Workshop Theme

In a very general sense, the concept of Ambient Intelligence implies that some sort of intelligence surrounds us – somehow. But how does Ambient Intelligence manifest itself? Where does it show up and how do people notice and interact with it? Should it stay invisible or should it form a perceptible digital layer augmenting the physical space?

While many of these almost philosophical questions are still actively discussed in our research community, the integration of digital technology into physical spaces is already happening and changes our environment, both visually and functionally. This workshop addresses the ongoing transformation and provides a platform for interested researchers and practitioners to discuss the visual and perceptual possibilities that arise from the use of Ambient Intelligence technology in public and private spaces. The focus of the workshop will be on the relevance of beauty and aesthetic values for Ambient Intelligence and the meaning of aesthetically pleasing design for usability, technology acceptance, and well-being in technology-enhanced spaces.