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The Fourth International Conference on Advances in Human-oriented and Personalized Mechanisms, Technologies, and Services


October 23-29, 2011 - Barcelona, Spain

Call for Papers

The evolution of services and the diversity of the user profiles composed with various contents and context-based access led to the development of specific mechanisms, services, and applications with a definitive, personalized, and user-centric flavor. Mechanisms are in place for service discovery using user profiles, for adapting the traffic following the quality of experience, or allowing personalized navigation and visualization. More is needed for network control and feedback consideration as well as for personalized storage and information retrieval within a given context.

There is a cohort of technologies that favored the so called “user-centric” services and applications. While some of them reached some maturity, others are to prove their economics (WiMax, IPTV, RFID, etc). The human-oriented and personalized technologies and services rely on a key set of features, some to be deployed, others getting more mature (personal profiles, preferences, identity, proximity, personal devices, etc.). Following, advanced applications covering human related activities benefit from personalized and human-oriented networks and services, especially preventive and personalized medicine, body networks and devices, or anticipative systems.

CENTRIC 2011 continues the series of events focusing on human-oriented and personalized mechanisms, technologies, and services, commonly known as I-centric. The conference will provide a forum where researchers shall be able to present recent research results and new research problems and directions related to them. The conference seeks contributions presenting novel result and future research in all aspects of user-centric mechanisms, technologies, and services.

We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions.

Centric views

  • User centricity: I-centric versus We-centric
  • User-centric in service-centric systems
  • User-centric business models
  • User-centric requirements in network-centric approaches
  • User-centric and critical time-centric applications and services
  • User information access behavior
  • User-centric professional attackers
  • User-centric data mining
  • User-centric data aggregation
  • Personalized seeking and personalized sharing
  • Contextual user information facets
  • User-oriented ontology
  • User empowerment: awareness and control
  • User-centric trust models

Privacy and anonymity

  • Anonymity and pseudonymity
  • Attacks against de-identified data
  • Data anonymity
  • Consent-based privacy disclosure
  • Private digital assets
  • Disclosure control techniques
  • Information loss assessment
  • Risk assessment for shared information
  • Privacy and anonymity ontology
  • Privacy technologies
  • User location anonymity techniques
  • Privacy preserving data and text mining
  • Privacy and anonymity in specialized applications /healthcare. databases, information retrieval, social networks, etc./
  • Legal aspects in privacy and anonymity

User-centric supporting mechanisms

  • Machine learning and artificial neural networks
  • Network control and feedback with man-in-the-loop
  • Personalized storage and information retrieval with user-context
  • Service discovery using user profile
  • Personalized navigation and visualization
  • Semantic web services
  • Advanced personalization techniques for semantic wikis
  • Application of advanced reasoning maintenance
  • Reasoning on user modeling and personalization
  • Information extraction and semantic web technologies with personalization and user modeling
  • Quality of experience


  • Personalization of ICT services and devices
  • Personalization of eHealth services
  • Personalization related to ICT in cars
  • Adaptive personalization
  • Supporting the user in initial set-up of user profiles
  • Personalization and user profile management
  • Preferences for personalization in manufacturers' devices
  • Standardization

User-centric networking and services

  • Identity
  • Reputation
  • Proximity and context-aware services
  • Social communities
  • User adapted services
  • Trust, privacy, security
  • Community services
  • Location services
  • Web 2.0 and Web 3.0
  • Key exchange, certificate handling, smartcards
  • Personal devices
  • Managing identity and security - identity provider
  • Home content access and rights management

User-centric advanced applications

  • Humanoids
  • Unmanned systems
  • On-body antennas
  • Body networks and devices
  • Preventive and personalized medicine
  • Anticipative systems for diagnosis and maintenance
  • Emergency and medical response systems
  • eHealth and telemedicine services
  • Personal entertainment

Technologies for personalized services

  • Personnel tracking
  • Presence automatic control
  • Remote home security control
  • User-centric recommender services
  • Identity management
  • Contactless radio: RFID, NFC
  • Proximity radio: Bluetooth, WLAN
  • Broadband and wireless broadband distribution
  • Ambient wireless and broadband networks
  • Social engineering and social networks
  • IPTV and Quadruple Play


Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper) May 20, 2011 June 7, 2011
Notification July 5, 2011 July 10, 2011
Registration July 27, 2011
Camera ready July 27, 2011

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.


Posters are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as poster.  Submissions are expected to be 6-8 slide deck. Posters will not be published in the Proceedings. One poster with all the slides together should be used for discussions. Presenters will be allocated a space where they can display the slides and discuss in an informal manner. The poster slide decks will be posted on the IARIA site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Work in Progress

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress.  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals:

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information,

Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to


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