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CENTRIC 2014 : The Seventh International Conference on Advances in Human-oriented and Personalized Mechanisms, Technologies, and Services


When Oct 12, 2014 - Oct 16, 2014
Where Nice, France
Submission Deadline May 16, 2014
Notification Due Jul 4, 2014
Final Version Due Jul 20, 2014
Categories    user centric   personalization   HCI   privacy

Call For Papers

The evolution of services and the diversity of the user profiles composed with various contents and context-based access led to the development of specific mechanisms, services, and applications with a definitive, personalized, and user-centric flavor. Mechanisms are in place for service discovery using user profiles, for adapting the traffic following the quality of experience, or allowing personalized navigation and visualization. More is needed for network control and feedback consideration as well as for personalized storage and information retrieval within a given context.

There is a cohort of technologies that favored the so called “user-centric” services and applications. While some of them reached some maturity, others are to prove their economics (WiMax, IPTV, RFID, etc). The human-oriented and personalized technologies and services rely on a key set of features, some to be deployed, others getting more mature (personal profiles, preferences, identity, proximity, personal devices, etc.). Following, advanced applications covering human related activities benefit from personalized and human-oriented networks and services, especially preventive and personalized medicine, body networks and devices, or anticipative systems.

CENTRIC 2014 continues the series of events focusing on human-oriented and personalized mechanisms, technologies, and services, commonly known as I-centric. The conference will provide a forum where researchers shall be able to present recent research results and new research problems and directions related to them. The conference seeks contributions presenting novel result and future research in all aspects of user-centric mechanisms, technologies, and services.

We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All topics and submission formats are open to both research and industry contributions.

Centric views

User centricity: I-centric versus We-centric
User-centric in service-centric systems
User-centric business models
User-centric requirements in network-centric approaches
User-centric and critical time-centric applications and services
User information access behavior
User-centric professional attackers
User-centric data mining
User-centric data aggregation
Personalized seeking and personalized sharing
Contextual user information facets
User-oriented ontology
User empowerment: awareness and control
User-centric trust models

Privacy and anonymity

Anonymity and pseudonymity
Attacks against de-identified data
Data anonymity
Consent-based privacy disclosure
Private digital assets
Disclosure control techniques
Information loss assessment
Risk assessment for shared information
Privacy and anonymity ontology
Privacy technologies
User location anonymity techniques
Privacy preserving data and text mining
Privacy and anonymity in specialized applications /healthcare. databases, information retrieval, social networks, etc./
Legal aspects in privacy and anonymity

User-centric supporting mechanisms

Machine learning and artificial neural networks
Network control and feedback with man-in-the-loop
Personalized storage and information retrieval with user-context
Service discovery using user profile
Personalized navigation and visualization
Semantic web services
Advanced personalization techniques for semantic wikis
Application of advanced reasoning maintenance
Reasoning on user modeling and personalization
Information extraction and semantic web technologies with personalization and user modeling
Quality of experience


Personalization of ICT services and devices
Personalization of eHealth services
Personalization related to ICT in cars
Adaptive personalization
Supporting the user in initial set-up of user profiles
Personalization and user profile management
Preferences for personalization in manufacturers' devices

User-centric networking and services

Proximity and context-aware services
Social communities
User adapted services
Trust, privacy, security
Community services
Location services
Web 2.0 and Web 3.0
Key exchange, certificate handling, smartcards
Personal devices
Managing identity and security - identity provider
Home content access and rights management

User-centric advanced applications

Unmanned systems
On-body antennas
Body networks and devices
Preventive and personalized medicine
Anticipative systems for diagnosis and maintenance
Emergency and medical response systems
eHealth and telemedicine services
Personal entertainment

Technologies for personalized services

Personnel tracking
Presence automatic control
Remote home security control
User-centric recommender services
Identity management
Contactless radio: RFID, NFC
Proximity radio: Bluetooth, WLAN
Broadband and wireless broadband distribution
Ambient wireless and broadband networks
Social engineering and social networks
IPTV and Quadruple Play

People-centric sensing

People-centric sensing techniques, technologies, and applications
Participatory sensing
Smart phone sensing
Urban sensing
Bio-medical sensing
Mixed sensor networks and people-centric sensing
Mobile social networks and sensing; Mobile healthcare and sensing; Platforms and architectures; Context awareness; Situation awareness and management

User Experience and Usability

Attributes and Measurement
Ergonomics/Human Factors
User-Centered and Contextual Design
Design Guidance/Best Practices
Usability Heuristics, Testing and Evaluation
User Feedback and Response
Design Tools and Process
Prototyping Technologies
Responsive Design Strategies
Innovative User Interfaces

User Research and Usage Behavior

Up-front User Research
Use Cases and Case Study Research
Usage/User Studies on New Services
Adoption and Diffusion Research
Usage/Demand Forecasting and Planning
Technology Acceptance Research
User Behavior and Attitudes
Social and Cultural Influences


Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:
Submission (full paper) May 16, 2014
Notification July 4, 2014
Registration July 20, 2014
Camera ready August 5, 2015

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Regular Papers (up to 6-10 page article)

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

We would recommend that you not use too many extra pages, even if you can afford the extra fees. No more than 2 papers per event are recommended, as each paper must be separately registered and paid for. At least one author of each accepted paper must register to ensure that the paper will be included in the conference proceedings.

Work in Progress (short paper up to 4 pages long)

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress. Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Posters (poster or collection of 6 to 8 slides)

Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/projects presentations. Acceptance will be decided based on a 1-2 page abstract and/or 6-8 .pdf slide deck submitted through the conference submission website. The poster may be presented during sessions reserved for posters, or mixed with presentation of articles of similar topic. The slides must have comprehensive comments. One big Poster and/or the associated slides should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Ideas (2 page proposal of novel idea)

This category is dedicated to new ideas in their early stage. Contributions might refer to PhD dissertation, testing new approaches, provocative and innovative ideas, out-of-the-box, and out-of-the-book thinking, etc. Acceptance will be decided based on a maximum 2 page submission through the conference submission website. The contributions for Ideas will be presented in special sessions, where more debate is intended. The Idea contribution must be comprehensive, focused, very well supported (details might miss, obviously). A 6-8 slide deck should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Ideas explanation page.

Technical marketing/industrial/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information,

Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to

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