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3rd CompanionAble Workshop - IoPTS
02.12.2009 - 02.12.2009
Novotel Brussels - Brussels


Proceedings available

After a successful and very fruitful workshop the online proceedings are now available and can be accessed by following this link.



Please note that the date has been changed to  2nd December 2009 only as many workshop participants have indicated that this would be more suitable for them.

Furthermore we are pleased to confirm the following venue: 

120, rue du Marché Aux Herbes

Additionally we are pleased to announce that selected papers will appear in the Ubiquitous  Computing and Communication Journal (UBICC Journal, ISSN 1992-8424, (http://www.ubicc.org).

Submissions of workshop contributions are now closed.

Registrations (free of charge) can be made by emailing the workshop chairs the following details:

  • Title
  • Name
  • First Name
  • Organisation
  • Position
  • Address
  • EMail address

The final agenda is as follows:

Final Workshop Agenda


Call for Participation

Future Internet of People, Things and Services (IoPTS) eco-Systems
Empowering Future AAL Teams of Companion Robots and e-Carers  

The CompanionAble Consortium Annual Workshop Series

in Collaboration with the AAL Cluster

Brussels, 2nd of December 2009

Expected Participation

The 1st International Internet of Things and Services (IoTS) 2-day Workshop at the TrustAMI08 Conference Sophia AntiPolis in September 2008 attracted a considerable number of high quality contributions including both papers and demonstrations and around 40 delegates attended that Workshop. The following Internet of Things & Services (IoTS) Network Session at the EC Conference, Lyon, in November 2008 attracted about 70 attendees.  Another thematically related Network Session on “Virtual User Systems for AAL” in the EC Conference, Lyon, November 2008, attracted excellent contributors and an audience of around 100.

This year again we confidently invite and expect excellent contributions to this thematically integrated workshop on a confluence of Future Internet, IoPTs-AAL enabling technologies, and we are prepared to hold it as a 2-day or longer workshop depending on the number of submitted good quality papers.  This workshop will interest academic and industrial researchers, innovation strategists as well as IoPTS solution integrators.   


The vision of the Future “Internet of People, Things and Services, IoPTS” is gaining momentum in the emergent academic, industrial and market innovation arenas.  Many key enabling technologies are already available such as middleware and service-oriented architectures, virtualisation, RFID, sensor networking.  The vision of cloud computing (eCloud) further motivates interest in research and innovation to underpin ubiquitous IoPTS integration.  However the promises of the Future Internet in empowering cooperativity support to underpin optimal eMobility, eHealth, eSecurity, eCloud and eMedia services delivery have to be realised in a societally safe, trustworthy, ethical and acceptable manner as well as in increasingly scalable, sustainable and affordable ways;  so as to push forwards the frontiers of digital inclusivity amongst European citizens.

Based on the seamless integration of embedded networked devices and services, the Internet of People, Things and Services involves also the automatic discovery and identification of Things and Services, e.g. within the Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) for smart sensing and metering, communication, service selection and composition, security resolution and dynamic contracting and secure deployment of, and payment for, services.

However, the envisioned world of Ambient Intelligence and pervasive computing would be closer to realising its full potential if the embedded devices were able to communicate in semantically interoperable ways with each other so as to cooperate and complete tasks securely and dependably.

This implies at least the expectation of certain baseline capabilities to be fulfilled by any networked things (e.g. devices/sensors) in terms of identity management, transparency of their available resources (power, CPU, memory, functions) either directly or through proxy services.


This 3rd CompanionAble Consortium International Workshop will discuss the above issues through theoretical and applied research presentations, prototypes demonstrations and discussion panels.

The Internet of People, Things and Services (IoPTS) embraces a range of exciting internet-enabled technologies for individual life/work-style support as well as an opportunity for commercial and business exploitation of emerging technology platforms e.g. to underpin the vision of Ambient Assisted Living.

The IoPTS are to support pervasive ambient intelligence of objects and/or services through 1) context-based computation and 2) privacy-security-preferences-QoS-aware selection, resolution and execution of “smart” service-oriented model-driven systems and services. This requires a framework for semantic-cooperative interoperability and security resolution so as to adequately support the required controlled orchestration of tasks within sensor/enterprise environments (eco-systems) supported by context management, communications, resources management, and context-sensitive privacy policy maintenance and enactment (to be fulfilled on-device or proxy-enabled depending on the device resources).

In this context, several pressing research issues arise:

  • The assumption of the secure interconnectivity of people and physical things and the ability to automatically take advantage of context information and computation to invoke appropriate action naturally highlights issues of privacy, security and trust.
  • The need for seamless interoperability and re-configurability of Things and Services for flexible end-to-end solution integration highlights issues of providing secure service provisioning, composition and security-and-QoS-based dynamic applications contracting and the use of privacy-enhancing technologies within the Internet of Things & Services Architecture.

