1st International Workshop on Emerging Multimedia Applications and Services for Smart Cities (EMASC-2014) 

Nov, 7, 2014, Orlando, Florida, USA 
In Conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2014

Industrial Perspectives:

Charles Hughes, PhD, Professor, Computer Science, University of Central Florida

Human Surrogates: Remote Presence for Collaboration and Education in Smart Cities

Surrogate in the context of a virtual environment is more often referred to as an avatar, reflecting that it is intended to represent the person in some context, rather than just carrying out a specific task on his or her behalf. In essence, an avatar is a manifestation of the human who is “inhabiting” it. A person’s avatar can be virtual, mixed physical-virtual or even purely physical, e.g., a robot. Generally, the inhabiter controls all critical actions, verbal and non-verbal, of his or her avatar, although the specific manifestation of the avatar may place constraints on how it carries out some of the desired behaviors.
The research presented here involves the use of avatars and other forms of human surrogates as remote entities that can be employed for situations that involve interpersonal skills. More specifically, we focus on the use of avatars in collaborative situations and in the delivery of training and education, when physical co-presence is difficult or even undesirable. In these contexts, difficulty most often relates to spatial separation of the human participants and undesirability to the need to have one’s surrogate(s) have an appearance and exist in a context that differs from one’s own. For other contexts, such as carrying out dangerous or humanly impossible physical tasks, a remote avatar may be required for safety or even successful completion. In smart cities of the future, human surrogates and avatars can make people more effective, safer, better educated and more facile at learning new skills required for employment and other life skills................
Dr. Charles Hughes’ research expertise is in virtual environments, with his current activity primarily involving human surrogates – virtual and/or physical avatars remotely controlled by humans. The work in the virtual domain is focused on education and preparation of people for complex human-to-human interactions. The work with physical avatars generally focuses on situational training and physical telepresence via robots and animatronics. In addition to avatar-based research, Dr. Hughes also does work in cultural heritage and its use in helping young people understand the opportunities and challenges in STEM disciplines, and the connections of these disciplines to the arts and humanities. Dr. Hughes holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, and a B.A. degree in Mathematics. He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He is also Co-Director of the Synthetic Reality Laboratory (SREAL), Professor in the School of Visual Arts & Design, a member of the university’s Modeling & Simulation faculty, and was honored as a Pegasus Professor in 2007 and a Dean’s Research Professor in 2013. He served on the faculties of Computer Science at Penn State University and the University of Tennessee prior to joining UCF in 1980

Ben Amaba, PhD, PE, CPIM®, LEED® AP BD+C, IBM Corporation Worldwide Executive, Miami, Florida USA

Industrial and Business Systems for Smart Cities

To truly develop Smart Cities a combination of multimedia, human factors, and user-centered systems methodology and design principles will have to be applied. Large capital projects and development of Smart Cities could turn to the use of cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security solutions, which could change the outcomes of economic investments and employment opportunities. In addition, the ‘Internet of Things’, the interconnection of sensors, devices, and everyday objects, requires a standard platform and ‘battle-tested’ framework for the next generation of Smart Cities. Improved productivity, asset health, profitability, quality, employee safety, and environmental impact are the desired outcomes.  Capitalizing on technology to deliver positive results and preventing ‘black swan’ events or accidents is a complex puzzle. Legacy infrastructure adopting new technologies, gaps in the workforce, regulatory guidelines, safety performance criteria, unexpected risks, and political challenges can add to the complexity and difficulty. We are finding ourselves in a dilemma where detailed specifications, changes and relationships among key elements in the market are needed but still are ambiguous, changing, and untraceable. The presentation will introduce “Systems Thinking”, “Continuous Engineering” and “Internet of Things” concepts and technologies to describe how they can be successfully leveraged in the transformation to Smart Cities.............
Dr. Ben Amaba’s expertise is in executive management, strategic planning, operations, and engineering. He is responsible for manufacturing, energy, petroleum, chemical, nuclear, government and logistics industries for systems and software engineering. Dr. Amaba is focused on Systems Thinking for the Internet of Things, the interconnection of sensors, devices, and everyday objects to drive economic improvements and sustainable architectures. Dr. Ben Amaba holds a PhD. degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida; a M.B.A./M.S. degree in Engineering and Operations, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Amaba is a registered and licensed Professional Engineer with International Registry; certified in Production, Operations, and Inventory Management by APICS ®; LEED® Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design); and certified in Corporate Strategy by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Amaba holds positions as Executive Board Member of Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE), Founding member to the Institute of Advanced Systems Engineering, Founding member to the Center of Advanced Supply Chain Management, Board member of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC), member for Citizens for Clean Energy, Editorial Board of The Open Cybernetics and Systemics Journal, and Executive Advisory Board Member to the University of Miami and University of Central Florida. Dr. Amaba holds a copyright for Process Activity Flow Framework®, for requirements, design, architecture, simulation, and application development techniques. Dr. Amaba is prominently featured in “Giving 2.0,” by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, which details contributions to bolster and promote STEM education and careers, and is an Alexis de Tocqueville Society/United Way Member, which recognizes local philanthropic leaders.



