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Call for Papers
Research in the Large 2: App Stores, Wide Distribution Channels&  Big Data in Research
Workshop at UbiComp 2011, Sept 18, Beijing, China
June 12, 2011 – Submission deadline

The distribution of mobile applications has been greatly simplified by mobile app stores and markets. Both lone developers and large research and development teams can now relatively easily reach wide audiences. In addition, existing ubiquitous services are providing researchers with data sets or access to content via APIs, greatly expanding the ability to study the use of these systems on a global scale. This provides a huge opportunity for both iterative development and gathering large amounts of research data.

Evaluation and research methods have to be adapted to this new context, and we need to deal with ever-growing, real-time datasets and infrastructures previously unencountered by most UbiComp researchers. An overview of successful strategies and ways to overcome the challenges inherent to wide deployment and the resulting large datasets in a research context – ranging from platform characteristics to gathering reliable research data – however is not yet available.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers and developers from academia and industry to exchange experiences, insights and strategies for wide distribution of applications and the resulting large data streams these deployments produce. We aim at building an understanding of the opportunity of the different channels and the issues and obstacles involved in a research context.

We’re interested in contributions from developers and researchers in both industry and academia. Themes include:
- Strategies for wide distribution of research applications
- Methods&  experiences with research through app stores and other distribution platforms
- The impact of differences between distribution platforms
- Analysis of the various sorts of data, logs and feedback resulting from publicly released applications
- Dealing with big data: infrastructure, tools and experiences in dealing with large-scale datasets, potentially those growing by millions of data points every day
- Effects of mobile ecosystem features (distribution, payment, service providers etc) on research and evaluation results
- New developments of distribution channels, tools and infrastructures
- Design patterns for increasing data quality
- Ethical&  validity concerns in research on such a large scale

Workshop contributions are expected in the form of (up to) 4-page papers in the UbiComp 2011 “Templates for Workshops, Posters, Demos, Videos, and DC” format.

Contributions can address previous experiences and for example case studies, or state a position on the opportunities and challenges ahead. Submissions will be reviewed by a program committee consisting of both industry and academia partners. All accepted workshop papers will be included in the ACM digital library and the supplemental UbiComp 2011 proceedings. Submission deadline: June 12, 2011.

Send submissions to henriette at

More information:

June 12, 2011 – Submission deadline of workshop papers
June 29th, 2011 – Notification of acceptance of workshop papers
July 11, 2011 – Camera-ready deadline
September 18, 2011 – Workshop!

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