Assistive smart environments


Kevin Bouchard, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, [email protected]


Sébastien Gaboury, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, [email protected]


Research on smart environments is a vast applicative field that emerged from the advent of ubiquitous computing in the early nineties. Since then, smart environments have evolved into a complex multidisciplinary field of research
with several applications for the good of society. For instance, they can be exploited to enhance the security and the quality of life of geriatric populations, while extending their autonomy. In this regard, smart environments can serve as cognitive orthosis by providing punctual help in the daily activities/routine, they can provide statistical tools and report to healthcare professional, and they can even help with exercise program and/or medication. Nevertheless, the existing commercial implementations of the smart environments concept are still very limited and do not live up to the word “smart”.

There are several problems preventing the commercialization of assistive smart homes that first need to be addressed by researchers. In this context, this special session aims to gather researcher to discuss the current difficulties of implementing smart home for social good.

These difficulties depend on several disciplines such has: networking, security, artificial intelligence, ethics, and more. The authors from all fields working on subjects that can be applied toward the realization of assistive smart homes are encouraged to submit a paper presenting their recent work, or a scientific discussion on the topic.


Authors are solicited to submit original, previously unpublished papers in the following, but not limited to, topic areas:

  • Algorithms for plan, activity, intent, or behavior recognition or prediction
  • Machine learning and datamining for activity and routine prediction
  • Technology, architecture and software to build smart homes
  • Smart homes from DIY electronics
  • Middleware, knowledge representation and services for smart homes
  • IoT and smart homes
  • Assistance in smart homes (prompt, avatar, actuators, media)



All registered papers will be published by ACM and made available through ACM Digital Library.

  • Papers should be in English.
  • Regular papers should be up to 6 pages in length.
  • PhD track papers should be up to 2 pages in length.
  • Previously published work may not be submitted, nor may the work be concurrently submitted to any other conference or journal. Such papers will be rejected without review.

Proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in leading indexing services, Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

Authors of selected best accepted and presented papers will be invited to submit an extended version to:

All accepted authors are eligible to submit an extended version in a fast track of:


Paper submission

Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy‘ system, and have to comply with the ACM format (see Author’s kit section).


Important dates

Full Paper Submission deadline
1 May 2019 [extended]

Notification deadline
1 June 2019

Camera-ready deadline
1 July 2019

Start of Conference

25 September 2019

End of Conference

27 September 2019