Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments

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impact factor 2020 1.595
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13; 6 issues
Last issue (13:2) online on 26 March 2021
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13:3 scheduled for May 2021
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Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, Artificial Intelligence, Computer & Communication Sciences, Computer Science
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We welcome the Associate Editors for 2020-2021: Vincent Tam, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong and Andres Muñoz Ortega, Universidad Católica de Murcia, Spain

We thank the Associate Editors for 2018-2019 for their excellent work: Aki Harma, Philips Research, The Netherlands and Kevin Wang, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Call for papers: Secure and Advanced Technology for Intelligent Environments (submission deadline: 5 September 2021)

Call for papers: Current Trends and the Future of Internet of Things in Industry and Enterprise (submission deadline: 15 January 2022)

The Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (JAISE) serves as a forum to discuss the latest developments on Ambient Intelligence (AmI) and Smart Environments (SmE). Given the multi-disciplinary nature of the areas involved, the journal aims to promote participation from several different communities covering topics ranging from enabling technologies such as multi-modal sensing and vision processing, to algorithmic aspects in interpretive and reasoning domains, to application-oriented efforts in human-centered services, as well as contributions from the fields of robotics, networking, HCI, mobile, collaborative and pervasive computing. This diversity stems from the fact that smart environments can be defined with a variety of different characteristics based on the applications they serve, their interaction models with humans, the practical system design aspects, as well as the multi-faceted conceptual and algorithmic considerations that would enable them to operate seamlessly and unobtrusively. The Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments will focus on both the technical and application aspects of these.
The broad areas represented in the journal given the multi-disciplinary nature of the field and applications include:

  • Sensors, vision, and networks
  • Mobile and pervasive computing
  • Human-centered interfaces
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Multi-agents
  • Societal applications and implications
  • Internet of Things

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Scene and event modeling, representation, and reconstruction
  • Applications in health care: assisted living, fall detection, elderly care, patient monitoring, patient rehabilitation, brain-computer interfaces
  • Applications in smart homes: home safety, energy efficiency, entertainment, ambience, multimedia
  • Applications in smart buildings, smart classrooms, smart cars, in safety, energy efficiency, services
  • Modeling environments (homes, hospitals, transportation, roads, offices, classrooms, museums, etc)
  • Virtual and immersive reality, augmented reality, multi-modal immersion
  • Occupancy-based services
  • Applications of combined pervasive / ubiquitous computing with AI
  • Automated system setup and environment discovery
  • Network middleware and protocols to facilitate SmE
  • Innovative sensing devices and innovative uses of existing sensors (e.g. RFID)
  • Use of mobile, wireless, visual, and multi-modal sensor networks in intelligent systems
  • Virtual smart environments, interfaces with real world, social networks as smart environments
  • Sensor data fusion and collaboration in multi-sensor systems and networks
  • Mobile/wearable intelligence
  • Self-adaptive AmI systems
  • Context awareness
  • Cognitive and emotional awareness
  • Handling preferences of the individual users and user groups
  • Mediating conflicting interests
  • Behavior modeling
  • Intention recognition
  • Agent-based approaches to AmI
  • Robotics applied to smart environments
  • Distributed and collaborative computing and reasoning
  • Distributed video surveillance
  • Intuitive user interface design, unobtrusiveness, ease of setup, ergonomics
  • Human interaction with autonomous systems
  • Non-restrictive HCI
  • Assistive technologies, interfaces for special groups
  • Educational interfaces
  • Multimodal interfaces
  • Human action and gesture interpretation
  • Social issues of applications of AmI/SmE
  • Legal Issues in AmI
  • Intelligent handling of privacy, security and trust
  • Technology adoption issues and implications

JAISE welcomes submissions of scientific papers, which will be peer-reviewed. These articles should be prepared following the journal's official format and submitted through the official online submission system. Scientific research papers make up the core of the issues of JAISE.

JAISE also considers less technical and shorter articles for inclusion, which can be useful for the scientific community:

(a) Short articles reporting on PhD theses recently defended in the technical areas relevant to the journal. Articles in this category are typically expected to be one page long and will contain information like the abstract of the thesis, details of the viva (date, place, members of the examination board) and a photo of the event. This article can be written by the student or by one of the supervisors.

(b) Opinion articles and letters which can help our community to reflect, discuss or encourage debate and joint work in certain areas.

Articles in any of these two categories should also be prepared following the journal's official format, but should not be submitted through the official submissions webpage, but sent directly to either of the co-Editors-in-Chief. These types of papers will not be peer-reviewed. The co-Editors-in-Chief will decide on the inclusion of these articles.

