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MRC 2010 : Sixth International Workshop Modeling and Reasoning in Context


When Aug 16, 2009 - Aug 17, 2009
Where Lisbon, Portugal
Submission Deadline May 14, 2009
Notification Due Jun 7, 2009
Final Version Due Jun 18, 2009
Categories    context   ambient intelligence   artificial intelligence

Call For Papers


Final Call for Papers: MRC 2010
The 6th International Workshop on Modelling and Reasoning in Context

In conjunction with ECAI 2010
The 19th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Lisbon, Portugal

Submission deadline: Friday 14 May 2010


You can submit your contribution for MRC 2010 at the EasyChair conference system:

Welcome to MRC 2010

Ambient intelligent applications do not necessarily have the luxury afforded traditional software applications of "knowing" by design in which situations they are to function. Because of the ever-changing nature of the world with which these systems interact, they must dynamically adapt their behaviour during run time. To do this, they must be able to interpret the environment in which they are situated and adapt their behaviour accordingly.

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 as an additional major source 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 factors.

These factors may include not only physical characteristics of the task environment, but 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 Modeling and Reasoning in Context workshop series provides a forum to exchange and discuss issues and ideas in a friendly, cooperative environment. Together with other workshops at ECAI 2010 such as ARCOE 2010 and ExaCt 2010, we will explore the many aspects of context and ambient intelligence.

MRC aims to bring together researchers and scientists from different communities, both in industry and academia, to study, understand, and explore issues surrounding context. By considering modeling 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 modeling context, mechanisms and techniques for structured storage of contextual information, effective ways to retrieve it, and methods for enabling integration of context and application knowledge.

The focus of this years workshop is on integrating approaches from different disciplines. 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

ECAI 2010 will feature a range of context-related workshops. MRC 2010 has an applied focus and explores the many different approaches to and understandings of context and considers the value these provide to modeling, reasoning, application, and evaluation. ARCOE 2010 examines the logic and knowledge management aspects of context and ExaCt 2010 gives attention to explanations and their relationship to context.


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 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 submission is now open. The EasyChair MRC 2010 Web page is

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. Provided that the quantity and quality of submissions justifies a book or 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 AI conference KI in 2004. Subsequent workshops were held at IJCAI, AAAI, CONTEXT (2007), and most recently at HCP (2008).

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 ECAI 2010 main conference website has more information about the location and the registration process as well as other workshops:

Important Dates

Submission of papers: Friday, May 14, 2010
Reviews due: Friday, June 4, 2010
Notification: Monday, June 7, 2010
Camera-ready copies: Friday, June 18, 2010
CRC updates (LaTeX only): Friday, June 25, 2010
MRC Workshop: Monday/Tuesday, August, 16-17, 2010

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 does also give 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. No exceptions will be made.



Joerg Cassens
Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems
University of Luebeck, Germany

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

Marielba Silva de Zacarias
Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
University of Algarve, Portugal

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

Contact all chairs at:

Program Committee

* Agnar Aamodt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
* Patrick Brézillon, University of Paris 6, France
* Henning Christiansen, Roskilde University, Denmark
* Adrian Clear, Orange Labs, France
* Lorcan Coyle, University College Dublin, Ireland
* Babak Farshchian, SINTEF ICT, Norway
* Chiara Ghidini, FBK-irst, Italy
* Eyke Hüllermeier, University of Marburg, Germany
* Martin Christof Kindsmüller, University of Lübeck, Germany
* Boicho Kokinov, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
* David Leake, Indiana University, USA
* Ana G. Maguitman, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina
* Sobah Abbas Petersen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
* Enric Plaza, Spanish Council for Scientific Research, Spain
* Thomas R. Roth-Berghofer, German Research Center for Artificial Inteligence, Germany
* Hedda Schmidtke, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
* Sven Schwarz, German Research Center for Artificial Inteligence, Germany
* Patrícia Tedesco, University of Pernambuco, Brazil
* Santtu Toivonen, Idean, Finland
* José Tribolet, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
* Roy Turner, University of Maine, USA
* Andreas Zimmermann, Fraunhofer FIT, Germany

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