MRC: Modeling and Retrieval of Context



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MRC 2011 Seventh International Workshop on Modelling and Reasoning in Context
Sep 26, 2011 - Sep 27, 2011 Karlsruhe, Germany Jul 10, 2011 (Jul 3, 2011)

Present CFP : 2011


Second Call for Papers: MRC 2011
The 7th International Workshop on Modelling and Reasoning in Context

In conjunction with CONTEXT 2011
The 7th International and Interdisciplinary
Conference on Modelling and Using Context
Karlsruhe, Germany

Submission deadline extended:
Abstracts due: Sunday July 03, 2011
Papers due: Sunday July 10, 2011


Welcome to MRC 2011

Context has moved from the researchers' workbench to become a major
selling point in applications, devices and smart environments. Indeed,
context sensitive processing plays a key role in many modern IT
applications, with context-awareness and context-based reasoning
essential not only for mobile and ubiquitous computing, but also for a
wide range of other areas such as collaborative software, web
engineering, personal knowledge management, information sharing, health
care workflow and patient control, adaptive games, and e-Learning solutions.

One of the challenges, from an intelligent systems perspective, is to
integrate context with other types of knowledge for reasoning,
decision-making, and adaptation to form a coherent and versatile
architecture. There is a common understanding that achieving desired
behaviour from intelligent systems will depend on the ability to
represent and manipulate information about a rich range of contextual

These factors may include not only physical characteristics of the task
environment, but, possibly more importantly, many other aspects
including cognitive factors such as the knowledge states (of both the
application and user) or emotions, and social factors such as networks,
relations, roles, and hierarchies. This representation and reasoning
problem presents research challenges to which methodologies derived from
areas such as artificial intelligence, knowledge management, human-
computer interaction, semiotics and psychology can contribute solutions.

Despite the value of diverse approaches to context, integrating findings
from the social sciences into the design of context-aware systems and
building psychologically plausible knowledge models remains problematic.
Furthermore, it is difficult to deal with uncertainty on different
levels, from interpretation of uncertain sensor input data through to
identification of contexts with fuzzy borders. Moreover, the ability of
the system to use explanations, both as a part of its reasoning and as a
means of communication with the user requires further consideration.

Workshop Objectives

The Modelling and Reasoning in Context workshop series aims to bring
together researchers and practitioners from different communities, both
in industry and academia, to study, understand, and explore issues
surrounding context. By considering modelling and reasoning approaches
for context-sensitive systems from a broad range of areas, the workshop
will facilitate the sharing of problems, techniques, and solutions. The
workshop covers different understandings of what context is, different
approaches to modelling context, mechanisms and techniques for
structured storage of contextual information, effective ways to retrieve
it, and methods for enabling integration of context and application

MRC provides a forum to exchange and discuss issues and ideas in a
friendly, cooperative environment. The focus of this years workshop is
on commercialising context and the impact of this on context models.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Generic and specific context models
* Explicit representations of context
* Representation of and reasoning with uncertainty
* Retrieval of context and context information
* Context-based retrieval and reasoning
* Socio-technical issues
* Approaches to the integration of findings from the social sciences
* Context awareness and context-sensitivity
* Context awareness in applications
* Evaluation of context-aware applications
* Explanation and context
* Mobile context
* Issues of time, dynamics and information ageing
* Context focusing and context switching
* Context management


The workshop will last two full days and will be organised into three
main parts.

The first part will consist of short presentations of the accepted
papers, grouped into sessions. Each session will be followed by a
discussion period. The goal of these sessions is to introduce the work
of all the participants.

The second part will consist of three panel discussion sessions, each
dedicated to one specific issue. The suggested issues are "perception",
"context awareness", and "context sensitivity", but these are subject to
change dependent on the interests of the attendees and the nature of
submissions. The goal of these panels is to discuss the various
approaches to each of these basic issues and to identify the critical
problems in need of attention and the most promising research directions.

The workshop will be concluded with an open discussion summarising the
most important lessons learned.


Workshop submissions are electronic, in PDF format only, using the
EasyChair submission system.

Paper length should not exceed 12 pages in the Springer LNCS format.
Guidelines and templates are available on the web at

Papers will be published in accompanying proceedings and online.
Provided that the quantity and quality of submissions justifies a
special journal issue on context aware systems, authors of accepted
papers will be invited to submit extended versions for such a publication.

All workshop participants must register both for this workshop and the
main conference. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend
the workshop.

Background to MRC

MRC was first held at the German AI conference KI in 2004. Subsequent
workshops have been held at IJCAI, AAAI, CONTEXT, HCP and ECAI (2010).

These workshops have been successful in raising awareness about the
importance of context as a major issue for future intelligent systems,
especially for the use of mobile devices and current research on
ubiquitous computing. At the same time, advances in methodologies for
modelling and retrieving context have been made and MRC continues to
provide a venue for the discussion and furthering of research into
issues surrounding context.


More information about MRC and the paper submission system can be found
on the workshop website at:

Submission System:

Join the mailing list for MRC by visiting:

The CONTEXT 2011 main conference website has more information about the
location and the registration process as well as other workshops:

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts Sun July 3, 2011
Submission of papers Sun July 10, 2011
Notification of authors Thu August 4, 2011
Camera-ready copies Thu August 18, 2011
CRC updates (LaTeX only) Thu August 25, 2011
MRC Workshop Mon/Tue September 26-27, 2011

Correctly formatted camera ready versions of manuscripts typeset using
LaTeX can be updated up to one week after the camera ready version has
been submitted if (and only if) they pass EasyChair's check and compile
without errors when uploaded. You will have to submit a working version
by the normal camera ready deadline, this helps you to check whether
your LaTeX code compiles without errors. It also gives us a version to
work with. Note that this applies to LaTeX users only since, out of
experience, Word documents need much more fine tuning on our side, so we
need the additional time.



Jörg Cassens
Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems
University of Lübeck, Germany

Rebekah K. Wegener
Centre for Language in Social Life
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Anders Kofod-Petersen
SINTEF Information and Communication Technology
Trondheim, Norway

Contact all chairs at:

Program Committee (subject to amendment)

* Agnar Aamodt,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
* Tarek Richard Besold,
University of Osnabrueck, Germany
* Patrick Brezillon,
University of Paris 6, France
* Henning Christiansen,
Roskilde University, Denmark
* Adrian Clear,
Lancaster University, UK
* Lorcan Coyle,
lero, Ireland
* Martin Christof Kindsmueller,
University of Lübeck, Germany
* David Leake,
Indiana University, USA
* Ana Gabriela Maguitman,
Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina
* Alessandra Mileo,
DERI, Ireland
* Olga Murdoch,
University College Dublin, Ireland
* Thomas Roth-Berghofer,
University of Hildesheim, Germany
* Patricia Tedesco,
University of Pernambuco, Brazil
* Santtu Toivonen,
Idean, Finland

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