Published issues till date

Volume 1, Issue 1 (January 2009): Inaugural issue: State of the Art in AmI and SmE
Volume 1, Issue 2 (April 2009): Thematic issue: Wearable Sensors
Volume 1, Issue 3 (July 2009): Thematic Issue: Contribution of Artificial Intelligence to AmI
Volume 1, Issue 4 (October 2009): Regular Issue
Volume 2, Issue 1 (January 2010): Thematic issue: Computational Modeling of Human-oriented Knowledge in Ambient Intelligence
Volume 2, Issue 2 (April 2010): Regular Issue
Volume 2, Issue 3 (July 2010): Thematic Issue: Smart Homes
Volume 2, Issue 4 (October 2010): Regular Issue
Volume 3, Issue 1 (January 2011): Thematic Issue: Synergetic Prosperity
Volume 3, Issue 2 (April 2011): Regular Issue
Volume 3, Issue 3 (July 2011): Thematic Issue: Computer Vision for Ambient Intelligence
Volume 3, Issue 4 (October 2011): Regular Issue
Volume 4, Issue 1 (January 2012): Regular Issue
Volume 4, Issue 2 (March 2012):  Regular Issue
Volume 4, Issue 3 (May 2012): Thematic Issue: A software engineering perspective on smart applications for AmI
Volume 4, Issue 4 (July 2012): Regular Issue
Volume 4, Issue 5 (September 2012): Thematic Issue: Home-based Health and Wellness Measurement and Monitoring
Volume 4, Issue 6 (November 2012): Regular Issue
Volume 5, Issue 1 (January 2013): Thematic Issue: Context Awareness
Volume 5, Issue 2 (March 2013): Regular Issue
Volume 5, Issue 3 (May 2013): Thematic Issue: Intelligent agents in Ambient Intelligence and smart environments
Volume 5, Issue 4 (August 2013): Regular Issue
Volume 5, Issue 5 (October 2013): Thematic Issue: Design and Deployment of Intelligent Environments
Volume 5, Issue 6 (November 2013): Regular Issue
Volume 6, Issue 1 (February 2014): Thematic Issue: Ambient and Smart Component Technologies for Human Centric Computing
Volume 6, Issue 2 (March 2014): Regular Issue
Volume 6, Issue 3 (May 2014): Thematic Issue: Playful Interactions and Serious Games
Volume 6, Issue 4 (July 2014): Regular Issue
Volume 6, Issue 5 (August 2014): Thematic Issue: Challenges of Engineering Intelligent Environments
Volume 6, Issue 6 (December 2014): Regular Issue
Volume 7, Issue 1 (January 2015): Thematic Issue: Affect Aware Ubiquitous Computing
Volume 7, Issue 2 (April 2015): Regular Issue
Volume 7, Issue 3 (June 2015): Thematic Issue: Evaluating Ambient Assisted Living Components and Systems
Volume 7, Issue 4 (July 2015): Regular Issue
Volume 7, Issue 5 (September 2015): Thematic Issue: Mobility
Volume 7, Issue 6 (November 2015): Regular Issue
Volume 8, Issue 1 (January 2016): Thematic Issue: Natural Interaction in Intelligent Environments
Volume 8, Issue 2 (March 2016): Regular Issue
Volume 8, Issue 3 (April 2016): Regular Issue
Volume 8, Issue 4 (September 2016): Thematic Issue: Human-centric computing and intelligent environments
Volume 8, Issue 5  (October 2016): Thematic Issue: Reflections and advances in Ambient Intelligence
Volume 8, Issue 6 (November 2016): Regular Issue
Volume 9, Issue 1 (January 2017): Two Thematic Sections and Two Regular Papers
Volume 9, Issue 2 (March 2017): Regular Issue
Volume 9, Issue 3 (April 2017): Thematic Issue: Intelligent systems, applications and environments for the industry of the future
Volume 9, Issue 4 (June 2017): Regular Issue
Volume 9, Issue 5 (August 2017): Thematic Issue: Cognitive approaches, reasoning and learning
Volume 9, Issue 6 (November 2017): Regular Issue
Volume 10, Issue 1 (January 2018): Regular Issue
Volume 10, Issue 2 (March 2018): Regular Issue
Volume 10, Issue 3 (June 2018): Thematic Issue: Intelligent Environments 2017
Volume 10, Issue 4 (August 2018): Regular Issue
Volume 10, Issue 5 (September 2018): Thematic Issue: IoT for personal or mobile Health
Volume 10, Issue 6 (November 2018): Regular Issue
Volume 11, Issue 1 (January 2019): The 10th Anniversary Issue – Openly Available
Volume 11, Issue 2 (March 2019): Regular Issue
Volume 11, Issue 3 (May 2019): Thematic Issue: Situation-aware Intelligent Environments
Volume 11, Issue 4 (July 2019): Regular Issue
Volume 11, Issue 5 (September 2019): Regular Issue
Volume 11, Issue 6 (November 2019): Regular Issue
Volume 12, Issue 1 (January 2020): Thematic Issue: Artificial Intelligence for IoT Systems
Volume 12, Issue 2 (March 2020): Regular Issue
Volume 12, Issue 3 (May 2020): Thematic Issue: Impact of sensor data on intelligent environments
Volume 12, Issue 4 (July 2020): Regular Issue
Volume 12, Issue 5 (September 2020): Thematic Issue: Smart environments and ambient intelligence in agricultural and environmental technology
Volume 12, Issue 6 (November 2020): Regular Issue
Volume 13, Issue 1 (January 2021): Thematic Issue: Location-aware Computing to Mobile Services Recommendation: Theory and Practice

