Pervasive 2004

Pervasive 2004 Workshop on

   Memory and Sharing of Experiences

in cooperation with the Pervasive 2004,
April 20th, 2004, Vienna, Austria

The workshop was successfully held with 36 participants!!

Journal special issue related to this workshop


Kenji Mase (Nagoya Univ. / ATR)
Yasuyuki Sumi (Kyoto Univ. / ATR)
Sidney Fels (Univ. British Columbia)


Kiyoharu Aizawa (Univ. Tokyo)
Jeremy Cooperstock (McGill Univ.)
Richard DeVaul (MIT)
Jim Gemmell (Microsoft)
Yasuyuki Kono (NAIST)
Bernt Schiele (ETH)
Thad Starner (GaTech)
Terry Winograd (Stanford Univ.)

THEME: Memory and Sharing of Experiences

Pervasive 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. Obviously, "Memory and sharing of experience" has strong relation with the topics of the main conference such as ubiquitous 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.

This workshop covers the following topics but not limited to those:


A goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from various backgrounds and projects, having interest in the area. There are many research projects on ubiquitous sensor network for recording events, wearable device for personal event recording, real-world oriented CSCW, interaction analysis by ethnological approach, and privacy issues. The researchers who are engaged in this theme will be welcome.


The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from various backgrounds and institutes to discuss the useful applications with the strong technical fundamentals. It would facilitate a global collaboration towards a large scale corpus collection of such kind of interactions. Toward a standardization movement is not dispensable to share universal tag identifications. It is also an interesting aspect to discuss a cultural difference of interaction. Raising privacy issues and sharing them among researchers is necessary on this research theme.

The accepted papers will be published on the Web to share the discussion with who couldn't attend the workshop. We also plan to propose a special issue on this theme to an international academic journal with some of the PC members to facilitate a public archive.


The workshop will run for a full day. All participants introduce themselves on their research interests after the short introduction of the workshop aims and schedule are given by the organizers. In the morning and beginning of the afternoon, some of the participants (at most 15) will be selected to present their work to the audience. The presentations will probably be limited to 15 minutes to encourage feedback and discussions.

In the second part of the afternoon, participants will join discussion groups focusing on various issues that is raised in the presentation track. We want to remain very flexible regarding the theme of these discussions. Here are some issues that could be addressed by the participants:


Workshop participants are asked to submit either a short paper or a position paper. Submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. Please send electronic submissions to:

Submission Deadline: February 17, 2004 17:00 Japan Time (confirmed)

Acceptance Notification: March 1st, 2004

Early Registration Due: March 3rd, 2004 (applied to this workshop accepted participants)

Format and Length: Only electronic submissions (PDF is preferred) will be considered. Submissions should not exceed 6 pages, formatted according to ACM SIGCHI format.

Note: Authors who plan to submit a paper are encouraged to contact workshop organizers as soon as possible.


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.


last updated: September 3rd, 2004 by Yasuyuki Sumi