Location-awareness is one of the important features to ubiquitous intelligence. Location systems have shifted from traditional dedicated infrastructure-based systems to systems based on existing infrastructure/opportunistic sensing systems. Today, we are surrounded by a wealth of devices (such as smart phones and other mobile platforms) enriched with sensing, computing and communication capabilities that are seamlessly integrated in our daily lives. Also, in the last few years there have been dramatic improvements in the capabilities of 3D cameras, laser range finders which can provide high resolution visual and depth information at low cost (for instance, Microsoft Kinect platform). Location-awareness anywhere anytime is no longer a fiction, but a reality, and its plethora of applications are ranging from emergency responses to social networking and gaming. Different communities (such as sensor network, ubiquitous computing, robotic navigation community) have made substantial progress in providing techniques for mapping, localization, tracking and navigation of mobile entities. Many conferences in these communities have sessions on these topics. However, up till now, there has been very little synergy on various techniques in different communities. The goal of this workshop is to bring together some of the leading researchers from both the academic (from different domains) and industrial research communities to discuss key challenges and opportunities for research, emerging application areas, to evaluate various approaches, to bridge the gap between theory and applications, and to envision new research opportunities in MELT.
This workshop is in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2011). After three successful workshops held with ACM MobiCom08 (MELT 08), ACM/IEEE UbiComp09 (MELT 09) with publication in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS 5801), and IEEE MASS10 (MELT 10), respectively, MELT 2011 will continue to provide a forum for state-of-the-art technologies in localization and tracking. The focus this year will be localization, mapping and location-based services with mobile devices or platforms. The one-day workshop will have a combination of invited talks/panels technical presentation and discussions.
The workshop seeks papers on preliminary technique results, novel application concepts, software and hardware research toolkits, statements of open challenging problems, and innovative algorithms. Papers will be reviewed by the program committee; and selected papers will be grouped, presented and discussed at the workshop. All paper submissions will be handled electronically. Authors should prepare a Portable Document Format (PDF) version of their full paper in two-column IEEE conference format. Papers must be no longer than 6 pages, shorter papers are also welcome to be included in as poster submission. Papers must be submitted electronically through the MELT 2011 paper submission system http://cse.stfx.ca/~melt2011/sub/. Accepted papers will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press (Indexed by EI).