Scope and Topics

Paper Submission (open)

Important Dates





 Cognitive Collaborative Appliances: From Theory to Praxis

To be held in ECAI 2008

Patras, Greece

21-22 July 2008


From cognitive ergonomics to intelligent assistants, cognitive robotics, and human-robots interaction there is a wide breadth of theories and techniques concerned with the development of intelligent artifacts that are able to exhibit helpful behavior to their (software and human) peers.

  The ultimate objective is the development of systems that will act in a seamless and adaptive manner in the environment of the peers, serving their purpose with respect to the intentions, goals and restrictions of the peers, as any benevolent partner would do. We call such systems Cognitive Collaborative Appliances (CCA).


Cognitive Collaborative Appliances are systems that have an extended knowledge of the context in which they act including the knowledge about the tasks, goals, and constraints of their peers, as well as the ability to recognize situations, to learn and manage their plans, and to adapt, exhibiting helpful behavior.


  Examples of such appliances include "cognitive TVs", which helps people locate the best TV programs that fit their mood and preferences, "cognitive wheel chairs", which helps people with severe limitations to reach a target location safely and according to their preferences, "cognitive PDAs", which helps the user to schedule her obligations that maybe complex and conflicting, and appliances for gaming and entertainment, which change the scenario based on the user's mood, abilities, and preferences. 


Scope and Topics

Major issues to be discussed at this workshop include the following:

1.    What exactly are the principles upon which we can develop CCAs?

2.    To what extend these principles should drive the development of the target CCAs?

3.    Are domain/context-independent frameworks and technologies available that can readily be used for the development of CCA systems? How far are we from having such tools?

4.    How should we evaluate the performance of the available tools and systems?


The list of topics within the interest of this workshop includes:

-          Computational frameworks/theories/methodologies for CCAs: state-of-the art, issues and challenges

-          Context awareness (context sensing, affect/mood recognition, situation/event recognition, context-sensitive reactivity and plan management)

-          User profiling and system adaptation (including single- and multi-agent system adaptation)

-          Decision making (plan management techniques, reasoning with uncertainty)

-          Intelligent interaction (dialogue management, natural multimodal interfaces, human-robot interaction)

-          Applications (ambient intelligence, medical therapy, games, entertainment, personal wellness, etc.)


This will be a full-day workshop aiming to bring together people working on agent-based systems, collaborative planning, distributed and conditional planning techniques, cognitive scientists, people working on affective computing, cognitive robotics, human-robots interaction, knowledge management, intelligent assistive technologies, ambient intelligence, adaptive and self-organizing systems .


Paper Submission

It is highly recommended to submit papers using the final camera-ready formatting style specified in  ECAI 08 Style Guide. Submissions must not exceed 10 pages in camera-ready format. All submissions must be sent in PDF format.

Guidelines on the format of submissions will be available on the ECAI 2008 Style Guide page soon. Final versions of accepted papers will be required to conform strictly to the formatting requirements specified in the ECAI 2008 Style Guide.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the workshop to present the paper. All workshop participants are expected to register for the main ECAI-2008 conference. 

Papers can be submitted via the submissions management system.  In case of any problem please contact CCA organizers in cca@aegean.gr


Important Dates

10 April 2008

Deadline for paper submission.

10 May 2008

Notification of papers acceptance/rejection.

26 May 2008

Deadline for camera-ready paper.

21- 22 July 2008




George A. Vouros,
University of the Aegean, Greece

E-mail: georgev at aegean dot gr

Maja Pantic

Imperial College, UK

University of Twente, The Netherlands

Email: m.pantic at imperial dot ac dot uk


Program Committee

Hamid Aghajan
Stanford University, USA

Alexandros Artikis
NCSR “Demokritos”, Greece

Ioan Buciu
University of Oradea, Romania

Yang Cai
Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Diane J. Cook

Washington State University, USA

William J.Clansey

NASA Ames Research Center, USA

Kerstin Dautenhahn

University of Hertfordshire, UK

Guy Hoffman

MIT Media Laboratory, USA

Kostas Karpouzis

NTUA, Greece

Danilo Mandic

Imperial College, UK

Alex Michailidis

University of Torondo, Canada

Daniele Nardi

Universita di Sapienza di Roma, Italy

Anton Nijholt

University of Twente, The Netherlands

Toyoaki Nishida

Kyoto University, Japan

Seong-Whan Lee

Korea University, Korea

Ioannis Patras

Queen Mary University of London, UK

Charles Rich

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

Paul Scerry

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Kostas Stathis

Royal Holloway, UK

Katia Sycara

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Mohan Trivedi

University of California San Diego, USA

Marten den Uyl

Vicar Vision, The Netherlands