Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing:


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Guest editors:

  • Kenji Mase (, Nagoya University / ATR)
  • Yasuyuki Sumi (, Kyoto University / ATR)
  • Sidney Fels (, The University of British Columbia)

THEME: Memory and Sharing of Experiences

Ubiquitous computing environment will become a strong infrastructure to record experiences of people in the real world because it will network a lot of wide spread sensors that can capture the activities of people continuously in various aspects. The Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing calls for articles on the theme of "Memory and sharing of experiences" that is an important issue of ubiquitous computing paradigm including networked sensors, smart appliances and interaction model.

The experiences here include activities such as writing, drawing, speaking, meeting, sports, traveling etc., in personal or group context, and interactions with other people and/or artificial artifacts. Recorded experiences by means of digital video, tactile sensors, location tracking device, etc. can be used as a source for various tasks in daily life, business, education and security. They include, for example, multi-media memory aids, reference for context recognition, creation of a model of person's activities and story-telling of life. The useful and computational log can be obtained by ubiquitous sensor networks and effective tagging systems.

Topics of interest include (but are not restricted to):


Submissions should be e-mailed as a PDF file directly to the three editors of the special issue. Additional information regarding journal submissions is available at:

The deadline for receiving submissions is October 15, 2004. All contributions will be peer reviewed based on the journal's standard. We encourage potential authors to contact the editors well before the final deadline. Draft submissions are welcome if authors seek early feedback. For further information or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the special issue editors, Kenji Mase, Yasuyuki Sumi, and Sidney Fels.


October 15, 2004: submissions due
December 15, 2004: authors notified (accept, reject, revise&resubmit)
January 31, 2004: revised versions of paper due
Early March, 2005: authors notified (for resubmitted papers)

RELATED INFORMATION (Recommended readings)

Prior to this special issue, a workshop on the same theme was held in conjunction with Second International Conference on Pervasive Computing (PERVASIVE 2004), in Vienna.

Related information and the papers presented at the workshop are available at:


Kenji Mase
is a Professor at Information Technology Center and Graduate School of Information Science of Nagoya University, Japan. He is also a visiting group leader of ATR (Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International) Media Information Science Laboratories. His research interests include gesture recognition, artificial intelligence and their applications for computer-mediated communications, experience sharing and memory aid by computer. He joined the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation(NTT) in 1981. He received the Ph.D. degrees in Information Engineering from Nagoya University in 1992. He was a visiting researcher at the Media Laboratory, MIT in 1988-1989. He has been with ATR in 1995-2002.

Yasuyuki Sumi
is an Associate Professor at Dept. of Intelligence Science and Technology in Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan. He is also a visiting researcher of ATR Media Information Science Laboratories. He received his B.Eng. degree from Waseda University in 1990, and M.Eng. and D.Eng. degrees in information engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1992 and 1995, respectively. His research interests include knowledge-based systems, creativity supporting systems, interface/social agents, ubiquitous/wearable computing, Web intelligence, multimedia processing, and their applications for facilitating human interaction and collaboration. For last five years, he had been a main member of a project to build a personal agent system for guiding its users according their contexts and facilitating their communications during tours in museums, conferences, trade shows, etc. More recently, he started a new project to capture, understand, and facilitate human interactions by wearable/ubiquitous systems. These results were presented (with Kenji Mase) at last three years of Ubicomp conferences. He has also organized an international workshop at CSCW 2000.

Sidney Fels
has been in the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia since 1998. He received his Ph. D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Toronto in 1994 and 1990 respectively. He received his B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1988. He was a visiting researcher at ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan from 1996 to 1997. He also worked at Virtual Technologies Inc. in Palo Alto, CA developing the GesturePlus system and the CyberServer in 1995. His research interests are in human-computer interaction, neural networks, intelligent agents, new interfaces for musical expression and interactive arts.


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