The design of Ambient Systems is a cross-disciplinary endeavour aimed at supporting and augmenting people’s activities in everyday life, by embedding computational and artificial 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.
Dr. Nikolaos Bourbakis (IEEE Life Fellow) currently is a Distinguished Professor in Information Technology, CSE Dept., Professor (j.a.) of Geriatrics School of Medicine and the Director of the Center of Assistive Research Technologies (CART) at Wright State University (WSU), Dayton, OH. He has conducted research in Applied AI (Projects: SE-Expert System, Hermes-Vision Architecture, Kydon- Image Recognition Architecture, BouMer-Learing, DIAS Architecture, Handwritten OCR-Words, Glossa-NL Understanding, Technical Document Understanding, SKD Body Activity Recognition), Cyber Security (Projects: SCAN, AMYNA) and Bioengineering (Projects: Tyflos-Wearable Decvice for Assisting Blind for Navigation, Reading and Recognition; SPN-Brain Analysis for Recognition; Wireless Capsule Endoscopy; Ultrasound Imaging-Liver-Heart; Nosokoma & Prognosis for Assistive Living) funded ($15M) by government agencies and industry. He has published 450 articles in refereed IEEE/ International Journals, book-chapters and Conference Proceedings, 10 books and 60 technical reports. He has advised and graduated 30 PhDs and 40 Master students. He is/was the founder and the EIC of the International Journal on AI Tools (WS Pub. 1992 -) and the International Journal on Monitoring & Surveillance Tech Research (IGI-Global Pub. 2013 -2019); the Editor in Charge of a Research Series of Books in AI (WS Publisher, 1993-2001); the Founder and General Chair in International IEEE Computer Society Conferences (ICTAI, BIBE, IISA), Symposia and Workshops; the Associate Editor (12) in numerous IEEE and International Journals; and a Guest Editor in 25 special issues in IEEE and International Journals. He is/was a Distinguished IEEE Computer Society Speaker; an NSF University Research Programs Evaluator; an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member; the Founder-President of the Biological & Artificial Intelligence Society-Foundation (BAIF); an External Evaluator in University Promotion Committees, an Official Nominator of the National Academy of Achievements for Computer Science Programs; and a Keynote Speaker in numerous International/IEEE Conferences. His research work has been internationally recognized and has won several prestigious awards. Some of them are: IBM Author recognition Award 1991; IEEE Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Award 1992; Member of the New York Academy of Sciences (1993); IEEE Outstanding Paper Award AUTESTCON 1994; IEEE Computer Society Technical Research Achievement Award 1998; IEEE I&S Outstanding Leadership Award 1998; IEEE ICTAI 10 years Research Contribution Award 1999; Pattern Recognition Society Journal best papers selection for 1999; IEEE Symposium on BIBE Outstanding Leadership Award, 2003; ASC Outstanding Scientists & Engineers Research Award-2005; SETN Research Recognition- 2006; Degree of Honor and Recognition, University of Patras, Greece 2007; IEEE Appreciation Award for organizing ICTAI- 08, Dayton OH, 2008; IEEE Computer Society Appreciation Award as the BIBE Steering Chair 2009; Dr. F. Russ IEEE Biomedical Engineering award, Dayton OH, 2010; Pattern Recognition Society Journal “Most Cited Article for 2006-2010”, and “Honorary mentioned for several years”; IJAIT best papers selection for the years 2006-2010; IEEE BIBE- Keynote Speaker Recognition Award Mobilehealth, Taichung, Taiwan, 2011; WSU Outstanding Service Award, 2001-2012; IEEE Int. Conference ICTAI-2012 CV Ramammoorthy Best paper Award, Piraeus, Greece; “In honor and recognition for his outstanding scholarly achievements and contributions in the field of Computer Science”, Dept. of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece, July 2013; IEEE EMBS-GR Award of Achievements for his contribution on Assistive Devices for the Blind, IEEE IC-BIBE, Nov 2013, Chania , Greece; IEEE Conference BIBE-2014, Biomedical Engineering Best paper Award FL, USA, Nov. 2014; UNESCOGR Recognition Leadership Award, IEEE Conference IISA, Corfu, Greece, July 2015; IEEE Conference on Tools with AI, CV Ramamoorthy Best paper Award, Vietri sul Mare, Italy Nov. 2015; IEEE Computer Society 28 years ICTAI Outstanding Service & Leadership Recognition, IEEE ICTAI, S. Jose, CA, 2016; IEEE Computer Society Keynote Speaker Recognition Award 2017, Boston MA; IEEE ICTAI-2018, 30 years Leadership Recognition, Volos, Nov 2018, Greece; IEEE ICTAI-2019 the Best Paper Award (Nov. 2019, Portland OR, USA) was given on his name for his 31 years outstanding contribution to the ICTAI series; Nominated for Honorary Doctoral Degree from the University of Piraeus, Greece 2020.