Best Paper Award at UIC 2016

The paper by Milan Kabáč and Charles Consel entitled ''Designing Parallel Data Processing for Large-Scale Sensor Orchestration" won a Best Paper Award at the13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2016), held in Jul 2016, at Toulouse, France.

This distiction was awarded to only two papers out of the 45 papers presented at UIC this year (top 5%). See the official UIC 2016 Best Papers page for details.


New journal paper on HomeAssist benefits

The following paper has been recently accepted in a journal:


Self Determination-Based Design To Achieve Acceptance of Assisted Living Technologies For Older Adults

Dupuy, L., Consel, C., Sauzéon, H., Computers in Human Behavior


Abstract: Providing technological support to assist older adults in their daily activities is a promising approach to aging in place. However, acceptance is critical when technologies are embedded in the user's life. Recently, Lee et al. established a connection between acceptance and motivation. They approached motivation via the Self-Determination Theory (SDT): the capacity to make choices and to take decisions.

This paper leverages SDT to promote a new design style for gerontechnologies that consists of principles and requirements. We applied our approach to develop an assisted living platform, which was used to conduct a six-month field study with 34 older adults. We show that self-determination is a determining factor of technology acceptance. Furthermore, our platform improved the self-determination of equipped participants, compared to the control group, suggesting that our approach is effective. As such, SDT opens up new opportunities for improving the design process of gerontechnologies.


New journal paper on assistive application for children with Autism or ID

The following paper has been recently accepted in a journal:

Tablet-Based Activity Schedule in Mainstream Environment for Children with Autism and Children with ID
Charles Fage, Léonard Pommereau, Charles Consel, Emilie Balland, Hélène Sauzéon
ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing , ACM New York, NY, USA 2016, Transactions on Accessible Computing, 8 (3), <10.1145/2854156>

Abstract : Including children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in mainstream environments creates a need for new interventions whose efficacy must be assessed in situ. This article presents a tablet-based application for activity schedules that has been designed following a participatory design approach involving mainstream teachers, special education teachers, and school aides. This application addresses two domains of activities: classroom routines and verbal communications. We assessed the efficiency of our application with two overlapping user studies in mainstream inclusion, sharing a group of children with ASD. The first experiment involved 10 children with ASD, where five children were equipped with our tabled-based application and five were not equipped. We show that (1) the use of the application is rapidly self-initiated (after 2 months for almost all the participants) and (2) the tablet-supported routines are better performed after 3 months of intervention. The second experiment involved 10 children equipped with our application; it shared the data collected for the five children with ASD and compared them with data collected for five children with intellectual disability (ID). We show that (1) children with ID are not autonomous in the use of the application at the end of the intervention, (2) both groups exhibited the same benefits on classroom routines, and (3) children with ID improve significantly less their performance on verbal communication routines. These results are discussed in relation with our design principles. Importantly, the inclusion of a group with another neurodevelopmental condition provided insights about the applicability of these principles beyond the target population of children with ASD. Additional Key Words and Phrases: Participatory design, educative inclusion in mainstream environment, idiosyncratic multimedia contents ACM Reference Format: Charles Fage, Léonard Pommereau, Charles Consel, Emilie Balland, andHéì ene Sauzéon. 2016. Tablet-based activity schedule in mainstream environment for children with autism and children with ID. Tour, 33405 TALENCE CEDEX; emails: first name.last This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies show this notice on the first page or initial screen of a display along with the full citation. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than ACM must be honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers, to redistribute to lists, or to use any component of this work in other works requires prior specific permission and/or a fee. Permissions may be requested from Publications


New journal paper on declaration-based frameworks

New paper on declaration-based frameworks

The following paper journal has been accepted for publication:

Frameworks compiled from declarations: a language-independent approach

Paul van der WaltCharles Consel, and Emilie Balland

Software Practice and Experience· January 2016

Abstract : Programming frameworks are an accepted fixture in the object-oriented world, motivated by the need for code reuse, developer guidance, and restriction. A new trend is emerging where frameworks require domain experts to provide declarations using a domain-specific language (DSL), influencing the structure and behaviour of the resulting application. These mechanisms address concerns such as user privacy. Although many popular open platforms such as Android are based on declaration-driven frameworks, current implementations provide ad hoc and narrow solutions to concerns raised by their openness to non-certified developers. Most widely used frameworks fail to address serious privacy leaks, and provide the user with little insight into application behaviour. To address these shortcomings, we show that declaration-driven frameworks can limit privacy leaks, as well as guide developers, independently from the underlying programming paradigm. To do so, we identify concepts that underlie declaration-driven frameworks, and apply them systematically to both an object-oriented language, Java, and a dynamic functional language, Racket. The resulting programming framework generators are used to develop a prototype mobile application, illustrating how we mitigate a common class of privacy leaks. Finally, we explore the possible design choices and propose development principles for developing domain-specific language compilers to produce frameworks, applicable across a spectrum of programming paradigms.


4 new papers in ubiquitous computing

4 new papers in ubiquitous computing at UIC 2016 & associated workshops

During the month of may 2016, 4 new papers in the Ubiquitous Computing domain were accepted for publication, as follows:

3 papers at The 13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2016)

1 paper at the Workshop on Smart and Sustainable City (WSSC'16) associated to the 13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2016)

The UIC conference and its workshops will be held on July 18 - 21, 2016 in Toulouse, France.

Here are the details of the papers:


Designing Parallel Data Processing for Large-Scale Sensor Orchestration

Milan Kabáč, Charles Consel

13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2016), Jul 2016, Toulouse, France. <>


Leveraging Declarations over the Lifecycle of Large-Scale Sensor Applications

Milan Kabáč, Charles Consel, Nic Volanschi

13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2016), Jul 2016, Toulouse, France. <>


Improving the Reliability of Pervasive Computing Applications By Continuous Checking of Sensor Readings

Adrien Carteron, Charles Consel, Nic Volanschi

13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2016), Jul 2016, Toulouse, France. <>


Towards Smart and Sustainable Multimodal Public Transports Based on a Participatory Ecosystem

Nic Volanschi

Workshop on Smart and Sustainable City (WSSC'16), Jul 2016, Toulouse, France. <>

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