The Confluence of Research Themes of Interest

Accordingly the papers presented in the proposed workshop are expected to cover the following areas:

Security under the Future Internet of People, Things & Services Architecture to underpin coopertivity support amongst all interconnected entities:

  • Formal aspects of privacy, security and trust in the Future Internet of People, Things and Services Framework Architectures (IoPTS-FA)
  • Secure IoPTS service selection, composition, information flow security and privacy enhancing technologies
  • Security and privacy policy languages and their enforcement under user-control
  • Security guarantees and metrics
  • The relevance of traditional security technologies to the zero-knowledge paradigm for IoTS-FA; e.g. the relevance of established AAA and biometric security and ID management for sustainably secure IoTS-FA
  • eCloud secure deployment and billing
  • Data Provenance and Footprint rights resolution in the Future IoPTS
  • Secure telematic sensing and metering

Context-Awareness and Data Fusion within the Internet of People, Things & Services Architecture   
  • Formal models of context-awareness at appropriate levels of abstraction
  • Device-level context-reasoning and publishing       
  • Context  linking, de-linking and resolution including Security Context       
  • Semantic context, data fusion and automated reasoning with context data       
  • Mobility issues and transient context data management       
  • Semantic-cooperative preference technologies for achieving privacy-security-preferences-QoS-awareness       
  • Dynamic contexts in the Internet of People, Things and Services

Architectural Issues and tools for the Internet of People, Things and Services   
  • Architectures for Internet of People, Things and Services        
  • Semantics and architecture for achieving (some on-device) self-management for Internet of People, Things & Services utilising contexts including QoS, Security
  • Enterprise Environment Interoperability requirements such as semantic standards, and middleware to underpin full semantic-cooperative interoperability at the application layer        
  • Semantic integration and automatic discoveries        
  • Tools for building the Internet of People, Things and Services       
  • On-device communication management including privacy boundary- sensitised information relationship management        
  • On-device resources management (power, memory efficiency management)
  • Inter-Device Proxy/Delegation of services/responsibilities (ad hoc, dynamically appropriated per policy or hard-wired)

Use-cases and exploitation of the Internet of People, Things and Services

  • Use-cases addressing the Internet of People, Things and Services        
  • Usability Relationship Management, Technology Acceptance, Appropriation and Diffusion Challenges for IoPTS-enabling technologies          
  • Socio-ethically intelligent deployment of the IoPTS-enabling technologies         
  • Legal aspects of the Internet of People, Things and Services Technology Deployment        
  • New disruptive business models exploiting the emergent service provisioning opportunities with IoPTS-enabling technologies        
  • Specific application case studies for example for Facilities Management, Ambient Assisted Living, Healthcare, long-term therapy and wellbeing management, emergency response management, etc.

The Internet of People Things and Services (IoPTS) Future Web n* Architecting

  • eCloud management challenges
  • Social Network Modelling, Social and Shared Computing
  • Ad Hoc Instant Data Intelligence Analytics  
  • “Point-of-Click”-Recommender and Advocacy Systems
  • Meta-logging, Meta-mapping and Visualisation Systems & Services  
  • Emergent co-generatively-enabled properties of network-enabled entities  etc

Participation Process and Timeline

Those wishing to contribute to the workshop as either presenters, discussants or exhibitors can   contact the Workshop Programme Chairs as listed below to indicate their intention to participate and/or send a position paper including an outline of the issues that they wish to discuss and clarify whether they intend to make a presentation, lead a break-out group or act as a Panellist, Discussant or exhibitor of any prototypes.  

The Deadlines are as follows:

  • Submission of position papers: 3rd November 2009 15th November 2009 now closed.
  • Notification to Authors:  10th November 2009 20th November 2009
  • Submission of Camera-Ready Papers: 17th of November 2009 25th November 2009.

Exhibitors should state the space and resources required which can not exceed 2 cubic meters, power and internet availability.

Papers should not exceed 8 pages in the LNCS format and are subjected to a reviewing process.

Information about the registration procedure will be published shortly on: www.CompanionAble.net/WorkshopIoPTS.

Workshop Programme Co-Chairs:

Atta Badii (University of Reading, UK, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Carmen Pastor (TECNALIA-Robotiker, Spain, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Daniel Thiemert (University of Reading, UK, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Workshop Programme Committee members:

Igone Etxeberria (Ingema, Spain), Claire Huijnen (Smart Homes Netherlands), Sandra Dittenberger (CURE, Austria), Ana Maseda (University of A Coruna, Spain), Anne-Sophie Rigaud (Broca Hospital, France), Andreas Hochgatterer (ARC, Austria), Jerome Boudy (Institute Telecom, France), Horst-Michael Gross (Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany), Gerard Chollet (Institut Telecom, France)


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