Submission deadlinee postponed because of Easter holidays

Second EvAAL Competition
(Evaluating AAL Systems through Competitive Benchmarking)

Track 1: Indoor Localization and Tracking for AAL
2-6 July, 2012
Madrid, ES

Track 2: Activity Recognition for AAL
9-13 July, 2012
Valencia, ES

in conjunction with the AAL Forum
(24-27 September 2012, Eindhoven, NL)

An initiative supported by the AALOA community (
and organised by the universAAL project (

We are pleased to announce the second EvAAL Competition. EvAAL aims at bringing together academic and industrial research communities to work together on challenging open problems in Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), with the purpose of evaluating different approaches to AAL and envisioning new research opportunities.

The universAAL project organises EvAAL as an opportunity to find good solutions to a number of challenges in the AAL domain. Participating in the competition is also an opportunity to influence the universAAL project. Being EvAAL an AALOA project, the AAL community is involved from the beginning and will have the opportunity of taking over EvAAL after the conclusion of universAAL.

During the competition, we will collect data sets in realistic environments (the living labs), which we hope will be useful as benchmarks to researcher communities for the simulation and test of their solutions.

The competition is composed of two tracks and a final workshop:

  • Track 1 on Indoor Localization and Tracking for AAL, to be held on 2-6 July, 2012 at the Smart House Living Lab of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
  • Track 2 on Activity Recognition for AAL, to be held on 9-13 July, 2012 at the CIAmI Living Lab in Valencia, Spain
  • EvAAL workshop to be held in conjunction with the AAL Forum on the 24-27 September 2012, Eindhoven, NL (

Track 1 – Indoor Localization and Tracking for AAL

Localization is a key component for achieving context-awareness. Recent years have witnessed an increasing trend of location-based services and applications. In most cases, however, location information is limited by the accessibility to Global Navigation Satellite

Systems (GNSS), largely unavailable for indoor environments. The aim of this competition is to award the best indoor localization system from the point of view of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) applications.

Track 2 – Activity Recognition for AAL

The automatic and unobtrusive identification of user’s activities is one of the challenging goals of context-aware computing. Real-time monitoring of human activities could be a useful tool for many purposes and future applications such as lifelog, healthcare or entertainment. The aim of this competition is to award the best activity recognition system from the point of view of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) applications.

Candidate competitors are invited to submit a paper describing their system to the appropriate track. A “competitor” can be any individual or group of individuals working as a single team, associated to a single or a number of organisations. The papers will undergo a peer review by the technical program committee members. The papers must include a description of the hardware, deployment, and algorithms and protocols used, and the description of the internal data produced and processed by the system.

Formatted papers, not exceeding 4 pages, must be submitted by April 8th, 2012 to Easychair. Proceeding of EvAAL 2011 are being published with Springer's CCIS. Contacts for publishing proceedings of EvAAL 2012 are under way.

The evaluation criteria for the competition, restrictions on the accepted technologies, and a description of the benchmarks are detailed in the technical annexes of this call). Possible refinements of the annexes, also based on participating competitors comments, will be timely distributed to all participants.

Depending on the number of accepted papers, it may be necessary to restrict participation in the competition to the best ranked papers, due to space/logistic constraints at the Living Labs.

Selected competitors are admitted to the competition and inclusion of their paper in the proceeding under the three following conditions:

  • participate to the competition in July at the living lab hosting the track to which they participate; the organizers will set individual appointments for each competing team
  • present their work at the final EvAAL workshop that will be held in conjunction with the AAL Forum, (24-27 September 2012,Eindhoven,NL)
  • provide the organizers with the internal data produced by their systems during the competition as will be specified by the reviewers; provide the documentation describing the deployment of their system, as requested by the organizers: the data will be published on the EvAAL website.

The winner(s) of the competition will be announced at a special session of the AAL forum, a major event in the field of Ambient Assisted Living in Europe. A prize will be awarded to the best entries.

We encourage submissions from both academia and industry (there are no restrictions on the composition of competing teams) with the aim of seeking innovative localization and activity recognition solutions for AAL applications. Please check the EvAAL web site ( for more information and regular updates on progress with the competition.

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Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2012
Acceptance Notification: May 4th, 2012
Camera Ready Deadline: June 30th, 2012

Organizing Committee:

General Chair:
Stefano Chessa, University of Pisa and ISTI-CNR (IT)

Local Committee co-Chairs:
Juan Carlos Narajo Martinez, ITACA (ES)
Dario Salvi, Polytecnic University of Madrid (ES)

Publication co-Chairs:
Reiner Wichert, Fraunhofer IGD (DE)
Stefan Knauth, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (DE)

Publicity co-Chairs:
Casper Dhal Marcussen, Region Syddanmark (DK)
Francesco Potortì, ISTI-CNR (IT)

Dataset Management Chair:
Juan Pablo Lazaro, TSB Soluciones Tecnologicas (ES)

Software Tools Chair:
Dario Salvi, Polytecnic University of Madrid (ES)

Financial Chair:
Francesco Furfari, ISTI-CNR (IT)

Track 1 Technical Program Committee (Indoor Localization for AAL):


Paolo Barsocchi (ISTI-CNR, IT)


Adriano Moreira, University of Minho (PT)
Ivan Martinovic, University of Oxford (UK)
Rainer Mautz, ETH (CH)
Binghao Li, University of New South Wales (AU)
Neal Patwari, University of Utah (US)
Cesar Benavente-Peces, Polytechnic Univ. of Madrid (ES)
Dante I. Tapia, University of Salamanca (ES)
Hanke Sten, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AT)
Francesco Furfari, CNR-ISTI (IT)
Stefan Knauth, Stuttgart University (DE)
Tomás Ruiz-López, University of Granada (ES)
Andreas Braun, Fraunhofer Institute (DE)
Patricial Abril, Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES)
Francesco Potortì, CNR-ISTI (IT)
Ma Pilar Sala Soriano, Polytechnic Univ. of Valencia (ES)
Michele Girolami, CNR-ISTI (IT)
Filipe Meneses, University of Minho (PT)
Philippe Canalda, Femto-ST Institute UMR CNRS (FR)
Dario Salvi, Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES)


Track 2 Technical Program Committee (Activity Recognition for AAL):


Juan Antonio Alvarez (University of Sevilla, Spain)


Alessio Micheli, University of Pisa (IT)
Alexander Kroener, DFKI (DE)
Arantxa Rentería, Tecnalia (ES)
Cecilio Angulo, Technical University of Catalonia (ES)
Daniel Roggen, ETHZ (CH)
Diane J. Cook, Washington State University (US)
Francesco Furfari, CNR-ISTI (IT)
Francesco Potortì, CNR-ISTI (IT)
Juan Carlos Augusto, University of Ulster (UK)
Kazuya Murao, Kobe University (JP)
Mohammad-Reza (Saied) Tazari, Fraunhofer IGD (DE)
Reiner Wichert, Fraunhofer IGD (DE)
Roberta Giannantonio, Telecom Italia (IT)
Roozbeh Jafari, University of Texas at Dallas (US)
Stefano Chessa, University of Pisa (IT)




(1) Competitors will be requested to interface their systems with the measurement tools (provided by universAAL project) that will be used in the competition. To this purpose there will be a shepherding phase in which the EvAAL organizer will help competitors to implement this integration.

(2) Evaluation criteria for the competition, restrictions on the accepted technologies, and a description of the benchmarks are found in the technical annexes of this call. Refinements of technical annexes based on competitors requests will be timely distributed to all participants. Both technical annexes (one for the localization track and one for the activity recognition track) are available at:

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