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April 17 – 20 , 2017, Dagstuhl Seminar 17161

Ambient Notification Environments

Organizers

Lewis Chuang (MPI für biologische Kybernetik – Tübingen, DE)
Sven Gehring (DFKI – Saarbrücken, DE)
Judy Kay (The University of Sydney, AU)
Albrecht Schmidt (Universität Stuttgart, DE)

For support, please contact

Jutka Gasiorowski for administrative matters

Roswitha Bardohl for scientific matters

Documents

List of Participants
Shared Documents

Motivation

Users of digital devices are increasingly confronted with a tremendous amount of notifications that appear on multiple modalities in their environment. This Dagstuhl Seminar brings together researchers and practitioners from academy and industry to explore how the flood of notifications on different computing devices and in smart environments can be managed, in order to avoid information overload. Ambient notifications have the potential to support people in their daily activities, providing courses of action and relevant information in context. A key aspect of ambient notification is the unobtrusive provision of information, embedded into a user’s environment. With the tremendous number of services providing notifications on numerous devices, it is important that the various communities communicate to exploit synergies and to create unobtrusive notification environments avoiding redundancy. The seminar will consider key areas related to next-generation ambient notification environments including:

  1. Designing and Embedding Notifications
  2. Smart Notification Management
  3. Implementing Notifications
  4. Psychology of Perception

To communicate options for the current action within a given context, ambient notifications must be unobtrusive and relevant to the user. Thus, research questions to be pursued during the seminar include:

  • Understanding behavior and habits around notifications
  • Detection/prediction of availability, attention, and opportune moments for interruptions
  • Ambient, peripheral, distributed and multimodal presentation of interruptions 

  • Ambient notification technologies
  • Timing of pro-active recommendations and user engagements 

  • Infrastructures, frameworks and tools for the development of smart attention systems 

  • Integrating notifications unobtrusively into a home environment 

  • Deducing plans and activities, detecting interruptions and providing action alternatives



We are planning to publish the outcome of the seminar either in conference proceedings (such as ACM CHI 2018) or as one of the very first interdisciplinary books on ambient notification environments, focusing on key aspects of cognitive psychology and human-computer-interaction.

This Dagstuhl Seminar presents a unique and exciting opportunity to bring together representatives from these fields with the explicit aim of advancing the state of the art in ambient notification environments. We expect the seminar to help initiate international collaborative research and deployments and to begin to define the shape of these kinds of systems. There will be plenty of opportunities for participants to present and discuss their own work as well as engaging in discussions. We believe that the seminar has the potential to be noted as the start of new ideas in an area with great potential and impact in academia, industry, and everyday life and we look forward to an exciting and challenging event.

License
  Creative Commons BY 3.0 DE
  Lewis Chuang, Sven Gehring, Judy Kay, Patrick Olivier, and Albrecht Schmidt

Classification

  • Mobile Computing
  • Society / Human-computer Interaction

Keywords

  • Ambient Notification
  • Notification Management
  • Context Recognition
  • Activity Recognition
  • Ubiquitous Computing

Book exhibition

Books from the participants of the current Seminar 

Book exhibition in the library, ground floor, during the seminar week.

Documentation

In the series Dagstuhl Reports each Dagstuhl Seminar and Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop is documented. The seminar organizers, in cooperation with the collector, prepare a report that includes contributions from the participants' talks together with a summary of the seminar.

 

Download overview leaflet (PDF).

Publications

Furthermore, a comprehensive peer-reviewed collection of research papers can be published in the series Dagstuhl Follow-Ups.

Dagstuhl's Impact

Please inform us when a publication was published as a result from your seminar. These publications are listed in the category Dagstuhl's Impact and are presented on a special shelf on the ground floor of the library.