2nd ER-Workshop on Conceptual Modeling for Ambient Assistance and Healthy Ageing



"Health, demographic change and wellbeing" is not only a designated "Grand Challenge" of the European Union but an upcoming challenge of the entire world. Endeavours are made in various directions to meet that challenge, amongst which the fields of "Active and Assisted Living (AAL)" and "Healthy Ageing (HA)" are rather prominent.

The design of innovative and beneficial IT solutions in these domains recommends "thinking out of the box", i.e. looking beyond current ways of living in the older age. For innovation to work, it is also important to get various stakeholders of future assistance systems involved in time, i.e. to offer them comprehensible representations of possible solutions that enable them to express their concerns and demands. Therefore, the realization of advanced systems to support "Active and Assisted Living (AAL)" and "Healthy Ageing (HA)" recommends powerful abstractions, or, in other words, the design and use of conceptual models.

Although most projects dealing with AAL and HA use models in some way, only few systematic approaches to modeling methods for these fields have been reported so far. Therefore, the workshop "Conceptual Modeling for Ambient Assistance and Healthy Ageing" was designed and firstly held at ER2015 to reveal the existing and potential contributions, which can be made by the modeling community to AAL and HA. A particular emphasis was on Conceptual Modeling within the context of designing and developing systems for assisting humans in their everyday live and in healthy ageing.

A discussion at the end of the 2015 AHA instance came to the clear conviction of all participants that this had been a successful begin and should be continued in the next years as the model focused view of AHA will become in-creasing importance.

The workshop focuses on Conceptual Modeling as a means for mastering the challenges that emerge with attempts to design and develop systems for assisting humans in their everyday live and in healthy ageing. Special attention will be paid to

The workshop aims at bringing together people from academia and practice, and from the open model initiative, to discuss the state of the art, on-going projects and open research questions in the field of modeling for human assistance. Thus, it will be a platform for exchanging ideas and initiating new co-operations and projects.

The discussions will be heated-up by short invited impulse talks (15 min) and refined in working sections. Best practices in using (meta-) modeling tools will be illustrated by the use of meta-modeling frameworks.

Questions to be discussed are, among others, which modeling method may be useful for which purpose, how the requirements of the end users can be met by using modeling techniques and how to relate modeling tools to common standards in the fields of Ambient Assistance, Ambient Assisted Living and Healthy Ageing.


We solicit submission of original research, as well as experience and vision papers, from both researchers and practitioners. The submissions should address one or more of the following topics without being limited to these but with clear links to Ambient Assisted Living or Healthy Ageing:


Since the proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS series, authors must submit manuscripts using the LNCS style. The page limit for submitted papers (as well as for final, camera-ready papers) is 14. The page limit for short papers communicating current and on-going research or experiences is 8.

Manuscripts not submitted in the LNCS style or exceeding the page limit will not be reviewed and automatically rejected.

A paper submitted to AHA 2016 may not be under review for any other conference or journal during the time it is being considered for AHA 2016. Submitted papers must demonstrate to be aware of the state-of-the art literature in conceptual modeling by properly citing relevant papers in the field.

AHA 2016 uses EASY-CHAIR for paper-management. Therefore, please upload your submission at


The submission deadline is June 17, 2016, 10pm, MET.


Heinrich C. Mayr, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria (chair)
Ulrich Frank, Universität Essen-Duisburg, Germany (co-chair)
J. Palazzo M. de Oliveira, UFRGS Porto Alegre, Brazil (co-chair)

Fadi Al Machot Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Vadim Ermolayev, Zaporozhye National University, Ukraine
Hans-Georg Fill, Universität Wien, Austria
Athula Ginige, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Sven Hartmann, Universität Clausthal, Germany
Marion A. Hersh, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Dimitris Karagiannis, Universität Wien, Austria
Yuichi Kurita, Hiroshima University, Japan
Gerhard Lakemeyer, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Stephen Liddle, Kevin and Debra Rollins Center for e-Business, USA
Elisabeth Métais, Laboratory CEDRIC, Paris, France
Judith Michael, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Johannes Oberzaucher, FH Kärnten, Austria
Leif Oppermann, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, German
Oscar Pastor, University of Valencia, Spain
Wolfgang Reisig, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Dominique Rieu, UPMF Grenoble, France
Elmar Sinz, Universität Bamberg, Germany
Vladimir Shekhovtsov, National Technical University "KhPI", Kharkiv, Ukraine
Markus Stumptner, Univ. of South Australia, Australia
Bernhard Thalheim, Universität Kiel, Germany
Benkt Wangler, Stockholm University, Sweden
Tatjana Welzer, University of Maribor, Slovenia


Heinrich C. Mayr, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
e-mail: heinrich.mayr@aau.at