SIGCHI Workshop, April 25, 2004, Vienna

Ambient Intelligence for Scientific Discovery (AISD)

April 25, Sunday, 2004

9:00 am to 16:00 pm

Austria Center Vienna (CHI Conference Center), Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, A-1220 Vienna,


System-level interaction design for scientific discovery has been gaining interest due to potential payoff in applications such as biomedical discovery, nano-materials and telecommunications. With growing data streams and the complexity of discovery tasks, we see demand for integrating digital media and communications (Internet, WiFi, SMS and Multimedia) and the opportunity for ambient interfaces using interaction methods that are usually taken for granted such as perception, insight and analogy.

Our goals are to help investigators and innovators "see the big pictures", to make non-obvious connections, have data at the point-of-decision, and to solve problems creatively. We also want to search for solutions to interesting questions such as:

How do we significantly reduce information while maintaining meaning?
How to extract patterns from massive and growing data resources?
How to design common information spaces for collaboration enabled by ambient interfaces?

On this Workshop, we plan to review the state-of-the-art studies about AISD in three dimensions: 1) ambient analytical environment, 2) ambient collaborative environment, and 3) ambient living environment. We expect to have long papers with significant overviews and references for post-proceedings.


9:00 - 11:40 Ambient Analytical Environment

"Rediscovering Ambient Intelligence"
Yang Cai, Carnegie Mellon University and
Judith Klein-Seetharaman, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany and Carnegie Mellon University, USA

"Science at the Speed of Thought,"
Judith E. Devaney, Steven G. Satterfield, John G. Hagedorn,
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

"Biolinguistics: The Use of Analogies in Interdisciplinary Research,"
Betty Cheng, Jaime Carbonell and Judith Klein-Seetharaman,
Carnegie Mellon University, USA and Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany

Coffee & Tea Break

"An Advanced Analytical Environment for Scientific Discovery within Continuous, Time-Varying Data-Streams,"
Andrew J. Cowell, Antonio P. Sanfilippo, Susan L. Havre,
Judi R. Thomson, Mark A. Whiting, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

"Haiku: Interactive Comprehensible Data Mining,"
Russell Beale, Andy Pryke,
University of Birmingham, UK

11:40 - 13:10 Lunch

13:15 - 13:45 Demos

"Visual Mining the Massive Aviation Data,"
William Eddy, Carnegie Mellon University

"A Computer-Aided Tech Review Genre,"
Cheryl Geisler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA and
David Kaufer, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

"BioSim - a Digital Gedanken Experiment of Biology,"
Yang Cai, Carnegie Mellon University and
Judith Klein-Seetharaman, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany, and Carnegie Mellon University, USA

13:45 - 14:30 Interdisciplinary Collaboration Environment

"Ambient Information for Collaboration and Discovery: Adapting from Information Practices in the Field,"
Peter Jones, Redesign Research, USA

"Discovery through Reconstruction: Exploring Digital Archeology,"
Sandra Olsen, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, USA,
Ashley Brickman, Yang Cai, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Issue discussions and coffee & tea break

14:30 - 15:20 Ambient Living Environment

"Ambient Intelligence for People with Disabilities and Elderly People,"
Julio Abascal, University of Basque Country-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain

"Ambient Intelligence from Personal Media,"
Yang Cai, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

"Intelligent Agile Agents: Active Enablers for Ambient Intelligence,"
G. M. P. O'Hare, M. J. O'Grady, S. Keegan, D. O'Kane, R. Tynan & D. Marsh
University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland.

Issue discussions

15:20 - 16:00 Around the Table and Conclusions

16:00 - Social activities

20:00 - Party

Organizers and Reviewers:

Yang Cai (Co-Chair), Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Judith Klein-Seetharaman (Co-Chair), Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany, CMU, USA
Peter Jones, Redesign Research, USA
Elena Zudilova, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Yongxiang Hu, NASA Langley Research Center, VA, USA
Tony Adriaansen, Telecommunications & Industrial Physics CSIRO, Australia
Goerge O'Hare, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland.

Updated on April 6, 2004