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New ERCIM Working Group SESAMI

The ERCIM Working Group SESAMI on "Smarts Environments and Systems for Ambient Intelligence" ( has been officially formed in mid 2006 and is co-chaired by Anthony Savidis (FORTH) and Norbert Streitz (Fraunhofer). It succeeded in bringing together a selected group of internationally renowned experts in the field, displaying a very good balance of ERCIM and non-ERCIM institutions.

There are two key scientific activities that have been scheduled for 2007:


1) Two special thematic sessions as part of the 4th International Conference for Universal Access in Human Computer Interaction (UAHCI), jointly with the 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction to be held on 22-27 July 2007 in Beijing, China (

- SESAMI-I: Interaction Design and Evaluation chaired by Norbert Streitz

- SESAMI-II: Tools, Architectures and Infrastructures, chaired by Anthony Savidis.

For both sessions an open call for papers has been made, resulting in a selection of total 14 accepted papers, 7 per session. All papers will be published as part of the Springer LNCS proceedings of the UAHCI - 2007 conference.

2) A Special Theme issue will be published by Elsevier in their international refereed, interdisciplinary Journal "Interacting with Computers" (IwC). It is entitled "Interaction in Ambient Intelligence: Methods, Tools and Applications" with the guest editors Anthony Savidis, Norbert Streitz, Carsten Magerkurth and Constantine Stephanidis. The selection process for the papers has started.