[ecoop-info] CfP: CONTEXT-AWARE APPLICATIONS AND SERVICES Special issue of the The Scientific World Journal

Giacomo Cabri giacomo.cabri at unimo.it
Mon Jan 12 13:04:34 CET 2015

Special issue of the The Scientific World Journal


Call For Papers

Deadline: Friday, 17 April 2015

The development of ubiquitous applications and services tailored to the 
needs and expectations of a very large number of potential users 
(especially mobile users) requires future systems to be aware of the 
service fruition contexts and possibly of accurate user profiles. 
Indeed, the availability of many raw and often unrelated services can be 
all but useful to the user, who is typically flooded with so many pieces 
of information (advices, advertisements, sales opportunities, etc.) that 
picking up what she/he really needs turns out like finding a needle in a 
haystack. Context-aware applications may be able to exploit the 
knowledge of the logical and physical surroundings where the user’s 
client is operating and possibly also a profile of the users themselves, 
in order to deliver controlled amounts of high quality

Clearly, this poses a number of challenging research problems: gathering
context data, often under real-time constraints; organizing such data in
memory efficient information structures (say relational or graph-based
structures); retrieving, filtering, and delivering to users small 
amounts of information appropriate to their current needs, again under 
time pressure.

The overall goal of the special issue is to solicit and publish 
high-quality papers that present innovative methodologies and techniques 
to efficiently and effectively support the dependent services and 
applications. We welcome both theoretical and applied papers in the 
field. Priority will be given to innovative proposals that push the 
boundaries of context exploitation towards a broader idea of context, 
including (among others) the modeling of the external environment, the 
users’ profile, and the history of the actions
performed by them. Moreover, survey-like papers presenting studies of 
relevant state-of-the-art will also be considered.

Original papers are invited from academic and industrial researchers 
active in the communities of database and information systems, 
information retrieval, semantic web, algorithms and protocols for mobile 
devices, mobile software development, distributed services, and mobile 


Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

* Models and techniques for the representation of contexts

* Storage solutions, data structures, and algorithms suitable for the 
handling of contexts (access, dynamic update, learning, etc.)

* Data management techniques enabling context exploitation and content

* Semantic analysis techniques for context information understanding and

* Semantic techniques for context-aware services

* Software and platforms supporting (mobile) context-dependent applications

* Middleware for context-aware applications and services

* User profiling techniques

* Application and evaluation of context-aware techniques toward 
significant test
scenarios, including context-aware advertising, proactive applications and
ebooks, smart help-desk solutions, ambient intelligence, assisted 
living, and
pervasive/ubiquitous applications

Submissions and Important dates

Authors can submit their manuscripts via the Manuscript Tracking System at

Guidelines for preparing your submission can be found at

Manuscript Due Friday, 17 April 2015
First Round of Reviews Friday, 10 July 2015
Expected Publication Date Friday, 4 September 2015

The articles of The Scientific World Journal are indexed in more than 60
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for a full list.

Lead Guest Editor

Riccardo Martoglia, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

Guest Editors

Giacomo Cabri, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
Sergio Ilarri, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Ichiro Satoh, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan


| Prof. Giacomo Cabri - Ph.D., Associate Professor
| Dip. di Scienze Fisiche, Informatiche e Matematiche
| Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia - Italia
| e-mail giacomo.cabri at unimore.it
| tel. +39-059-2058320 fax +39-059-2055216

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