[evaal contest] EvAAL next steps and a sincere request for help

Vlado Handziski handziski at tkn.tu-berlin.de
Fri Oct 18 23:26:14 CEST 2013

Dear all,

I just want to inform you that we (as EVARILOS) will be involved in a
similar event at IPSN 2014 during the CPS Week in Berlin in April 2014. The
competition is organized by Microsoft Research (
and we plan to use parts of the EVARILOS Benchmarking Platform to
facilitate the evaluation of the competing systems. Depending on the
discussions in EvAAL, we can check if there is possibility for extending
this, but I can not give any guarantees, because despite we being involved
in the organizing committee for IPSN 2014, the localization challenge is a
Microsoft initiative and they have the last say.

As for a workshop for a potential joint EvAAL/EVARILOS competition, we
still entertain the idea of making it a virtual event using Google Hangouts
on Air for the EVARILOS track.


On Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 11:10 PM, Juan Antonio Álvarez <jaalvarez at us.es>wrote:

> Dear all,
> I agree with Mitja. Important conferences are included every year in the
> budgets of research groups, a workshop such as the one suggested by Mitja
> can be a good solution also for attract more competitors.
> Best regards,
> Juan.
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> On 18 October 2013 16:39, Mitja Lustrek <mitja.lustrek at ijs.si> wrote:
>> > The second track, to be held in Madrid, will be oriented towards
>> reasoning
>> > and context detection. We have thought about two possibilities
>> > here:
>> > - allow people to come with systems about localization and/or activity
>> > recognition and measure the accuracy in detecting situations like
>> "cooking",
>> > "sleeping", "doing sport", "watching television" etc. Those situations
>> are
>> > detectable by knowing the location and/or by knowing the kind of
>> > movements.
>> >
>> > - Make an offline competition about pure reasoning, where competitors
>> are
>> > given a data set of a 12h measurement session in the Living Lab with the
>> > messages generated by the appliances of the lab (switches, electronic
>> > equipment, doors etc.).
>> There is also a third option, which I find attractive:
>> We could hold a live competition in conjunction with an appropriate
>> conference, such as Ubicomp, AmI, IE ... This solves the problem of
>> travel,
>> since the people likely to compete would also be likely to attend the
>> conference anyway. If we allowed only equipment with a relatively short
>> set-up time (say, an hour) and if the sequence of activities to be
>> recognized were not long, we could squeeze half a dozen competitors in a
>> day.  They could not use ambient sensors, but wearable sensors, cameras
>> (of
>> the regular and Kinect varietay), robots etc. are all still possible. The
>> main reason this idea is cool is that it is interesting for spectators
>> (thay
>> can watch activities being recognized as the competition is in progress,
>> we
>> could have a live electronic scoreboard etc.).
>> > We have to know where exactly the papers of the competitors will be
>> > published.
>> > For the place of the workshop, the most recent idea was to have it in
>> > Madrid, just after the competition took place. In the case of the
>> > Evarilos track, they were proposing a "virtual conference" (with people
>> > connected on-line) so to avoid people from travelling. This could also
>> > apply if we make the Madrid's track also off-line, but then the workshop
>> > will be completely on-line and probably less interesting.
>> Again, I suggest a workshop at some conference interesting for the
>> competitors anyway. This may also solve the issue of the proceedings -
>> depending on how the conference is organized.
>> Best regards,
>> Mitja
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