelor of Sciences in Computer Information Systems Engineering (honors) from the UET Peshawar, Pakistan in 2004. He has done Master of Sciences in Computer Systems Engineering from the same university in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia in Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 2016. He was able to get different scholarships to pursue and continue his studies. Dr. Sethi got IEEE student best paper award in the year 2013 and a most downloaded paper award from Elsevier in consecutive two years 2016-2017 for two different papers. His research interests include network on chip, interconnection networks, computer architecture, and embedded systems. Currently, he is also actively involved in technical program committees of various international conferences.
Scope

This journal is a place for highly original ideas about how CA is going to shape computing and communication of the future. Hence, it focuses on rigorous approaches and cutting-edge solutions which break new ground in dealing with the properties of CA.

Its purpose is to make a formal basis more accessible to researchers, scientists, professionals and students as well as developers and practitioners in computer science by providing them with state-of-the-art research results and future opportunities and trends.

The feature scope of topics includes all aspects of CA in both computing and communication Original papers are solicited for this journal. In particular, theoretical contributions should be formally stated and justified, and practical applications should be based on their firm formal basis.

Topics

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Fundamentals of Context-aware systems:

  • Context-aware models
  • Context-aware control
  • Context-aware algorithms
  • Context-aware networks
  • Context-aware computing
  • Context-awareness calculi
  • Context-awareness representation
  • Context-awareness-based systems
  • Logic in context-awareness
  • Context-awareness reasoning
  • Formal methods of context-awareness
  • Context-awareness-based optimization and swarm Intelligence
  • Knowledge-based awareness

Context-aware Systems:

  • Routing, transport, and reliability issues of context-aware systems
  • Techniques for data dissemination and replication in context-aware systems
  • Applications and middleware support, mobile social networking applications
  • Mobility models and statistical analysis of mobility traces
  • Context and social awareness mechanisms and algorithms
  • Co-existence of opportunistic networks with infrastructure mobile wireless networks
  • Service composition in autonomic and opportunistic networks
  • Cognition-driven information processing and decision making
  • Performance modeling, scaling laws, and fundamental limits for autonomic and opportunistic communications
  • Participatory and urban sensing in autonomic and opportunistic networks
  • Trust, security, and reputation
  • Autonomic and opportunistic communication testbeds and prototypes, measurement data from real experiments
  • Socio-economic models for autonomic and opportunistic communications

Context-aware Technologies:

  • Context-aware information retrieval
  • Context-aware profiling, clustering and collaborative filtering
  • Machine learning for context-aware information retrieval and ontology learning
  • Context-aware e-learning/tutoring
  • Use of context-aware technologies in UI/HCI
  • Context-aware advertising
  • Recommendations for mobile users
  • Context-awareness in portable devices
  • Context-aware services
  • Social Agents and Avatars
  • Emotion and Personality
  • Virtual Humans
  • Autonomous Actors
  • Awareness-based Animation
  • Social and Conversational Agents
  • Inter-Agent Communication
  • Social Behavior
  • Crowd Simulation
  • Understanding Human Activity
  • Memory and Long-term Interaction

Context-awareness (CA) has attracted increasing attention in computing and communication communities since it allows automatic adaptation of devices, systems, and applications to user's context change. The context is the information related to the situation of an entity such as the present status of people, places, things and devices in the environment.

An entity is a person, device, place, or object relevant to the interaction between a user and an application, such as location, time, activities, and services.

Context awareness allows for customization or creation of the application to match the preferences of the individual user, based on current context such as enterprise environment or home network.

Currently context has been considered as part of a process in which users are involved, hence specifying and developing context models are needed to support context-aware applications to

  • adapt interfaces,
  • tailor the set of application-relevant data,
  • increase the precision of information retrieval,
  • discover services,
  • make the user interaction implicit, or
  • build smart environments.

Context related to human factors is structured into three categories:

  • information on the user,
  • the user’s social environment, and
  • the user’s tasks.

Likewise, context related to physical environment is structured into three categories:

  • location,
  • infrastructure, and
  • physical conditions.
Keywords
Autonomous Actors, Awareness-based Animation, Context-aware algorithms, Context-aware computing, Context-aware control, Context-aware models, Context-awareness, Context-awareness-based optimization and swarm Intelligence, Context-awareness-based systems, Context-awareness calculi, Context-awareness reasoning, Context-awareness representation, Context-aware networks, Context-aware services, Crowd Simulation, Emotion and Personality, Formal methods of context-awareness, Inter-Agent Communication, Knowledge-based awareness, Logic in context-awareness, Memory and Long-term Interaction, Social Agents and Avatars, Social and Conversational Agents, Social Behavior, Understanding Human Activity, Virtual Humans