The design of Ambient Systems is a cross disciplinary endeavour aimed at supporting and augmenting people’s activities in everyday life, by embedding computational intelligence in the distributed network of devices available in their living environment.
While technology needs to become more and more invisible to provide smart support, novel forms of user experience and multimodal interaction need to be devised to enable fluid, intuitive and appealing transitions between the physical and digital world.
This journal seeks contributions from leading experts and visionary thinkers in industry and research, about the principles, interaction paradigms, methods and applications that best can drive the future design of Ambient Systems and their human-centred, situated interfaces.
Context Aware Middleware, Mobile Mixed Reality Interaction, 3D Modelling in AR/VR, Multimodal Interaction
Gongliang Liu received the B.S. degree in measuring & control technology and instrumentations, and the M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering in 2001, 2003 and 2007, respectively, all from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. He was a visiting scholar in the University of British Columbia, Canada, from August 2015 to August 2016. He is now with the Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai as a professor. His current interests include wireless communications and networking.
Silvia Gabrielli is a senior researcher in the Ubiquitous Interaction group at the CREATE-NET Research Consortium, Trento (Italy), which she joined in 2010. Since 2008 she is also adjunct Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Trento (Faculty of Cognitive Sciences) within the Interfaces and Communication Technologies BSc Program. Over the last ten years she has been research scientist at FBK-IRST (Trento), HCI-Lab University of Udine, DIS University of Rome La Sapienza, Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (Torino) and Interact Lab (University of Sussex, Brighton, UK). She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences and a Master degree in Psychology from the University of Padova (I) in 2001 and 1994 respectively. Her research interests include the human-centred design of Smart Environments and Interfaces for Personal Healthcare, Assisted Living and Edutainment.
Tiziana Catarci got her Ph.D. in Computer Engineering in 1992 from the University of Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy. From 1987 to 1990, from 1990 to 1998, and from 1998 to 2000 she was research assistant, assistant professor and associate professor respectively at the University of Roma “La Sapienza”, where she is now a full professor. Her main research interests are in theoretical and application oriented aspects of visual formalisms for databases, information visualization, database design, cooperative information systems, user interfaces, usability, digital libraries, data quality and Web access. On these topics she has published over 150 papers in leading journals and conferences and 20 books. Her contribution can be regarded as one of the first and most significant examples of deep analysis and formalization of the interaction between the user and the database, which takes in consideration both usability issues and language related aspects.