Top 5 most cited papers (all time)

  1. New research perspectives on ambient intelligence, Emile Aarts and Boris de Ruyter
  2. Distributed recognition of human actions using wearable motion sensor networks, Allen Y. Yang et al.
  3. Evaluation of an inexpensive depth camera for in-home gait assessment, Erik Stone and Marjorie Skubic
  4. Video based technology for ambient assisted living: A review of the literature, Fabien Cardinaux et al.
  5. Activity recognition using semi-Markov models on real world smart home datasets, T.L.M. van Kasteren et al.

Top 5 most downloaded papers (all time)

  1. User evaluation of mobile augmented reality scenarios, Thomas Olsson et al.
  2. New research perspectives on Ambient Intelligence, Emile Aarts and Boris de Ruyter
  3. A generalized model for quantifying the impact of Ambient Intelligence on smart workplaces: Applications in manufacturing, Shady Aly et al.
  4. A creative prototype illustrating the ambient user experience of an intelligent future factory, Tiinaa Kymäläinen et al.
  5. A comparative study of systems for the design of flexible user interfaces, Christopher Mayer et al.

Hamid Aghajan
Department of Telecommunications and
Information Processing
Ghent University

Juan Carlos Augusto
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Computer Science
Middlesex University
London, United Kingdom

Associate Editors
Andres Muñoz Ortega
Universidad Católica de Murcia
Murcia, Spain

Vincent Tam
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Advisory Board
Sensors, vision and networks
Takeo Kanade
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, USA

Human-centered interfaces
Nicu Sebe
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Wolfgang Wahlster
German Research Center for
Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Berlin, Germany

Artificial Intelligence for AmI-SmE
Vic Callaghan
University of Essex
Essex, United Kingdom

Emile Aarts
Technical University of Eindhoven
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Mobile and pervasive computing
Anind Dey
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, USA

Robotics for AmI-SmE
Pieter Jonker
Delft University
Delft, The Netherlands

Multi-agents for AmI-SmE
Toru Ishida
Kyoto University
Kyoto, Japan

Diane Cook
Washington State University
Washington, USA

Societal applications and implications
Boris De Ruyter
Philips Research
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Editorial Board
Ehsan Adeli, Stanford University, Stanford, USA
Somaya Ben Allouch, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Dimitris Charitos, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Chen Chen, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Stefano Chessa, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Jeannette Chin, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Lukas Esterle, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Anthony Fleury, Ecole des Mines de Douai, Lille, France
Francesco Furfari, Italian National Research Council, Rome (CNR), Rome, Italy
Matjaz Gams, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mounir Ghogho, International University of Rabat, Rabat, Morocco
Carles Gomez, Technical University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Björn Gottfried, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany
Aki Harma, Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
David Keyson, University of Delft, Delft, The Netherlands
Ben Krose, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Abdel Labbi, IBM, Zurich, Switzerland
Michael Lew, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
Jun Luo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
Massimo Mecella, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Rome, Italy
Alex Mihailidis, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Tatsuo Nakajima, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Paulo Novais, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
Shogo Okada, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Fabio Paternò, Institute for Information Science and Technologies "Alessandro Faedo" - ISTI, Pisa, Italy
Wilfried Philips, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
François Portet, Grenoble Alpes University, Grenoble, France
Andrea Prati, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
Davy Preuveneers, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Roope Raisamo, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
Luca Rigazio, Panasonic Lab, San Francisco, USA
Caifeng Shan, Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Norbert Streitz, Smart Future Initiative, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Ah Hwee Tan, Nanyang TU, Singapore, Singapore
Egon L. van Den Broek, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Kevin Wang, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Jie Yang, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, Shanghai, China


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