Smart city is the vision of future city - with increasingly instrumented, inter-connected and intelligent urban systems - to improve the quality of life in many aspects including public safety, healthcare, transportation, or energy. With the ever-increasing presence of multimodal sensors in the smart city infrastructure, multimedia plays an indispensable role. As a result new breed of multimedia applications and services are on the way to fulfill the requirements of the residents in smart city. In such an interconnected environment, continuous steams of multimedia data are generated based on the multimodal sensors and socially connected people. These data streams are processed and analyzed to identify the needs of the residents, and to offer them the required services to enhance their quality of life.

The proliferation of multimedia, sensors, pervasive devices, and infrastructures for realizing smart city has brought many challenges that are the core focus of this workshop. More specifically, this workshop aims to report on the state-of-the-art techniques, methodologies, emerging multimedia applications and services that help to realize smart city. We seek high quality papers that were not published elsewhere and have scientific values.

Topics of Interest

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Collaborative sensing, processing and aggregation of multimodal data
  • Multimedia-driven situation awareness and decision support systems for smart city
  • Mobile, anytime, anywhere sharing of multimedia data in smart city
  • Smart multimedia 'systems of systems' in smart city
  • Multimedia big data analytics for smart city applications
  • Multimedia-enabled emergency response and event handling in smart city
  • M2M sharing of multimedia data in smart city 
  • Multimedia IoT for smart city 
  • Multimedia service discovery, management and scheduling in smart city
  • Crowd-sourcing in smart cities
  • Cloud-based multimedia systems and services for smart cities
  • Multimedia security and privacy for smart city applications
  • Multimedia applications and services (education, health, transport etc.) in smart cities

Important Dates

Submission Deadline:         July 20, 2014 (extended)
Acceptance Notification:     August 6, 2014 (extended)
Camera Ready:                  August 15, 2014
Workshop Date:                 Nov 7, 2014

Paper Submission and Selection Process

Papers submitted to the EMASC workshop must not have been previously published and must not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors are invited to submit a full paper (6 pages)  according to the guidelines available on the  conference  website  at http://www.acmmm.org/2014/. Reviewing will be double blind. Papers will be reviewed with an emphasis on potential to contribute to the state-of-the-art in the field. Each paper will receive at least two reviews. Selection criteria include accuracy and originality of ideas, clarity and significance of results, and presentation quality. All papers accepted will appear in the workshops proceedings which and will be included in the ACM Digital Library.

Paper submission siteEMASC-2014 Submission

M. Anwar Hossain, King Saud University, KSA
Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, University of Ottawa, Canada

  • Freddy Lecue, Smarter City Technology Centre, Dublin, Ireland
  • Joern Ploennigs, Smarter City Technology Centre, Dublin, Ireland
  • Sekhar Kondepudi, Smart Buildings & Smart Cities, National University of Singapore
  • Nuno Lopes, Smarter City Technology Centre, Dublin, Ireland
  • Ioannis Patras, University of London, UK
  • Jorge Parra, Ikerlan-IK4, Spain
  • Halabi Hasbullah, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
  • Ali Asghar Nazari Shirehjini, Sharif University of Technology, IRAN
  • Abdulsalam Yassine, DISCOVER Lab, University of Ottawa
  • Hafedh CHOURABI, Université Laval, Canada
  • Shawn T Walker, Information School, University of Washington
  • Morris Brenna, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Maria Carmen Falvo, University of Rome Sapienza, Italy
  • D. Poli, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Maria Fazio, University of Messina, Messina, Italy
  • Charith Perera, The Australian National University
  • Antonio F. Skarmeta,  University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain
  • Stéphane Roche, Université Laval
  • Nashid Nabian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Gerhard P. Hancke, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


    mahossain AT ksu.edu.sa