Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments

GOODTECHS 2020 goes Virtual

Due to the world COVID-19 pandemic, the Organizing Committee of GOODTECHS 2020 decided to host the conference fully online, instead of the traditional face-to-face one in Antwerp. In addition, we have postponed the submission deadline to June 1st, 2020. Further details will be provided as soon as possible. We regret any inconvenience that this decision may cause, but we expect all colleagues to understand that it was not feasible to hold the conference in the usual format.


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


Sébastien Gaboury, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada


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: ambient intelligence, sensors, 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. This special session would be interesting for GOODTECHS 2020 since it is broad enough to include many researchers from different fields and since its topic is an application for social good.


Authors are solicited to submit original, previously unpublished papers in the following, but not limited to topic areas:

  • Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing
  • 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)
  • Wearables and actuators


All accepted and presented papers will be published in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series — ICPS and made available through ACM Digital Library. The registered papers must follow the guidelines below:

  • Papers should be in English.
  • Regular papers should be up to 6 pages in length.
  • WIP and PhD track papers should be 4 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 also be submitted for inclusion in other leading indexing services, Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

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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 June 2020
Notification deadline
13 July 2020
Camera-ready deadline
30 July 2020